wow it's been so long... gomen

anyway i hope you enjoy this chapter. i had a few difficulties writing it, with school,work and such...meh plus writer's block...MAJOR writer's block. (sigh)


as always i don't own naruto and etc...

Chapter 12: Hidden talents, secret agendas. Part 6… Torn

Sakura tapped her fingers on the desk nervously creating a sort of drum rhythm. She had come early, very early. It was about 7:05am now; she had been here just over half an hour hoping to devise a way to at least make today seem like any other day with Sasuke.

ARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!! She screamed in her head. She shook her head violently and threw her fists up in the air, resembling a child slightly. She suppressed her scream, screaming with her mouth closed, filling the room with muffled cries.

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!?! Sakura slammed her head on the desk and groaned. What the Fuck is this guy's problem!!!! ARGH!

Sakura turned her head (still resting on her desk) towards the window. Her gaze fell to the empty desk beside her. She pictured Sasuke sitting there with that smirk of his. Sakura groaned again in frustration as she buried her face into the folds of her arms.

Why did he have to fucking kiss me?

What? Like you hated it. Her inner self laughed. I quite enjoyed it actually. I wonder if he'll kiss us again today during auditions.

SHIT AUDITIONS! Sakura banged her head in her desk again. I totally forgot about the fucking auditions!!!

Well yeah you've been thinking about Sasuke's lips since he kissed you.

Sakura's cheeks turned a very deep shade of red quite fast.

I don't deny that I liked it… it was actually nice… err… in a way… She frowned. Today is definitely going to be troublesome.

You're starting to sound like Shikamaru.


Akira made his way down the hallway to his locker. He had just finished his kendo practice. He passed by Sakura's homeroom and peered in by habit, after all there's nothing else to do. He expected it to be empty; he was surprised to see a mop of pink strands falling over the edge of a desk. She was looking out the window looking deep in thought. He wondered what was wrong. Before he knew it, he was walking in through the door.


She lifted her head to look at him; a soft greeting smile graced her lips.

"Ohiyo Akira-kun." She greeted.

"Are you alight?" He asked, noting how her eyes were glossed over and her posture was droopy.

Aww, he's always so sweet to me. Sakura thought to herself.

Shit. We totally forgot about Akira. You were thinking too much of Sasuke!

What do you mean "you"? hah? You're part of me too!

True… but I like Sasuke, wasn't it you that liked Akira?

I DON'T LIKE ANYONE! She screamed at herself. I don't know how I feel.

"Sakura-san?" Akira's voice snapped her back to reality.

"Umm, yeah I think I'm okay." She responded, giving him a small assuring smile.

Akira took the seat next to her by the window, Sasuke's seat. "Are you sure?"

She let out a sigh. "Yeah." She noted how easily he fit into what was Sasuke's space. It sort of disturbed her seeing someone else in Sasuke's spot. She didn't' say anything though, to tell the truth she didn't know how she felt towards Akira and Sasuke at the moment. She didn't even want to think about it.

"You don't sound too convincing." He smiled at her. "Its ironic because you're such a great actress when we're doing scenes, but when you're trying to hide something, you're not a great actress at all."

She looked at him and giggled a bit. She smiled one of her brilliant smiles. Akira swore the room got brighter.

"Did I say something funny?" Akira asked. Blinking.

Akira always has a way of making me smile. Sakura thought.

"No, its' just that you always seem to find a way to make me smile."

Akira flushed. And rubbed the back of his head. "Do I??" He laughed nervously. "Is that a good thing?"

Sakura laughed at his antics, it amused her. "Yup!" She answered happily.


Sasuke cursed himself mentally for what happened he night before.

Why did I kiss her?

Don't lie to yourself Uchiha, you know you wanted to.

No I didn't.

Yes you did.

No I didn't.



(sighs) you're one sad, sad lonely man you know.

Hn. Sasuke scoffed.

He walked up the hallway towards homeroom. It was like 7:30 in the morning, he knew that no one really got into class until 7:45 or even 8:00 because Kakashi was always late anyway. Imagine his surprise when he heard voices. Imagine his surprise when he identified them to be none other than Izumo Akira, and Haruno Sakura.

