Okay…I've got the PERFECT name if I do have a trilogy, but…I don't know what the last one would be about XD Although I do know what Hapless Lovers (HL) will be, so it might actually just be a sequel. Maybe an Epilogue or something like that.
Ha-ha, my first jukebox tune, like the thing the author suggests you listen to kinda thing? Yeah, you really don't have to listen, but if you want to, you can it's what I've been listening to the entire time.
"Sakura stop it! That's annoying!"
"I'm sorry!" She turned to her friend. "It's just…I can't find him anywhere!"
"Training?" Ino supplied.
"Maybe he's studying."
"Or he could be rekindling lost love between him and Naruto-
"Ow! Jeez, take a joke Hinata-chan!" TenTen rubbed her head, still stifling giggles.
"Hinata's right, we're not joking here!" Sakura grounded out, pacing. "If we don't find Sasuke soon-I won't have time to talk to him before the Chuunin Journeymen Exams!"
"Why don't you just talk to him there?" Ino questioned, idly swinging her feet on the chair she was sitting on.
"A test Ino." TenTen rolled her eyes. "Means no talking."
"Of course you probably wouldn't notice the difference."
"What the HELL does that mean?!"
"ENOUGH!" Sakura growled out. "None of you are helping, so I'm going to find him myself!"
The coffee shop seemed to absolutely still at the outbreak of noise, people abruptly stopping their chatter. Even Sakura seemed remotely aware of her loud outbreak, and had the decency to look slightly embarrassed. Hinata squeaked, trying to duck herself under the table and hitting her head in the process, TenTen groaned, and Ino looked around nervously.
"Sorry.." Sakura said, softer, sitting back down in her chair.
"Idiot!" TenTen hissed from behind her coffee cup.
"I've got an idea." Hinata piped up. "Go look for Naruto."
"Yeah, Yeah!" Ino agreed. "They're like, BEST friends, I'm sure he'd know, right?"
"Your right!" Sakura raised her hands in triumph. "Just, where is Naruto anyways?"
"Well, I don't really know." Hinata confessed.
"I thought you were his girlfriend!"
"I don't have to keep tabs on him all the time." Hinata reminded. "I'm a girlfriend, not a maid."
"So I suppose I'll have to go looking for Naruto, and then look for Sasuke?"
"Something like that."
"If I were Sasuke, where would I go….." She hummed to herself, as if it was a tune. Truly, she didn't know where to start looking for Sasuke.
"Well if I were Naruto I would-
The blonde choked on his ramen. "S-S-Sakura-chan! H-How did you-
"That's a really REALLY terrible henge Naruto." The pink-haired Gennin sighed.
Naruto gave a very Naruto-like laugh, rubbing the back of his head.
"But seriously Naruto, I-
"I'm sorry, okay?" There was a sad tinge in his blue eyes. "I would have told you…but I didn't know what you would say I mean, it's not every day that someone you've known all your life happens to be the Yondaime's son so I didn't want to freak you out. And you know….there are a lot of people who are going to KILL me if they find out so I did want you to be used against me! And you know, I was afraid you wouldn't think of me the same if you knew. I know, it's all my petty fears-
"I was just going to ask you if you knew where Sasuke was."
Naruto laughed sheepishly, cheeks tinged pink in embarrassment. "…oh…"
"But still," She popped into the chair next to him. "I really don't mind, it's a really big secret, and it's only natural that you wouldn't want to tell us so soon y'know? It's fine."
Naruto smiled broadly. "Thanks for understanding, Sakura-chan."
"Oh, of course!" She grinned back. "But you gotta tell me where Sasuke is."
"Well…." He laughed sheepishly. "I don't exactly know where he is…"
"WHAT?!?!" Sakura gaped at him. "But he's like you BFF, Best Friends, Eternal Rivals, Forever Buds, the list goes on and on!"
"He's not my soul mate or anything." Naruto slurped his ramen, a sour look on his face. "I don't know where he is at all times."
Sakura moaned. "So I've got to look all over for him again!"
"You don't have to be so jolly about it!" She growled back at him.
