... I do not own Naruto...
by baby's breath
- Sorry -
It was night, and darkness had settled in. Two shadows could be seen under an old tree watching the fireworks.
A photo of two hands placed on top of each other.
One hand, belonging to a girl, had a white gold ring with a simple diamond.
It had been two months since he had romantically proposed to her. If you can call drawing a ring on her ring finger romantic, then it is romantic. And it had been two months since that drawing had never been erased, the drawing constantly redrawn to keep it from disappearing.
Sakura raised her hand and stared at the imaginary ring on her hand. All her life, she had never dreamed of a proposal as genuine as what Sasuke did. She still can't imagine that she is getting married in two months too, and to her dream guy and the love of her life no less. She sensed somebody sat beside her and she turned her head to see her fiance.
"You're early," came his reply.
"Got nothing to do."
They had always met there every time they can. Since the incident of Sasuke leaving his own wedding, everything had been back to normal. Ino had married Shikamaru since he is the one she truly love and that the only feeling she had for Sasuke was infatuation. He and Sakura had been seen together most of the time, having lunch or dinner or just killing time on the spot where they had met.
The two decided to go down the ground. Sakura took the box that was settled in the grass and opened it. Inside were the planes they made, the ribbon and the handkerchief. The last two things were the most memorable to Sakura so she scooped the two out of the box and settled it aside. She took out one of the paper planes, a white one with printed sakura petals on it. She opened it and read the contents.
She turned to face him, who was also reading the one word that was written on the paper. She smiled, explaining to him the first Christmas they had together.
The door was opened, and a little girl was at the front door. She had a light pink coat on and a red scarf was wrapped around her neck. She was holding a small box on her hands where two red mittens were placed to keep it warm. Her big, emerald eyes were staring at the grumpy-looking man at the front door.
'Uh-oh, I think I went to the wrong place'
Her small hands trembled because it was very cold outside. She made a move to speak, but a feminine voice interrupted her.
"Fugaku? Who's at the door?"
The man at the door turned his head to the source of the voice and his rough voice answered back.
"It's a little girl, with pink hair."
There was clanking of dishes followed by footsteps. A beautiful woman stepped out from what seemed to be the kitchen and smiled at her. She walked nearer and kneeled to her level.
"You must be the angel Sasuke-kun was talking about," she whispered.
Sakura heard the man grunt before walking inside the house and she stared at the woman in front of her. She smiled and nodded her head shyly. She kept glancing inside, hoping to see her friend. Sasuke had invited her to his house to celebrate Christmas with his family because her parents were on a business trip once again. The woman, which she assumed was Sasuke's mother, invited her in. She took off her black boots and her scarf and gave it to Sasuke's mother. Then the two went inside the family living room.
"Stay here, I will give you hot chocolate. Would you like that?"
"Okay, thanks! Ummm..."
"Mikoto. Call me Mikoto."
The lady prepared to leave and she suddenly felt scared so she asked her something.
"Ano... Mikoto-san, do you know where Sasuke-kun is?"
Mikoto stopped and looked back at her with a smile on her delicate features.
"He'll be back soon, don't worry."
Sakura placed her gift on the coffee table and decided to silently wait for Sasuke. A few minutes later, she heard the front door open and two people came in. The first one was a boy, around the age of twelve, with long black hair tied in a low pony tail. He walked in and glanced at her. She instantly bowed her head, blushing. She looked up once again when she heard Sasuke came in calling her.
She stood up and ran to him, meeting halfway. They hugged each other, and the older boy chuckled. The two stared at him with confusion written all over their faces.
"So, is this your girlfriend ototo?"
The two let go of each other with both their faces red. Sasuke's brother chuckled again, amused by their reactions.
"Itachi! Stop teasing them. Here, you three have some hot chocolate."
Mikoto walked in with a tray in her hands. Three mugs were placed on it and she offered one for each of them. The three thanked her before she went in the kitchen again to prepare dinner. Itachi bid them goodbye and walked upstairs to his room. That left Sakura and Sasuke together on the living room.
Sasuke sat near her. He never called her 'angel' in front of everybody else, because he was afraid they will call her the same too. He just told his mother about it, because he knew she would understand.
"Is that for me?"
Sakura looked at where he was pointing at the box wrapped in blue wrapper and tied with a white ribbon. She nodded and took it, giving it to him.
"Merry Christmas Sasuke-kun!"
"Merry Christmas too, angel."
Sasuke took the gift and tore the wrapper. He gently opened the box and took something soft from it. It was wearing a blue shirt with white shorts, the same as what he usually wore. It also has small, black dots on the face representing the eyes. It also posses dark hair that spikes a little at the back. The small plushie was staring back at him with a smile on its face.
Sakura waited for his reaction, but he just stared at the gift on his hand. She felt like crying, because she had made the doll with the help of her favorite maid. It was not the best, but it was all she can think of that will serve as a good gift for him.
