"Can't I come?" Sakura asked him again. "No. It's too dangerous." Sasuke replied impatiently while preparing for his S-class mission which would begin soon. Sakura crossed her arms in front of her chest and pouted. "I'm not a child anymore, Sasuke-kun!"
Sasuke sighed. "What about the baby?" he asked. Sakura looked down and placed her hand on her stomach. "I'll take care of him. Besides, it's only been a month. I can still fight, you know."
He stood up and placed his hands on her shoulders. "Stay here. I just want both of you to be safe, okay?" he said. She looked at him and understood that his decision was final. She sighed. "Okay." She finally said.
He smirked and continued packing his things. The mission would take at least a month and he would only bring the necessities. "Sasuke-kun?" Sakura asked him. "Hn." He replied, letting her know that he was listening.
"B-before you go, c-can we pass by the cherry b-blossom tree on the h-hill?" she asked. "Aa." He answered uncertainly. Why did she start stuttering again? He thought. The last time he heard her do that was during their genin days…
"Are you okay?" he asked her. "Huh? Of course I am!" She exclaimed. He smirked. "Let's go." He said as he slung his bag on his shoulder. She smiled. "Okay!"
There was silence as they walked, with each person just enjoying the other's presence. Sakura smiled. That place…it was very special for her. It was there that she first saw him after he came back from Orochimaru… She smiled at the thought. They were on bad terms the first few months he came back.
That was also where he asked her to be his girlfriend, three years after he came back. Yes, it took him that much time to put his ignorance and pride aside just to tell her that he loved her.
And finally, that was where he proposed. She still remembered that night like it was yesterday, besides that was only two months ago. They finally reached it…
The hill with a cherry blossom tree that overlooks Konoha.
They spent a few minutes there in silence, just looking at the peaceful view. Finally, it was time to go. "I'll be waiting here, Sasuke-kun." Sakura smiled at him. He smirked. "I'll get back as soon as I can." He replied, giving her a peck on the lips.
He already walked a few meters away when she hugged him from behind. "I'll be with you forever, Sasuke-kun. Remember that." She whispered, smiling at him. He smirked. "Aa."
She smiled sadly at his retreating back.
Sasuke jumped from tree to tree as fast as he could, his other teammates trailing behind him. He had quite a deep cut on his abdomen but that didn't matter at the moment. He just wanted to get home after his mission.
He smirked, seeing the gates of Konoha just a few meters away. He entered it, proceeding to their house immediately. He finally reached it, but it looked quite different than it used to…it looked gloomier than ever.
He put the thought aside. I'm just imagining things… Inside, he couldn't find Sakura anywhere. Where is she? He thought. Then he remembered what she said when they were on the hill when he was about to leave.
"I'll be waiting here, Sasuke-kun."
So he went there. But he couldn't find Sakura…instead, he saw Tsunade looking at the scene before her…Konoha. He walked over to her, getting a bit nervous when he saw a sad look in her face.
"Where's Sakura?" he asked. It was a simple question. It was either she knew or didn't. So why did she look down and close her eyes? Sasuke felt his heart wrench. Something's really wrong…
Finally Tsunade looked at him. Sasuke flinched, looking at her eyes. They showed sadness, desolation…great sorrow. She didn't say anything. A single word not uttered in her mouth. She simply pointed at the foot of the cherry blossom tree.
And what Sasuke saw made him feel hopeless, pathetic…alone. Because what he saw there was…
With nothing written on it…but that didn't matter. He knew to whom it belonged. And it didn't seem to comfort him one bit.
"She told me to give this to you." Tsunade finally said. She handed him a piece of pink paper, with cherry blossoms printed on them. Sasuke took it and opened it slowly.
She could be happy even at this situation?
if I wasn't able to have the courage to let you know sooner…
He unconsciously tightened his grip on the paper. So she knew even before I left?
truly realize now that what you told me before was true. I really am
No you aren't…I was a fool when I said that.
couldn't even help you in anything. Not in escaping Orochimaru, not
in killing Itachi…not even in helping you restore the Uchiha Clan.
His jaw clenched. That isn't true…you helped me the most. You offered to help me many times…I was stupid to neglect you.
you would probably regret ever marrying me.
Asking for your hand in marriage was the best choice I made in my life…
hope that you find someone else…someone who would be able to give
you the happiness I couldn't.
There isn't and will never be anyone else but you…
I just want you to know that in whatever decision you make, wherever you go, I'll be with you…Forever.
Author's Note: So how was that? This is my first oneshot and my first shot at a tragedy. Just a short story that I couldn't get off my head...
If you have the time, I'll really appreciate it if you read and review this and my other fic, Love or Chaos? It's still on-going and currently on its ninth chapter.