Why is he in there with Sakura? Sasuke snapped angrily in his mind.

Awfully possessive aren't you? And here I thought you didn't want her. His inner mind teased.

I… he went quiet for a brief moment.

I DON'T. Sasuke snapped afterwards.


Sasuke narrowed his eyes. All he had to do was walk in there and Akira would leave right? Right? Sasuke took a breath and peeked into the room for the first time. His eyes widened in shock when he noticed that Akira was sitting next to Sakura, IN HIS SPOT. He felt his blood boil inside him. And She was… smiling?!

That bastard! What the fuck does he think he's doing?

Bastard! What the fuck does he think he's doing?

This guy really has some balls to sit in your place!

This guy really has some balls to sit in my place!

Asshole stole your girl too!

Asshole stole my girl!! Sasuke paused after realizing what he just thought. WHAT THE HELL?

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA! Oh God you're too easy.


The quarrel brewing within Sasuke and his Id ceased when he heard his name from within.


"Neh, Sakura-san?" Akira asked rather bashfully.

"Hum?" Sakura looked up at him.

"I know it's really none of my business, but if you don't mind me asking…"

"Yes?" Sakura gave him a puzzled look.

"Umm, I was wondering… oh never mind forget it." Akira Shrugged.

"Akira-kun, we've been through this. If you have something to say to me, then just say it." Sakura pouted. "I hate it when you do that."

Akira blushed. "Okay… I just wanted to know, what's your relationship with Uchiha Sasuke…."

Sakura flushed, a mix of embarrassment and heart-fluttering matters concerning the Uchiha.


"...what's your relationship with Uchiha Sasuke?" Sasuke stiffened.

Wouldn't he like to know. Sasuke's inner self snickered remembering the kiss Sasuke and Sakura shared.


Sasuke found himself standing on edge waiting for Sakura's response.


"W-with S-Sa-Sasuke-k-kun?" Sakura stumbled. She let out a nervous chuckle, you know the "eh-heh-heh-heh" one.




"Eh… well… the truth is."


"…the truth is."


I wouldn't mind that… Sasuke's Id pondered with a goofy smile on its face.


Hey, wouldn't it be nice to have Sakura as your girlfriend?


Sasuke's inner self shook his head at the boy in denial. Sasuke went back to eavesdropping.


"The truth is…"

How do I put this… Sakura bit her lower lip.

"The truth is, Sasuke-kun and I… well, we're…"


"…Sasuke-kun and I… we're…"


Sasuke's entire body tensed up in anticipation.


"Sasuke-kun and I, well, we're just friends." Sakura finished. A smile plastered on her face.


SHUT UP! There's NOTHING between Sasuke-kun and I!

To tell the truth Sakura was hurt saying that to herself. But she figured that it was just an accidental kiss because of the love scene they were rehearsing…

After all, I told him to move in whichever way felt natural…


"… we're just friends."

Sasuke let out a breath he was unintentionally holding.

We're just friends… Her words seemed to echo in his mind.

You don't sound too happy to hear 'friends'


To tell the truth Sasuke was hurt. He wasn't sure why. There was just this empty knot feeling in his stomach that he just realized was there after Sakura has said 'friends'. And he didn't like it one bit.


"You're just friends?" Akira sighed in relief. "That's good to hear!"

"Eh?" Sakura looked at him in pure puzzlement. "What do you mean?"


"That's good to hear!"

He sounds WAY too happy.
Sasuke found himself glaring at the navy haired boy.


"Well…" Akira blushed. "I had asked, because I wanted to know if my efforts were going to be in vain…"

"You're efforts?" Sakura noted the way Akira was blushing and rubbing the back of his head.


Efforts? What the hell is this guy rambling about?!

Sasuke wondered.


"Yeah… well Sakura-chan…" Akira continued. "You see, well I… umm…"

"Yes?" Sakura coaxed him on.


'Sakura-CHAN' What does he like her or something?

DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING!!!!1111ONEONEONEONE. Jeez you're slow sometimes.

Why is she encouraging him? He's just going to get shot down. Sasuke scoffed.

