Woop, woop! The end is near! The end of this story! -claps- If I left some things hanging or questionable, please tell me and I'll reply. But this story has come to an end. Big thank You's at the end!
Please enjoy the final chapter of this 30 chapter long story.
Sakura fingered a piece of her fading pink hair. 40 years. That's how long it had been. 40 years since Naruto became Hokage. 40 years since her youth.
She was old now, in her mid sixties.
Sachi was even in his forties.
His children were in their 20's.
Their children were just babies.
And Itachi was dead.
"Hey, Sakura-chan." Sakura turned to see Naruto. Not Deidara. Not Kisame. Not Tobi. Not Hidan. Not any Akatsuki member she had loved and lived with.
Naruto was also in his mid sixties. And no longer Hokage.
He had made his legend as the greatest Hokage. The Rokudaime who led the village to prosperity. To the top of the world. Only Naruto could do that.
Konohamaru was the seventh Hokage. He had also retired putting the eighth Hokage in charge.
And Saiyuke was going to retire soon, in about five years. He would give the title up to Sakura's grandchild, Ryuske.
The strongest ninja the village had ever had. Stronger than Naruto, Sakura, Tsunade, Kakashi, Itachi, Sasuke, Orochimaru, Sarutobi the third Hokage, even the Yondaime Hokage.
But Ryuske had the strongest genes in him.
Reiko was a prodigy, Sachi was a prodigy. Their son was the strongest.
Reiko was from Naruto, the best Hokage ever, and Hinata, the strongest Hyuuga clan Leader. Reiko mastered the Byakugan and surpassed her mother.
Sachi was from Itachi, the feared Akatsuki member, and Sakura, the second strongest ninja in the village and Akatsuki medic ninja and candidate for Rokudaime Hokage. Plus, Sachi mastered the Sharingan. He was stronger than his father and mother.
So naturally, their son was a prodigy and the best out there.
In 20 years, many things had happened.
Sachi became the top ANBU captain and ANBU Hunter Nin. He married Reiko and had three children: Ryuske, Mei, and Hina. Their family lived in Konoha since Sachi had moved there when he was five.
Saiyuke fell in love with Kurenai's daughter, Asu. Asu supported him through his entire Hokage-ship.
Asu had five children. They named them: Saki, Amano, Nami, Haru, and Saru.
But, back to the Akatsuki.
Sakura had been living in Konoha for about ten years now. She had moved there shortly after Tobi died.
Tobi was the last member from her base to die. He died by poison from a mission. But that was typical, Deidara hadn't been around to protect him anymore. Tobi never was the best out there.
Deidara. He had died at age 42, making Sakura 38. Quite sad. But she remembered it vividly.
"Taiyou-chan, I'm so sorry... I can't do anything for him..." Sakura bit her lip. "The... wound... it had five different levels of poison in it. It was too complex to get rid of and to still have enough chakra to heal his wounds. I'm sorry, but I'm only one person."
"W-what about Inner Sakura?" Taiyou sniffed. "Please Sakura! For my child! Our children!" Taiyou grasped her bulging stomach. "He was going to be here!"
"I know, Taiyou-chan. And I tried switching with Inner, but she isn't as medically inept as I am. She can't heal major wounds like these. Tsunade-sama taught me, not her. She was only for fighting and jutsu's. That's why we were opposites."
"So... He's... going to die?" Taiyou asked with tears in her eyes.
"Yes... I'm just not as good as I used to be. I had no use for my medical talents so they dwindled down... I'm sorry, Taiyou. Plus, by the time I got here... the poison had spread too far to really take out all of it. This was a hopless situation. I could have only saved him with a team of medical specialists. I'm sorry." Sakura hugged the girl.
"No, no, no... Not Deidara!"
"I can wake him up long enough for you to say good bye."
"Please..." Sakura put her hands over Deidara's body and green chakra came out. Soon, Deidara's sapphire eye opened in a wince.
"S-Saku...?" He couldn't speak.
"Shh... Taiyou wants to talk." Taiyou walked into his view.
"I'm sorry, Deidara. I love you... A lot. I'll raise our child the best I can..."
