To my reviewers: Well, thanks for the reviews for one, and all those who stuck with me. I really appreciate it! Umm...I'd also like to dedicate this epilogue to the two that guessed what would happen:

suitohato (They like exactly guessed right)

Sakura-Uchiha-xox (You had the concept right)

Okay...later :)

Epilogue: Remain Strong

Beta-d by: IkiIki

Thanks for all your work :)

Sakura sat in her dress. This was supposed to be the happiest day of her life but she couldn't help but feel saddened. She remembered all the pain she held inside as she opened the box that contained her maid of honor's dress. Tamiko's dress.

It was orange, but the belt, straps and the part under the pleats were red. The red that matched her dress. The one Tamiko also designed.


Sakura awoke in pain. She saw Tsunade working on her abdomen, when she remembered how Orochimaru hit her in her stomach.

Her baby.

"Tsunade. What's wrong? What's wrong with my baby?" Sakura pleaded through her pain, which caused Tsunade to stop her treatment.

"Sakura. You're awake," she started, but the look in Sakura's eyes immediately told her that Sakura didn't give a damn that she was okay. She wanted to know about the life inside of her.

"Sakura. I'm not going to beat around the bush, so I'll tell it to you straight. The force of Orochimaru's punch killed your child. You are currently going through a miscarriage," she said.

Sakura started to hyperventilate.

"Sakura! Sakura! You need to breathe. There is more," the legendary medic said.

Sakura took a while to even out her breathing, but there were unshed tears in her eyes as she tried to calm down to hear what the woman was saying.

"You were pregnant with two children. You were carrying twins. Fraternal. Only one of them died. The female," Tsunade said.

"Twins," she thought. She was carrying twins?

"Who's are they?" she asked, which shocked the medic.

Sakura didn't know who the father was?

"Sakura. They aren't the prince's children?" Tsunade asked her apprentice.

Sakura wasn't in the exact condition to tell her sensei the whole story, so she gave her the condensed version.

"Orochimaru raped me a day after I was with Sasuke. The children were conceived around the same time, I just don't know if it was Sasuke or Orochimaru's sperm that fertilized the egg," she said.

"So can you tell the paternity?" Sakura asked, not knowing how long she could hold out, before the pain consumed her and forced her into a state of unconsciousness.

"I can't test now Sakura, but I have some good news. I— well, more so another, can revive your child," Tsunade said in a voice that said 'I-have-good-news-but-there-are-consequences.'

"H-how? The only way to revive the dead is with the Tensei Jutsu and we all know it's a forbidden jutsu. Someone has to give up their life to perform it."

"Someone is willing to do so, Sakura," Tsunade said.

Sakura's eyes widened.

"No. Tell them no," Sakura yelled at her sensei.

Tsunade opened her mouth to say something but was interrupted.

"You really need to learn your place Sakura. You can not tell me what to do."


"Ta-hime, no. I don't care. I won't let you do the life transfer jutsu…" but her voice was giving the signs of weariness.

"But your voice sounds like you can't stop me," the princess said cockily.

Sakura wanted to continue to scream out, but the pain was causing her to slip into unconsciousness. Before the darkness consumed her the last thing she heard was,


End of flashback

It was weird when Tamiko was gone. There was no one other than Naruto she could talk to. Tsunade excused her from her training until two months after the end of her pregnancy. Tsunade and Hinata were kept busy healing the wounded in the recent battle, which did not just compose of Orochimaru and Kabuto. No, there was an ongoing battle outside the palace, in which Sand as well as Sound allied their forces to bring down the Konoha kingdom, but with the death of Orochimaru and the fierce battling of Naruto, Neji, Tsunade and her husband Jiraiya, as well as many other Konoha ninja, they won.

The battle took many lives, such as the lives of the king and queen and because of this, a coronation was in order, but to do so, the next in line must be wedded.

The coronation was a month from now, but today, Prince Sasuke Uchiha will marry Lady Sakura Haruno.

Sasuke paced in the room he was supposed to change in. Back and forth, back and forth.

"You need to stop."

"I'm thinking, Naruto!" the stressed prince yelled to his best man.

"Fine, Mr. Rudeness. I'll just wait outside and we'll head over when you're ready to go," Naruto said.

The door clicked and Sasuke immediately dropped himself in a chair which was in front of a mirror. He looked at the suit he was wearing, which Tamiko specifically detailed in one of the many letters she left, that it must be a western wedding.

It was black on white, with a black tie. He wore his really heavy crown and army emblems, for it was a royal wedding.

He couldn't believe it. After all this time, effort, loss… he was going to get married.

Not to one of those noble pampered twits. No. The love of his life. Sa-ku-ra Ha-ru-no.

After thinking for a while, he was ready mentally to get married. He got up and with Naruto in tow, he headed over to his wedding.

Sasuke walked down the aisle that separated rows filled with nobility, friends and unfortunately no other family other than the Hyuugas. They all gathered to witness the matrimony of the soon-to-be king.

Then, he waited for his best man to escort the maid of honor, as well as the twins. When Naruto and Hinata finally started their walk with each carrying Sakamo, the boy and Tomoko, named after the late princess who gave the young one her life back. Sakura was highly upset when the twins were born, that they came out to look exactly like their father. The hair, eyes, skin tone, everything. The only way to tell Sakura was their mother was their lips.


"Sakura. One more push and you'll have your daughter," Tsunade said.

"I AM PUSHING!" Sakura yelled through her pain.

Of all the advancements in the medical field, no one has yet to create a medication, ointment, jutsu or whatever to dull the pain of childbirth.

"One more, Sakura," Tsunade told her pupil.

"Argh!" Sakura yelled out as she pushed one final time.