My, my, aren't we confident in our handy work eh Uchiha?


"Well… I have feelings for you Sakura-chan…"

Sakura's eyes widened for a brief second, she blushed and looked downward. "I see…"

"That's why I needed to know your feelings towards Uchiha-san, because, you know, if you had feelings towards him, then I would let you go and continue to just be your friend, because well, you're happiness comes first to me…"

Sakura couldn't help but smile.

He's so sweet. Maybe I should give him a chance?

What about Sasuke?

I don't know… he's so difficult, I don't know if I want to go through that…

Shouldn't you give Sasuke a chance too? I vote we think about this before committing to ANYONE.

You're right…


Sasuke heard every single word. He peered in and found a fairly flushed Sakura and a beat red Akira. It made him angry.




Then why are you so angry?



Sakura pondered for a moment, then looked over at Akira, finding his handsome face beat red. She smiled her famous smile, then leaned in and gave him a sweet peck on the cheek. The poor boy was so red it reminded Sakura of a ripe tomato. She giggled a little bit.

"You are so sweet Akira-kun." Sakura beamed sweetly.

"So… will you go out with me?" Akira asked timidly, slowly recovering from his nerve-wracking confession.


Sasuke's fists tightened.


Sasuke's fists balled and shook with fury. His inner self was silent in shock of the pastel haired girl's actions.

He just asked her out too!

Fuck! Shit! I've had ENOUGH of this! Sasuke thought.

He stormed into the classroom


Akira just asked me out…

Say no!

Why no?

What about Sasuke?

Sasuke?... Sasuke… Sakura paused for a second. Then she noticed Sasuke walk into the room.

Ha! Must be fate. Her inner self sighed in relief.

"Sasuke-kun?" Sakura whispered, Akira heard it. Pain hit him in the stomach, that she would say his name instead of his own. He looked to find that she had said it because the Uchiha had just walked into the classroom. He then remembered that Sasuke was in the class too. Akira suddenly felt way too threatened by Sasuke's presence. Sasuke was now standing just to Sakura's right. Akira looked at the pink haired girl. She looked uncomfortable with Sasuke standing there. Her hands were fidgeting together on her lap and her gaze was down towards her desk, she was biting on her lower lip too. She seemed to do that a lot when she's nervous.

"You're in my seat." Sasuke spat.

"Sorry, I'll move then." Akira replied politely, trying not to sound phased. Sakura could tell he was a little intimidated. Akira got up out of Sasuke's seats and went behind Sakura so Sasuke could take his respected spot.

"Hn." Sasuke replied and shoved past Akira (rather rudely) and took his seat.

Sakura couldn't believe how rude Sasuke was being to Akira, after all, he didn't even know Akira right?

So what the hell is his problem?

Maybe he's jealous?

Of what?! Sakura practically shrieked.


Why would he be?

Well let's see… Akira was in Sasuke's seat… and he was hitting on you.

I get the seat part, but since when did he care about who hits on me and who doesn't!!?!?

Maybe he started to care…. He DID kiss you, you know.

Sakura went silent. He did kiss her.

(groan) this is going to be a horrible day I can feel it.

"Sakura-chan…" Akira brought her attention back to him. "I guess I'll be going now."

Sakura's features softened. "Akira-kun… I –"

"Its okay, you don't have to answer me right now" He said cutting her off. He glanced at Sasuke finding him with his eyes narrowed and a frown on his face. Akira looked away. "I'll wait for your answer though… can we have lunch together today?" He rubbed the back of his neck nervously.

Sakura pondered for a moment. "Umm…"

"I'd like to run lines with you before the auditions."

"Actually, Anko-sensei wants me in the music room with Shizune-sensei for vocal training during lunch." Sakura answered her eyes to the floor. "Sorry Akira-kun, I can't run lines with you today."

Students started to fill the class now. A few girls came in spotting the three clumped around the desk, whispers erupting among them.

"Oh, okay, that's alright. I'll see you at the auditions then. Good luck Sakura-chan." Akira bowed to her and waved as he left the room.

