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A Tiger, a Snake, and a Blossom
Chapter 6: Dancing Under Snow
On the seventh day of the Winter Love Festival, all the Konoha couples gathered in the center of the village for the festival. It was February 14, a very special day to most people in Konoha, and to our little Sasuke as well. He was currently sitting and talking with Naruto, Shikamaru, Neji, and Sai. Sasuke no longer saw Sai as an enemy, but as a comrade. Naruto was still Sasuke's best friend, as Shikamaru and Neji were close friends. The five men sat around a table and were drinking a glass of refreshing sake.
Each man wore a silk yukata with different designs and colors. Sasuke had a navy blue one with dark purple rain drops scattering the silk fabric. Sakura insisted that he put purple rains drop marks on his face and eventually, he let her put the rain drops. Two small purple blobs were on his cheeks and Sasuke wore his hair down. Naruto had an orange yukata of course with green leaves all over it. Hinata shook her head at his choice of face paint, for Naruto chose to have an all white face with three red lines running down his cheeks. Neji had a similar yukata to the one he wore on the first day of the festival. Shikamaru wore a dark green yukata with white puffy clouds. Sai wore a blood red yukata with black stripes all over the fabric.
"Ne Sasuke-teme, stop staring at us. People might think you're using Sakura to pretend to be straight when you're not!" Naruto chimed. Sasuke glared at Naruto as a vein on his head popped. Sasuke raised his hand up and smacked the fox over his head.
"OUCH!" Naruto hollered. Neji, Shikamaru, and Sai snickered.
"You know Uchiha, Uzumaki does have a point." Neji said as he smirked. Sasuke shot a glare at the Hyuga and smirked back.
"Suck it up all you want Hyu-gay. I've got only one thing to say to you now; you're looking at a straight man who's about to be engaged." Sasuke concluded. Neji glared at the Uchiha as the other men snickered.
"Screw it!" Neji yelled as he chugged down his sake.
The ladies, unlike the men, were calmly drinking their small sake glasses and telling stories of the past. They too sat around a circular table and wore of the finest silk kimonos.
Sakura, Hinata, Ino, and Tenten all wore the same kimonos that they wore on the first day of the festival. Nina wore a golden yellow kimono with a red obi. The kimono was decorated with small red cats, symbolizing Nina's last name and clan. The women were all laughing and enjoying themselves.
"Hm, Ino, what's this I hear about you and Shikamaru sleeping together?" Sakura questioned as she raised a pink eyebrow. Ino panicked.
"How do you know that!" The blond kunoichi shouted. Sakura raised both of her eyes, but smirked afterwards. Tenten, Hinata, and Nina gasped.
"It's TRUE!?" The three gasping girls yelled. Ino vigorously shook her head. Sakura gave Ino a tell-the-truth kind of look and Ino sighed.
"Fine…yes, me and Shikamaru have slept together once!" Ino said quickly. "But how did you know Sakura?" Ino asked as she crossed her arms.
"I guessed." Sakura confessed as she smirked. Ino widened her blue eyes.
During the second half of the festival, the five couples split into their pairs and ventured themselves through the street. Ino and Shikamaru checked out a shougi competition where Ino made the Nara lad join in. Neji and Tenten were off looking at a weapons stand where you threw a kunai to hit a balloon. Hit ten balloons in under ten seconds and you would win a prize. Neji of course played the game to win something for his girlfriend.
Naruto and Hinata were at a ramen stand. Typical Naruto brought his girlfriend to watch him devour the most ramen for a prize. Hinata didn't mind though, she loved being with Naruto. Sai and Nina were painting pictures of each other at an art stand. Sai insisted that he draw Nina while she said she would draw him. Both decided to draw each other which soon resulted in a crayon throwing contest between the two.
Lastly, Sasuke and Sakura headed to the last part of the festival called Dancing Under Snow. Of course it was not snowing it Konoha at the time, but it was a little snowy with tree leaves missing and white specks of snow on top of houses.
Sasuke held his hand out to Sakura as she smiled and took his hand. He led her to the center of the dance floor where many other couples surrounded them. Sakura wrapped her arms around his neck as he snaked his arms around her waist. A soft melody was playing for the couples as the two ninjas swayed with the beat of the music. Sakura placed her head on his broad chest as Sasuke placed his head on top of her pink tresses.
Both of them closed their eyes and imagined each other staying this way forever.
"Sasuke-kun," Sakura whispered. Her eyes still closed as well. "I don't want tonight to end. I want us to be together forever Sasuke-kun. I love you…" Sakura said as a lone crystal tear escaped her eye. Sasuke opened his eyes and looked at her beautiful face.
The Uchiha brought his hand up and wiped away the tear. "I don't want tonight to end either Sakura." He said. Sakura opened her emerald eyes and looked at Sasuke. "You make it sound as if I'm going away. Am I?" Sasuke asked her.
Sakura shook her head. "I just want to start a new life with you Sasuke-kun. I want us to enjoy each day together just like today, and may we never have any fights for as long as we are together."
