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A Woman who Matters

"Sakura! Sakura! Do you want to go out for ramen with me?"

Back in those days, I was naïve. I was nothing but a young and silly girl. I remember always turning Naruto down at his advances and I remember myself being turned down by Sasuke. Sasuke then left and Naruto soon after. I felt like I was left completely and utterly alone… then came her presence…

She took me in under her wing and began to guide me… I wasn't alone anymore…

Tsunade-sama was my mentor but for some reason, as time passed and as I matured, I could find myself becoming more and more drawn to her. She was a beautiful woman to me… she was strict with training but kind after hours. She was a sweet woman to me, not to mention she was gorgeous… sure it was a jutsu that did that to her appearance but I bet her true appearance was just as beautiful. She was a strong woman and she had been my company for those three years…

I loved the way she would look over my shoulder as I read and studied just to make sure that I was reading the right thing. I loved the way she would never give up on me as I tried my best with training and I loved the way she would talk to me about getting filthy men off your back on our off time. I just loved her… that's right, I had fallen in love with Tsunade-sama… she was a woman who mattered…

Did it scare me? No… Did it surprise me? Maybe a little but it felt safe, it felt right, so right…

I loved this woman so much even though I knew nothing could ever happen between us… perhaps maybe one day I thought, but there was one day that I would treasure forever…

I had been feeling sad. It had hit me again that I didn't have Naruto or Sasuke with me in my life. I had been crying on the roof of the Hokage building and I had felt a presence behind me. I turned around; tears still in my eyes and my heart began to beat fast. At that time I had realized that I was in love with her and I began to blush a bit as she sat beside me.

"Sakura… you just have to be patient…" she said. I was a bit confused.

"Patient, Tsunade-sama…?"

"Yes…"

To my surprise she wrapped her arms around me and I felt the complete warmth of her body all over myself. She smelled amazing…

"Sakura… you have to realize that patience is the key to everything. From learning jutsus to waiting for your friends to return, but you need to learn that lesson of patience… it's crucial to you…"

"Thank you for everything Tsunade-sama…" I said quietly.

"Sakura… you mean a lot to me, you know that right?"

I was warmed inside. Those words were music to my ears. I couldn't help but say back…

"You mean a lot to me too Tsunade-sama…"

She smiled and kissed me on the forehead. My cheeks were a burning red and I knew that and also for some reason I felt as if she did too…

"Thank you for everything Sakura…"

And after that she left…

A few days later Naruto returned home and years after that we have a family…

To this day I wonder what would have happened if I would have confessed my love to her that night, if it would have been different. I don't see much of her now but when I do I get some sad glances from her. I wonder what she was thinking on that night as she held me.

For those three years she was my everything and a part of me is saying that she still is…

She's a woman who matters…

The End