Disclaimer: Yes, finally no more for this fic! I don't own Naruto!
Chapter 7: The End
Two weeks later...
"How are these? Do you think these will be nice?"
Sasuke took in the scent of the flowers. "They smell nice, but they aren't exactly best for the occasion," he said. He pointed her attention to a small bouquet of pink and purple blossoms. "Now that," he said, "is perfect." Sakura smiled and picked up the bouquet. The flowers smelled nice, and nodded with the choice.
Two weeks has gone by since Tahi made the sacrifice to kill Kirai and free the village from his control. The villagers learned they were wrong about their lord and his "killers" and accepted them all back, forgetting their past acts and focusing on the future. They were grateful to their young heroine and her companions.
Today was Tahi and Sakura's birthday. Sasuke took her to the village to visit the graves of the fallen Harunos and lay a special gift on the grave of her sister. Hand and hand, they walked outside of town to a small hill where Sakura buried her mother shortly after her inevitable death. Tahi was buried beside her, now with the grace of a hero.
"Happy birthday, sister," Sakura whispered, placing the bouquet next to the gravestone, "I wish you were here to celebrate with us, but I'm sure you are having fun with Mom. Tell her I said I love her, all right?" She blew a kiss to the grave, prayed, then stood again next to Sasuke. "I hope she hears me," she said. Sasuke smirked, "Of course they did."
Upon returning to Konoha, Sakura noticed there was a light in the window of their apartment. After everything was done, Sasuke made the arrangements to move to an apartment with two rooms, and Sakura was delighted at the thought of being able to stay with Sasuke. "We didn't turn on a light before left, did we Sasuke-kun?" she asked puzzled. "I might have," he said, trying to hide a growing smile.
They walked up the steps to their floor, and Sasuke opened the door. Sakura jumped to the loud surprise from the people inside. Her dearest friends in Konoha had thrown her a surprise birthday party, and her expression made everyone laugh. "Oh, wow! This is so awesome! Thank you everyone!" she said, giving Sasuke the first hug, then everyone else. "Sasuke-teme and I thought it was a great idea, then Ino helped out. Do you really like it, Sakura-chan?" Naruto asked. Sakura beamed, "Of course I do! I never had a party before," she said.
"Hey, what about us?"
Sakura gasped. On the balcony was Temari, Kankuro, and Gaara, each looking at her. "Guys! You're here too?" she said, running to give them a hug. Although Gaara wasn't big on affection, he allowed this hug one time, as his siblings welcomed it fully. "Sasuke told us to meet you here. We can't stay all too long; someone needs to get things on the right track back home," Kankuro said. Sakura just smiled, "I'm just glad to see you here!"
"Thank you so much, Sasuke-kun. I'm so happy!"
"Glad to hear it."
Papers rustling and boxes being thrown away in the trash filled the rooms with sounds as Sasuke and Sakura cleaned up the trash left over. She didn't mind the cleaning; it was natural to her. As the last of the bags were tied off and tossed to the corner of the kitchen until tomorrow, Sakura stretched out her arms. She was only slightly tired, and Sasuke smiled. "Well, tomorrow I have training, so I best get to sleep, " he said. "I'll go to bed too. I want to see you and Naruto-chan train tomorrow," she said.
"Fine, but watch out for the dobe's crazy antics."
"Oh, I don't mind. It's always funny."
Sasuke smirked as he kissed Sakura's cheek. "I'm sure. Well, good night Sakura," he said. "Good night Sasuke-kun," she replied, returning the kiss. They each retired to their rooms, and fell into a pleasant sleep. And, for once, Sakura slept soundly.