"Ashiteru…" Sasuke whispered as he kissed her on the lips.
"Go Shika! Win, win, win!" Ino chanted over Shikamaru's shoulder. He was currently playing shougi against another ninja and even though Ino didn't already know, Shikamaru was winning.
"Troublesome girlfriend, I'm already winning." Shikamaru sighed. "Oh and checkmate." His opponent pouted like a child and said that Shikamaru had a better advantage. Truth to be told, Shikamaru was playing against Gai.
"Yay! Shika-kun won!" Ino shouted. Shikamaru rolled his eyes but smiled afterwards. He got to choose a prize now for the win. He scanned over the many prizes until he chose a pat of sparkling tortoise earrings with a matching beaded necklace. He took the prize and gave it to Ino.
"Here Ino." Shikamaru said as he gave her the jewelry. Ino's eyes sparkled and she immediately put on the jewelry.
"Thank you Shika-kun!" Ino exclaimed as she pecked him on the nose. Shikamaru blushed. Now, he being dragged off by Ino to go and dance. "How troublesome…"
"Cool!!" Random people were shouting words to Neji because he hit ten balloons in under 'five' seconds instead of ten. The booth manager was impressed to he let Neji pick two prizes.
Tenten grinned at Neji as he picked out two prizes. A brown bear wearing a pink tank top and had a picture of a kunai on the tank was his first prize, and a set of limited edition kunai. He gave them to Tenten as she blushed and kissed on the cheek.
"Thanks Neji-kun!" Tenten said as she hugged the bear close to her chest and held the kunai set. Neji blushed faintly as the crowd around them 'awed.'
The two ninjas held each others hands as Tenten told Neji that she wanted to go dancing next. He obeyed his girlfriend and the two silently walked to the dance floor.
Naruto was eating his ramen at a fast pace as Hinata stood behind him and sighed. Naruto was on his fourteenth bowl of steaming hot ramen and he had to reach fifteen bowls to win.
"Go Uzumaki, go!" People were shouting. Hinata patted Naruto on the back and silently cheered for him.
Naruto finally finished his fifteenth bowl of ramen without puking it up and he was able to claim a prize for Hinata. His belly was huge, but Hinata just giggled when he stumbled to get the white big bear. The bear wore a lavender scarf with a small winter hat. Naruto handed the bear to Hinata as she shyly took it.
"I won you this bear Hinata-chan! I love you!" Naruto exclaimed as the crowd chered for the ramen eating winner. Hinata thanked Naruto and kissed him on the cheek.
The two walked out of the ramen stand. Naruto held Hinata small hand as the white bear was secure in her other arm.
"Can we go dancing Naruto-kun?" Hinata asked. She saw many people dancing and wanted to go as well.
Naruto grinned. "Sure Hinata-chan!" Naruto and Hinata slowly walked to the dance floor.
Sai and Nina were each drawing each other and laughing. Sai was also thinking that he made the right choice of giving up Sakura for a much better woman in his opinion. Nina saw Sai day dreaming instead of drawing her so she threw a red crayon at his head. It hit right on the mark.
"Ouch!" Sai shouted as he started to rub his head. "Why'd you hit me Nina?" Sai said. She continued to laugh at him.
"You were daydreaming Sai-kun. I just thought I should wake you." Nina replied as she winked at him and resumed drawing his picture.
Sai looked at her and smirked. He picked up a blue crayon and chugged it at Nina's stomach.
"Ow!" She exclaimed and rubbed her stomach. She looked up at Sai and glared at him.
"You are so going to pay for that Sai-kun!" Nina yelled as she threw multiple crayons at the artist-nin. Sai smirked still and threw crayons at her as well.
A small crowd formed around the two as they were laughing. Sai eventually ran out of crayons as did Nina so he walked over to her spot. Sai helped her up from the ground as Nina smiled.
"That was fun." Sai admitted. He wrapped his arm around her waist and they walked.
"You're right, that was fun. Thank you Sai-kun." Nina said as she pecked him on the lips. Sai blushed because other people were also watching them.
"Nina, not in public!" Sai joked as she giggled and they walked to the dancing floor.
It turns out, all five couples found a way to reach the center of Konoha where the dance floor was located for couples. Ino and Shikamaru were dancing in the top left corner. Neji and Tenten were dancing in the top right corner. Naruto and Hinata were dancing in the bottom left corner, as Nina and Sai were dancing in the bottom right corner. In the middle were Sasuke and Sakura. All five couples danced slowly to the beat of the music and each person enjoyed their partner's presence as the song came to a close.
Tsunade stood on top of a small platform where three chairs sat empty.
"Okay everyone, may I have your attention!" Godaime hokage yelled. Everyone gave their attention to the hokage and quieted down.
"As you know, this is the last day of the festival, and I hope you all enjoyed each day. Today however, I will be announcing something very important to the whole village." Tsunade said. Everyone started wondering about what was going on.
