Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto. If I had done so, I'd have first killed Kishi, then resurrected him, then forced him to tell me the ending while torturing him by tickling his foot with a feather (after first making sure his feet aren't sweaty, of course) and then make him make SasuSaku canon.
Chapter XXXIII: It's Not Goodbye
"Mou… where's Sasuke-kun?" Sakura sighed as she heaved a couple of bags into the car. Naruto grunted as he, with much effort, managed to lift another of her gigantic bags.
"What the hell do you have in these, Sakura-chan?" he panted exhaustingly. Ino giggled.
"You don't have much muscles do you, Naruto?" Naruto glared back.
"Neither does Shikamaru," he protested, but immediately stood face to the face with the wrathful Ino. "Er… nothing…"
"Where's Sasuke-kun?" Sakura repeated, smiling at her friends' behavior.
"He said he's going to meet you later at the airport," Hinata smiled back. "Don't worry, Sakura. He'd never miss this."
But something secretive in Hinata's smile made Sakura suspicious…
It was almost only half an hour left until Sakura's flight was going to leave, yet Sasuke was nowhere to be seen. Weirdly enough, her friends didn't seem to care, but goofed around as much as usual.
"Sakura, you've got to eat the curry I made for you, okay?" Tenten urged Sakura on. "It's really good!"
"… Don't… it's poisonous," Neji informed her, and earned a well-aimed punch in return from his infuriated girlfriend.
"Aa…," Sakura agreed, only mumbling. Tenten raised an eyebrow.
"What's the matter, Sakura? If it's about going to Tokyo, we're going to visit you soon. Okay?"
Tenten stared at her friend, and then shook her head, hiding a sneer. You're worried about Sasuke, aren't you, Sakura? She had to suppress a wicked giggle, but instead uttered a maniac-like evil laughter. Her boyfriend goggled at her in extreme fear, and thus earned another punch.
Time to leave. The presents had been given, the goodbyes as well. But still, Sasuke was nowhere in sight. Sakura felt a sinking feeling in her stomach as she bid farewell of her friends, promising to stay in touch and to see each other soon.
As she dragged her legs depressively down the aisle of the airplane, she sunk down in her seat sadly, looking out of the window. She heard somebody sitting down beside her, but didn't bother looking who it was, but merely continued to stare out of the window.
Memories came flooding back to her. How they first met, how he rescued her, how he told her he was in love with her, the date the previous day.
I had such a wonderful time with you… I hope to see you soon.
But why did her heart hurt so much?
… Thank you.
The airplane rose in the air.
He smirked at the sight of the familiar pink-head. The melancholy way she stared out of the window was unlike her, and he could swear she was thinking about him.
"Could you give me that newspaper?"
She stiffened. The rude tone, the lack of 'excuse me' or 'please', even the voice… she shook her head. Impossible.
She removed the newspaper from the 'net-bag' glued to the back of the chair in front of her, and handed it to him. "Here," she muttered, and then made the mistake to look into the man's eyes.
Onyx met emerald. Spiky chicken hair, and the half hip-hop-ish style…
"You don't have to scream," he said calmly as he took the newspaper from her. "It's me."
"B-but…" She was shocked. Of course, he hadn't mentioned that he was going on the same airplane. "What about Paris? And college?"
"I'm going to Tokyo to study with you, baka. Do you really think I can leave my girlfriend in an unknown city by herself?"
"Hey! I'm not a little child anymore!" she pouted.
"Che. I've rescued you twice, I find it difficult to believe you," he snorted. A smile was tugging on her lips. Then, she did the most obvious thing to her…
… and the least expected thing to him.
"Mpppffft --!" he choked as she flung her arms around his neck and pulled him into a passionate (and choking) kiss. By the time it was over, Sasuke could hardly breathe.
Well, he thought with a smirk. I guess that was my first time.
I'll just have to improve it for next time.
Urusai ne. I'm trying to listen to my iPod. Wait, are iPods even allowed on airplanes?
And the last chapter is OUT! Sakura DID leave for Tokyo, but Sasuke's coming along. Coming soon is a more drama-filled sequel, Faithful Betrayal... for more fluff-and-humor-loving readers, don't miss my coming oneshot collection, Everlasting Dreams! (Which have really ebil plans involving cooking, makeup, a tribute to Sasuke's a Stripper FC, yaoi fangirls attacking and much more!)
Reviews Corner (Waaah... this is the last time I'll answer your reviews here, guys! But I'll answer them by replying to the reviews in the future, I promise. And remember - I read all of your reviews! Thank you and I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!)
o1DATTEBAYO: Thanks :D
Akegata Miyuki: Hahah, you never know... dreams come true if you believe in them, though ;) If you stop believing... well, the dream ceases to exist. -speaks from own experience- Thank you:D
une see: Mwahahahah... now what do you say about not being able to see each other in a long time? XDDDD Thanks for the review, anyway!
cherry blossom petals: Arigatou! n.n
Merridaine: Thanks:D And I know... u.u What wouldn't I give to be Sakura... ;.;
silverdragon994: Nande??? Sakura has everything she can ask for!... gawd, I really wish I was her. T.T Thanks for the review!
frienz4ever: Thank you n.n The sequel's coming soon! (I don't know HOW soon, though...)
Azalea14: Here it is! -makes a ta-dah! pose- What do you think? ;)
Latilen: Thank you!! Well... all good (if my fic is considered good XD) come to an end o.x; -quotes Nelly Furtado's song- But the sequel's coming soon, though ;D
Crazy Gal42: YEEES IT WAS SASUKE IT WAS SASUKE IT WAS SASUKE -dances- Um... -coughs- Anyway... hahah, thanks! I wonder when Kishi's making SasuSaku canon... (It's GOT to be canon! I mean, one thing that everybody who's anti-SasuSaku forgets is that Hinata LOVES Naruto! Sure Kishi dislikes females, but he can't just forget Hina-chan like that!!!!! Thus, if NaruHina becomes canon... then SasuSaku has got to, too!!) Thanks by the way ;D
HeartAngel: YES IT WAS SASUKE:D -clears throat- Uhm, anyway... I can't wait until the next chapter of the manga. n.n I wonder who Suigetsu is (it's a guy it's a guy it's a GUY). Well, there's a sequel coming, too ;) And if you like my SasuSaku fluff, Everlasting Dreams is coming your way pretty soon :D Thanks!
pilar-ayesha: Thank you! n.n Yes... Sasuke-kun... mewants Sasuke-kun... -clings to Sasuke before he kills me- T.T
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