"Taiyou-chan... That time... it wasn't just a fling... I do love you. I always have. I always will..."
"Deidara!" Taiyou grabbed his shoulders, crying. "Please don't go!"
"I'm... sorry, yeah." Deidara managed a weak smile. "I love you, Taiyou-chan..." Deidara closed his eyes, and Sakura turned to him.
"I love you, too, Deidara," she whispered. Deidara smiled.
"Bye, S-saku-chan..." Sakura closed her hands as Deidara's breathing ceased.
Sakura sighed. A pathetic way to die, really. Soon after, Taiyou joined him. She died during her second child birth. Her child, though, never made it to see the light of day. It was a still born.
Taiyou's firstborn was left alone. Tobi raised it, even though it was not Deidara's child, nor was it a wanted pregnancy. Taiyou had been raped when she was 25. She got pregnant and had a girl named Rika.
The family all died pathetically, and the worst part was that Deidara and Taiyou never married. Deidara always claimed he didn't have "feelings like that towards her" and always said he just liked her for her looks. Truth was, he loved her more than life itself. And she loved him more than five lives.
'They loved each other, but Deidara's foolish pride ruined their happy ending, idiot.' Sakura thought sadly.
Deidara was the second to have gone from the base, though. The first was Kisame. He and Itachi were on a mission and in a freak turn of events, Kisame was killed when the original target was Itachi. But Kisame hadn't sacrificed himself, though. It was miss aim.
'Akatsuki would never sacrifice themselves... Not to save each other...' Sakura smiled. She couldn't save Kisame, either. He was dead in an instant and Sakura was at the base at the time.
The other base, which housed Hidan, Kakuzu, Zetsu, and Tye, Sakura never knew what happened to them. From what she heard, Zetsu was killed, Tye went to another village, Hidan was somewhere, and Kakuzu died. The Akatsuki Leader and his partner were killed, and that was mostly how the Akatsuki ended.
Itachi didn't die until he was forty, meaning his son was in his twenties. Itachi, by this time, had retired being a ninja. Deidara had died, Kisame had died, Taiyou had died, Sachi was living in Konoha just becoming a father, and Sakura was still with Sachi at the base as was Tobi.
That day, Sakura remembered it vividly.
"Tobi... Where is Itachi-kun?" Sakura asked, making some breakfast.
"Umm... He is still sleeping. Why?"
"Because!" she replied cheerfully, "he's going to get better today! I checked on him last night, you know to make sure that nasty flu was going to leave him, and he looked all better! So, today, he should be up to almost full health!"
"Why didn't you just heal him?"
"Umm... Well... Ninjas should overcome simple things like the flu, colds, and normal sickness like that. If I always cure him, then the one time I can't cure him, his body won't know what to do to fight off the sickness and he'll die. That's why when people got colds and things like that, I never healed them unless they had a mission or something."
"Well, I'm going to go wake him up!" Sakura put her gigantic breakfast on a tray and carried it down the hallway to their bedroom.
Opening the door she called out, "Itachi-kun! Breakfast! Wake up, sleepy head!" But Itachi didn't move. Sakura sighed.
"Itachi, get up!" She shook him, the food having been placed on the nearby table. Suddenly, she recoiled her hands.
Itachi was cold. And not moving. And not breathing.
"No..." Sakura felt tears flooding her eyes. "Itachi? Please wake up..." Sakura shook him softly.
Sakura put her hands over his chest and green chakra came out. His heart wouldn't start no matter what she did.
And she could see what happened. He hadn't gotten the flu at all.
It looked like it was a special poison that would give out flu germs that hid the poison, so any medic nin wouldn't look for poison and counter it but try to destroy the flu symptoms. By the time the poison would be figured out, it would have already been too late to save the person infected.
"Itachi, no!" Sakura put her face in his chest.
She knew how he got infected, too. They had went to the village a week ago. Itachi had commented that he got stung by a bee, when they were walking.
'That bee was the poison...' Sakura cried even harder.
No more Itachi for her.
He was dead and had been for the last five hours. He was dead by time she woke up.
"I love you so much, Itachi..." Sakura sobbed.
"I always will..."