"Ow Sakura-chan! That hurt!"
She gave a small smile, as if she was happy in the normality in all of this. She released the tight ball her fist was in, as Naruto began to rub his now sore head from on the ground. She brushed herself off with her fingers, green eyes still dancing. Naruto seemed to catch on to her smile, and he too smiled wistfully. He followed in suit and got up, brushing off dirt and still rubbing the sore spot nestled between locks of sun-kissed hair.
"Good luck, Sakura-chan." He smiled sincerely.
"Thanks!" She waved, running into the distance.
Wind passed by her, in a mixture of a cool breeze and the summer humidity, people watched her go, some amused, others annoyed at the fact she pushed herself through people. She wasn't really looking at where she was going anyways, just running in whatever direction, looking for the Uchiha. She was running right to the direction of the Uchiha district.
He's bound to be there-
"Oh I'm so sorry-
Sakura began, still holding her sore head, viridian eyes looking into similar yet rather lifeless jade eyes.
"G-Gaara-nii!" She nearly shouted, stumbling backwards.
"I find it amusing you still call me that." He had an amused smile on his face.
She blushed hotly. "Hate to break the moment, but I happen to be in a hurry?"
"Hurry?" He echoed. "No where could little Sakura be in a hurry to?"
"Stop teasing me!" She frowned, hands on her hips childishly. "I've got to find Sasuke-kun?"
"So you took my words to heart I see." He had a smirk she was beginning to think was annoying.
But the only thing she could opt for was a, "So?"
"That's a good thing." He chided her easily.
"…..oh…" She found herself feeling foolish. "Well, do you know where Sasuke is?"
He raised a non-existent eye brow. "How would I know where that brat is?"
She huffed. "Well sorry for asking."
Although he knew she wasn't mad at him, it was amusing to him to watch her face contort into a maze of emotions, maybe because he wasn't able to do that himself.
"I'm off to the Uchiha district! I gotta find him!" She called over her shoulder, a rather large lop-sided grin on her face.
"Good luck." He told her, watching her pink hair flow in the wind.
Meanwhile…Just a little while later…
"WHAT THE HELL?!?!?"
She slammed the door so fast it made a snapping door as splinters of wood sprayed everywhere.
"He's not here either!"
There was a small drip of water, from the last night's rain. A slow and steady dripping noise, as water fell from the top of the house down into the cemented sidewalk. It was starting to drive the Uchiha mad. Now why the Uchiha was at this certain house, with a batch of roses in his hand, was another question entirely. It was something he had never done, and hadn't planned on ever doing. HE was the bachelor, not the person who stands around chasing after some bachelorette.
"Is anyone even in there?!" He sighed to himself, defeated.
He checked her apartment.
He checked Ino's, and TenTen's…and even got Neji to look into the Hyuga mansion.
He checked the roof of the apartment complex.
He even checked Ino's flower shop.
Sakura wasn't anywhere.
And even now, in this old Japanese styled house, in the countryside, where there were fields and fields of sugar canes, and over sized gardens, deep delphinium skies, and little transportation, the house of Sakura's parents.
Although from the looks of it, they weren't home.
So Sasuke was left to sit around on the front porch, the house surrounded by a moat where there was a fish hatchery. It was so god damn hot out here that he had to circulate chakra around him to keep cool. Although really, the scenery from the dirt road was beautiful, just rolling hills of farm land. Hell, Sasuke hadn't even known what Rice Country was until he found out Sakura's parents lived there.
She wasn't kidding when she said her parents lived in the middle of nowhere.
A breeze past him by, one of the few that seemed nearly non-existent and felt so good, but it really didn't last.
"Is all this land really the Haruno-san's?"
"Haruno-san?" A raspy voice came from behind. "Afraid not. This is the Tachibana's land."
Sasuke whirled around, greeted by a farm worker. "Tachibana-?
"Yes, nearly all of rice country is owned by them." The worker replied easily, leaning on his rake. "There super wealthy, and I hear they've got a daughter."
