Naruto Filler: A Blooming Cherry Blossom

Sakura walked out of her apartment looking for a little while to take a walk. She wasn't busy. No missions, no training sessions and nothing to do.

The streets of Konoha was filled with many people and different smells filled the air.

Sakura smiled. Today was going to be a beautiful day…

…Until she couldn't stand anymore of the noise, and went to the quiet Training Grounds.

Sakura approached the training grounds where she spotted Lee, working on his Taijutsu. His iron claps tinged at he moved about. Lee didn't notice Sakura yet.

Sakura smiled as Lee continued training.

Ever since Sakura started training under Tsunade's wing as a medic ninja, she had grown stronger, not to mention more confident.

Lee whizzed through the air, pumicing a boulder to pieces. The river shined brightly, beside him.

But Lee suddenly made a false move, turned around abruptly and his leg caught in the jagged rock's edges and he started bleeding.

Sakura gasped, and ran to Lee's aid.

Lee dropped on the ground, unable to move his leg. He saw Sakura running to him and gasped too. "Sakura-san! What are you doing here?"

Sakura didn't answer, but she held Lee's leg and amputated it onto a rock and cupped her hands together. She then, using her amazing healing powers, stopped the bleeding in Lee's leg.

"There. I stopped the bleeding for now. But you might want to get a wrap for that later." Sakura smiled and wiped a drop of sweat off her forehead.

Lee smiled. "Thank you, Sakura-san!"

Sakura smiled as well. "You're Welcome, Lee-san."

Sakura helped Lee get up to his feet and let him sit by the bank, while she looked through her belongings for a spare wrap. She rolled it out and wrapped it slowly around Lee's leg.

"Under Tsunade-sama's guidance, I am still unable to completely heal wounds, but I can heal them temporarily." Sakura explained.

Lee smiled at Sakura who's short cherry blossom colored hair blew freely in the wind. Her green eyes glowed in the sunlight and Lee was happy she was here to help him.

"Why are you here, Sakura-san?" Lee asked.

"I was out for a walk."

"I see. Were you training?"

"Nope. I'm not busy today."

"So you have today as a spare day!"


"I was still training. Gai-sensei says I must become stronger!"

Sakura smiled and she tightened the wrap a little and sat on the ground. Lee patted his leg with the wrap over it and smiled at Sakura.

Sakura smiled back and stood up. She started walking towards the river bank to view the scenery.

Lee rose up too and followed her.

"Isn't it beautiful today?" Sakura asked.

"Yes. Everyday is beautiful!" Lee exclaimed.

Sakura gave out a little laugh and put a fist over her chest.

"Umm…Sakura-san…I just happened to notice…" Lee started.

"Hmm?" said Sakura.

"You are smiling on the outside, but you seem sad, on the inside."

Sakura's eyes grew a little wider. She didn't think that Lee would have figured out that she was depressed, even on this fine gorgeous day.

Sakura smiled a weak smile and looked down at her feet.

"Well…the truth is…I'm still thinking about Sasuke-kun…" Sakura said.

"Sasuke-kun…" Lee stated.

"I wish he'd give me a chance to show him that revenge seeking is no way to live his life." Sakura said. She flipped back a bang of her hair and the wind rustled the leaves.

Lee stared at Sakura admiring her beauty and great will to life.

Sakura turned and faced Lee with a smile. "Well, enough about me, Lee-san. What are you doing today? Just training by yourself?"

Lee laughed and thrust a fist into the air. "Neji and Tenten are on a mission! So that is why I am training alone today!" Or they just ditched me. They claimed to have a top secret mission but they started to back away slowly and ran away from me today.

Sakura nodded. She sniffed the air and caught Lee's scent. It was a warm, soft scent. It wasn't the very best smell, but it was comfy and cozy. Sakura liked it that way.

"Well, Lee-san, I'm going to keep walking. Be careful." Sakura said to Lee and started to walk away.

Lee smiled and waved goodbye. "Yes! Thank you, Sakura-san! Have a good day!"

Sakura felt grateful for Lee when he risked his life to save her from those Sound nins in the second stage of the Chuunin Exam. She grew great respect for him, and enjoys visiting him.

(Back in Konoha)

Sakura walked back to her house and when she got inside, she locked the door to her room and sat down on the bed, Lee's scent still in her mind.

Sakura shook her head. Stop this! Why do you keep thinking about Lee-san?

She took a comb and started to brush her hair slowly.

But what are these feelings?

Sakura gulped and put her comb down. She took a finger and stroked her hair. If it weren't for Lee-san, I wouldn't have the courage I have now. I would not have survived that battle.

Sakura then thought about Sasuke. All he has ever done for her was…

Sakura looked in the mirror and thought about it. Sasuke hadn't really done anything special for her. He has always been so cold and mean to her. He bought her down and the only true reason she liked him was for his looks and his cool demeanor.

She swallowed. This huge lump in her heart…what is it?

"Sakura! You have a guest!" Sakura's mother hollered up the stairs.

Sakura stood up. "Who?" she hollered back.

"I don't know, a kid in a green jumpsuit and thick eyebrows!"


Sakura took one final look in the mirror and galloped down the stairs.

Lee was at the doorway and smiling with an embarrassed look. "Sakura-san…" He held up a pocket bag.

"You left your training equipment at the training grounds today." He said.

Sakura smiled and quickly took the pocket bag and pinned it back to her waist. Lee bowed her head slightly and turned around to leave. But Sakura grabbed his sleeve.

Lee turned around with a surprised look.

Sakura paused. "Umm…"

Lee waited.

"Thank you…Lee-san."

"You're welcome!"

With that, he galloped off.

Sakura tried desperately to stop herself from thinking about Lee. She walked back inside and closed the door. No! I can't! Inner Sakura screamed inside. If I give in to Lee, that damn Ino pig will think I admitted defeat and she'll be the one chasing after Sasuke, dammit!

Sakura sighed and leaned against the wall. I just want to be friends. Lee-san is really nice…but…his look is just not in my league.

With that, Sakura walked back upstairs and her feelings for Lee vanished as Sasuke filled her mind again.

End of Chapter one. Yay! My name is Rin and look forward to the next Chapter in A Blooming Cherry Blossom!

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