Me: Hello again! I recently updated the last chapter because I noticed that some of the sentences that I had meant to type hadn't actually been typed. Sorry about that. ^^;

Sasuke: Like anyone really cared. Only a few people actually read this story anyway.

Me: ...When did you get here? o.O I don't remember you ever leaving Orochimaru's closet...

Sasuke: I came out a while ago...

Me: ...PFFFFFT! XD It's too bad Gaara's not around to hear that. Speaking of which, where is he? :/

Sasuke: *shrug*


Sakura's POV

Through blurred eyes, Sakura watched her best friend flee. As soon as he was out of sight, villagers came out of their homes. They gathered around her and stared at her, some grimacing slightly at her twisted ankle, but no one seemed to want to help her. 'He might come after us,' some of them whispered to themselves as they went back inside their houses. 'And maybe she deserved whatever it was he did to her.'

Sakura just sat there, numb from everything that had happened. She didn't know how to feel about anything. After hearing Yashamaru's last words, she knew that she should thank Gaara for killing the man who turned her into an orphan and that she should console him for his loss, but something horrified her about him now. She had never imagined that he would have so much power. Or that he could actually kill someone. She curled up as comfortably as she could without straining her ankle and lost herself in thought.

Twenty minutes had passed when Kankuro found her. "Whoa, what're you doing there all by yourself?"

Sakura stared up at him, not knowing what to say. Kankuro shifted uncomfortably.

"Did you get separated from Gaara and got lost or something?"

Sakura cleared her throat. "Sorta. Can you take me home?"

Kankuro nodded. "Sure, kid." He held his hand out to her to help her.

Sakura ignored his hand and pushed herself up on her feet. She groaned a bit and shifted her weight to her good foot. Kankuro rolled his eyes and shrugged. "Follow me." He started walking off.

Sakura hurriedly hobbled after him, her injured ankle throbbing painfully the entire way home.

Temari was drinking tea at the dining room table when they finally got home. "You guys were sure out late." Temari walked over with her arms crossed, frowning at Kankuro. When she looked down at Sakura, her expression softened. "Are you okay?"

Sakura shook her head and held her arms up. Temari gathered her up into her arms and took her into the kitchen, setting her down on a counter. She examined her ankle, grabbed some ice, wrapped it into a towel and handed it to Sakura. "Put this on your ankle. It'll help with the swelling. I'll be right back." She hurried out of the room and came back in with a first aid kit.

After tending to Sakura's ankle, she got her a glass of milk and carried her to her room with her. "Gaara came home a while ago, looking upset and bleeding from his forehead. He ran into his room and refused to talk to me. What happened?"

Sakura paled. "He was bleeding?" Temari nodded and set her down on the bed.

"I don't know why he was bleeding..."

"And why not? You two are normally inseparable. What changed that?"

Sakura gulped and stared at the floor. Temari kneeled in front of her and pulled her chin up to. "Please, Sakura. Tell me."

She sighed and told Temari everything she knew. Temari sat quietly on the floor, face expressionless. After a while, she spoke again. "You should sleep in here for tonight. Gaara's going to need a little time to calm down now, but I think that tomorrow morning you should talk to him. He really needed you today and you tried to abandon him. I'm not going to make you do anything you don't want to, but it'd be in your best interest to try to make up with him as soon as you can."

With that, Temari kissed her forehead, grabbed a blanket out of her closet, and left the room.

Sakura sighed, put her glass of milk on the stand near the bed and laid down.


Gaara: *pops up behind me and puts his arms around my waist* Boo.

Me: *high-pitched scream* NOO! DDD: ...Oh, hi, Gaara... ;~; You scared me...

Gaara and Sasuke: ...You don't say?

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