AN: Was listening to Michelle Branch's "Are you happy now?", and this spun itself out. I was meaning it to be angsty, shorter, and to fit in with a series of drabbles I'm writing, but look at what happened!


Are you happy now?


Yeah, you know, that good feeling you get when everything's going right for a change?



Your definition of happiness.

It was just a definition. Isn't it good when everything's going right?

Good doesn't equal happy, Sakura.

Argh! Sensei, you're so maddening! What's with the evasive answers?

I am happy now.

Oh, well that's good. And will you be happy to see your little Sakura walking down the aisle tomorrow?

Isn't your happiness the more important factor?

I suppose so. But sensei, I want you to be happy too.

I already said I was happy.


Are you happy now?

What kind of a question is that?

The kind that you just asked me.

I know that!

Why are you getting angry?

I'm not! I'm getting married tomorrow, of course I'm happy!

Lee's a good guy, but I never thought you'd be able to handle green lycra and bowl cuts.

I've gone for good looks before, sensei, and we know how that turned out.


It's ok. What? Sensei! It is ok. Do you really think I'd still be pining after him after all this time? After what he did to Naruto? To this village? To you?

To me?

He nearly killed you, sensei no baka!

Mah, I knew you could heal me.

But I didn't know. I thought you were gone that time. Do you know how scared I was? I was…


Nothing. Get off, Sensei, you don't need to hug me, I'm not a little girl anymore.

I've noticed…

Pervert! Stop laughing!

I will if you do.

I'm not laughing, Sensei no baka!

Sakura, look at me.


Could you look in me in the eye and tell me that you're happy now?


Tell it to my face. Tell me that you're happy now.

I can't even see your face.

Then here, here it is. Now can you tell me? Sakura?

Yes. I am happy now.

But will you be happy tomorrow? Will you be happy the day after that? The year after?

Why are you asking me this, sensei? I don't know. I can't say.

Then stay here.


Stay. Here.

You're happy now? Here?


Because I'm here?


So stay here. With me.

You're crazy.

No. Just desperate.


Don't call me that.

I'm getting married tomorrow! How can you do this, sensei?

I told you. I'm desperate.

Why? For what? Just to have someone? Just so you won't be alone? Anyone will do because you're desperate?

No. You're getting married tomorrow, Sakura. Now is all I've got.

And that's all you can have, Kakashi. Why didn't you tell me this before?

Because I didn't even know what 'this' was, until today.

You're crazy.

You know what they say love does to people…


What did you think I meant?

How do you know it is love?

Because I know this is the first time I've felt this way, and I know that I've never loved anyone before.

Is that supposed to make any kind of sense?

Sorry, I told you I've never done this before.

Are you laughing? At a time like this?

Sakura, do you love Lee?


The way that you love me?

Aren't you assuming a bit much, Kakashi?

You've dropped the 'sensei' quite easily, I've noticed.

I don't love Lee the way I love you.

So you do love me.

I can't believe I'm having this conversation with you, today.

Better than having it tomorrow, with me jumping up to object in the middle of the ceremony and making a passionate declaration of love before sweeping you into my arms and making off to the nearest registrar.

That would have been a novel way to spice things up.

You knew you loved me when I nearly died that time, didn't you?

How do you know?

That was the same time you agreed to go on a date with Lee for the first time.

I was scared, Kakashi.


Because I knew there was no way you would ever love me back. I didn't want to go through that again.

And yet here we are.

Yes. Oh no, how are we going to tell everybody? Poor Lee! And my mother's going to kill me. I think the kimono alone nearly bankrupted us.

We'll have to get Hokage-sama to order us off on a nice, long D-rank mission, just the two of us.


So you'll stay here?

Yes. Kakashi, you really know how to mess things up, just when everything's going so well, don't you?

But are you happy now, Sakura?