"May Sakura Haruno, Sasuke Uchiha, and Naruto Uzumaki come to the stage please." She announced. The three teammates exchanged glances towards each other and walked up the platform. Tsunade gestured for them to sit down on the chairs.
"Now, as you know, this was the original Team 7. Sasuke, the Uchiha clan avenger and heart throb in Konoha, Sakura, the optimistic and smiling cherry blossom of Konoha, and Naruto, the special hyperactive ninja with the ability to change a person's heart." The three teammates smiled and looked at Tsunade as she spoke.
"Each of them were special from the beginning as genin and now they sit before today, not just as ninja, but as the new generation of Sannin." Tsunade stated. The three ninjas widened their eyes.
"New," Sasuke said.
"Generation," Saskura spoke.
"Of," Naruto said.
"Sannin!?" All three nins said. Tsunade smiled at them and nodded her head. All three of them got up from the chairs and stood next to the hokage.
"Uchiha Sasuke is now the official Snake Sannin. Manda will be your summoning animal since you were taught under the guidance of the late Orochimaru. Naruto will be the new Hermit Sannin. He was taught under Jiraiya and I believe that you've already signed the contract for the frog boss. Lastly Sakura, my apprentice. You will be the Slug Sannin and you'll sign the contract for summoning Katsuya." Tsunade said as the three teammates bowed together. The crowd was cheering for them.
"It ironic that team seven was each taught by one legendary Sannin and now, they've all become one themselves." Tsunade continued on. "One final thing before you guys leave the platform, Naruto Uzumaki will be my subordinate for the new Hokage of Konoha!"
Naruto widened his eyes and started yelling thank you's and I-love-you's to Godaime hokage. He hugged Tsunade and she smiled at him. Hinata cheered for her boyfriend for final being able to accomplish his dreams.
"Thank you Tsunade-baa-chan!!" Naruto yelled. The whole village laughed and applauded he kyubi boy for final being able to be accepted. Naruto stopped hugged Tsunade as Sakura gave her 'brother' a congratulatory hug and kiss on the cheek. Sasuke and Naruto shook hands. Naruto wanted to hug his beast friend and Sasuke knew that too so the Uchiha man let his pride go down a little bit and hugged his best friend.
Sakura and Tsunade awed as they stopped their short hug and Naruto grinned. He walked off the platform and ran into Hinata's arms. She kissed him as their other friends congratulated him.
Sasuke whispered something into Tsunade's ear about letting him and Sakura stay on the stage just a little bit longer. She nodded her head and placed her hand on his shoulder.
"Treat her well Sasuke. She's like my daughter so I better not hear anything bad about you when I baby sit the little Uchiha brats." Tsunade laughed at her own statement and walked off stage. She hugged Sakura before leaving the stage and watched in the audience Sasuke's plan unfold.
Sakura looked at Sasuke and smiled at him.
"Sakura, I want to tell you something." Sakura nodded her head but looked over at the crowd of people listening to their conversation.
"Ignore them Sakura, heh." Sasuke said as he held both of her hands in his.
"Sakura, we've know each for more than a decade and you've made me one of the happiest men in the world. You stuck by my side and we've been through a lot together. Whether it be battling or love triangles," Sasuke shifted his eyes to Sai for a moment but looked back at Sakura. "You still choose me to be with and for that I thank you." Sasuke held one of hands as he got down on one knee. He pulled out from his pocket a black velvet box.
"Haruno Sakura, I want to spend ever moment with you, which is why I mean this when I say, will you take this man, Uchiha Sasuke as your husband?" Sakura looked astonished as Sasuke opened the box revealing a gold ring with a pink gem with tiny diamonds surrounding it.
"Uchiha Sasuke, yes. I'll become your wife." Sakura said as Sasuke smiled and placed the ring on her finger. Sasuke stood back up and they hugged.
The crowd hooted and cheered for the engaged couple as their friends ran up on the stage and tackled them in hugs. The five couples laughed and smiled. Tsunade nodded her head towards Kakashi to play the song, "Wonderful Tonight," as each couple started to slowly dance. The fives couples got down from the platform and paired up with their loves.
Once again, Sasuke and Sakura were dancing in the middle. They smiled at each other and kissed under the stars. Clouds started to form and soon white flurries of snow started to fall down as couples still danced.
This was indeed the best night for snow. Sasuke and Sakura can now continue their lives as a happy couple who will overcome the problems together. This snow represents each kiss shared and each eye contact made between the two. Sasuke and Sakura kissed once more just as the song was ending.
"You look wonderful tonight, my bride-to-be." Sasuke whispered into her ear. She smiled and they still danced.
Awe, it over for real! Well, I hope ya'll enjoy my story. I don't own the song "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton. My mom and dad actually had this song as their wedding song so I thought I'd use it. I know it's not a 'Japanese Song,' but it such a beautiful song if you ever listen to it. Well, thank you to all my reviewers and I hope you enjoyed this fic!
P.S. Naruto: Hurricane Chronicles come out tomorrow! Or is it today?...well I'm excited!! My B-day is on Sunday too! XD YATTA!!