A/N: Okay, just to clear this up, Sasuke realized that Orochimaru was too weak to defeat Itachi, so how could he teach Sasuke how to beat Itachi? So Sasuke has already killed Orochimaru and Kabuto. Itachi is still alive and Sasuke is training in Konoha, under probation, to defeat him. By the way, this is my first fic so, constructive criticism please?

*update: hey guys! Its been a few years since I've written this story, and I think it's a good time to do some serious editing, so this is an edited version of the original. Don't worry, I'm not gonna make any major changes. Just grammar things and stylistic changes. The plot will remain untarnished. Most of the narrative and dialogue will be the same too. Just additions, mainly. Thanks for all your support! You readers rock!

Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto…that belongs to Masashi Kishimoto.

Chapter 1: The beginning

Sakura's thoughts

Sasuke's thoughts

Sakura sighed. Honestly, how could one person consume so much ramen at one time? Naruto continued to slurp away at his precious ramen while Sakura picked at hers; she was already full. And Sasuke, well, he just sat there eating his meal calmly and ignoring both of the other teens. It was dinnertime and Kakashi had suggested that Team Seven have a reunion at Ichiraku's now that Sasuke was back from the snake pervert. Naruto had been all up for the idea; however, Sakura was nervous. Sasuke was back and it was awkward to be around him. Not only could she not stop thinking about the last time they saw each other on that awful bench, but also, people had a tendency to stare at Sasuke. If he had any discomfort he was awfully good at hiding it.

You may be wondering why Sasuke even came to this reunion in the first place…well, he was, for lack of a better term, persuaded—Kakashi told him that he would ensure Naruto was quiet throughout the meal. Not that it was a problem since Naruto was too busyinhaling his ramen to pay much attention to anything else. Sakura was getting impatient now; Sasuke's cool demeanor was really getting on her nerves and she didn't think she could handle it much longer. She had to get away. Say something, anything…just get out of here! She stood up abruptly and forced a smile.

"Guys, it was fun eating with you again, but I really have a lot of work at the hospital I have to attend too. I should go."

Sasuke looked up, his onyx eyes revealing nothing. Naruto frowned and sat up. "Awww, Sakura, you have to leave already?" he pouted. Sakura sighed. "Yeah Naruto, sorry, but I really am busy."

Sasuke stood up suddenly and muttered something under his breath. Sakura squinted. "What did you say Sasuke, I didn't hear you…"

He sighed. "I said I'll walk you there." What… walk me there? Oh please, no! "Ah, that's okay Sasuke-kun, I'll be fine," She stuttered, backing away slowly, but that didn't stop him.

"Let's just go," he said impatiently, grabbing her wrist and practically dragging her away. Kakashi smirked. "That's new," he said to no one in particular. Naruto gaped, completely dumbfounded. The walk to the hospital was silent. Sakura kept steeling glances at Sasuke in hopes of understanding why he was doing this. Is he sick or something? Since when has he taken any interest in me? He isn't concerned about my safety is he…? No, that's very un-Sasuke like. So what's up then?

"So, um, Sasuke-kun…what's with the sudden interest? Why are you walking me to the hospital?" she asked hesitantly.

"Naruto was annoying," he said simply.

"Oh," she muttered sheepishly, looking away. Of course. Why do I feel disappointed; it's not like I thought he cared anyway. When they reached the hospital Sakura said, "thanks for walking me here anyway, Sasuke-kun. It was nice."


Mercifully, she turned to walk away when his voice stopped her. Damn it! So close... "I'm not supposed to be alone." Oh God. Sakura put on her best fake smile and turned back around to face him."Oh, because of your probation?" Now that was a stupid thing to say…just great!


Sakura sighed. It was going to be a long night. "I guess you need to stay with me until I'm done here then," she said. He nodded and followed her to the door. She walked in and did all the check ups and procedures she always did at night. They were just leaving when an Anbu appeared and approached Sasuke.

"Uchiha-san, Haruno-san, Tsunade-sama is requesting your presence," he said gruffly. Sasuke nodded and they headed towards the Hokage's office.

Sakura walked into the familiar office and smiled. "Good evening, Tsunade! What was so important that you called us here this late at night?"

Sasuke stood a little off to the side by the door. He wasn't particularly fond of this new Hokage, but he couldn't really blame her for her actions. He got the punishment he deserved (and his punishment wasn't really all that harsh either, thanks to Sakura) and he acknowledged that.

"Good evening to you as well. It's good to see you again Sakura, and you too Sasuke. I haven't told this to you Sakura, but Sasuke is not to be alone during his probation." She looked pointedly at him. Sakura smiled. "Yes, I just found that out from Sasuke-kun himself. Haven't you assigned a ninja to him yet though? He's been independent all day."

"Tsunade smiled humorlessly and shuffled some paperwork. I haven't really had time until now." Sakura narrowed an eye. And I'm sure that has nothing to do with your drinking problem, Senpai. "Anyways," Tsunade continued, "Sasuke, you need to stay with someone trustworthy for the time being. I considered Naruto…" Sasuke scoffed. "Right, I decided you two would probably be fighting every day. So I thought maybe Kakashi…"

"No way in hell" Sasuke muttered. "Yes, I thought that was a bad idea on second thought as well," she muttered, "I have thought of other ninjas, you know, but you don't really know any of them very well and that probably wouldn't work."

"So I've finally made a decision," Tsunade said resolutely. "Who," he asked bluntly.


"WHAT?" Sakura yelled. She coughed and cleared her throat. "I mean, excuse me, Hokage-sama?"

Sasuke stared at Tsunade with a funny, unreadable look on his face. Tsunade smiled. "Well I thought it was quite fitting…" she began. Sakura sputtered, "No, no, no…Tsunade-shishou, I can't live with him! That would be…" she trailed off.

Tsunade cleared her throat, obviously annoyed at being interrupted and smiled. "Well, you are the best candidate. I mean, you have monstrous strength to subdue him if he gets out of line. You aren't as annoying as Naruto would be, you aren't perverted (thank God) like Kakashi, and you understand Sasuke better than anyone else. I think it's a rather good idea," she said in a very matter-of-fact tone. Sakura and Sasuke just stared at her.

Oh God, I am going to live with Sasuke Uchiha. Keep breathing… ...this is not happening… "Do I get a choice?" Sasuke growled.

"Nope," Tsunade said grinning and picking up a shot glass.

Sasuke glared angrily. Sakura swallowed nervously.

"You can move in right away," Tsunade said, filling the glass. Sakura had the distinct impression that her sensei was thoroughly enjoying this.

A/N: Wow, that was fun to write! I hope everyone was in character. I tried. Don't forget to review! This fic was created with the help of Uchihafangirl, thanks!