Well…As the worker left, the only thing he did was make Sasuke even more confused. He watched the back of the farmer, his straw hat fading into the distance as he entered the fields. Really, it may have helped if Sasuke knew where he was, it could have been a better alternative if he just went and found Ino and asked where Sakura was instead of going to her parent's house…
"Ugh…. Where is she!?!! And how do I get out of this place?!?!"
"What?!" Sakura panted. "Where is he?"
"I'm sorry." The librarian shrugged, nervously shifting her weight. "I haven't seen Uchiha-san all day."
"Damn." Sakura grounded out, swiftly turning her heel to go find Sasuke.
She briskly passed by other people, busy with there own errands in the library to notice the scowl marring her pretty face. She pushed through double glass doors, a scowl on her features. She didn't exactly know where she was going, as she wandered the streets in a rather annoyed way, with edgy corner cuts and angry stomping of feet.
She nearly crunched a pole as she flattened a straight path of fury.
"Is he purposely avoiding me?!?!" She screamed into the street, people turning to look at her curiously.
She hadn't bothered to even say sorry.
Instead, she kept turning streets, waiting at street lights, passing in crowds, like a normal person. She hadn't expected for the Uchiha to search her out, so she never bothered to stay in one place, running around the busy city streets of Konoha like an annoyed wife, passing by tall skyscrapers, her own apartment, and even the Hokage tower.
"Wait, is that-?
"Sakura-chan! How nice of you to stop by!"
"H-Hello Yamanaka-san." She greeted politely, standing in front of the Yamanaka flower shop counter. "I hope I'm not intruding or anything-
"Oh dear, you're always welcome here." The mother chided quickly. "How sweet of you! Ino wouldn't have been so polite…
"Well," Sakura shifted nervously, looking at the blonde blue-eyed woman in front of her. "Have you seen Sasuke around?"
"Uchiha-kun?" The mother tapped her chin, a thoughtful look on her face. "Hmm….
Sakura gave a defeated sigh, ready to turn around and go look somewhere else.
"Wait!" The Yamanaka wife stopped her. "I do remember him…"
"Really?! Really?!" She nearly leapt onto the counter. "Have you seen him?!"
The woman seemed surprised at her interest. "Well…he came in here to buy flowers, but I haven't the faintest idea where he scurried off to, something about a girl."
"A…girl?" She echoed.
"Oh yes! How romantic, right before the Chuunin Exams!" She sighed. "Oh, such beautiful roses, but he had such a hapless look on his face, I HAD to give it to him!"
Sakura was thoroughly confused. "Sasuke…and flowers?"
She giggled. "Oh I know! What a lucky girl!"
She spun around, laughing like an old woman looking into the youth of being younger, arranging flowers as she went back to the cashier, leaving Sakura stunned. Sasuke couldn't actually have gotten flowers for her, could he? She doubted there was someone else, but then…where was the Uchiha? It wasn't like he could disappear into walls.
"Well, thank you very much Yamanaka-san." She bowed politely, turning to leave.
"Very welcome dear!" She called over her shoulder, as the pink-haired girl whisked away.
The Yamanaka smiled sadly. "The poor dears, there time is slipping right beneath them…..
"Where could he be?!?!" She groaned, to no one in particular.
Everyone else was training, the Chuunin Exams finally just tomorrow after days and days of practicing and trying so hard to be ready. She assumed that the only two who actually weren't training were herself and Sasuke, who seemed to have a bit of relationship problems at the moment. He was trying to find her, and she was trying to find him, really, but he wasn't anywhere!
"I'm going home." She sighed to herself, trudging up her apartment stairs with a defeated look wretched into her face.
With a creak, her rather gaudy green florescent door opened; cracked paint and all, to reveal her apartment. Luckily, the torn down wall was now a stable one, although the workers were still making an ear-piercing ruckus outside her door, thanks to Ino, who wanted an elevator. Actually, if it wasn't for the workers, she wouldn't be in this situation.
She nestled herself in her couch, the microwave beeping as the clock ticked down for the hot chocolate she made to warm up. Strange she wanted hot chocolate on such a warm day, but it was almost like a craving.