Sakura smiled sadly. Itachi had left her without saying one thing. At least Deidara's death was way more dramatic.
Tobi died from poison, just like the other members. Sakura went to save him, but he had stopped her telling her that he wanted to die.
The girl Tobi was raising (Rika) had left by time she was in her teens. Sakura never did find out what happened to Taiyou's daughter.
"Hey, Sakura-chan." Sakura snapped out of her memories and glanced up from her spot at the window into Naruto's bright sparkling eyes.
"Ryuske just found out that he's going to be a father again!" Sakura's face lit up.
"So we'll be great grandparents again, huh?" Naruto nodded and hugged her.
"Tamaki-chan just confirmed it with Hina-chan."
"You mean my grandchild?" Sakura knew sometimes Naruto called Hinata 'Hina-chan' so she had to make sure he wasn't referring to her.
"Yeah, that Hina-chan. She may only be thirteen but she's one of the best medical ninjas in the world. She'll surpass Tsunade and you for sure."
"Good... That means this generation will flourish. Anyways, Tamaki-chan would be bound to have another child. Akane is now five, right?"
"Yeah... just turned five, Sakura-chan. Geez, you really are getting old if you can't remember that."
"Oh shut-up!" Sakura slapped his arm good naturally.
Tamaki was Ino's son's daughter. Ino ended up finally marrying Shikamaru. They had one son because Ino almost died during the child birth. But their son got married to some girl on his team and they had Tamaki and three other girls. Tamaki was on Ryuske's genin team and they got married, having one son named Akane and now another child on the way.
"I'm glad everyone is settling down. We know when we die everything will become prosperous." Naruto nodded.
"Yeah. But I'm not dying until Hinata-chan does. We'll die together." Sakura smiled.
"I'm kind of excited about dying. I'll get to join all my old friends... The Akatsuki, Sasuke, Tsunade, Kakashi, everyone else. I miss them. And Itachi-kun."
"Sakura, everything will work out nicely."
"Yeah. I mean, after everything we've went through in our life, we're bound to get a happy ending right?"
"Most definitely!" Sakura laughed and for a brief moment, she looked out the window and thought she saw all her friends laughing and smiling.
"We'll always wait for you. Forever and ever." Sakura could have sworn she heard Itachi, Taiyou, Kakashi, Deidara, Sasuke and Tsunade whisper that in her ear.
"But, Naruto," Sakura turned to him, smiling, "I don't plan on dying anytime soon."
"Besides," she continued, "They'll wait for us forever, so let's all die together, okay?"
'I'll be expecting you to greet me, Itachi.'
"Forever waiting and forever loving, Sakura. I'll wait forever."
THE END!!! Now, before I get to thank you's, I want to know if there are any questions. If so, please PM me or review and tell me. I'm a happy person that this story has finally come to an end. I started this in October (10-6-06) and have finished it in June (6-11-07) It's taken about 8 months. A long time.
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Some issues I'd like to clear up.
1. I know everyone was horribly OOC. But this story was just for fun and something to do in my free time. I never expected to have almost 72000 hits and almost 430 reviews. That's crazy.
2. This story has exceeded my expectations. By far. I was expecting to get a bazillion of flames because of how OOC my characters were. But I only got 2. This story (originally written in my notebook) had no real base to start with. I just took the plot, tweaked things, added, removed, switched things around, and suddenly, I realized that this story was nothing like the original. The original SUCKED! (and also had a corny alternate ending where Sasuke lives and marries Temari and the Uchiha clan becomes all happy and lives in harmony forever...) So, personally, I think this version is a lot better.
3. I've told people there will be side stories to this story. Will I do some more side-stories? Hopefully. I've think most people know, though, that all my attention is focused on Fire Emblem and my collaboration. But the side story I do plan on doing (eventually, don't expect it for like a year.) will be Sakura's pregnancy with Sachi. It will be about 12 chapters... Other than that, I'll probably make Naruto stories, like oneshots.
I think that's everything. Again, if you wanted something cleared up from this story, than just tell me. I'll respond and tell you what I can. Thank you for reading and I hope you have enjoyed Betrayed. Thanks a bunch for making this all worthwhile.