/N: Hello, I don't own Naruto nor will I ever. If I did Sasuke and Sakura would be together by the middle of the chunin exams. Sasuke would also not wear a shirt that much. Anyway I am not that far in the show either. Blame it on carton network and translators that don't translate that fast. Anyway R&R!

Disclaimer: I don't own anything! If there are any references to anything they are only for the purpose of the story, so please don't sue me! I have no money! Except that penny in front of me, but that's it! If there are any songs in here I don't own them! So I beg you don't sue me! Anyway enjoy!

Summery: Sasuke has finally admitted his feelings for Sakura to himself. But when a deadly ninja group plans on attacking his weakest point can Sasuke keep Sakura save with out letting anyone know about his feelings? Especially her?

Rated for: language, violence, suggestive themes, and maybe lime (I haven't decided yet.)

Chapter one

"Come on Sasuke! You are so boring! Why don't you just give up and come with us?" Naruto begged Sasuke.

"No! I refuse to go to any stupid little party. Now go away!" Sasuke shoved Naruto from his face.

"But it's going to be so much fun! Everyone will be there and there will be food! FREE RAMAN! You have to go Sasuke! Not everybody got an invite! Come on please!" Naruto begged.

"Naruto, first you say that everyone will be there and then you say that not everyone got an invite?"

"Well everyone important will be there!"

"You just want me to go so I can take you because you didn't get one, right?"

"Yeah yeah! I want to go and I can't. But you can because you can take a guest, so please!" Naruto was now on his keens in front of Sasuke, looking more pathetic then anything.

"Why is it that you are the only one in our group who didn't get an invite?"

"It might have something to do with the woman's bath…"

"Wait! On second thought I don't want to know!" Sasuke stood up and started to walk away, but found it a bit difficult when some thing grabbed his leg.

"Please Please! I want to go! Give me your extra pass! Please!" Naruto begged as Sasuke tried to walk but couldn't with him on his leg.

"Fine! Just get off of me now!"

Jumping up Naruto yelled "Thank you thank you! Yes I'm in! See you tonight at around 8:00! The thing starts at 8:30 ok!" Naruto said while running off.

"Idiot…" was all Sasuke said as he went to get ready.


"How the hell did you get one?" Ino yelled at a certain pink haired girl.

"I actually am good at what I do!" Sakura said as she waved the invitation in front of Ino's face. Ino and Sakura were in the middle of the park sitting under a tree.

"What do you mean by that!" Ino yelled at her, catching a couple of people's attention.

"If you were good at what you do you would have gotten a invite to the ball wouldn't you?" Sakura was truly enjoy her moment of superiority over Ino.

"Why you…" Ino raised her fist to Sakura but was interrupted by a person's voice.

"Excuse me miss Ino?" both Ino and Sakura turned to see a nervous mailman. "I forgot to give this to you this morning." He extended his hand and in was a white envelope with gold trim.

"Thank you." Ino told him, though it was a bit too stuck-up to Sakura. The man bowed a little and left. "HA!" Ino yelled as she opened the letter. "It seems that you aren't so high above me!" Ino said as she waved the letter in Sakura's face.

"Ok, so you got invited too, but that still doesn't mean that you are better then me!" Sakura said as she stood up to go.

"Running away I see! You still are a little baby!" Ino yelled at Sakura's retting back.

"No you idiot! If you bothered to even look at the time, you would see that there is only two hours to get ready!" Sakura yelled back without turning fully around to face Ino.

"What it's that late already!" Ino yelled as she jumped up and started to run towards her house.


Sasuke sat at the bar in the fancy ballroom. Naruto sat next to him apologizing for taking up his extra pass. It turned out that he had gotten an invite right when he got home after begging Sasuke for an extra.

"Would you shut up already! I told you that I didn't care about the pass!" Sasuke snapped at Naruto.

"Ok ok. I wonder if Sakura got an invite. If not I could giver her my extra!" Naruto said as he stared at all of the other ninja in formal attire.

"Well even if she didn't isn't it kind of late to be thinking of that now? The party has already started, so if she isn't here now then I would guess that she just isn't here!" Sasuke said as he took a sip of his drink.

"Sasuke! Naruto! There you are!" Sasuke just about spit his drink out when he turned to see Sakura. She was wearing what looked like a formal version of her red dress. It was a little lower cut and showed a bit of her shoulders, but didn't have sleeves. It still had the two slits on the sides, but the material went down to about her ankles. The dress still had white trim, but didn't have the circles on the front or back. Instead of the slits showing her legs it revealed a long white skirt that dragged about two and a half feet behind her. Her pink hair was up in a bun held by two black wooden chopsticks. The ends of the chopsticks had silver plates and dangling circles, and around her neck was a thin silver chain with the village hidden in the leaves symbol.

"Sakura you look great!" Naruto exclaimed as he looked at her.

"Thank you! You don't know how long it took to make!" Sakura said as she smoothed it out.

"You made it too!" Naruto was dumfounded at it.

"Yep!" Sakura said proudly. "Do you like it Sasuke?" Sakura asked as she looked at him.