The cry of the newborn girl set off a chain reaction, which caused the baby boy born only two minutes before to cry. The staff in the room busied themselves settling down the twins and at that moment Sasuke rushed into the room, since a medic said he could finally come back in.

"Sakura, how are you?" he asked coming to her side immediately.

"The pain hurt like hell was on fire," Sakura snapped at him.

Before Sasuke could reply, the nurse handed the twins to Sakura and she started to cry.

"Sakura, what's wrong?" Sasuke said, snapping out of his daze and looking at the children. They were so small…

"It's not fair. I go through all this pain, pushing, screaming and for what?! For them to come out looking exactly like their father!" she wailed.

Sasuke didn't really know what to say, so he did what all men would do in this situation.


"I'm sorry, Sakura, that they came out looking like me, but if it's any consolation you were the one who upset me first," Sasuke said.


"Don't you remember when I first found out about the twins? I asked you if it was mine and you said, 'No. They are ours,'" Sasuke explained.

"Oh… Sorry I blamed you. Stupid hormones."


End of Flashback

Finding out about the twins was shocking. He wakes up and the love of his life was not just pregnant, but with twins. It was one of the happiest days of his life.

The music sounded and the people in the pews rose to signify the presence of his oncoming bride.

Sakura looked absolutely beautiful in the western style wedding attire she had on. The dress form fitted well, and the baby fat she gained dropped like hot potatoes with the two and a half months after her pregnancy dedicated to a diet.

Yet, Sasuke didn't care. He had someone who truly loved him, two beautiful children and was happy. Very happy.

The wedding went without flaws, as well as the reception.

The two were currently in a very large cottage about 4 miles away from the palace, in which they will spend a week for their honeymoon. Sakura excused herself to slip into something more comfortable.

Coming out in her small nightgown to find herself being stared at by her husband, she suddenly became self-conscious. This would be the first time they would make love since everything. The battle, the deaths, the pregnancy, but when Sasuke grabbed her, pulled her into his strong arms, and kissed her so sweet and soft, her doubts flew out the window.

Then the kiss got fiercer.

It took the two only moments to lose their clothing and to be lying on their bed. Sasuke was nibbling Sakura's ear before he entered a finger in her core.

"Oh! Sasuke…" she moaned as the Uchiha thrusted the finger in and out, and then another.

Encouraged by Sasuke's desire to make their consummation pleasing for her, she decided that she would show what she overheard the servants talk about with their lovers. She was going to please her husband.

She moved Sasuke's hand from inside her, which confused the prince and he was even more puzzled when Sakura flipped their position.

"Sakura. What are you doing?" Sasuke asked, but only received a smirk from his wife.

Sakura kissed all the way down Sasuke's muscled chest till she reached his hard manhood. It stood with all its eight-inch glory, slightly red from the pressure of the blood.

"Think of it as a popsicle. Lick it to taste the flavor…" a maid's voice echoed through her mind, and she did take the tip in her mouth and Sasuke hissed in pleasure.

"Then around it to mark that it's yours…" then she licked the sides as Sasuke moaned loudly. This encouraged her to go to the finally step.

"Then shove it down your throat to let the liquid hit your throat!" the maid's voice echoed filled with laughter as she said it to her friends, knowing that you did not do that with a popsicle, but Sakura decided to do it.

She took a breath and deep throated her husband. After she bobbed her head for a moment, Sasuke released into her mouth, in which she could only swallow some of it. Sasuke must not have been prepared for the little display to have orgasm quickly, but he recovered and switched the two to their original positions.

"Now it's my turn," he whispered huskily into his wife's ear, before he trailed down to her breast.

He put his mouth on the soft mound carefully ignoring the somewhat tender nipples. They were his children's feed, not his delight. He licked the valley between her breast and trailed down to her belly button and back up again. Sakura could feel her husband's arousal poking her, hard once more after a mere minute from his orgasmic cool down.

Sasuke kissed Sakura with a hot and fiery passion as he plunged into her moist, heated core. He stilled to allow his wife the time to get used to the presence, but did not wait long as she pushed back. A fast and powerful rhythm was set rather quickly, but neither cared. They were enjoying themselves and filling out the other's desires.

The haunted past, dreaded royal meetings and the demands of the nation were put on hold. The twins were with their godparents, Naruto and Hinata, who were set to be married in a year. Kakashi was dealing with Sasuke's paper work. Though it took some time for Sasuke to agree, Neji would be handling the alliance settlement with the Mist Kingdom during the week. Everything that had been worried about was gone out of their minds, as Sasuke thrusted into his wife and she pushed back, because for now, they were making love and being with the other was all that mattered.

Soon, the two reached heaven's blinding door and floated right back down to their earth to hold and cuddle into each other's embrace. They lay in compatible silence before sleep caught up to them, leaving the other to their thoughts, but Sasuke had one question before he fell asleep.

"Sakura. How did you do it? The pain, loss, memories? How did you do it?" her husband asked.

Sakura thought about it for about ten seconds before she replied.

"A very wise woman gave me advice that will stay with me for a lifetime. The two words gave me my strength in my darkest hours." she said.

"What were they?"

"Remain Strong."


Well, I have pictures of Sakura's and Tamiko's dress if anyone actually wanted to see them. the link is on my profile.

To those who read this like two years from now!!!

Don't be afraid to leave a review! I'd like to see how long it will be before no one is interested in this story. So leave a review :)

Answers to questions:

1. Is it Sasuke's or Orochimaru's baby?

Sasuke's! It was Sasuke's! Please don't ask again! I made it all confusing for the drama and plot of the story. So for one last time...they are Sasuke's babies!

2. Will there be a sequel?


3. Why won't there be a sequel?

I'm too lazy to write one...(sweatdrop)

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