"It's you! D-do you like it?"
She received no reply. Instead, Sasuke went out of the living room with the doll on his hand. sakura got nothing to do but stare at him as he walk away. But just after a few moments, he came back, handing her a doll that has pink hair and green eyes. She took it and hugged it with a smile on her face.
"I like mine, do you like yours?"
"Of course Sasuke-kun!"
She gave him a hug, the two dolls being squeezed between them.
"Sasuke-kun, did you bought the materials on the Guujin store?"
Sakura placed the plane inside the box, a smile gracing her features. She still kept the doll he gave her. He had said he had made it too, with the help of his mother. She was sure that he also still had that gift, the plushie she had made for him. Then she picked another plane, this one the color of the sun. She unfolded it and read what was written.
"Is that during the spring festival?" Sasuke asked.
Sasuke stared at his 'angel'. She was wearing a pink kimono with a green obi. There were white petals on the hem of each of her sleeves and at the bottom of her kimono. Her short hair was kept down and her bangs were combed to the side with a red pin keeping it in place.
He looked at his yukata with the Uchiha clan's symbol at the back. It was dark blue and he thought that he and his angel really looked good together. Both of their parents talked and they decided to go somewhere else and have fun.
"Is that your uchiwa?"
Sakura looked at her fan. It was white with orange sakura-like petals adorning it. She simply nodded her head to the boy next to her.
"Who gave it to you?"
"Huh? Ahh, ano... Konomashii-kun gave this to me."
Sasuke stopped walking and this caused Sakura to stop as well. She glanced at the boy she was with and saw him taking something from his yukata. He walked forward to her and grabbed the fan she was holding. He replaced it with his own, a fan the same as the Uchiha clan's emblem.
"Use that one..."
"Oh... okay then."
They continued walking until the crowd of people got thinner and thinner. Sasuke then held her tiny hand with his own little one and they walked to the forest. He felt her squeeze his hand as the forest got darker. He squeezed back, to reassure her that everything was fine. When they arrived at a clearing, she realized it was the same spot they had always met. They climbed the hill and sat under the tree.
"Sasuke-kun, what are we doing here?"
"Shhh, just watch."
Sakura obliged and watched the wide clearing. One by one, small circular lights came out of the dark. As time passed by, more and more came out and just flew at the clearing. Sakura stared in awe, loving the scene very much. It was the first time she had seen fireflies at their spot for she always had to come home before it gets too dark. A moment later, the fireworks for the festival started and the two watched the display, the fireflies still there.
"Did you like my surprise?"
"U-huh. Thank you Sasuke-kun!"
Sakura placed her hand at the top of Sasuke's and she smiled at him before turning her attention back at the fireworks.
Sakura laughed. Remembering such sweet memories made her feel happy. Her sweet laugh made her fiance look at her. She turned to him, a smile adorning her face.
"You were jealous."
"No I'm not."
"Yes you were, if you're not jealous then you wouldn't have replaced the fan Konomashii-kun gave me."
"No, it's just that orange doesn't go well with your pink kimono."
"Yeah, right," Sakura busied herself with looking for more planes while ignoring her company. She knew Sasuke was thinking about it and it would be in a matter of seconds before he finally gave up.
Sakura glanced at him. She was trying to restrain her smile knowing that it would just piss him off.
"I was jealous," he admitted.
"Hah! I knew it!" Then she tackled him on a hug. They fell on the ground and she noticed one paper plane beside the two of them. She took it and read what was written inside. She felt him hug her but ignored the gesture as she read all of what was written inside.
"Remember the time when I told you that we can only read the notes from the plane when we will finally get married?"
Sasuke looked at her, slightly confused to where the conversation was going and nodded his head.
"I told you that you will only kiss me? Only love me?"
Sasuke felt something wet land on his cheek and he looked up to see Sakura crying. She pushed herself up, leaving him there dumbfounded. He quickly stood up when he noticed a plane that was so familiar to him. It was the one he wrote after they fought so that if ever she broke the rule and read it she would get jealous. Just like how he got jealous when she and that Konomashii partnered for an activity when they were still young. Realizing his mistake he decided to take the plane off but he forgot it.
Sasuke clenched the plane on his hand and ran after Sakura.
I kissed Ami.
Sakura ran crying all the way to her small house. She had decided to live on her own. Her parents were not around that much anyway so she was used to being alone. She went straight to her room and cried until she fell asleep. It was already afternoon when she finally woke up, or more like wakened up by the series of knocking on her front door.
She opened the door to see Sasuke. All of the things she discovered flashed back and she felt anger again. She was about to close the door when Sasuke put a foot to keep it from closing.
"Sakura, listen to me. We were children back then, it's nothing to be angry about!"
