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Flashback from Chapter 5
Sakura went outside to buy all the things they'll need for the party tomorrow so after, listing all the stuff she needed, she hurriedly went out…
Only to be greeted by a harsh downpour of chilling rain.
"Great... but I really need to get those, right now! Oh, never mind the rain; I'll just bring an umbrella or something…" Deciding that that was the best course of action, Sakura grabbed a pink umbrella from behind the door. She then courageously battled the rain… but as I was fated to happen, she lost to nature. She was quickly drenched, her pink umbrella doing nothing to shield her from the rain.
"Maybe I should get back… there maybe a typhoon coming! I could get stuck here… oh, that's not good at all… but what about my party? What would the girls say..? Oh, never mind the rain; I'll just make it quick…" She told herself, soaked clothes and all.
Now, to get to the closest market, she had to pass by their school – the same place where a certain black- eyed brunette was sitting under the protection of a rickety old shed. Who is that person sitting there? Maybe I should take a closer look… that guy might be in need of help…
Sakura snuck closer to the gates of the school and narrowed her eyes at the hunched figure shivering slightly at the cold rain (yeah, even Mr. I-am-an-Uchiha-and-you-must-worship-my-shit Sasuke can shiver… I mean, the rain is that cold) Is that Sasuke- kun? What is he doing at the school in such an hour… and in this rain?
Sasuke thought he heard someone call his (sacred) name, but it was so faint he thought his feverish mind was delirious and/or playing tricks on him. I must be going insane. It sounded like Sakura…
"SASUKE-KUN!" shouted the pink- haired girl, thinking that the loud rain was blocking her voice from reaching Sasuke. The Uchiha turned around, apparently hearing the girl perfectly, and for the first time in history, inwardly glad to see the girl.
Keyword: Inwardly. Sasuke tried to snort, but the rain just got into his already stuffy nose, a clear sign he was going to be sick. He shivered more noticeably, but still not all that obvious, and it was all that Sakura could do not to just jump over the gates and hug her (ex) crush.
"You," was Sasuke's short reply, voice almost quivering. His blurry eyes narrowed into little slits, his body fighting the urge to just grab Sakura's umbrella and run for himself.
"What are you doing here? Isn't it a little too late at night for you to be out? And in this rain, too," Sakura straightened up, her clothes clinging to her like second skin. I cannot deal with him right now… we're in the middle of a storm!
"I was just passing," was Sakura's short reply, and the Uchiha's eyebrows shot up at the tone of her voice. She talks to me like that now? Where was the other stuttering Sakura who can't look straight at me without blushing?
"You look like you're freezing, Sasuke," and at this he cringed outwardly. He couldn't believe this girl actually knew how he felt at the moment. "We could share my umbrella if you want. You can just drop me off at my house and take the umbrella with you, retur-"
"I don't need your help."
Sakura blinked at the now obviously suffering man in front of her, and decided that his attitude wasn't going to spoil her mood. She just made up with one of her best friends, damn it! Nobody was going to ruin her day – not the shitty weather, not the wet clothes and dysfunctional umbrella, and certainly not just some prissy pretty boy ex-crush!
"I insist, Sasuke," Sakura's voice was firm and sarcastic, and for a moment, Sasuke thought he was talking to himself. He blinked in amazement as the girl who usually only blew up on Naruto raged at him. Maybe I should just take her offer to shut her up…
"Unless your goal is to catch pneumonia, then I'm not moving here until you move there… and if I get sick because of you, my parents will know, and they surely sue you petty little bastard, whatever the cost!"
"Ok, I'll go with you."
"Oh, you can bet you bastard they will! God, here I am, offering you a refuge from that half- useless old shed, and you freaking turn down my offer! And don't tell me you don't want my help because I'm a girl! The heck! In fact, it's your damn pride that's talking, so shut up and your damn Uchiha pride!" Sakura fumed and then realized that she had just insulted her (ex) crush thoroughly. She then blushed, her head spinning with the harsh words she used on Sasuke. She didn't mean to vent on him… it was just that her heart was just so full of all the confusing problems she has had within the past week.
Sasuke just raised an eyebrow. "In case you didn't hear, I said yes."
