A/N: …And I really love you…


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Ino's Story: Part 2

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"INO! I didn't know!" She grabbed her arm, desperately, trying to hold onto her ever breaking friendship. "Please, please…PLEASE… just STOP!"

The figure's eyes trailed down onto the small hand that had latched onto her slim wrist. In one rapid movement, she had jerked free of the grasp and turned around, to face the other woman. "And why should I?" She hissed.

Sakura stood there helpless, wanting nothing more than for forgiveness, and for her chance to explain. "Ino... I really didn't know…" she pleaded. "If I did... I would have never. I wouldn't have… you know... I didn't -" She took a few helpless pants, her eyes moving with regretful unshed tears. "… Please… Ino… Let me explain."

With a glare she pushed Sakura off. "I can't forgive you. Ever."

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"Sakura?"

"Hmm?"

"Nothing."

The pink head moved her magazine slightly down, so she could observe the laughing blonde woman's wide smile. Her eyes skipped the playful secret smile she was receiving and continued looking over the paper. Today's forecast called for sunny skies and a high of –

"OW!" She shrieked, almost tipping her morning's coffee all over the horoscope pages. She glared at her roommates cute little "Whoppise, my bad" smile. She gave Ino her own little secretive smile and threw her own spoon at her.

She was sure she would get an angry expression out of the blonde and a mild fight of spoon war would ensure… but nothing.

Ino earned that confused face.

It seems that she had to be content with the weather. Isn't that right? Ino was just soooo super happy that she had the nerve to throw a spoon at someone. Didn't everyone know that people hated being disturbed while reading? It was a known fact. That is why people bring their newspapers into the washroom.

"Ino?" Sakura asked finally. "Is something wrong?" She put down her newspaper and raised one eyebrow at the silence she received. The last time Ino was soundless, was that one time the poor thing had her heart ripped out by that lazy bastard. "Are you feeling well? I mean, you're more quiet than usual… WAHHH -"

"OH Sakura!" Ino sang out happily, throwing herself onto Sakura, giving her a bear hug. "I'm so happy!"

Sakura gave out a sigh and pouted childishly. "And this is what I get when I ask…"

She was rewarded for that respond with a quick slap on the arm.

"Oww…abusive." Sakura teased, laughing.

"I think he's the one."

She stopped laughing.

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"I LOVED HIM!" she screamed at her.

Sakura stopped and the two former best friends stared at one another, helpless.

"Ino… I…"

"Just stop Sakura…" she gave up. Falling onto the ground in pitiful, heartbreaking sobs, she cried. "Just stop it. Please."

"Ino, I didn't know. I really would - didn't – I – I-'m sorry." Sakura pleaded, standing still in her spot, too afraid to come within slapping distance of ex best friend.

"Leave."

"But I -"

"Just leave…"

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"Yuki-san?"

A snore.

"Yuki-san?"

More snoring.

"YUKI-SAN!"

"Hai hai? The man woke up in a panic. "What's happening?"

Ino giggled. "Nothing… I was just wondering if maybe you can meet my best friend today. I asked her yesterday and she told me she was free all day."

Hmm…he thought, looking at her happy, hopeful face. "Why not." He smiled. "I would love to meet her today."

"YAY!" The blonde rejoiced, jumping into his arms, kissing him lightly. "I know you too will hit it off. She's just like you." Ino said eagerly.

Yuki laughed, brushing away his planned events for today. He was going to go popped Sakura-Chan a visit, but he could always reschedule that for later. A darling little lunching with Ino and he could probably swing back for dinner with Sakura. The gods up there loved him.

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"But I didn't know." The reply was softer than a whisper.

"It doesn't matter anymore does it now?"

There was nothing left to say.

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"Come on! You're making us late!" Ino yelled at her boyfriend, taking his hand and dragging him along, as fast as she could, towards her purple door room.

"Why so anxious?" He teased her, moving her hand ever so slightly so they intertwined perfectly. "I wish you were like this more so." He whispered delightfully in her ear.

Ino felt her cheeks flushed and quickly turned around to swath him.

"Okay, okay… I'll be good." He told her, waving his arms up playfully when her serious frown came about again.

He took her in her arms and lifted her up. "You're too serious Ino," he smiled.

"Well, maybe you're not taking it as serious Yuki."

He laughed, "Maybe, maybe." He agreed, pecking her on her tiny nose.

"… It's just that I always talked about you, and I can't wait for you to meet Sakura."

"…Sakura?" Yuki repeated puzzlingly.

She giggled lightly. "Yeah… you know… the one I have always talked about… my best friend Sakura?"

Yuki began to sweat. He didn't like where this was leading. "You mean… best friend, room mate Sakura?"

She gave him a confused stare. "Yeah…"

He gulped and dropped her.

"What's wrong Yuki-kun?" Ino purred in concern, noticing his tensed body language… just as the door opened, revealing a shocked pink headed female.

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"How… What…. I don't understand Yuki."

"It's nothing Sakura, don't worry about it."

"What…"

"I just saved her from a couple of guys that wanted to take advantage of her. That's all."

"…"

"And before I knew it, she was all over me!"

"…"

"I didn't tell you because she didn't mean anything to me."

She didn't mean anything to me.

"I love you Sakura."

"I know how you feel now Sakura. Before I thought you were crazy for running after Sasuke-kun, a guy that never knew how to love, but now I finally understand why."

"Only you."

"Sakura, I think I love him."

"I'm sorry that I kept this from you. I never knew that you two were roommates… I was just, I just… I never thought - "

"… Love makes you do crazy things hmm?"

"Please say something Sakura."

"Sakura… He called me beautiful."

"Sakura?"

"I think I love him."

"…Why?"

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A/N: sleepingbunny has return! Sorry for the long hiatus. I will try my best to finish these stories up as quickly as possibly. I had at least 3 chapters written out for each of my stories plus my new ones… but my computer fried on me… three times. Yes, yes, I was pretty pissed, in fact so mad that I lost my ambition to continue. I am doing the best I can in remembering the whole layout and everything for my chapters, but it's hard.

Uh oh… She's gonna get it. :)

Does this story even make sense? I must admit I just found this chapter on my hard drive and decided to upload. I think I wrote this like a year ago or something. I'll finish this story one day. What? Maple Story has taken over my life… and this is my attempt to take it back.


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