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Tsunade's eyes narrowed, "Very well Uchiha, if you think that you can handle this. However I shall still assign other member for the retrieval group." She flipped through the Jounin profiles in her.

"They will be…"


haruka na hoshizora ni yume wa mada miemasu ka?
osanai ano hi yori azayaka desu ka?

mune ni afurete tsunoru omoi
nemuri wasurete jounetsu no iro

tatoe tookute mo kitto tadoritsukeru tsuyoku shinjite'ta
ano hi no watashi ga ima mo kokoro de nemutte-iru

GARASU no bara yori mo hakanakute moroi no ni
yume miru koto wa naze sadame na no deshou

futatsu no yume ga ai ni natte
ai ni narenai koto mo atte

hito wa hitori da to wakariaitai no ni nante muzukashii
kotoba wa muryoku de toki ni wa gin no NAIFU ni naru

hito wa hitori da to wakariaitai no ni nante muzukashii
kotoba wa muryoku de toki ni wa gin no NAIFU ni...

tatoe tookute mo kitto tadoritsukeru tsuyoku shinjite'ta
ano hi no watashi ga ima mo kokoro de nemutte-iru

Can you still see your dreams in the distant, starry sky?
Are they more vivid than they were when you were little?

When one forgets to put the emotions that overflow in her heart
to rest, they burn the color of passion.

I used to believe without a doubt that I could reach my dreams, no matter how far off they were.
But that me from long ago now sleeps inside my heart.

Dreams are more fragile and fleeting than a glass rose,
so then why are we destined to dream?

Sometimes two dreams can turn into love,
but there are also times when they can't.

Even when they're alone, people want to share their feelings, but it can be so hard.
Words are powerless to express one's feelings, and sometimes they become a silver knife.

Even when they're alone, people want to share their feelings, but it can be so hard.
Words are powerless to express one's feelings, and sometimes they become a silver knife.

I used to believe without a doubt that I could reach my dreams, no matter how far off they were.
But that me from long ago now sleeps inside my heart.

Chapter 1: Passion

Sakura mentally sighed as the people Tsunade selected entered the office. She didn't need to tell who was going to be on this mission with them. Her choices were quite obvious; the elite of the elite must handle the assignment and that would be… Naruto, Sai, Neji, Lee, Tenten, Shikamaru, Ino, Choji, Kiba, Shino, and herself in addition with the Hebi team.

The group gathered in Tsunade's office. As soon as they spotted Sakura and Hebi team the atmosphere became extremely suffocating. Rubbing her temples, Tsunade explained their mission again and told Neji to handle the rest.

It was then that Kiba unexpectedly broke out in rage, "I don't get why the hell we have to work with them!" He pointed his finger at Sakura and Sasuke's direction. Akamaru barked with him.

The room was dead silent, this only caused Kiba to get even more frustrated, "Why isn't anyone saying anything?! You're all thinking about it!!"

Suigetsu raised a slim eyebrow, "Just what the fuck is this hooligan talking about?"

"Shut-up, fish boy!" Kiba yelled, Akamaru barked with him.

"Make me, mutt!" Suigetsu sneered back.

"Silence!" Tsunade yelled, "I knew you will not get along with Sasuke and his new team… due to past experiences, but I didn't expect a fight to broke out so soon-"

"It's not just the new team…"

Everyone turned towards Shikamaru who was leaning against the wall beside the door of the office.

Sakura's eyes shifted slightly. Ino watched anxiously at her best fried, or ex-best friend. She didn't know which… Sakura never told her.

"Shikamaru," Tsunade hoarse dangerously, "What are you talking about?"

Not giving anyone a chance to answer, Sakura interrupted rudely, "Nara-san was talking about me, wasn't he?"

"Ahh, Sakura-chan," Naruto said rather pathetically, "There's no way that he could be-"

"Damn right we are!" Kiba shouted, Akamaru barked ferociously at Sakura, "You ruined Hinata's life you evil-"

"Kiba shut-up! You're too loud!" Naruto yelled.

"Look who's talking!" Kiba screamed back, "Shino, back me up!"

Pushing up his dark glasses, Shino responded, "It's pointless to get into this kind of discussions."

"True," said Shikamaru, "Words tend to fail in the ears of this woman." He glared at Sakura.

"Shikamaru!" Ino yelled.