BRING RING BRING
"Shit!" She stumbled on her own feet, leaping over the couch to get to the phone before it went to her voice message. It was there she noticed that she had a few left messages…
Sakura sweetie! You picked up the phone!
"Err…why, you called?"
Just about every hour! We were so worried!
"Worried?" She echoed incredulously. "About me?"
Of course not! About our land!
Should've known. Sakura seethed to herself.
"Well, is there anything you need Oka-san?"
Could you check the house for me? I hope nothings wrong over there-
"That's like an hour away!"
So? Take a cab; it'll only be about 45 minutes.
No buts! Our land is very important Sakura, you should know that.
She was about to respond, but her mother had already clicked the phone shut with a brisk huff. Probably annoyed at her. When she said an hour, she meant traveling at around Kakashi's speed when he was still in ANBU, maybe even Gai's. But still, she meant traveling like a ninja, which she couldn't do if she wanted energy tomorrow for the Exams.
"She cares more about that god damn land than she does me." Sakura growled out, slamming her own phone shut and trudging down the stairs.
"If Sasuke really is going to apologize to me," She thought to herself. "Than he'll have to do it some time else."
"I've got one long trip over to Rice Country."
Sasuke was getting really annoyed, the only thing going right today was the fact that these flowers seemed invincible to the elements and were still looking like he just bought them. Other then that, nothing was going his way. The only cab that seemed to come through the dirt path was the one he took, he had to preserve chakra so he could stay healthy for the exams, and the only person he had seen was that old farm worker and some cows and sheep.
He was starting to hate the country side.
The villa, that looked a bit like an over grown and extremely expensive Japanese tea room, was starting to get annoying. As he simply waited on the porch, watching the sun go down. Although everything here was beautiful, and the skies were so clear, it annoyed him to know that there really wasn't any civilization. Just a moat of fish for a fish hatchery, a lot of cattle, one annoying as hell rooster, and a lot of farm land and mosquitoes.
He wondered idly who could live here in such a place.
"I haven't seen anything but farm land in hours." He groaned to himself, his head in his hand, the other one wrapped around flowers. "And she's either not here or just avoiding me."
"Hell, I don't even think this is Sakura's house at all."
As the only person he had met so far, one of the workers who worked at the farm, had said. This was the Tachibana's land, who ever they were. And Sasuke doubted that Sakura would ever leave this place, where she was treated like a princess. It seemed so Sakura-like to be able to whisk her days away without worries in a place like this. So he didn't think she'd ever want to leave.
Who wouldn't? Worriless bliss of long skies of azure, long mountains carved into a background of wheat fields, corn, sugar cane, and lots and lots of rice.
This was the life.
But there didn't seem to be anyone home at the moment, so Sasuke was left to muse about what he thought of the Rice country in boredom.
It was when he heard the faint VROOM of a car engine that he looked up from the porch, surprise and what seemed to be happiness etched into his face at the though of civilization.
However, his hopes were shot down with flaming arrows.
Instead, he heard the click of heels, the kind that made you cringe at there sharpness. And a slight figure turned the corner of the house. He had heard the footsteps, faintly realizing this was no farmer, because the click was definitely some really expensive shoes. And as Sasuke listened, he realized it must have been one of the Tachibana's that lived here.
Brown hair with wisps of gray, nearly caked lip stick, a face so pale that there was powder spread all over it. Long fake eyelashes, a chubby and stout build, with a very expensive and designer dress with layers and layers of expensive jewels. Each stubby finger holding a containment of rings. And not to mention gaudy red heels that shined like the came out of The Wizard of Oz.
"I wonder where Sakura sweetie is." He heard the woman say in a prim voice. "She was supposed to be here an hour ago to see to the farm."
"I'll have to-
She stopped mid track.
Caked mascara eyes met surprised obsidian black.
"Who, or what, are you?" She pressed her lips into a thin line, waving her gold rimmed fan.
"You're not that god forsaken Uchiha are you?" She waved the fan in a haughty way. "I thought I told Sakura sweetie to steer clear away from you."
