A/N Hmmmm...

To start with, I'm sorry this took so long!

I was on a little vacation.

A month long vacation actually.

The reason being that I had to get away from some of the stress for a little while.

I needed some R&R... exams and keeping up with my fics drove me to insanity.

I'm just glad to see I still have fans...

To you and them I want to say... I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!

Disclaimer: You know how this goes by now I'm sure. I don't own Naruto, only the situation.


Chapter 3: A Forlorn Love

"She was the wind carrying in all

The troubles and fears you've

For years tried to forget..." HIM

Ino woke up, careful not to disturb the sleeping Sasuke behind her, and silently tip-toed into the kitchen. 'What would he like for breakfast?' She wondered as she looked through the refridgerator.

Making him breakfast was the least she could do for him after he cleaned up thier dorm yesterday. It would also help get her mind off the party they were going to- together. Searching some more, she found some eggs and bacon.

Sasuke's eyes opened, and his nose twitched slightly. Did he smell bacon? It made his mouth water. His stomach grumbled and he sat up, his feet touching the cold floor. He walked slowly into the kitchen.

Ino sighed, she was a bad cook. The bacon was turning out a little crispier than expected and the eggs were sunny side down. 'All of that had work for nothing. He's going to hate it.' She thought, wiping the few drops of sweat from her forhead.

He saw Ino as he stood in the doorway. She tried to smile up at him from where she was standing over the bacon and eggs. "Want some?" She asked timidly. Sasuke nodded and sat down at the table.

"It's weird, we never got along like this before." She laughed to herself.


"What changed? You- can put up with me now... but then..." Ino trailed off, as she put two peices of bacon on a plate with the eggs.

He smirked. She would never know, he had liked her then, and even more now. She would never know that she was the one he had wanted all this time, the one he had waited for. Not Sakura, or any of the other girls in Konoha. She was the special one in his mind. "I don't know." Sasuke lied.

She put the plate in front of him, then sat in the chair across the table from him. She propped her head up with her hand. "We never talked that much either." She admitted, looking out the window. He didn't say anything and stared at her.

When she shifted her gaze back at him she frowned a little, "You don't like it?"

"Oh, sorry." He took a bite of the bacon, and smiled a little, "It's good."

She laughed, "Thanks, but you don't have to lie to me you know!"


That afternoon, Ino met Sasuke at the skatepark. She felt a little out of place in her denim miniskirt, white heels and pink halter top. She cringed a little as someone zoomed past her and jumped a rail.

She squeezed her eyes shut and put her hands over her face. 'Why couldn't he have warned me?' She wondered, peeking through her fingers. Through the sea of skaters, she spotted Sasuke, coming towards her on his skateboard.

"Hey." He said, "You look a little lost."

"Uh... hi. You have no idea..." She replied, blushing. He grabbed her hand and led her away from the ramps.

"Are you ready?" He asked, smirking at her.

"Who exactly is going to be there?" She was curoius to find out.

"You'll see." He answered, taking off his helmet.

"Oh." She watched him take off his knee pads and elbow pads.

"Come on." She followed him to a club down the street.

"A club?" She asked, showing her ID to the security gaurd barring the front entrance.

"Yeah. It was booked for this private party." The guy let them in after Sasuke pulled out thier invite. They held hands as they walked in, the music blaring into thier ears.

Suddenly, Naruto walked up to them from across the dance floor, "HEY SASUKE, HEY INO!!" He shouted over the music, "AWESOME THAT YOU COULD COME!"

"Thanks." Sasuke replied.


"NOTHING!!" Sasuke shouted as the song changed to something slow and everyone stared at him.

"You got invited Naruto?" Ino asked, walking with them to a table.

"I'm the one throwing this awesome bash!" He answered, smiling.

"Cool." She didn't expect that. Naruto moved closer to Sasuke, as she stood up. "I'm going to go get a drink. Want one Sasuke?" She asked.

"No." He shook his head.

"What about me?" Naruto asked, annoyed.

"Fine... do you want something Naruto?"

"No, I'm good, but thanks anyway Ino." He grinned. She gave him a disgusted look, then walked off. "Oh yeah, score Sasuke!" Naruto shouted when Ino was out of ear shot.

"What are you talking about?" He stared across the room at the blonde ordering a martini.

"You and her! You can't tell me you're not planning on..." Naruto raised his eyebrow.

Sasuke smirked a little, "No... maybe..."

Then Naruto punched his shoulder, "YEAH! Go for it! I would but... well, you know how that goes..." He sighed. They stopped talking as Ino approached them with a green drink in hand.

"I just remembered, I have to go- uh... do something." He said, laughing to himself then jumping up and leaving them alone.

"What was that all about?" She asked, motioning to Naruto.

Sasuke shrugged, "Who knows."

After Ino had drank a couple of Smirnoffs and a lot more martinis, she wanted to dance, "Come on Sasuke! It'll be fun!" She giggled.

He sighed, "Alright."

"YAY!!" She got up, grabbing him by the arm and pulling him onto the dance floor. "Wait right here." She said, running over to the DJ. When she ran back to Sasuke, the song changed again, this time to Here In Your Arms, by Hellogoodbye.

Suddenly she jumped up on the bar and everyone started cheering as she danced, "Ino... I think we should go back to the dorm." He said, looking up at her.

"Awwwww! Why? I'm having sooooooo much FUN!!" She laughed, her face close to his as she bent down. He could smell the hangover waiting for her in the morning on her breath. When she stood back up, she hit her head on a light, "Ouch..." She rubbed her head.

"Let's go, you've had way too much to drink." He put his arm around her waist, and lifted her off the bar.

"No!" She shouted in drunken protest, struggling in his arms.

"We're leaving." He carried her out the door, "Maybe some fresh air will help."

She relaxed, "Sasuke- I'm sleepy..." Ino yawned.

"No! Don't go to sleep! You might have a concusion. Just talk to me, ok?"

She nodded, her eyelids heavy, "I'll- try." She looked at him, smiling, "That was really fun."

"Yeah. I guess." He was walking back to thier building.

"You- didn't have fun with me tonight?" She asked, dissappointed.

"No, it's not that..." He walked up the stairs quickly, then stood her up beside him. His arm was still around her, supporting her as he tried to unlock the door.

"Then what...?" She tilted her head.

"Nothing, just..." He pushed the door open, and walked in, flipping on the lights.

"Please tell me... I never like to see you unhappy cuz it makes me- um... unhappy." She replied honestly.

"Wow, you really are drunk!" He laughed, giving her one of his rare smiles.

Well, that's all for now! I hope you loooooovvvvvveeeeeeddddddd it! Was it worth the wait? Maybe... maybe not. I know I always hate it when my fave. fics aren't updated for a while... cough hint hint... And, I'm sure you've noticed, all the lyrics and chapter titles are from HIM. That's for the simple reason that they're my most favorite band on Earth AND Mars! Top that Nirvana... Isn't it weird how Ino went from a bad cook, to drunk all in a couple of minutes? That's the magic of fanfics I guess! XTragicxBeautyX