A/N: OMG! We're sooooo excited! This is going to be our second story since The Love Letter! It has taken us a long time to write this first chapter and we're finally done with it and ready to submit it. Enjoy!

Chapter 1: HIM

I've told myself many times that this was happening to me because I deserved it. What he did to me was just harmless punishment for the "bad things" that I did. But I didn't know better then...

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We were sitting in the dining table eating dinner. "We" consisted of my mother, my step-dad, and me of course. My mom was just explaining in perfect detail how she got her promotion from her boss. She works in a business company that sells T.V.s to stores so they can sell them. She used to be a secretary, but now she's the vice-president, one of the head-honchos. She was single when she first started working there eight years ago, but then she got married to Kenji, my step-dad.

Ironically, that's where they met. In my mom's office building, I mean. Kenji was a delivery guy that hand-delivered thet workers their mail. It was sort of like love at first sight...for my mother. When I first saw him, there was something odd about him, but I couldn't quite place it. He was always nice to me, buying me beautiful gifts. I guess he only did that to get to my mom's good side.

It's not like I hate Kenji. He's the only father-figure I have ever since my dad, my real dad, left us when I was eight. Now I'm sixteen and am in my junior year in Blue Hill High. (The hill isn't really blue...actually, it's not even on a hill. I guess it was the only name left or something).

"...back until Thursday. Sakura? Sakura, dear, are you listening?" my mom asked.

"Huh? Oh, yeah," I said.

"She was daydreaming again," Kenji said, giving me a fake smile. God, I hate that smile with it's decieving intentions. Can't my mom see that?

"So, what were you saying?" I asked.

"Just that tomorrow, on Monday, I will leave to go to a business trip and won't return until Thursday," mom explained.

"So it'll be just the two of us. Isn't that great?!" Kenji said, smiling again.

"Yeah, just great," I said, hoping he noticed the sarcasm in my vioce.

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I dreaded the next day and it came too quickly if you ask me. I was busy getting ready for school while my mom was leaving.

"Bye Maora!" Kenji said to my mom as they kissed on thte lips. I said my farewells too and saw as she put her luggage in the truck and drove off. All of a sudden, I was aware if a presence behind me. Kenji.

Kenji has dark, black hair with blue, piercing eyes. It was those eyes that really creeped me out. He was tall and husky too.

"Sakura, we haven't had breakfast together in a long time. Will you join me?" he asked.

"I need to go get my stuff ready," I answered, going to my room and closing the door. I wish I had a lock, but sadly, I don't. Kenji convinced my mom that I already have enough privacy. That was a bunch of crap.

"Sakura!" Kenji called out.

"I need to get out of here...quick!" I said to myself and in a panic I grabbed my backpack and opened my window. I lived in a one-story house, so it was easy for me to jump off and land safely. I could still hear Kenji yelling my name as I ran towards my school. I soon bumped into someone and I fell to the ground and landed on my butt.

"Ouch," I said, getting up and rubbing my behind.

"You really are a klutz," Gaara said.

"Oh, sorry about that," I answered. He looked immediately at my arms and noticed that I was wearing a long sleeved shirt although it was late September.

"Did you do that again?" he asked as we started to walk towards school. I nodded. You see, Gaara is one of my trust-worthy friends in the whole world. And only he knows my secret. But he doesn't know why I started doing it. That part of the story he doesn't know. No one knows, it's only between Kenji and I.

"I thought you stopped. I thought that you would stop doing that to yourself if I did. And I haven't cut in a few months," Gaara said.

"Look, can we just drop it. I don't want to talk about it," I said, a little angry at him. By the time we arrived at school, we were talking about what we'd do during Fall Break since it was coming up in two weeks.

"Sakura, hey Sakura!" Ino called out to me when she saw me enter the school building. I said bye to Gaara and walked towards Ino.

"Why do you still hang out with that Gaara freak?" Ino asked.

"He's my friend," I said, defending him.

"But he's so emo," Ino said and then added," No offense."

"It's okay," I said. Pretty soon Hinata and Tenten came along.

"Aren't you a little hot wearing that shirt?" Tenten questioned me.

"Um...no," I answered. Actually, I was hella hot.

"I just realized something, when was the last time you wore anything fitting?" Ino, the fashionista, said.

"Ino, Tenten, stop bothering Sakura about the way she dresses. I kinda like her style, it's conservative," Hinata said to my defense. I silently thanked her. In reality I don't dress "girly" anymore because I don't want to get unwanted attention from Kenji. All of a sudden the bell rang and I went to my first period class which was math with Kakashi.

It's like he was out to get me since he made Naruto sit next to me. He is so annoying! But I think the only reason I sit next to him is because I'm really good in math and he isn't. I guess Kakashi thought I could help him or some of my intelligence would rub off on Naruto. Even Einstein himself couldn't save Naruto. He is just a lost cause.

Twenty minutes into the class, Naruto nudged me on my elbow and asked me what the hell Kakashi was talking about.

"Naruto, you are so dense! Why are you even in this class?" I asked.

"I knew I shouldn't of copied from Shikamaru's test! Now Kakashi thinks I have potential if I put my head into it," Naruto confessed. Our conversation quickly ended since Kakashi wanted us to work on some practice problems. I , of course, had to practically tell Naruto the answers.

