AN:Well another story for me...this time though...it's definitley a sasusaku fic...oh and AU, but the places where they live or travel to have the same names(Konoha...Sound..etc...)...oh and another thing...I do love to start my stories with phone calls...hehe...:)
Chapter 1: When Fate Played Tricks
"Calm down Sakura!"
The woman with pink hair flopped down sloppily on the couch. She leaned her head backwards, one hand on the phone, the other on her forehead, which by the way, was no longer as big as it used to be.
"Sorry Ino, it's just that...are you forced to do it? Are you really Ino? Maybe an alien abducted you or something?"
"NO!...Stop overreacting Sakura, I'm doing it because...I'm in love..."
She almost gagged at what she heard.
"Now who's overreacting...I just can't believe it...you're actually getting married! The playgirl of Konoha, finally tying the knot. You can't blame me for not easily believing."
Her friend's beautiful laugh rang in her ears, and she just had to laugh in return, she really did miss Ino.
"I know..I know...but Sakura, he's really...perfect, you'll like him when you meet him. That's why you have to come back! And of course you're my maid of honor, and my bestfriend's supposed to help me...and we haven't seen you in ages...and you're too obsessed with traveling...and-"
"Alright! I'm coming home...you don't have to make me feel guilty."
"YAY! I'm so happy! Oh I'm gonna tell everyone! When will you arrive?"
"Well, there's still some things I have to do, maybe three days from now."
"Cool! See you two days from now! Gotta go! Bye!"
But she already hanged up.
Great...now I have to be there the day after tomorrow...if I don't...She shuddered at the thought, the last time she was late for their appointment, Ino almost tore her ear off with her endless bickering. Sakura hoped that Ino's soon to be husband has a lot of patience. What was the guy's name? Oh yeah...she forgot to ask.
Sasuke was sitting inside a coffe shop in the village of Sound, his seat was near the window. He looked outside searching for anything interesting. When he found none, he stared at the black liquid in his cup and went back to his previous actions, he had been to his uncle's house to inform him about an important matter, and he nearly killed the man when he laughed at him.
He was finally getting married, to a beautiful woman. He remembered meeting her at a party, he never wanted to go in the first place but his brother forced him. He was standing near the terrace of the house he was in when she approached.
She was very forward and though he didn't show it, he was enjoying the attention. They exchanged numbers, or rather she gave him hers and he walked away from her.
A few weeks after that, he decided to grace her with his presence and thay started going out. After a month or so, they surprised everyone by anouncing their enggagement.
Many would say that they were rushing into things. She liked him...almost worshipped him...he liked her enough, and he knew she would do everything to please him, she looked like the submissive type. The only problem he could think of was that she might be too clingy.
When his brother asked him why he'd marry the girl, he merely said that he would do so to preserve their line. Itachi laughed at him and shook his head. He looked at him for a few seconds before turning his back.
Well what was he supposed to say? That he's marrying her for love? Please. Everyone knows what that emotion could bring.
His father was like a slave because of his love for their mother, he worked and worked to give her all the things she wanted. But in the end she left them, and no matter what they told their father, he still believed she'd come back...til the day he died.
Itachi was married once, and he became miserable when his wife died. He became miserable because of love.
So no, he won't lose himself like that.
Love was a foreign word to him.
He would never allow himself to feel such a thing.
And maybe that was the reason why he was anti-social, women, in his mind, were gold diggers or opportunists. They only wanted him for his money, power or riches. They were too shallow in his opinion. Ino was lucky she captured his attention...and that she was gifted with a bit of intellect.
But he didn't totally hate the existence of women, they pleasured him after all. Sure he had his share of them, a lot more than others he may say. Though none really lasted long.
Perhaps this was another reason why he decided to get married, to finally dispose of the others who were constantly bugging him.
Just as he was about to drink from his cup, the corner of his eye caught something pink.
He thought his mind was playing tricks on him, who on earth could possess such color for a hair?...
She was standing in front of the huge window of the shop, obviously using the glass as her mirror...and oblivious to the fact that she was being watched.
He couldn't take his eyes off of hers, they were so green that it amazed him. He wanted to lean closer but that would make him look like a total moron, and he had a reputation to protect.
She finally noticed him, she smiled politely then walked away.
He didn't know what came over him, maybe it was because he wasn't used to not being fawned over by a woman, or maybe he just wanted to know if her hair color was natural...but it didn't matter, he followed her. Leaving money for his coffee on the table...giving the waiter a huge amount for his tip.
She was fast, he mused.
He couldn't find her anywhere. He shook his head and went to a different direction. What was wrong with him? Why did he act the way he did?
I should definitely avoid caffeine from now on...
It was ironic that a man such as himself who didn't believe in love can only think of one word to describe the pink haired woman's face...lovely...
Sakura was hiding inside an instrument shop, she watched as the raven haired man move in the opposite direction. She didn't know why she felt disappointed.
"Who was that Sakura? He's hot."
"I don't know him Tayuya, he just...followed me."
"Really? Why the hell did you hide!"
"I don't know, I guess I wanted to give him a challenge. But as you can see, he gave up easily."