"Oh… yeah, ok…" she answered lamely and cringed inwardly, mentally wincing at her explosion. Ugh, I'm such an idiot! I can't believe I told him all that… damn…
"Annoying as always… you're almost as bad Naruto." Sasuke exited the campus and shared Sakura's pink umbrella. The hard rain was still pouring, so Sasuke stayed in the umbrella's shade. Annoying as hell, but still kind of amusing… hn…
"We should go to my house first… it's nearer. You can drop me off and take the umbrella with you… you can return it to me later…"
"Hnn…" Like hell I'm going to use a pink umbrella. Tche…
He's so close… I think this is the closest we've ever been…
It was that fateful minute that Sakura decided that a blush was just appropriate… they were walking so close… like he was her boyfriend… and she was his…
"We should get you home… you're red. You must be catching something." And here he was worrying about me catching pneumonia. –Snort–
He's worrying over me..?
Matte! He cares?
Sasuke's Point of View
I just went out for practice, trying to come up with great stunning moves for the school's basketball match approaching close this week; yet, I had to suffer this hard tremendous rain pouring against me as if there was no tomorrow. Well, I wouldn't want to admit that it was all because of Hyuuga. Curse him! Hyuuga's fault!
Damn! Uchiha Sasuke was always a genius…and it made me want to beat myself for stating that.
Just now, I was so stupid for not knowing that there was a storm coming and much worst than that was I have to suffer and eat my pride for sharing under this pink umbrella with this 'petty' and 'annoying' girl named Sakura.
Trying to think of it, she was acting like I had no choice but to allow her to share with me that umbrella! And she was so demanding…as if she could handle herself just too well.
But honestly, looking at her she was shivering and her face was slightly turning crimson. I guess she'll catch pneumonia…
Annoying as always…We'd better hurry before the rain got any stronger and let her take some rest.
Sakura's Point of View
What is he doing, training at this rate? It was so late now and it was raining! He was rejecting my offer just a couple of minutes ago, trying to tell me that he didn't need my help.
What if he got sick? What if no one came to rescue him? What will happen to him? He'll surely be absent tomorrow. That might cause an effect on his perfect marks, right? Who would want that to happen?
Didn't he know that I care for him? Didn't he know that I was really worried at that time when I saw him under that undeniably useless shed? What's with him? Making me lose my grip and go back again to that 'weak' Sakura!
I hate myself!
No, I must show him that I had really moved on!
But… why is my head stirring in pain? I just felt that I'm going to collapse…so heavy…my eyesight was not even cooperating- it was so blurred…dark…
"Sakura!" Sasuke found himself carrying Sakura's weight as she suddenly fainted and lost control. Definitely, he had no choice but to carry her behind his back and bring her home as soon as possible. But with a storm like this, the umbrella had no use and it was really difficult to carry someone while at the same time using an umbrella. Damn! Sasuke cursed inwardly. Who was offering help awhile ago, huh? Tche…she couldn't even take care of herself…
Finally, Sasuke found Sakura's home. It was such a trouble for him to carry her along while combating the powerful storm. This would not happen if she didn't bother him in the first place. He could actually take care of himself and he could go home safely and sound if it was not because of her…Now, he had to drag himself into something like this.
"Sakura, where's the key?" He carefully whispered to her not to totally wake her up but to only give him an answer.
"hmm…" That was all she could reply.
Sasuke's patience was now put into test. He was not used to dealing into this kind of situation. He badly needed her to answer, and she only gave him that worthless respond. Shit!
Being the so-called genius, he was aggravated to not even know what to do in this very simple problem. Of course, he had to come up with a solution sooner or later. After all, she had bothered her for so long already! And this was too much in Sasuke's world…
He warily sought for the keys in her pocket, composing himself in the process not to touch anything that was not supposed to. C'mon Sasuke…just get the keys…the key…
"Gotcha!" and he immediately unlock the door and went in.
Inside, he turned on the lights and wondered why it felt like Sakura's been living all by herself. There was no any trace of person that seemed to be in this house for quite so long. He then shrugged the thought of and focused himself on the important point, which was to search for her room.
He opened the door of one of the Haruno's rooms and luckily located what he was looking for.
The room was well-maintained that he slightly smirked at the sight. The walls were painted in rosette while the bed was in salmon-pink. Everything seemed to be in one color palette, which made him not to have any second thought of what her favorite color was. Fool...who would want everything to be this monochromatic?
Sasuke placed her softly unto her bed, mindfully laying her as he did so. He subconsciously gazed at her sleeping face, considering the rosy streak obvious on her face. He pulled the blanket upwards just enough to keep her from quivering. She might be feeling cold.