Second period I have Social Studies with Asuma. That class is just boring. Since me and Ino both have that class, we spent most of the period passing notes instead of taking notes.

P.E. with Anko is horrible! She is the epitomy of evil, I swear. She makes us do fifty push-ups and sit-ups daily. Then we have to run a whole mile around the field. And that 's just on her good days. If she's in a bad mood, it gets worse.

What sucks is that after P.E. I have science with Gai. And I sit next to Sasuke who gets to see me all sweaty from P.E. What a joy. Actually, he's in all my classes, but Science is the only class that we sit next to. This would be every girl's dream, and maybe mine too, if I still liked him. But things changed ever since that day three years ago.

"What's that noise?" Sasuke asked me. As if on schedule, my stomach growled again. Appearantly, I was hungry since I didn't eat any breakfast.

"Oo, stomach stop making those weird noises," I said, talking to it and petting it. "Just wait a few more minutes and I will feed you."

Sasuke just kept looking at me like what I was doing was strange. I'm not like other girls who wear girly clothes, put on make-up, or try to catch Sasuke's attention. My stomach continued to growl and soon it became so loud that Tenten, who sits in front of me, turned around and asked if anyone was trying to imitate a bear. Although I didn't have a mirror, I knew my cheeks were turning red from embarrasement.

"Why can't lunch start sooner?" I said to myself. I looked at the clock and it read 11:32. Lunch didn't start until 11.45, so I had...

"Thirteen minutes," Sasuke said.

"Oh, thanks. Uh...so you heard me?" I asked.

"Sakura, everyone in this class can hear you," Sasuke answered and then returned to paying attention to Gai.

"...and that's how you get covalent bonding between atoms," Gai said. Lee raised his hand. "Yes Lee?"

"Gai-sensei, I just want to congratulate you on another youthful lesson! I learned so much today!" Lee yelled out.

"Thank you Lee!" Gai said, hie eyes watering from joy.

"Ugh, I think I'm gonna be sick and my stomach is empty," I said. Lee's and Gai's conversations always rubbed me the wrong way. Thankfully the lunch bell rang and I got out of there quickly.

It wasn't too long before I realized I forgot to bring my money. I quickly searched my pockets and found a five dollar bill. "Thank you," I said, looking up and an imaginary light shone above me. (Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?) After I bought my lunch, I sat with my friends at our usual lunch table.

"Grrrr! Grrrr!" Inogrowled. Hinata and Tenten laughed.

"So you told them?' I asked Tenten, biting into my turkey sandwich.

"I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself," Tenten said, laughing. I smiled, the situation wasn't so bad once I got over it.

"So, did you all see the prank that Naruto pulled? I thought it was one of his best works," Hinata commented.

"You mean when he photocopied the picture of Tsunade without her botox injection and handed it out to everyone at school?" Ino asked.

"Uh-huh. Don't you think he's so...so..." Hinata, said, looking for the right word.

"Stupid," I put in.

"Talented," Hinata finally said, with a dreamy look on her face.

"Oooo, someone's been bitten by the love bug! Trust me, I know these things, it's like I have ESP or something. You and Naruto will end up together," Ino said,.

"Since when did you become the Love Doctor?" Tenten asked. Ino just glared at her and told her not to mess with the supernatural and that her instinct was a gift from god.

After lunch ended, I headed towards Kurenai's room for Language Arts. Nothing interesting happened in that class. Then I went to Art with Iruka. Ino, Hinata, Tenten, and I were all in that class. Iruka was teaching us the basic skills for drawing, like how to draw a face and stuff. All I know is that I didn't want school to end and deal with Kenji. Sooner than expected, the last bell rang.

Since I walked home, I decided to walk extra slow today. I took a deep breath before opening the front door. At first, I didn't see Kenji anywhere, so I assumed he must've left somewhere. Probably getting drunk at the bar. As I passed the living room, I saw him. He was sitting on the couch, staring at me.

"I didn't see you at breakfast or anywhere at all after you went to your bedroom," Kenji said. "It's awfully rude and disrespectful to keep someone waiting and then finding out that person was never going to show up and wasn't even in the house."

Although he wasn't yelling, I sensed that he was mad at me. "Kenji, I'm s-sorry. It won't ever happen again," I said.

"Oh, it definitely won't happen again and I'm going to show you right now what will happen if you ever do it again," he said, unbuckling his belt.

I started to back away and pleaded with him. "Please... I already know what's going to happen, so you d-don't have to show me."

"Are you smart talking me?" Kanji asked me.

"No," I whimpered, but I don't think he heard me. That's when I realized that he was drunk.

"You think I'm stupid cuz you 'know everything?' Just cuz I don't have a job and my wife has to support me doesn't mean I don't know nothing! You hear me?! You respect me you whore! I know more than you! I'm stronger and bigger! So don't you go smart talking me!" Kenji yelled. I have never been more scared in my life.

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A/N: Okay, so there you have it, the first ever chapter for A Broken Life. The second chapter will be up soon. Please review and tell us what you think of the story so far. NO FLAMES!!!!