-1Im back from the dead…finally. So sorry. Im done with making update promises. Please enjoy.
The both of them were walking back into the woods for a little bit of alone time together when they heard odd grunting sounds.
Neji suddenly became still and said, "Let's go back to your place."
"Oh, but I dont feel like being in that place just yet. I want some nice relaxing fresh air," was Sakura's response.
"You have a backyard right?"
"Um, well yeah but-"
"Come on then"
"Wait, Neji, what's wrong with the woods?"
The grunting noises continued.
Neji answered, "That," speaking of the sound.
"Seriously? You know we can take whatever it is."
"Um, not really. Sakura just trust me. We do not want to be here."
"Fine, another time."
Sakura noticed the grunting noises had stopped and Neji had sped up a little.
Suddenly, an all to bubbly voice came from behind, "Neji-san! Sakura-chan!!"
Without turning around, Neji bitterly whispered, "Lee."
Neji just stood there as if he would go away if he didn't move a muscle. He kept his hold for about three seconds until Sakura turned around.
"Lee!" she began, "What are you doing out here in the woods?"
That was a silly question.
"Training, of course," he answered the question as if she already should've known, which she should have.
Naaaw, he was trying to sneak off for a make out session with his girlfriend, oh wait, that was me!
His face stretched into a wide grin, "You don't think this great temple of a body comes from thin air do you?"
Sakura smiled shyly, as if to seem attracted to him. She was fooling no one. Neji could tell by her very light twitches that she wanted to break out in a fit of laughter.
Suddenly, something hit Neji like a wrecking ball. Lee didn't know about their relationship...and he was presently trying to flirt with his girlfriend. Neji wasn't the least bit worried. Especially since Sakura's "twitches" seemed to be getting more violent with every pass he made at her.
However, Neji still felt the need to inform Lee of their relationship so that he could stop making a fool out of himself.
Neji moved behind Sakura slowly, his eyes on her the whole time, watching her twitches in amusement. They seemed to stop when Neji placed his on her shoulder. She became stiff, but soon relaxed when his hands began to slide from her shoulders, down her arms and to her hands.
When both of their hands were enclosed within the others, Neji looked up sharply at Lee, "Can we help you? We were actually a bit busy."
Bushy brow couldnt find words...or a face, for that matter. He stared blankly at the sight until Sakura began to speak.
"I'm apologize for his rudeness, but I'm afraid he's right. We're a bit crunched for time. Is there anything we can do for you?"
"Uh...no," Lee barely managed to get out. He seemed to transform completely as he seemed to remember something. Now looking completely professional, "Neji, Hokage-sama actually has something she would like to speak to you about. I'm not at liberty to reveal the subject matter at the moment." He briefly glanced at Sakura.
"Understood, now will you excuse us."
Neji was turning with Sakura still against him to lead them back to Sakura's house.
"I hate to put a damper on your afternoon but Tsunade's word came with an urgency."
Damn it! Why right now.
"Understood, and thank you."
They began to walk in the direction of the Hogake's tower trying to ignore Lee's sobs in the background.
When they weren't far at all from their destination Sakura began to speak, "What do you think she wants?"
"I don't know"
Sakura's face seemed a tad more curious than usual, "When you find out will you tell me?"
"You know we aren't suppose to discuss business with others."
"Ice ice baby. What's the worst that could com from telling your girlfriend about some of your highly classified ninja business?"
"Well if my girlfriend turned out to be a double agent there could be some serious consequences there."
Sakura punched Neji's arm, "Whatever! You go to your little top secret meeting. I guess I'll go to work early. No harm in some extra cash."
Neji pulled Sakura's hand to his face and placed a peck on its back, "I'll see you after work."
She lightly blushed, but by the expression on her face, he could tell that any other action would probably turn her tomato.
"I'll see you later, Neji-kun."
They parted ways.
TWO WEEKS LATER
Sakura was walking to see Tsunade when she heard a very familiar voice inside her office.
Why is Neji in there?
It could be a million reasons. Late reports.
He hasn't been on any missions lately.
A new mission.
That's a possibility.
While she was in her on little world, she was snapped out of it when she heard his voice become venomous, "Please just give me the information so that I can leave."
Tsunade's voice was harder to hear as if farther away, "Neji you don't have to do this you know."
After a bit of shuffling, Sakura began to hear footsteps coming toward the door. She wouldn't try to hide, he would only find her.
Neji finally emerged from the other side of the doorway. The sight nearly tore her apart. He carried another swollen jaw. This time they were accompanied with a set of bruised knuckles.
I don't even want to think about what it looks like under his clothing.
That's a first.
Oh shut up.
Neji's eyes finally found her. He seemed to be in thought a few moments before. He became stiff when he saw her. No one spoke. They stared at each other for hours, although Sakura knew it could've only been seconds.
Neji broke the silence, "Good morning, Sakura-chan. I'm afraid I wont be able to escort you home after work today. Is that alright?"
Sakura was still frozen.
How am I suppose to respond to that.
Hell no that's not alright!!!
I want to know what the heck is going on.
She finally found words, "Of course, another time."
Neji walked away on that note.
Sure! What does he mean 'sure'? He better mean 'of course'!
Calm down. I' m sure he didn't mean anything by it.
Sakura realized that she was just standing in front of Tsunade's open door. She quickly stepped in.
Sakura was walking home from work alone. It felt so lonely. This caused her to wonder the last time she walked home alone. She couldn't remember it. It was a little less than a month ago. It seemed like years ago.
There was absolutely nothing eventful about her day besides the incident that morning.
She made it home and went straight to bed.
Bastards. Dumb, old, wrinkled, bastards.
Neji had just gotten out of his morning shower. He was only in a towel with his boxers underneath. Neji had a lot on his mind.
Knock knock knock.
"I don't want interruptions today."
Her voice was muffled through the door, "I feel so unloved."
Her chakra signature was hitting him like an anvil. How could he not feel her before. Had he been that distracted.
He opened the door immediately and let her in. She barely made it through before he closed the door once more.
Her eyes were scanning him and he knew what would come next. There were bruises all over his body. Neji wished he had put a shirt on before answering the door now.
Her body began to tremble. He wanted to distract her from the sight, "What are you doing here?"
"I came to see you, silly," she had a playful tone in her voice but her eyes always spoke different words to him. She was curious.
"I can't tell you, Sakura. Please understand."
"I don't think I can," she began to move toward him, "I can kiss it all better."
She reached her hand for his face. He turned so that she instead touched his unharmed jaw.
"Sakura don't. You did not listen to me the first time. Don't disrespect my wishes again."
Sakura stepped back, "Your wishes! Your wishes are to be in pain. Well if those are your wishes, then they will get about as much respect as a stripper."
She began to move toward him again. He couldn't move. She had a very valid point. But she didn't understand. She said herself, she couldn't.
When her hand came dangerously close to his face he said emotionlessly, "If you heal it, they will make it worse next time."
She stopped in her tracks, "They? Next time?" The words were a whisper.
She was now moving towards his bed. She sat at the foot and lay back. Her eyes closed. She was peforming her tearless cry again. He couldn't understand it. These sobs were for him. Why? Why did she have to care so much. He realized…
I'm doing it to her. The same thing Sasuke did. I have her heart. I am now the subject of her thoughts. She is mine. This feels so good, but so wrong. Now I am the one breaking her heart. I can't! DAMN IT! …but I must…for her.
"Sakura, I am leaving tomorrow. I won't be back for two years."
::bows:: Until next time…please review. They help very much. Special thanks to princess12( I apologize if I got ur name wrong) for bringing me back from the dead.