In His Arms
(The Sequal To: In His Shadow)
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto...
Pairing: Sasuke and Sakura

A.N.: Some parts may reference In His Shadow, but you don't need to read it if you don't want to (I encourage you to read it, though! In my opinion, a good story. Rated M, just like this one.)

Chapter 1:

Sakura stood at the front of the church, observing one of her good friends, Ino, repeat her vows after the pastor said them. She's so lucky! Sakura thought, watching as Shikamaru leaned over and kissed his new wife's lips. She remembered how Ino had said her and Shikamaru were getting married because he finally proposed to her. She had been happy on the outside, but on the inside, she felt devistated. She was loosing her best friend to Shikamaru! Guess Hinata and I have to catch up on old times and become really good friends, better than we are right now. She had spent some time with Hinata, but not as much as she had with Ino.

Her and Sasuke had had a fight the night they were all at the club. She remembered it like it was yesterday instead of five months ago.

She had been dancing with a really cute guy, trying to make Sasuke a little jealous, not realizing how upset he would be. She remembered putting her arms around the guys neck, and he had leaned down and whispered something in her ear. She had laughed, then felt hands on her shoulders before she was roughly jerked back away from her dance partner. She looked into his face, seeing fear written across it, then she had turned around to see Sasuke scowling at the guy, giving him the fiercest look she'd ever seen.

He had told the guy to back off, then dragged her away. Much like Ino, she slapped his face and walked away, declaring that he wasn't her keeper, and didn't even look back, just kept on walking.

When she had gotten outside, she had seen Ino and Shikamaru making out, then after Naruto had interrupted them, she chased after Ino, who had run away. She found Ino crying at her house, and when she had been told everything, she had gone to Hinata's house and spent the night. Surprisingly, she hadn't been that shy. They actually had a good conversation.

Which brings me to here. She thought wryly, observing the happily married couple walking down the aisle, with her, the lonely bridesmaid, trailing behind them. As she walked down the aisle, she felt eyes watching her every move, and turned around to find Sasuke looking directly at her...

Sasuke sat there, observing Sakura. What is she thinking about?Sasuke wondered. The look on her face was priceless. He had thought his facial expressions were scary, but looking at her face just now, he was scared. Must be thinking about me. He chuckled at the thought, then sobered. He remembered what she had said to him at the club.

You're not my keeper.

And she had said it with such passion and he had enjoyed the fire in her eyes as she brought her hand back and slapped him directly across his face.

She always was very fiery. He recalled. He got up to go congradulate Shikamaru when he heard some guys talking about- or to- someone. "Poor girl. She can't have Sasuke, so she tries to go after any guy." one said, sounding drunk.

"Do not!" a very familiar voice said, sounding angry.

"Yes you do. You're a little hussy, throwing yourself at any available guy." a very slurred voice said.

"Come here, sugar. Show me what you'd show Sasuke." another drunk called out.

Sasuke couldn't take much more. "Hello, boys. Why are you drunk and the celebration has just begun?" He asked, walking over to where Sakura was being held by some beefy guy. "And you. Why are you holding her against her will? Let the girl go."

"Sorry, but no can do. She wants me to hold her as close to me as she can get." the man said, slipping his hand up her front.

Sasuke was gritting his teeth. Why do I always come when she's being groped by other guys? he thought, getting angry because she wasn't even sticking up for herself. He grabbed her, yanked her out of the guys grasp, and punched him in the jaw. The guy's eyes rolled to the back of his head and he collapsed to the ground. The other guys left, deciding she wasn't worth a bloody nose. He cracked his nuckles, then turned to offer her a hand up. She took it and said, "Thanks." She brushed out the wrinkles in her dress, and bent down to pick a piece of grass of the bottom of her skirt. "I think I was fine on my own, but thanks for stepping in."

"Sure." he said, rolling his eyes. "You would've been on the ground screaming in five seconds after ha had you in his arms." He paused, then added sarcastically, "You were very fine on your own."

She didn't say anything, just turned around and left. "Mind your own business."

Ouch! I think I need some ice for that burn! It had to be at least 2nd degree, maybe even a 3rd degree burn. He walked over to where Ino and Shikamaru stood.

"Congratulations, you two. I told you she liked you better." Sasuke said, shaking hands with Shikamaru, and nodding at Ino.

"Where's Sakura?" Ino asked.

"She left after being molested by a drunk." Sasuke stated calmly.

"Really? Already?" Ino said. "I'm going to go to her house." When Shikamaru gave her a glare, she said hurriedly, "Don't worry! I'll be back in two hours or less! Just in time for bed time." She kissed her new husband on the lips, then left, leaving the two men to talk alone.

"You need to get a girl, Sasuke." Shikamaru said, grinning after Ino.

"No, I don't." he said adamantly. "What in the world's happened to you, Shikamaru?"

"It's a crazy little thing called love, and I'm sorry. I forgot you had Sakura."

"No, I definitely do not have Sakura, nor do I want to!" Sasuke said. "I don't need a woman, and that's final!" Or do I? he thought, recalling the rage he had felt when he had seen Sakura being hit on-again-by someone other than him.

"We'll see. We'll see." Shikamaru said with that all-knowing grin of his...

This will be continued very shortly! please read it and review! i would appreciate your oppinions!

Dragon Queen