"It's very nice Sakura." Sasuke said as he turned back to his drink.

"Oh…thanks…" right after she said that Sasuke felt like he wanted to hit himself in the head.

"Oh Sakura!" a girl said coming over to them. She had short black hair that had two white hair clips in it, holding everything except the two strands by her face back. She had on a dress that didn't show much, but certainly flattered her. It was a tight turtleneck that was a dark blue. The sleeves were tight but as they reached the hands they flared out. It was tight until a little less then mid thigh where it flared out again. Its trim was a light line of tan fur, and it had tan highlights. She wore a thin chain that hung a little low around her neck and two tight silver bracelets.

"Oh Hinata! You look beautiful! I love how you fixed up your outfit." Sakura said as she looked at Hinata's dress.

"Thank you, so do you." Hinata replied.

"Hey Naruto, don't you think that Hinata looks beautiful today?" Sakura asked him, but it didn't seem to register. All that he did was stare at Hinata. "I'll take that as a yes." Sakura said as she sweat dropped. "Anyway, Hinata I need to talk to you." Sakura said as she and Hinata started to walk off.

"Close your mouth Naruto." Sasuke said once the girls were gone. "And wipe the drool."

Naruto snapped back to reality and wiped the drool. "Didn't you see them Sasuke? Weren't they beautiful? I mean Sakura's dress was in a class all in it's own and Hinata…well…I have never seen her like that!"

"Yes Naruto I saw them…."

"Hello." Sasuke was interrupted Kakashi.

"What do you want?" Sasuke asked with an annoyed look.

"Now is that any way to talk to your sensei? Anyway I'm just here for a drink." Kakashi said as he ordered some sort of alcoholic beverage. "Well I see that you and Naruto actually tried to look fancy for this party." Kakashi said as he gestured to Sasuke and Naruto's clothes.

Naruto looked down on his outfit. He had on a dark blue tux with an orange bow. Sasuke had a black tux and tie. Kakashi too had on a black tux and tie.

"I'm just saying how original you both look." Kakashi said.

"Your one to talk!" Naruto countered. Sasuke could care less about the whole conversation.

"Well I just wanted to check on my team." Kakashi said as he started to walk away, but turned to ask "Bye the way have you seen Sakura tonight?"

"Yeah!" Naruto agreed enthusiastically.

"Well I was just wondering…" and Kakashi disappeared into the crowd.

'What the Hell was that about?' Sasuke wondered. Turning around he got up and started to walk to the balcony.

"Hey where are you going?" Naruto asked.

"Just to get some fresh air, it's too crowded in here." Sasuke answered as he walked off. Naruto just nodded and ordered another drink.


"Hinata, I spent all my free time the last two weeks working on this dress and he didn't even seem to notice!" Sakura complained as they sat on a bench on the balcony.

"Maybe he just didn't want to say anything…" Hinata offered trying to comfort one of her best friends.

"Easy for you to say! The guy you like at least acted like you were alive!" Sakura huffed as she rested her head on her hands.

"Don't worry Sakura, I'm sure that he knows that you are alive." Hinata said as she rubbed Sakura's back.

"I know I know!" Sakura said as she stood up and walked over to the balcony. "It's just that I wanted him to say you look nice, or maybe that's a nice dress. Hey I would settle for a decent hello!" Sakura folded her arms on the railing and rested her head there.

"Sakura…If its meant to happen it will happen." Hinata said. "And I'm pretty sure that he likes you too."

"Hinata, I think I'm over the oh I think he's cute! Puppy love faze. Whenever I think about him my heart skips a beat. When I say his name I get goose bumps. I can't sleep, I can't eat, …I don't know what to do anymore!"

Hinata smiled at her friend. "That's how I feel about Naruto." Sakura sighed as she gazed out over the garden. "I'll go get you something to drink, k?"

"Thanks Hinata." Hinata smiled again as she started to walk away. "Hinata…"

"Yes…" she answered as she turned around to face Sakura.

"Thanks for putting up with me." Sakura said as she looked at her. "I bet I'm being a real party pooper here."

"No… you're just in love." Hinata said as she went off to get the drinks.

Sakura stared up at the sky and listened to the song playing in the background.

Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you?

Why can't I speak whenever I talk about you?

It's inevitable, it's a fact we're gonna get down to it

So tell me

Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you?

"Oh this is ironic…" Sakura said as she listened. "Sasuke, why can't you just notice me?" little did she know that the object of her affection was standing behind a couple plants at the entrance of the balcony listening to her conversation with Hinata.

"If only you knew how much I notice you Sakura…" Sasuke stated as he saw her pained face. "If only you knew…" Sasuke turned and walked away to the ballroom.


Sasuke was leaning against the bar again with a new drink. "How many have you had?" Naruto asked as Sasuke took a sip.

"Not as many as you." Sasuke replied. The blond haired boy just frowned and took a swig from his drink. Hinata walked up to Naruto and started to fiddle with her dress sleeves.

"H-Hi Naruto…"

"Hi Hinata. What's up?" Naruto asked as he took another drink.

