It was dark and stormy outside, just as it had been since the Kyubi returned. I can remember the bloodcurdling scream issuing from Naruto as the demon ripped out of its twelve year imprisonment from Naruto's belly. First, everyone and everything seemed normal as we were going back to Konohagukare from a mission we just completed when everything went quiet.

Sasuke, Kakashi-sensei, and I were up in front, neither of us noticing that Naruto had fallen behind. Kakashi-sensei noticed when he heard a gagging noise from behind. When we turned around, we saw Naruto crouched on the ground clutching his stomach; his face was twisted with agony and pain. Kakashi-sensei had recently warned us about this and I attempted to look away but I kept on looking at the wretched form and the event that was about to take place.

Kakashi-sensei ran over to hold Naruto down as a ripping noise issued from his stomach. He cried out in pain as claws tore through, blood already soaking the ground. Next appeared the snout and the long muzzle, teeth tearing through him. After what seemed an hour, the Kyubi was finally out, and jumped out into the horizon, heading to areas unbeknownst to me, or the rest of us.

Kakashi-sensei stood up, shaking his head. "Is he going to be all right?" I asked eagerly hoping for the best, "I'm afraid not, the demon tore through vital organs on his… way out…." He looked away from us, back at Naruto, and picked him up. He walked away towards the forest, on his way, I heard him muttering to him self these words, "No, not another one… I'm sorry… Naruto…so, so sorry…."

I looked away from the window and sighed, the sounds of the burial were still ringing in my ears. Everyone was sitting in the memorial building, the casket in place, some people were even crying on his behalf. I walked over to see him one last time, tears springing in my eyes, but I didn't let them fall, he probably wouldn't like that.

When I got to the side, he looked so calm, so peaceful, like he didn't have a care in the world, or at least, that's what he looks like when he fall asleep during class, this is much different, the sereneness on his face was dissimilar, eyes lightly closed, mouth forming just a small frown but nothing to noticeable, it just seemed… wrong. Sasuke stepped up beside me and put his hand on my shoulder, even he was a little distraught, his face wrought with worry. "Come on Sakura, we better go…."

He turned to leave, but my legs felt leaden. "I can't just leave him Sasuke-kun, I mustn't…." He pulled at my arm, dragging my outside. We went to go sit outside on the hill, over-looking the sea, looking at the blood-red sunset. The wolves and coyotes were howling in the distance, all most as if in a farewell song, with lyrics too sad too sing. The birds also joined in on the chorus, when my tears began to fall.

Sasuke wrapped his arm around me as I wept, but stared into the distance grimly, knowing what soon will occur. All the anguish and sorrow that will follow, and also, what will happen to us….