Author's Note: Well, I am trying desperately to get over my writer's block, so I am going to start a new story. I would have started typing earlier, but it's really hot in the living room lol. I hope you guys enjoy this.

WARNING: This story will contain adult themes, underage drinking, physical and verbal abuse, and perhaps the usage of drugs.

Disclaimer: They sold you everything you need to fix you up and you feel good now, but you can't wake up. (I own nothing)

Ch. 1: It's All The Same


Sakura turned off her alarm clock and sat up. She had been in her new house for a week and it was her first day of school here.

"Ugh…I don't want to go…"

"Sakura! Wake up! You have to get dressed!"

"I'm up Mrs. Muldenhower!"

"Okay dear. I'm going to back to the house now. Your breakfast is on the table."

"Thank you."

Sakura heard the door shut as she walked to her bathroom. She turned the water to lukewarm and jumped in. As she lathered her body and washed her hair, she thought back on the last year. Sakura had lost her parents in a car wreck when she was 15. Mrs. Muldenhower had taken her in, not wanting her to go to an orphanage.

After she had been giving a hefty sum for her losses, she had turned 16. She bought a two houses, one for her and one for Mrs. Muldenhower and her husband. For years they had lived in a rickety old house that was rotting out. Sakura took up a job so that she could pay for the bills and her food. She only wanted to use her money she got for her loss for an emergency.

That's how Sakura had ended up in Konoha. Since her parents car had been totaled in the accident, she had gotten to keep her father's blue motorcycle. That was her transportation to the market, her job, and school. She hardly had time for anything else. She figured she would go to school, get her homework done during lunch and in class, and then head straight to her job.

After her shift ended, she would get about six hours of sleep in total. Sakura sighed and turned the water off. She grabbed a black fluffy towel and wrapped it around her. She brushed out her shoulder length black hair and looked at her emerald green eyes in the mirror. They showed her sadness as she thought of her parents.

It was hard to believe that it had been a year. Sakura pushed back tears and walked out of her bathroom. She rummaged through her drawers and pulled out her bra and a pair of boyshorts, a pair of white socks, a tight black shirt, black hip huggers that flared out slightly, and a pair of black arm covers. After she had dressed, she put on a cappuccino colored lipstick, slightly darker purple eye shadow, black eyeliner, and black mascara.

She quickly slipped on a pair of sneakers and ran down stairs to eat her breakfast. She grabbed her wallet off the table and her bag was hanging on her chair at the table. She ate the pancakes with whipped cream and the sausage. She loved Mrs. Muldenhower's cooking. She set her dishes in the sink, stuffed her wallet in her back pocket, grabbed her bag, and ran out the door. She opened her garage and uncover her motorcycle.

She ran her hands over the midnight blue finish and pulled her huge riding jacket and helmet on. She put on her book bag and sat on the seat. She kicked the stand up and backed out of the garage before starting the motorcycle and speeding towards her new school. As she neared the school, she slowed down. That's when she noticed a boy, walking alone on the side of the road.

He had bright red hair and was wearing a black hoodie and baggy black pants. As Sakura sped past him, she noticed the sadness in his eyes.

See the sadness in his eyes

Hear the sorrow in his cries

He wipes away hidden tears

And tries to run from hidden fears

When Sakura reached the school, she parked her motorcycle beside a new Mustang. A group of kids looked at her as she put the stand in place.

"Who are you?" asked the one with black hair and cold eyes.

"Who cares who he is. I want to ride his bike." said a blond girl with blue eyes.

Sakura looked at them through her helmet.

'Are they blind or crazy?' 'I vote for stupid.'

Sakura stood from the bike and turned away from them, her shoulder length black hair tumbled out of the helmet.

"A man with long hair? Better to tug on." giggled the blond.

However, when Sakura took the jacket off, all the giggling ceased she turned towards them with an arched eyebrow.

"First of all, I'm not a guy. Second, I would let you ride my bike ever if I were. I don't go for the fake types of people." The blond gaped at her before finding her voice.

"Fake?! Just who the hell do you think you are?!" she screeched.

"Sakura Haruno, just your average, everyday, genuine person."

Sakura grabbed her bag and started to walk away from the group, when the blond girl grabbed her arm and made a move to hit her. Sakura threw her hand up and grabbed onto the girls fist before it even hit her. Sakura reared back and punched the girl in the face, sending the girl stammering backwards into the arms of a spiky, brown haired boy.

"Next time you try to hit me, you better rethink that. Next time I won't go so easy on you."

Sakura turned away from the group and began walking towards the building when a flash of red caught her eye. She looked over and saw the boy that she had passed earlier. He had watched what she did and he was trying to hid a small smirk. However, her attention was drawn away from him when she felt a hand on her shoulder. She turned around to see the black haired boy with cold eyes.

"I'm Sasuke Uchiha." he waited for her to say something.

"Okay." she started to walk away.

"That was pretty funny what you did to Ino. Most girls don't have the guts to stand up to her."

"I'm not most girls." Sakura spat, thoroughly annoyed with the guy already.

"I can tell. Do you want to go out sometime?"

Sasuke, unfortunately for him asked her in front of a large group of people who where eyeing the exchange. She turned around and faced him.

"Let me think a minute…no." she said and turned away.

"What did you say?" he said incredulously.

