I'm Sorry for the long wait on the update.... I've been super busy with work and college. but here it is the final chapter of "If Just For Tonight".
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Chapter 44: Happiness at Last
Just as his blossom was about to answer, a shrill cry broke the silence. Akira had decided he needed his mother more than Sasuke needed his wife. Sakura smiled, went on her toes and placed a kiss to his lips, "Sorry, Sasuke, maybe next time."
Pulling back she stept around him and made her way to their son's room to comfort him. Sasuke stood there in their bedroom for a moment, his eyes cast themselves around the space, remembering the last time he stood here. All the signs of blood had been removed, the covers on the bed had been replaced. He had to remember to thank Ino for the cleanup job while they were gone. Shaking his head, he took the remaining steps to the bathroom and began the stripping of his clothes….
Stepping from the bathroom, towel wrapped loosely at his waist, another in his hands drying his hair; his eyes caught sight of fresh clothes for him laid out on the bed waiting for him. He couldn't help but smile.
He dressed as quickly as his body would allow. As he pulled down the shirt over his head and down his body he felt the arrival of somebody on the compound. Sai.
Sai had never attempted to hide his feeling for Sakura, even after they were married. Though he didn't feel threatened by him, knowing Sakura would never leave him for that artist, he didn't want her around him. He opened the door to their room and made his way down the hall to the of the house to where that artist was.
"Sai, I know you didn't come all this way to just deliver a message for Tsunade, why are you here?"
Sasuke stopped, wanting to see how she would handle this and to hear his answers.
"I came to say congratulations, on everything. I was wrong before. Sasuke is a good man deep down. I'm sure he will take good care of you and your son."
A small coo made it seem as if Akira , wiggling in his mother's arms, agreed. There was a long pause before she spoke, "Thank you, that means a lot to me, Sai. I'm sorry I couldn't return your feelings."
He heard a sigh, "Yeah, me too, but I'm happy for you." A pause, "Well, I have to return to Tsunade, good-bye, Sakura."
Sasuke turned on his heals and walked back to their room, closing the door behind him. Sitting on the bed, he couldn't help but smile. He had completed his goals. His brother was dead and he had taken the first steps in rebuilding his clan. His mind went to Sakura, pure, beautiful Sakura. After all the pain he had caused her, she loved him unconditionally. Why? He wasn't sure, but she did.
He sighed and stood, rotating his shoulders , easing his sore muscles. He had felt Sai leave and could feel Sakura in the nursery. Gathering his courage, he left the room once more and walked the few steps to his son's room and stood in the doorway. The sight before him took the breath from his lungs.
Sakura stood by the crib, their son in her arms. She smiled as Akira reached upward for her, her body rocking back and forth. The setting sun gave a fire like glow through the window, surrounding her with a magnificent light. Everything about her beauty seemed to magnify. She looked his way and her smile grew. He felt himself being drawn into the room.
Standing behind her, Sasuke wrapped his arms around, his face buried in the nape of her neck, inhaling the fragrance of her. He cast his eyes down as Akira looked up at them and smiled.
"He looks just like you." She said softly.
"Placing a kiss to her neck he responded, "Well I would hope so, but if we ever have a daughter. I hope she looks like you."
Sakura chuckled, "I'm just glad he didn't get my hair, and I hope none of our kids get my forehead." They both watched as Akira struggled to keep his eyes open.
She leaned forward as Sasuke loosened his grip to allow her to place Akira in the crib. Covering him with a white blanket, the Uchiha fun sewn on it, she looked back at him and smiled. They both only stood and watched their son sleep until Sakura turned in his arms.
Her own hands weaved their way around her neck, pulling him closer, "What are you thinking about?"
He paused to think for a moment the finally said, "I'm still trying to figure out why you choose to be with me even after all we've been through."
He smile softened, "It was never an option for me, Sasuke. Even when we were children I knew the moment I saw you that you were the one for me. I would have waited forever for you." She leaned forward and kissed his lips, "It was fate that brought us together. It may sound silly, but I knew we were destined to be together."
He looked her in the eyes and smiled. She was right. They were destined to be together. He had gotten lost in the darkness of revenge and had been rescued by her warmth and light. No matter what happened he vowed his life protecting her and their family.
Thank you. I hope you have enjoyed my work... I'm not sure if I will be writing another one, But if I do I will post it, i promise. Thank you again to all the loyal fans who have waited patiently for me to update this story was a long process but was totally worth all the effort.