"It's funny," Sai smiled, "How people always like to put the blame on someone. I read in a book once. They do it so they won't have to feel guilty themselves."

The group soon broke out into a frenzy. Aggressive gestures were displayed and rude language were being thrown back and force.

"Enough!" Tsunade hollered. Raising her fist, the Godaime smashed her table in half.

The crowd quite down immediately.

"Now…" Tsunade raised her head, golden eyes flashed dangerously, "You can either obey your Hokage… or get the fuck out of my office."

Naruto gulped, he almost forgot how scary the old lady can be.

Sitting back onto her chair, Tsunade crossed her legs and spoke with great authority, "The assignment will be carried out in the normal group of threes. Because Kiba's group is missing a member…"

"Who do we have to thank for that?" Kiba muttered sarcastically, his dog growled with him. Tsunade narrowed her eyes at their direction and both of them immediately shut up.

"…so I will be assigning one of the members from Sasuke's team to theirs. Karin, you will be on their team for this mission."

"What?! Hell no!" Karin screeched, "Get Suigetsu to go!"

Tsunade narrowed her eyes at her and she quite down as well, even though she was slightly reproachful .

"It can't be helped," The Sannin reasoned, "Both Sasuke and Suigetsu are needed to keep Juugo in check. Kiba's team is excellent at tracking. From my knowledge, you are very good yourself."

Karin's face lit up, "Well, I guess it can't be helped that I'm so important." The girl was way too easily flattered. "Fine, I guess I will go to their team. Is that okay with you, Sasuke-kun?"

Sasuke nodded.

"Good," Tsunade said, "Since Neji is the captain, I expect all of you to obey his orders. This assignment should be given top importance. Sakura, the one week left from your probation will be made up when you get back. You all have an hour to get ready."

Just then, another nuisance came barging into the office, "Obaa-chan!!" yelled the young boy wearing a Chuunin vest.

"Konoha ninjas are all so loud," Karin complained.

"Then you'll be right at home," Suigetsu sniggered, earning him a whack which missed him.

Tsunade took a good look at the boy who was huffing madly. No doubt he was rushing very hard to get here .

"Is it true?! Hinabi-chan had been abducted?!" Konohamaru cried out.

"Yes," Tsunade sighed.

"Please let me go on this mission!"

"No," the Godaime said sternly, "This is a S mission. You're only a Chuunin; this is beyond what you can handle."

"But I can't sit here and do nothing!" Konohamaru protested.

"So you're doing something for her by dieing?"

All eyes turned towards Sakura.

Emerald eyes were dull and expressionless, "You love her… don't you?"

Konohamaru faltered, "W-w-what are you talking about? Yah, we are g-going out… well, kinda. But, l-l-love?"

A small smirk appeared on Sakura's face, "Such sweetness, your passion amazes me."

The boy's small eyes narrowed madly when he realized that she was mocking him, "That's because you don't know what it feels like to be me!!"

In a split second, Sakura disappeared and reappeared in front of Konohamaru. A small flick on his forehead with her middle finger was all it took to sent him crashing into the wall. Scary.

Sakura stared passively at Konohamaru who was struggling and failing to get up from the ground. "Passion is important," She said, "It gives us fire; the will to continue and the will to succeed. But remembers this, it works for you. Do not become its slave. Do not let it blind you… ever.

Tsunade and Ino looked away painfully, knowing too well where this is all coming from.

An evil smirk appeared on Sakura's heart-shaped face, "If you still insist to go on this mission, I'll help kill you right now. You will die anyways, so this will safe us the trouble of having to carry your dead body all the way back to Konoha for burial."

Konohamaru gulped, she wasn't kidding.

Sakura's evil face then disappeared and she smiled sweetly, "Just kidding. But really, if you still can't control yourself, I'll have to give you an injury that'll help put you in the hospital for a couple of weeks."

Konohamaru gulped again. Now she really wasn't kidding.

Sensing the uncomfortable atmosphere, Naruto bugged in, "Hey, hey, don't worry Konohamaru, I promise to bring back Hinabi-chan."

Konohamaru turned around, "You promise?"

"A hero never lies," Naruto grinned, "Plus, I made this promise to Hinata-chan as well, so you know I will work twice as hard."

Konohamaru sniffed before rubbing his eyes, "Thank you Naruto-nii-chan."