Sakura watched him head towards the door, she felt sort of bad about the way the mornings events had ended. Akira was a good guy, and she could tell she had hurt him. She didn't like that feeling at all. "Matte, Akira-kun!" Sakura stood up. She didn't sense Sasuke's anger from behind her as she made her way to Akira. Akira turned around surprised to hear Sakura call him back. The girls in the room watched and continued to gossip about what they were seeing. Sasuke's jaw clenched in frustration.

What the hell is Sakura doing? Just let him leave already! He thought.

"H-hai?" Akira stumbled as Sakura approached him. She smiled sweetly and placed a hand on his cheek, she then leaned in and planted quick chased peck on his other cheek. Sakura pulled away, clasping her hands in front of her and smiled at him. Akira turned red immediately because of her actions, Sasuke turned red immediately in rage, his fists clenched together.

"Thanks." She said still smiling at him.

"Eh? For what??" Akira asked.

"For making me feel better this morning." She tiled her head to the side slightly. "Thanks for that."

Akira smiled at her, his spirits lifting. "Believe me it was my pleasure."

Sakura bowed to him "Do your best today okay?" Her head rose when she said the last part.

Akira nodded. "Of course!" Sakura nodded back and waved as Akira made his way to his own homeroom.

Sakura sighed deeply, satisfaction pulsed through her body. He doesn't deserve to be hurt. Sakura thought as she made her way back to her seat. She caught a glimpse of Sasuke as she approached. He didn't look too happy. What's his problem now? Sakura felt her smile fade as she sat down next to him. Silence lingered between the two of them for a few moments.

"What was that all about?" Sasuke asked. He sounded like he was trying to hold in his anger.

"Nothing." She responded.

"Didn't look like nothing." He snapped back.

"Well it was nothing." She snapped at him with just as much ferocity.



"Why'd you ask?" Sakura looked at him for the first time that morning.

"No reason." Sasuke responded turning his gaze to the window. For some reason he just couldn't look the pink haired girl in the eyes.

"Tch." Sakura scoffed looking away from him. "liar…" She muttered under her breath.

"What did you say?" Sasuke's head snapped towards her.

"Nothing." Sakura shrugged refusing to look at him.

"Seriously, what did you call me."

"A liar."

Sasuke glared at her. "I'm not a liar."

"Then why'd you ask then?" Sakura turned to face him, emerald versus onyx in a glaring fight.

"Hn." Sasuke turned away unwilling to answer the question.

"What the hell kind of answer is 'Hn'? Didn't we go through this last night?" Sakura screamed at him fairly pissed off now.

"Hn." Sasuke answered. His mind raced to last night. Sasuke's cheeks turned a faint pink at the memory of her lips against his. He did his best to hide it from her. It didn't seem to hard, Sakura was too focused on being angry with him.

Oh fuck she's mad at me now.

Sakura sighed in frustration and defeat; she turned away from him.

He's such a royal pain in the ass!

He seems angry


You'd like that though wouldn't you her inner self snickered. Sakura blushed at the thought of belonging to Sasuke. She quickly tried to hide it though, and did so rather successfully; unfortunately she wasn't fast enough and was seen by a certain lazy brunette who was conveniently taking his seat.

He smirked and turned his attention to Sasuke intrigued by the fact that he had a faint touch of pink on his cheeks.

Well, well, well… today will be fun. Shikamaru thought to himself.


"So you see, the water is not the one pushing the cork, but the steam created and bottled up inside. Hot air has a tremendous amount of pressure…" Kakashi continued on with his lesson.

Sakura and Sasuke took notes diligently, both of them doing their best to ignore the other… or at least make the day seem normal around each other.

Sasuke did his best to keep his mind on Kakashi's lesson unfortunately he was failing miserably. He didn't want to admit it, hell he wouldn't ever do that, but he was seemingly upset about Sakura's voluntary show of affection towards Akira that morning.

Freaking girl! What the hell was she thinking? Its not like she likes him or anything so what the hell. She's just leading him on, might as well end it before it starts. And what the hell was that guy thinking asking about our relationship like that!? What gives him the right to ask that anyway! Its none of his business at all. What the fuck is his problem?