Her face was still and calm as though she was aware that someone would take good care of her. It was definitely not him, He thought. Apparently it should not be me…not me…me…
Random thoughts came on rushing…flooding his mind and this was the first time, his mind felt so numb…
He stared at her for awhile…painstakingly grabbing the chance that she was asleep and she could not do anything irrational which would ruin this moment. He bravely shoved the soft locks covering her face only to be surprised with a burning heat enraging from her forehead. Darn! She's hot…
"Just wait here", He said in an imposing tone but he was withheld by her hand gripping firmly on his, "Stay… please…" She stirred. An abrupt rush of faint blush crawled upon his cheeks, grateful that it was dark. No one could see him in the process. He struggled, trying to take his hand away, but she was pleading. With her condition right now, no man could resist her so he willingly followed her request.
He lingered on the idea of her hand holding his tightly. He felt her… soft, dainty hands that he was so sure, only he had been in contact. He was somewhat possessive. Mine…only mine…Exactly! He was just like possessed…he couldn't believe he would think something like that… very un-Sasuke…
In that notion, he instantly unlocked his hand from her. He went down as fast as he could as he recalled that scene on his mind. He must leave… Í was not supposed to be here…with that, he left.
Prior to what he did, he placed a damp of wet cloth on her forehead and made sure that she was a little recovering.
She was again left alone in her room…in darkness and in complete solitude…
Sakura woke up with the tiny rays of sunlight entering through her windows, she moaned. She relaxed a bit, letting out a much needed sign of relief. But…something felt wrong…this caused her to tensed up again. She prepared herself to stand while she did; she noticed the basin, a medicine and a glass-filled with water on her side table.
"Huh?" She said as she recalled the night before. From the grocery stuff, the pouring rain, Sasuke under the shed, the pink umbrella sheltering them, the total black-out…darkness…these were all she could remember.
"Sasuke? Where is he now?"
She quickly stood up, washed herself and got dressed. Then, she reached for her pink slippers that were stuck under her bed while she pulled her bag on her drawers. "I need to find him…" She thought as she closed the door and left.
Meanwhile, Ino, Tenten and Hinata met at the Ikebana station to buy various grocery items for the party some time later at Sakura's place.
"Hmm…have you all chosen your best dress for the party?" The blonde asked. Ino was known to be very good at this. She was known for her sense of fashion and felt superior on this area. She pushed her locks with her hand as she stared at them, looking desperate for any reaction. But there was nothing.
"You'd better concentrate on what we should prepare so that everyone would love the food and the event as well". Tenten butted in and reached for the tomato sauce on the other side of the counter, "How about spaghetti?"
"No, Carbonara would be better". Ino rejected her offer and went to the left side of the item stand for the nestle cream. "You know, I'm sure the guys would love something different. Spaghetti is only for kids".
"Well, I guess we have our granny here, ne, Hinata-san?" and the brunette let out a loud giggle which made the blonde to be infuriated with anger.
"Omae!" Ino shrieked. The two started again their endless wrangle as they mocked each other, running here and there hoping to get a grab of each other's hair.
"Ino-san, anou…Tenten-san…" Hinata was again caught in the middle, serving as the referee to the two scandalous women.
"You'd better get outta here, you blonde!" Tenten took hold of Ino's long blonde locks while Ino as well had a tight gripped on the brunette's shirt.
Hyuuga Neji had just had his break from his morning practice when he caught a glimpse of the cherry-haired Sakura running towards the other street and across the village of the Uchiha's. There he saw her patiently waiting in the front gate of the Uchiha Mansion. "What is she up to?" He thought as he cautiously watched her behind an ample tree.
He cringed inwardly at the sight of the Uchiha prodigy coming out of their dwelling, hands in his pocket as if he was holding something. Sasuke opened their gate and eventually welcomed Sakura with a nod.
He heard Sakura cheerfully greeted the ice cube with her famous line,"Ohayo Sasuke-kun!" He felt a slight pinched within his chest at the suffix "kun" being used again by Sakura. What's happening?
He went nearer for greater eavesdropping, but it was though Sasuke knew that he was there. Sasuke motioned Sakura to come inside where the kunoichi obediently followed.
Two onyx orbs fiercely darted him in return; the right eye exceptionally twitching.
…to be continued…
A/N: So guys? What do you think with this one? What is Uchiha Sasuke up to? Better watch out for the next chapter, ne?
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