"Yes it is something to be angry about Sasuke!" Sakura tried pushing the door close but Sasuke was just too strong for her.
"Sakura, l-listen. I don't like her and don't be stupid! It's just a simple peck on the lips! It was meaningless, it's just to get you jealous!"
Sakura stopped her attempt to close the door, and so did Sasuke. They both stood there, none of them wanting to speak, not until Sakura decided to break the uncomfortable silence.
"Y-you could have kissed other girls Sasuke. But not the one who made my life miserable!"
Sasuke was too shocked to do anything when Sakura slammed the door shut in front of his face. He ran a hand on his hair before deciding to leave her alone for awhile.
Sakura went back to her bed and laid down. She hugged her pillow tightly and cried. She thought back at the time when Ami had always hurt her even if she did not do anything. Every time Ami had the chance, she would do anything to inflict her with pain and all Sakura could do was accept everything and just cry. Ami would also spread out gossips about her so that no one would befriend her. That was the main reason why she does not have any friend until she met Sasuke.
It caused her so much pain when she learned that he had kissed that girl - the girl she hated so much. Maybe it was the reason why he hadn't visited their spot for a week. Because he was with Ami. Her eyes narrowed as more tears flowed down her cheeks.
'We were children back then, it's nothing to be angry about!'
Sakura stopped stirring her soup that she was making for her dinner. How long had it been? It had been two weeks when they had fought, or more like when she fought him. They had not seen each other and they had not talked in person either. Sakura felt like it was an eternity, and as much as she hated to admit it, she missed him.
She missed his scent.
She missed his voice.
She missed his presence and his warmth.
During the time she had not seen him, she started to realize just how much she loves him. And just how much she wanted to be always with him. She understood that her actions were not the right ones. It was a stupid action. She felt so shallow because she instantly got angry.
All she wanted right now was to see him again and apologize.
Sakura ate her dinner in silence. Each time she would glance at her right hand where a drawing of a ring used to be seen. She had not replaced the ink and it had completely faded away.
After washing the dishes, she went to her room and changed to her pajamas. She climbed to her bed and stared at the ceiling. Her window was left open because it was very warm inside her room. Just then, she saw a paper plane flew inside her room from the open windows. It landed on the hardwood floor and she stood up to open it. The moon gave her the light to be able to read it so she doesn't have to open her bedroom light.
Sakura, I'm sorry.
Knowing who sent it, she quickly ran to the living room and went outside hoping he was still there when she came out. She ran around the house to where her bedroom windows were located but found no one. Not minding that she only had her pajamas on, she went back to the front of her house and outside to the streets. Her heart skipped a beat when she saw a shadow walking on the streets. She was sure it was him so she willed her legs to run faster.
"Sasuke! Sasuke-kun wait!"
In her hurry, she tripped and fell to the cemented street. Her eyes started getting watery when the shadow seemed to keep on walking, not even turning around to look at her. She watched as the man turned to a corner and finally went out of her sight. Tears fell as she realized that it could be the last time she would see him. Maybe he had said sorry for the last time. Maybe he was leaving again and never coming back.
"Sasuke-kun..." she whispered to the darkness, knowing no one would hear it. She hugged her knees and rested her chin on it. She kept on crying, her sobs interrupting the eerie silence.
Her head snapped to the source of the familiar voice.
A hand was offered in front of her and she hesitantly accepted it. When she was on her feet, she was suddenly enveloped in a hug.
It was all the same as his.
Sakura returned the hug as she cried on his shoulder. She tightened her embrace, afraid that he would vanish. She could feel him rub her back in a soothing manner as he muttered his apology. She shook her head and let go of their hug to look at him.
"No, Sasuke-kun. I-I am sorry. I should have trusted you. I sh-should have believed in you when you said that it was meaningless."
Sasuke wiped a stray tear away and kissed her forehead. He was glad that everything was coming back to normal. He held her right hand and kissed it when he noticed that the imaginary ring was not there anymore. Glad that he was always prepared, he took something out of his pocket and showed it to Sakura.
"Marry me, angel."
"I already said yes Sasuke-kun."
Sasuke smirked finding her very cute when pouting. Sakura smiled and nodded her head. Her smile grew bigger as he slipped the ring to her right ring finger. Sasuke put a jacket around her as he lead her to their special spot.
"I love you."
Sasuke stopped and gave her a chaste kiss on the lips.
"I love you too."
- Fin -
Thank you to all who read this and had left a review. I really appreciated them. Also, this one was supposed to be a one-shot, but since an idea of a sequel kept nagging me, I decided to write this. I also decided to just post it as a second chapter instead of another new story.
Guujin means 'doll' and Konomashii means 'nice'
I hope you guys liked it and don't forget to leave a REVIEW!
I also posted a one-shot. Read it if you want, it's called 'Hiccups' and also my other story, 'Joyride'.
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