AN: DO READ!
First off, I do apologize about not updating. I lost interest in the writing this, but some of you guys have continued to review and alert, etc… And I have decided that I am re-writing and revamping it because there were far too many loop holes in the old one. I have taken down all the chapters and edited them and will have "Revamped" on the chapter title for those that I have written already. I drafted an actual story board and it turns out to be much more complex than when I initially started it, which I actually don't mind! Only minor changes in this chapter! So, I do hope that you will look over this fic and take care of me once again!
Summary: When all that she has known slipped away from her grasp, Sakura struggles to carry their dreams, goals, and values. When all that was lost returns to haunt her, Sakura tries to cope with the suddenness of it all. What's more, a war is once again looming over the horizon.
12 years old – Genin
A dull pain erupted from her back as the darkness started to consume Sakura's whole mind, letting out a small, quiet mutter.
Don't worry Sakura-chan! It's a promise of a lifetime!
"I'm sorry Sakura-chan…"
Naruto sat on the hospital bed with bandages wrapped around his whole body, including his face. Sakura trembled and fought the urge to fight to back. Tsuande and Shikamaru stood silently on the side, awaiting her reaction.
"What are you talking about, Naruto? It's a good day…"
"Let me be your apprentice."
Sakura stood firm in front of the Hokage, Tsunade. The blonde Hokage's eyes studied her critically.
Sakura winced slightly at her voice but regained quickly from it.
"I don't want to be weak. I want to protect my precious ones."
"Hm. Alright then. Training starts tomorrow at 6. Don't be late."
Sakura smiled at her answer and nodded determinedly.
"I won't disappoint you, Tsunade-sama."
13 years old - Genin
"Don't worry Sakura-chan! I'll be back. After I train hard with Ero-sennin, we'll get the bastard back!"
Naruto grinned at her.
"Be careful, Naruto…"
"You work hard too, Sakura-chan!"
Naruto walked away from the gate and beside him, one of the Legendary Sannin, Jiraiya. Both turned and waved. She waved weakly as she watched them walk away.
"Let's go, Sakura. We have training to do."
She looked one last time at the duo's retreating backs and turned away, with a small smile.
"I'm sorry, Sakura…"
Hatake Kakashi, declared MIA in his recent S-class mission. Hunter-nins are investigating his disappearance.
Sakura clenched her fists as she stared out into the village. Konoha. Her village. The wind blew through her pink locks. The sun was just beginning to set up into the horizon. The smell of freshly cooked food wafted around as the Village of the Leaves became alive from their slumber.
Her emerald eyes caught the movements of the village's ninjas, jumping from roof to roof. She also caught the sight of many children; children of all ages, making their way to the academy.
The academy she once went to. It was the place where she learnt to be a ninja, the place where she became a genin, and the place where they were formed…as Team 7.
It's been far too long… Kakashi-sensei…Naruto…Sasuke-kun…
She sighed as she tried to shake those thoughts away from her mind. She ran her hands through her hair, her forehead protector, taken out. She barely needed the accessory, but whenever she remembered, she would put it on out of habit.
It all started many years ago; too many to count. She met them, loved them, cherished them, and lost them. One by one, they walked away with gratitude and assurance slipping off from their lips. With smirks, smiles, and grins, they never looked back and never returned.
She struggled, she fought, and finally she decided. Their short time together tattooed itself in her brain, never leaving, constantly reminded her of what she has decided.
I will become Hokage!
I will kill him…
Those who don't follow the rules are considered trash. But those who do not help their friends are considered worst than trash.
When I become Hokage, I'll change Hyuuga for you!
She will fulfill…
I will become strong!
I got lost in the road of life…
"You're out early."
She smiled and tilted her head back.
"I'm surprised you are as well. Or perhaps you were out late again, Shikamaru?" She teased slightly.
"How troublesome." He muttered slightly. "We finished it early. Turns out it was easier than we thought. Details are all here."
She nodded as she accepted the scroll. She turned to face the Hokage Mountain. She studied each of the faces; all 6 of them.
"You may go. I'm sure Temari is waiting for you."
"Hai, Hokage-sama." With that, he disappeared.
She turned to the sun, embracing its warmth and smiled.
The rain poured hard around the forest, dousing the fire that engulfed it. Many kunai, shuriken, and bodies littered the ground. Majority of the bodies were burnt. A big fight recently occurred.
A figure, dressed in a black appeared on the scene. A porcelain mask adorned with red lines and the imitation of a cat's face, covered the ninja's face. Pink hair fluttered around as her sandals splashed around the puddles. Her leg guards protected her as her gloved hand traced around the remaining chakra that littered the scene.
Dents and wholes on the ground obstructed her path. She clenched her fist and scanned the area for any sign of life…or just anything.
She fisted her hands in frustration. So close! Where… where are you…?
Chakra residue all over the place; it's them. Bodies were burnt beyond identification. Will rendez-vous at Point B with Dog.
Comments: Again, just very minor detail changes.