Woa, breathe, what the hell is your problem? If you're this pissed off Sakura won't even look at you. Calm down dude and focus on what's important.

Right, what's important… Sasuke tuned back into Kakashi's lecture and took notes frivolously.

Not that dumbass! I meant getting Sakura's attention.

And why the hell would I want to do that?? Sasuke wondered, fairly shocked at himself, unaware that he had forcefully knocked Sakura's elbow with is own causing her to mess up her own notes. She glared at him forcefully. He turned his attention towards her finding himself intimidated by her angry aura. He glanced at her paper and noted the giant pen gash across her notes.

No wonder she's angry, you fucked up her notes. Remember what happened last time you fucked around with her notes?

Sasuke inwardly cringed. Sakura sighed heavily trying to calm her anger down.


Calm down girl, he touched you! Her inner self squealed. Sakura sighed again. She couldn't believe that her altar ego was such a freakken fan girl.

Sakura continued to glare at her seatmate. Sasuke, the genius that he is, glared back at her and mumbled. "It was an accident." Then he went back to his own note taking. Sakura puffed her cheeks and let out a frustrated sigh. She didn't know what she would do with this annoying brat next to her.

That baka! He's not even apologizing! OH MY GOD THIS JERK! She didn't know how much of Sasuke's ego she could take anymore. Sakura was just about ready to blow her top at the 'stupidity of his childish actions' as she had called it in her mind. Right now would really be a good time for a break. And just as luck would have it, the bell rang for lunch.


"Thank God!" Sakura huffed grabbing her things and bolting out of there angrily.

Sasuke merely raised an eyebrow at the pink haired girl. He gathered his own things, including the script and screenplay for the play.

"Anosa, anosa! What's wrong with Sakura-chan?" Naruto asked pouting like a child. He didn't even get to greet her good morning.

"Nothing." Sasuke snapped.

"Doesn't look like nothing." Shikamaru said eyeing the booklet in the Uchiha's hand.

"She said it was noting. Leave it at that." Sasuke snapped before pushing past them.

"Teme where are you going?" Naruto asked, finally taking notice of the book in Sasuke's grasp. "NEH ISN'T THAT THE SCRIP FOR THE SCHOOL PLAY?!" the outburst earned a thwack from the Uchiha.

"DOBE! Don't say that out loud!"

"SASUKE ARE YOU TRYING OUT?!" Naruto mindlessly continued. Shikamaru sighed from behind them, rubbing his temples with his fingers he was going to have a ginormous headache today, he could feel it.

"Fuck." Sasuke muttered already feeling the swarm of girls around him.






"SASUKE-KUUUUUUUUUUNN!!!!!!" They all cooed blissfully ignorant to the popping veins in Sasuke's head and his twitching eyebrow.

"SHUT UP!" Sasuke roared and bulldozed his way out of the room, fan girls hot on his tail.



"Shizune-sensei?" Sakura peeked her head through the music room door.

"Ah Sakura-san. Come in, come in." Shizune waved her over to the piano. "Sakura, the pianist is late, so for now do you think you can go over this?" Shizune asked politely handing Sakura a musical score.

"Umm… sure." Sakura said taking it into her hands, jade eyes scanning over the notes and lyrics. "Am I to sing this song?" Sakura questioned. Shizune nodded, ushering Sakura to take a seat at the piano.

Hinata and Ten Ten said this girl is a musical genius lets see. Shizune thought thinking of a plan. "Sakura," She began, "do you play the piano?"

"Umm, a bit." Sakura answered modestly. "It has been a while since I've done anything other than just fool around on one."

"Do you think you can play and sing?" Shizune asked realizing she might be pushing it. Sakura bit her lower lip contemplating on the idea. "It might help you learn the song faster neh?" Shizune encouraged. She inwardly sighed relieved when Sakura put on a soft smile and nodded. "Great! Try it once, and then I'll leave you to practice while I look for our missing pianist."

"Okay…" Sakura nodded nervously. She eyes drifted from Shizune to the score in front of her. She placed it on the piano and glanced at the keys, steadying her self to commence playing. Sakura took in a deep breath, glanced at the score once more then back at the piano keys, she let her breath out as her fingers graced the keys, playing the first bar, and then the second.