"What?" Sasuke seethed, watching the woman with steel eyes.
"She was supposed to run the farm for us when she got older." The woman frowned. "But instead she runs away and becomes a ninja. How pathetic."
"What are you talking about?" He grounded out. "She's taking a job to save your lives and all you do is call her pathetic?!
The woman frowned again. "Well the girl didn't have to take the job. She could have just worked for us here at the farm. It could have been so simple."
"How can you say that? She's your own daughter!" He spat at her, the woman who was just his height, who had a cruel twisted look on her face.
She laughed at him, a croaky laugh. "My daughter? She's not my daughter; she could never be my daughter! I wouldn't have given birth to such a swine."
"What are you saying?"
"Sakura is a Haruno, the daughter of an extremely rich business man from Tea Country whom fell ill and died when she was just two. So we took her in before she was taken by someone else, simple as that. No need to get so annoyed."
"So you're telling me," Sasuke growled out. "That the only reason why you took Sakura in was to take all her money that came with being the only daughter of a deceased wealthy business man."
"You catch on quick rat." She smirked at him. "However, I can't have you interfering. Guards!"
She clapped her hands, and men in black swiftly exited the expensive sleek black Porsche.
"Please escort our dear Uchiha and dispose of him discreetly." Her prim voice came, as she smoothed her gloved hands on her gaudy dress. "I don't want to see him anymore. Ruining my beautiful eyes."
The guards obeyed, making a grab for the boy.
"Do you know who you're dealing with?" Sasuke smirked, flowers in hand, making hand seals.
"Katon: Ryuuka no Jutsu!" Streams of fire raced towards the guards, who didn't come prepared to fight a ninja.
They ducked out of the way, the woman releasing an ear-splitting scream as she tried to run in her heels. It didn't hit anything but a few flowers surrounding the house and the dirt path that lead to the front door. Sasuke flipped in the air, landing on his feet in the water. Sakura's mother was infuriated by his talent, the guards standing up again. Even in there bulk, they couldn't catch him.
He locked eyes with the annoyed woman, strands of her hair sticking out in odd directions.
"Taxi please!" Sakura waved, making her way through a busy street. A tacky yellow car pulled up to her.
She brushed a strand of fresco hair from her face, piercing jade eyes peering into the tinted window as she clicked the door open. She slid herself in, the gray leather cold beneath her. The car smelled of lemon freshener, as she reached into her purse to get the needed money for the long trip ahead of her.
"Here's the money, I need to get to Rice Country-
She stopped mid sentence.
The man looked behind him, as he sped off into the busy highway. He tipped his straw hat, a piece of wheat sticking out between his missing teeth. The rake he always carried was in the seat next to him, one calloused hand on the wheel, the other at the tip of his hat. He had a smile on his face, as if he was stifling laughter at the priceless gape on Sakura's face.
"What are you doing here in Konoha?!" She gaped at him, handing over the money.
He chuckled. "Well, funny story. I was walking along to your mother's house to pick up some seeds, when I saw this handsome lad waiting on the front porch with a batch of roses in his hands. He asked me if this was the Haruno's land, and I told him that this was the Tachibana's property. I think he might have been waiting for someone."
Sakura blushed deeply. "So…so he was there?"
"Do you think he's still there?" She questioned tentatively.
"No cars ever go that far; he's probably still waiting for you."
She smiled at that.
"Then GO FASTER!!!!"
"Look here young man." The woman grounded out, brushing gray hair from her face. "I don't know what you want, but I NEED Sakura."
"You don't need her." Sasuke growled out, parrying a strike from one of the guards. "You just want the money."
"There isn't a difference!"
"Yes there is!" He yelled, grabbing the flowers in his hand and spin kicking one guard into the moat. "She's not some priceless object that you can just ship off to places, or invest in so that you can get money, she's a person!"
And although he was definitely feeling sorry for Sakura, he couldn't help but wonder what she did exactly to get Neji to go on a date with Sakura. She must really hate him.
"It doesn't matter!" The woman spat back. "When she turned eighteen, all that money is going to be mine!"