"I said NO." she accentuated the last word.

Sasuke's jaw hung open. Nobody ever rejected him. NOBODY! He glared at her and looked towards the crowd, hoping his brother wasn't there. He was. He made his way towards Sakura, intending to woo her where his brother could not. Sasuke glared even more harshly.

"Hi." said a long black haired boy with obsidian eyes.


"I'm Itachi."

"Sakura." Sakura began to walk away.

"I see you met my little brother. Annoyingly confident of himself isn't he?"

"Remind you of someone?" she arched an eyebrow.

"You're funny. I like that in a girl. Would you like to go out sometime?"

"No." Itachi wasn't sure he had heard correctly.


"God! What is it with you two? I SAID NO!" her answer echoed off the walls.

The turned on her heel and walked into the school. Meanwhile, everyone outside was whispering. Nobody had ever said no to both Uchiha guys. It was just unheard of. Sakura walked toward the office and opened the door. She was greeted by a friendly looked female, wearing casual clothes.

"Hi, I'm Shizune. How may I help you?"

"I'm Sakura Haruno."

"Ah yes! Just one moment please."

She reached behind her and gave Sakura her schedule. She smiled at Shizune, thanked her, and left. She looked at the paper and it said that her books were located in locker 619. Sakura walked down the hall and heard the bell ring. People were filing into their classrooms and Sakura was left alone in the hall.

She ran to her locker, got her books, put them in her bag, and ran back to her homeroom. She knocked on the door and opened it, expecting to see a teacher, but she only saw kids. She searched around for an empty seat and noticed that she had this class with the kids that were standing in the parking lot. She finally found an empty seat, away from the preppy kids, at the back of the room. She began walking towards the seat, noticing that it was table instead of a desk.

Alone he sits and cries

And realizes to the world he lies

Always saying, "Nothing's wrong."

But his life seems far too long

She looked at the guy she was going to be sitting with and realized that it was the red haired boy again. She sat her bag down on the floor and sat in her chaired. She turned toward the wide-eyed red haired boy.

"Hi. I'm Sakura." she offered him a smile and he relaxed a little.

"Gaara." he nearly whispered.

"What do you know! She got the little freak to talk!" said Ino. Everyone started laughing.

Sakura turned around and glared evilly at the girl, successfully shutting her up. Sakura turned back toward the boy and smiled.

"It's nice to meet you Gaara. Would you…"

"Move out of my seat freak." said a brown haired boy who smacked Gaara on the side of the head.

Just as Gaara was about to get up, Sakura stood, glaring at the boy.'

"What the hell is your problem?"

"He's in my seat. Who the hell are you anyway?"

"I'm Sakura. I'm new and we're not moving, so go sit somewhere else." her hands clinched at her side.

"Move freak!" he said grabbing Gaara by his shirt.

Sakura lost control and her fist slammed into the side of the boys head. He stumbled back, releasing Gaara. Blood trickled from a small he cut and a blond haired girl ran up to him. She looked up at Sakura and glared at her.

"Bitch! Don't touch Kankuro again."

"Oh I'm sorry! I didn't realize that it was okay for him to hit someone, but not for me to hit him back."

"Temari, drop it." said Kankuro.

"No. She hit you and now she's going to pay."

Temari stood and ran towards Sakura who moved to the side and let the girl run past her before she kicked her in the back, sending her flying into Sasuke with one well placed kick.

"Care to try that again?" Sakura scoffed.

Temari slowly stood up and went to help Kankuro off the floor before glaring at Gaara and mouthing:

'I'll get you later.'

Gaara sank back into his chair and Sakura looked at him, wondering if she'd done the right thing.

"Who are they?"

"My siblings." he whispered.

See the sadness in his eyes

Hear the sorrow in his cries

At him you point and laugh

His will to live you cut in half

"Oh. Did I get you in trouble?" Sakura asked a little concerned.

"No." he said quickly, a bit too quickly for Sakura.

"Okay. Do you want to be friends?" Sakura smiled at him.

He was shocked to say the least. He had never had friends before.

"Yes." he said meekly.

"Awesome. What do you usually do after school?"

"Go to work." he said more confidently.

"Oh yeah? Where do you work?"

"I work as the only cashier for a little store just a few blocks away from the school."

"No way. Is it called Tea Tree?"

"Yes. How did you know?"

"I'm going to start work there today. I'm your co-cashier and stock girl."

"Really?" he went wide-eyed.

"Yep." she said smiling.

She liked Gaara. He was nice and made her giggle a lot. Now, they were going to be working together. She would get to know all sorts of things about him.

"Ah how nice. The two freaks are going to be working together." said Sasuke. Sakura saw Gaara flinch at the words.

"Uchiha. Shut your mouth before I shut it for you." growled Sakura.

You care not what you do

Or who you do it to

You are too blind to see

The pain you cause so carelessly

Sasuke liked this new girl. She had fire. He was going to do everything he could to make her his. Even if it meant forcing her to want him.

Author's Note: FINALLY! My writer's block is going away! I got side tracked watching Gunslinger Girl and Basilisk and all kinds of ideas started popping into my head! WOO!!!! I'll try to update tomorrow. As long as I'm not too busy helping my dad with the remodeling, I should have a new chapter up. Reviews are welcome and replied to.