Shizune gaped in awe at the girl sitting before her. This was the first time Sakura had seen the musical score, or heard this song for that matter since it was an original composition, and here she was playing it with grace, dynamics and perfect accuracy right down to the crescendos and staccatos. Sakura continued to play the music gracefully, lip syncing the lyrics to the music. Shizune watched the girl's lips, realizing that Sakura was most likely guessing how the song was to go, and when the lyrics would be sung. What surprised her the most is that Sakura's guesses were right on the note. When Sakura had finished the piece Shizune could not help but applaud. Even if Sakura didn't sing the song out loud the first time through, she had played it perfectly- timing and rhythm both.

"Sakura that was… PEFECT!" Shizune praised. "Play it again, but sing it out loud this time." She was practically glowing with excitement.

Sakura nodded nervously yet again. She completed her ritual once more: taking in a deep breath, glancing at the score then back at the piano keys, then letting her breath out as her fingers graced black and white keys. Her voice was sweet and soft but dominant for attention. Higher than her usual speaking voice, but on key, not squeaky like Ino's Shizune noted. Shizune realized then why Sakura was picked for the role, she was utterly perfect for the part. I must tell Anko! Sakura finished the song again, and again it was perfect, tone, pitch, timing, everything was just perfectly stage worthy.

"Sakura-san, stay here and practice, I'm going to go get Anko!" Shizune beamed and bolted out of the room before Sakura could answer with a quite

"Okay…" Sakura shrugged and looked back at the score. "It's a relatively easy song…" Sakura thought out loud to herself. "It's not like I'm a genius at this or anything." Sakura sighed and played the notes for the bridge. If Anko and Shizune wanted Sakura to sing this, and wanted this to be sung loud, there was no way she could do it sitting down playing the piano and crushing her diaphragm. "I hope they realize that." Sakura mumbled, and when through the song again.


Sasuke had finally managed to loose his fan girls. He looked around the hallway at the lockers and the classrooms. After running all around the school he had seemed to loose track of where he was. Sasuke heard the faint sound of a piano down the hall.

Oh, okay I know where I am now. I'm in the east wing, the arts department.

Aren't you a smart one? 'Cause you know, the music didn't give it away now did it?

Fucking annoying altar ego-shit.

Sasuke made his way over to the music room the door was slightly open. The music stopped as he approached it. He peered in through the crack of the door.


Somehow he wasn't surprised she was there sitting at the piano, he was however curious as to why the girl was alone. He eyed her from afar. She seemed tired. Her shoulders were slumped over and she was leaning forward towards the piano keys. He couldn't tell where her hands were, though he assumed they were on her lap or resting on the keys of the piano. Her head was tilted upward her eyes to the ceiling. Her knees met together, one foot tucked neatly under the piano stool, the other off to the side at an angle. She seemed tired, sort of sad, kind of.

What wrong with her? Sasuke wondered.

Concerned are we?

Pfft. NO.


I'm not lying.

Suuuuuree there.

Sasuke began to become frustrated with himself, not that he wasn't already. The spark of his aggravations caused him to bang his fist on the door. Sakura jumped in her seat at the sound and whipped around to where it came from.

"Sasuke?" Sakura blinked. What the hell is he doing here?

Sasuke's ears perked up, his eyes widened when his gaze met hers. Realization dawned on him.

Fuck! What the hell was I thinking? He didn't answer her.

"What are you doing here?" She asked. Sakura sighed when silence was her answer. "Fine, don't answer me." She huffed and turned her attention back to the piano laying her fingertip gingerly on the keys. Sasuke didn't move from his spot at the door. Sakura started to play. Sasuke continued to gaze at her back. The music lingered in the air. Sasuke closed his eyes and let the music consume him. It was calming but fierce. It was like it was drawing him forward he unconsciously took a step into the room; his body was acting on its own again. But the music held such emotion, emotion that he never held, that he would never know. Or so he thought.

"I think he went this way." A high-pitched voice interrupted, Sasuke snuck a peek down the hall. Fan girls. They had found him.