"W-Would you…maybe…um…like to dance…with me?" Hinata's face was bright red by the time she finished the sentence.

"Ok." Naruto answered as he put his drink down.

"Really!" Hinata smiled and something that could only be described as relief flooded her face.

"Yeah, why not?" Naruto asked as he took her arm and walked out to the dance floor.

"No reason."

Sasuke just sighed as he watched as the two walked off and went back to his drink. "They make a cute couple don't they?" a voice asked from behind him.

"Yeah…" 'I could think of better' Sasuke added mentally as he turned to face the owner of the voice.

"I'm so happy for her. This was her dream for tonight." Sakura said as she sat down on a stool next to where Sasuke was standing. 'Well it at least looks like she's feeling better.' Sasuke thought as he took a quick glance at her.

"Hinata wanted to dace with a idiot who has two left feet?" Sasuke asked as he raised an eyebrow at Sakura.

"Hey at least Naruto is attempting to dance!" Sakura retorted.

"And not doing a very good job at that…" Sasuke and Sakura looked, as Naruto was trying, but not succeeding to well.

"Well at lest Hinata looks happy." Sakura stated as Hinata dogged Naruto stepping on her foot.


"What, you think that you could do better?" Sakura asked as she glared at him.

"I don't think I could…" Sakura smirked "I know I could." The smirk disappeared from her face as she sighed.

"Well then would you like to show me?"


"I see, that's because you're to sacred." Sakura taunted.

"No. I just don't like to dance."

"Oh…." Sasuke and Sakura just sat there for a couple of minutes. Sakura watching everyone and Sasuke drinking his drink again.

"Hello Sakura!" a certain bushy browed boy said as he walked up to them.

"Hello Lee." Sakura answered, Sasuke didn't even bother to look up.

"Why are you sitting here? A beautiful girl like you should be dancing! Here why don't you dance with me?" Lee asked as he held out his hand to her. He too had on a black tux, but Sakura could swear that there was a green tint to it. Like Naruto he too had a bow, but his was green with a tint of orange. When arriving at the ball Sakura was sure that she had seen Guy in the same exact outfit.

"I'm afraid that she already has a dancing partner." Sasuke said as he finished up his drink.

"Sasuke?" Sakura looked up at him a little puzzled.

"She was just waiting for me to finish my drink." Sasuke told Lee as he took Sakura's hand and lead her to the dance floor.

"Sasuke, I thought that you didn't like to dance?" Sakura asked as they reached the center of the floor.

"Well, I had nothing else to do and I finished my drink." Sasuke said as he placed his right hand on her waist and the other out in the air. Sakura followed suit by putting her right hand on his shoulder and took hold of his hand while picking up that side of her dress. It was a form of ballroom dancing that wasn't too difficult and still looked nice. (Think of how couples dance in fairy tale movies)

"Oh." Sakura said as she looked down at her feet. While lifting her dress just a little bit you could see the high heel white sandals that she wore underneath. "I thought that…maybe…" Sakura's face was getting redder and redder as she talked. "Oh never mind!" She said, still looking down.

"If you have something to say then say it." Sasuke said as he looked down at her. She looked up as they both caught the other's eyes.

Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you?

Why can't I speak whenever I talk about you?

It's inevitable, it's a fact we're gonna get down to it

So tell me

Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you?

'What is with this song tonight? This has to be the third time they've played it!' Sakura thought as she stared at Sasuke. Was it just her or were they leaning closer together? Sakura felt her breath catch in her throat as his face was just inches from hers.

'What the hell are you doing?' Sasuke thought to himself as he suddenly tightened his grip on Sakura. 'Oh shit! Am I gonna kiss her? Sure that wouldn't be too bad. What am I saying? I've wanted to do this for… I don't remember. But if I do this then I could put her in too much danger, but I can't stop.' Sasuke watched as her eyes half closed and he felt himself doing the same. By now they had stopped dancing and just stood there.

"Hey Sasuke!" Lee yelled as he came up to them. "Your sensei wants to see you for a moment." Lee said as he pointed over to the bar, which was pretty hard to see from where they were.

"hmph." Sasuke said as he started to walk away from them. Sakura just stood there staring off after Sasuke. She still felt the warmth of his hands of her. If only Lee hadn't interrupted them she would have gotten her fist kiss.

"Sakura, would you like to dance or something?" Lee asked innocently.

"No, I'm ok." Sakura said as she started to walk towards the balcony. "I'm just going to get some fresh air."

"Ok…" Lee said a little disappointed. "If you need anything just tell me, ok?"

"Thanks, I will." Sakura answered as she gave him a little smile.

Lee just smiled back nicely, but inside he was screaming 'She smiled at me! She smiled at me!'

Sakura just walked outside and looked up to the sky wondering what she was going to do.

A/N: thank you for putting up with the lame ball. I know it's been sooo over done, but I couldn't think of anything else that would be a good opener. I have a feeling that this will be a short fic, and I know that Lee is a little OOC, but it was the only thing that I could think of at the time. And if you haven't guessed I was listening to the Song Why Can't I by Liz Phair while I was working on this. Don't worry the next chapter will be up soon.