Sasuke looked up from the ground, as the two guards were stuck down in the moat, eyes widening incredibly. He heard the taxi door shut, and caught a glimpse of a smirk on the workers lips that sat in the front seat. Her mother was mortified, fan closed in horror and her mouth agape. Sasuke couldn't' help but smirk.
"S-S-Sakura sweetie!" Her mother smiled coyly. "How nice of you to join us here."
There was a neutral look on her face, as she looked into the lake, at Sasuke, and back at her mother.
"What do you need, Oka-san?" Her jade eyes seemed lifeless.
Her mother smiled. "This boyfriend of yours; is causing a lot of trouble here at the farm. I need you to escort him out of the land, and report back here to help out at the farm. I don't want you getting into that Chuunin Exams whatnot, nor do I want you to stay in Konoha any longer."
Sakura had a weird and almost unexplainable look in her eyes, as she stared at her mother.
Her eyes wandered, from the astray hairs on her mother's head, to Sasuke's ruffled hair and tattered breathing, but her eyes seemed to blink at the roses in his hands. They were so beautiful, like scarlet suns, and she felt something clench in her heart. She blinked again, staring at the red ocher of the flowers tint, as Sasuke clutched them tightly, a pink ribbon wrapped around them.
"Sakura sweetie?" Her mother called.
"I pay my own rent." Sakura started. "I've worked all sorts of jobs, and I get paid for being a ninja for Konoha. I've got a lot of friends who live by me like family, who take care of me. I've got a boyfriend who loves me so much he'll travel to the middle of NOWHERE to look for me, even though I was looking for him myself."
"And most importantly," Her eyes turned dark. "I am not going to let you use me for your own personal gain!"
She lashed out at her mother, fiery green eyes burning, and her fresco hair framing her pale face.
Sasuke had to smile.
She grabbed his hand with her own, which he realized, was quite warm, and walked briskly back to the taxi, where the farmer he met earlier, was just getting the car into gear. The two of them scooted into the back seat, an unreadable expression on Sakura's face as they drove away from the farm, and the large house surrounded by a moat with a gaping woman at the front. They whirled passed plantations and pastures of cows, through rolling hills and rocky mountains.
"I should say sorry, Sakura." He admitted. "I shouldn't have blown up at you like that. I shouldn't push you away like the way I did. It's wrong. Really, I'm so sorry I've been waiting to apologize to you."
She watched him rant with a large smile on her face.
"It took Shikamaru and Neji, and even Naruto to finally get me this far, but I really have to say sorry, not because they're telling me, but because I really am." He seemed to struggle for words. "And… I'd give you these roses but their already crunched."
She looked down at the flowers, slightly crunched from the fight he was in. Strands of pastel hair flowed from over her shoulder, as she lightly took his hand into hers, idly wondering how it could still be so cold.
"They're beautiful, Sasuke-kun." She blushed prettily at that, docile pink spreading over her cheeks.
"You're beautiful, Sakura."
He leaned in closer, washing her away onto the shores of bliss.
She'd have to reprimand him for being cliché later.
Sooo, since this is the last chapter of Hapless Romantics, my editors have decided to do the, "Questions to Answers you Never Knew you Asked!" which they probably stole from some other author, and are now deciding to make me do this TT.TT
Q: So, what did you listen to when you wrote the last chapter?
What kind of question is that? Well, I guess I was listening to Honey and Clover, that one song like…waltz by suneohair… But at first I was listening to Wind
Q: Is the main problem of Hapless Romantics going to carry on into Hapless Lovers?
Ah, I doubt it, I'm going to have a new problem, much more Sasuke Sakura related.
Q: Will Hapless Lovers be as humorous and at times random as Hapless Romantics?
It'll definitely be more serious, however, I can't right a SasuxSaku without humor, and I'm just not capable of it.
Q: Can you tell us the summary for Hapless Lovers?
When I think of it
Q: How soon will Hapless Lovers appear?
Soon I guess, probably in August some time.
Okay so, before they question me anymore, I really got to thank you all for reading Hapless Romantics, and please PLEASE review! I love to hear from everyone!