Fuck. Sasuke swore and shoved himself into the room closing the door behind him. He quickly went up behind Sakura and grabbed her wrist preventing her from playing. Sakura was startled and stopped playing, turning to look at Sasuke with an angry glare.

"WHAT THE HELL ARE YO—mmmffffffhhh" Sakura mumbled as Sasuke cupped her mouth. Sakura struggled against his grip; Sasuke held her tighter and close to him.

"Shhh…" He whispered into her ear. Sakura stopped struggling. His breath was warm against the bare of her neck and the tips of her ears. She couldn't help it. Sakura had ever been this close to a guy before. She was practically pressed into his chest. His arms encircled her perfectly in a way that was both intimidating and comforting at the same time. Sakura felt her heart race quicken.

Why does he affect me so?

Isn't it obvious? You like this Sasuke guy. See he isn't so bad after all now is he.

Sakura merely blushed. She was thankful that Sasuke was behind her and couldn't see her face.

"Oh Sa-su-ke-kun!!!" the fan girls cooed. From down the hall.

Fuck they're getting closer. Sasuke cringed not realizing that he was pulling Sakura in closer to him as he did so.

Sakura's heart was pounding. She was scared that Sasuke would be able to hear it. Sakura forced herself not to be swayed easily by him.


Sasuke's heart was pounding. He had to admit, she felt perfect against him.

WAIT! That's not why I'm here!

Ruin my fun why don't you.


Sasuke's quarrel with his inner-self came to a halt when he heard someone at the door.


Sasuke glanced around the room. Where the hell was he supposed to hide??? Behind the piano? Too obvious. Behind the drums? No that wouldn't cover him. Stands? No.


Sasuke's charcoal eyes scanned the room. Closet? It might be tight, but it'll do. The sounds at the door multiplied. It was now or get caught. Without giving it a second though, he made a break for the storage closet.


He's a jerk! He's a jerk! He's a jerk!

A really hot jerk who can kiss really, really well!!


Her thoughts were interrupted when Sasuke jerked her towards the closet.

"SA-UUMMMPHH" That's right, Sasuke's hand was still over her mouth. She struggled to pull it off her. The two of the reached the closet. Sasuke let her go only long enough to open the closet door. She gladly took the opportunity.

"Sasuke what the fuck are you doing?"

He glared at her for being slightly louder than she needed to be, then at the door.

"What does it look like I'm doing? I'm hiding from those fucked up girls." Sasuke replied in a harsh whisper.

"Girls?" Sakura glanced around the room, her emerald eyes landing on the door.

That makes sense. Maybe I should let him get caught. Sakura smirked inwardly.

Or you can get in the closet with him.


He's a guy Sakura, a really, really hot guy. Who cares!

I DO!!!! Sakura practically shrieked at her laughing altar ego.

She snapped out of it when Sasuke grabbed her wrist to pull her into the closet too.

"What are you doing?"

"Hiding, I though we established that already, aren't you supposed to be smart?"

"Hey!" Sakura frowned at the comment, but brushed it off anyway. "Why am I hiding too?"

"They already hate you, who knows what will happen if they find you ALONE."

Sakura pondered for a moment, but before she could answer she heard the door starting to open. Sasuke pulled her into the closet forcefully closing it behind them.

"Just get in here!" He hissed between his teeth.

The space was tight, a little too tight. Sakura found herself pressed up against Sasuke's chest yet again, but this time she was chest to chest with him in the pitch-black closet. Truth be told, Sakura was a little cluster-phobic, but having Sasuke there sort of gave her some sort of comfort.

Well at least he can't see you blush. (squeal) His chest is hard.

"Kami-sama… why me…" Sakura muttered accidentally out-loud. Sasuke caught it. He wasn't sure why, but the remark crated an uneasy piercing feeling in the pit of his stomach.

Does she hate me?

Why don't you ask her?