"Is that disappointment I hear in your voice?"
"Yeah right, I have to go Tayuya...I have to be back at Konoha as soon as possible. Oh and thanks for hiding me!"
"No problem, though I'm quite sure you're regreting it right now."
"Maybe. But I have a feeling we'll meet again."
Sakura winked at Tayuya then went on her way.
Ino was giddily brushing her hair when she heard the doorbell, she assumed it was Sakura, after all, the time limit she gave her friend was almost up. She opened the door and was met by a bouquet of red roses.
She let him in and kissed him on the lips...then she placed the flowers on her vase and turned to look at Sasuke. She noticed the approving gaze he gace her and she felt more confident. She was wearing nothing but a bathrobe.
Ino walked seductivel towards Sasuke, she sat on his lap and wrapped her hands around his neck.
But Sasuke remained passive.
She sighed and removed herself from the stoic man. She allowed her dissapointment to appear in her face for only a second then she flashed him her cheery smile.
"Why are you here Sasuke? Missed me?"
"Now don't be shy darling, we're gonna be married soon...and speaking of marriage, I have already planned a few things! The flowes of course should be no problem, I own a flower shop. I've already picked the bridesmaids, flower girls, ring bearer, etc., but of course you can change them if you want. But not the maid of honor! She's the one I was talking to you about the other day, my best friend! She's coming home today, you'll meet her! Oh I am so excited about this-"
Sasuke was barely listening to her. Ino was always like this when he comes over. She talked too much for his liking. He didn't really care about anything right now. His mind was still processing the event that happened two days ago.
Her green eyes, luscious lips, pink hair, lovely face and her delicious body still remained in his memory. How could he forget when it was burning his very core. He tried everything to erase her in his mind. He's getting married for heaven's sake!
Not that he was a fan of fidelity, but he didn't want to burn in hell either. And with his thinking right now, he was a step away from the furnace.
"Sasuke, I know the wedding date is three months from now, but can we make it earlier? I don't want to wait much longer, anyway the preparations are almost done."
He wasn't even sure he wanted to get married.
She had to admit, she really missed home. She decided to explore the world when she was of age. Of course most people begged her to stay, but nobody could stop her from reaching her dream.
How long had she been gone? Five?..Six years?...It doesn't matter, she missed home and she'd start the day with heading for the Ichiraku.
She grinned as she saw him sitting there, his back was hunched. No three guesses what the blonde was doing. Her smile grew wider when she saw who he was with...Hinata.
So he finally got the hint huh? I bet it took quite a while...
Hinata's eyes widened when she saw her, a smile slowly gracing her lips. Sakura placed her finger on her lips and begged Hinata to keep quiet. The shy girl nodded.
Sakura walked stealthil toward Naruto. When she was directly behind his back, she shoved his head in the bowl of ramen.
She laughed so hard that tears were forming on the sides of her eyes.
Naruto came out spluttering...
"WHAT THE! WHO DID THAT! I'M GONNA KILL-...Sakura!"
She smirked at him.
"You're gonna kill me Naruto? Just when I got back?"
Naruto was still in shock, his mouth was hanging. Hinata closed it for him. It was then that he came to his senses. He caught Sakura in a bone crushing hug.
"Sakura! We missed you! It's good to have you back."
"I know, well as much as I would love to stay and chat I still have to visit our other friends, besides I know you guys wanna be alone."
Naruto grinned sheepishly and put his arms around Hinata, and Hinata?...well she blushed.
Sakura's next destination was the hospital rooftop, and true enough. Hatake Kakashi was there.
"Still a mask on your face after all these years?"
She smiled, some things never change, and she knew, by the upward curve of his eyes, that he was smiling too.
"Ah..Sakura! Ino told me you were finally coming home. Glad to know the rumor was true this time."
He went to her and ruffled her hair.
"I missed doing that."
"Kakashi, I've got something for you...TA-DAA!"
She gave him an orange wrapped package. Kakashi laughed when he saw what's inside.
A special issue of Icha Icha Paradise.
"You still know me a lot Sakura."
"Of course! Well I better go check on Ino, I bet she's expecting me now."
"Sure, see ya!"
She waved in return.
Her smile was so wide, she was too happy.
Konoha, her friends...it's really good to be home.
She knocked several times.
Ino can't be out, she searched the whole village and still no sign of her blonde hair, so she must be home...
She looked up and saw that her window was open.
Sakura smiled mischievously, she decided to give Ino a surprise.
She climbed all the way up Ino's room, all the while thinking about how she used to do this when we were younger.
When she finally reached the top she jumped in.
The tables were turned.
She was the one surprised.
Not because Ino was kissing someone...
But because that someone was the raven haired man from two days ago.
They said in unison.
And Ino, the bride to be, was looking at them back and forth, totally confused.
All Sasuke could think about while staring at the woman who haunted him was...
This just keeps on getting better and better...
He gave her his most charming smile before extending his hand.
"I presume you're the maid of honor? I'm Sasuke...Uchiha Sasuke."
She took it.
And he just couldn't bring himself to let go of her hand.