Silence. Sasuke decided to take his mind off the girl pressed up against him. He closed his eyes, not that he could see her in the dark anyway. He could feel her there, but not see her. He listened to the sounds beyond the door. The fan girls were in the room all right. He could hear the clicking of their high heels, weren't they supposed to wear flats? Then again he didn't really abide by the dress code much either. Sakura did. Sakura, she had tensed when the sounds came closer to their hiding spot. He glanced down at her. The longer he stared at her spot the more his eyes came into focus. He could make out her hair now… and some parts of her face. Was she shaking? She was. Sasuke leaned into her, his lips hovering over her ear.

"Are you okay?" His voice showed concern.
Sakura's eyes widened. Was he being nice to her?

Is it just me or did he sound concerned?

He cares! SCORE!

Uhgg, shut it will you?!

"Sakura?" his voice got her attention once again, she tilted her head up towards his. Her emerald eyes seemed to be able to focus on his face easily even in the dark. Her eyes caught note of the way his lips were pressed into a thin line, the way his eyebrows were knitted together, but what caught her attention were his eyes, the distant-ness she usually saw in them were gone and replaced with… what was that? Sadness?

He has such sad eyes… Sakura thought to herself.

Their eyes met and held gaze for quite a while; both were slightly alarmed of how easily they got lost in it.

"He's not here" the voice was right outside the closet door. The girl's voice startled Sakura and on reflex, she jerked forward into Sasuke's chest. Sakura let out a small squeak as she did so. Sasuke on instinct caught the girl in his arms, pulling her closer to him. Unfortunately the girl right outside the closet heard Sakura's squeak.

"Nee, did you guys hear something?" The girl asked. "I swear I just heard something from inside this closet."
"Yumi-chan you're hearing things, like Sasuke-kun would hide in a closet, he's too cool for that." Another girl said unbelieving. S-drop, how ironic.

Sasuke and Sakura stood frozen in the tiny closet. Sasuke's hold on the pink-haired girl tightened as he frantically looked around the tiny closet for a place to hide if the girls decided to open the closet door.

Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit. Fuck. Sasuke's eyes continued to scan the tiny space, his eyes forcing themselves to focus.

"Sa-Sasuke" Sakura choked out.

"Did you guys here that?" The girl, Yumi, who was standing in front of the closet door said. "I swear I heard someone's voice from inside this closet!" the sound of Yumi shifting her weight towards the closet door sent waves of panic through both Sasuke and Sakura. Sasuke's eyes continued to search frantically in the dark for a place to conceal themselves from Yumi and the other crazy obsessed girls. There! Sasuke mentally kicked himself for not noticing the pile of boxes pressed against his back. He heard the knob of the door shuffle as if Yumi's hand had already grasped the knob.

"Yumi-chan." Another voice called. "You don't really think Sasuke-kun would hide in there do you?"

Hesitation. Sasuke seized the chance and pulled Sakura with him backwards behind the stack of boxes.

"Doesn't hurt to look." And with that Yumi hulled the door open. Light flooded the closet.

Sakura could feel Sasuke's heart pounding in rhythm with her own. She could feel Sasuke's chin upon her head and her face was buried into the crook of his neck, his arms wrapped protectively, almost possessively around her petit frame. Perfect fit it seems.

"See nothing in there!" the other girl said now coming up behind Yuki. "Lets go!" she said shutting the closet door. Again footsteps could be heard. The girls left the room noisily in pursuit of their obsession.

Sakura shivered in Sasuke's arms, slightly uncomfortable with being this close to him. Sasuke didn't let loose his grip on the girl. Not just yet, he gave her a light squeeze and she became still. The two of them waited until they were sure the girls had left the room. They listened to the clicking of heels become faint, a door opening, more footsteps followed by the door closing. They waited patiently although on the inside the two of them were on edge. Once Sasuke was sure the music room was vacant he let Sakura out of his grasp and pushed open the closet door.

Sakura stepped out first, completely unsure of what to do. Sasuke followed suit and stood next to her. The closet door slammed shut causing Sakura to tense up in surprise. She suddenly became aware of the utter stillness in the room.

I don't know what I'm supposed to do? Sakura thought to herself…

Why is my heart beating so fast? Why does his touch put me at ease? Why?

Sakura stole a glance up at Sasuke from the corner of her eye. He too seemed deep in thought.

Sasuke… do I like you?