"Gees, Konoha ninjas are so damn soft," Suigetsu rolled his eyes.

"That's why you will fit right in," Karin sneered, commenting on his ability to alter his body shape.

Suigetsu scowled.

"Now, that's settled… you're all dismissed," Tsunade said before pausing for a moment. "Neji, please stay back for a while."

The group looked uncomfortably at each other before filtering out of the office.

Once everyone was out of the office, Tsunade stared seriously at the Hyuuga prodigy. "I have a speculation that Hinabi's abduction is involved with the Akatsuki."

Neji's eyes widened slightly, "What makes you think that, Tsunade-sama?"

Golden eyes narrowed, "She was kidnapped in the Country of Lightening. It is a known fact that the Village of Clouds have allied themselves with the Akatsuki and the Village of Rain. They might be using the excuse to get the Byakugan eyes as a cover up for their true intend. … to lure Naruto to them. They must have learned how close he became to the Hyuuga family."

"I see…"

"This is all a hypothesis, of course. But it doesn't hurt to be careful. That is why I want you to keep an eye on the Uchiha boy. Don't let him do something that will jeopardize this mission, nor Naruto's life."

"I understand," Neji said, "I will not fail you again."

Tsunade's eyes softened, "I do not blame you for what happened to Sakura… please keep that in mind. You're free to go."

Bowing respectably, Neji left, leaving a worn-out Tsunade looking up at the sky.


The Hebi team only just came back to Sakura's condo when Karin started to complain, "This is so gross! I've been in these shorts for an entire week!"

Sakura turned around, "You can use my room to change. I need to change as well, I'll sue the bathroom."

Following Sakura into her room, Karin watched as she disappeared behind her bathroom door before taking out a new pair of black shorts and changing into it.

It was then that she noticed it. Walking towards the dresser, Karin stared down at the belt with Sakura's pouch attached to it. She remembered how the pink haired bitch embarrassed her yesterday with her flashy scroll display.

Karin gently opened Sakura's pouch. Inside were the basic essentials, a couple of kunais, exploding tags, wires, a small bag of soldier pills and an ointment container. In the corner of the back was the small scroll where Sakura sealed a lot of things into.

Taking the scroll out and closing the pouch, Karin walked towards the balcony. Grinning madly, Karin mustered all her strength and threw Sakura's scroll off the balcony.

'Let's see that bitch show off now.'

Fully changed Sakura stared at her reflection in the mirror. What had gotten into her today? What made her she get so frustrated at the sight of flustered Konohamaru? No… it was not that. She did know what made her she feel the way she did… she just couldn't understand why that was the case.

She glared at her reflection.

The group were resting beside the camp fire when Sakura gestured Ino to come behind the tree with her.

"Yes, forehead girl?"

"I just got news from the village, it seemed that there's another base around here."

"Really? We must tell Neji and them."

"No, we can't!" Sakura protested.

"Why?" Ino asked, slightly confused.

"Because investigating another base is not our mission. You know Neji, he's so stoic and by-the-book. There's no way he'll let us investigate it. The most he'll do is mention this to Tsunade-sama and let her assign another mission."

"Well…" Ino started, "That's not too bad…"

"No, it is too bad. That'll take at least another week ii we leave today and who knows if there will be anything to investigate by then."

"What do you mean?" Ino asked.

"The enemy probably already became aware of our presence. They might be on the move right now for all we know. We have to investigate it right now, by ourselves."

"That's true…" Said Ino, "But we really shouldn't disobey orders."

"Argh!" Sakura groaned frustrated, "Ino-pig! Don't you want to get Sasuke-kun back?!"

"Yes, but-"

"Then we have to do everything that is necessary."

Ino sighed, "I guess you're right, but let's at least get Naruto to come with us. It might be too dangerous."

Sakura frowned, "We can't. Neji will get suspicious. Seriously, that guy is like a hawk."

Ino sighed again, "Fine, but let's be extra careful okay?"

In the end, the two girls left to the investigate the site by themselves. They pretended they were just going shopping in the village and sneaked away.

Back then Sakura was still young and full of her disillusions. How she paid the price for it.

"I'll be going now, Hinata-sama."

"Take care, Neji-nii-san," Hinata said from her futon.

Neji got up and made his way to the door.

"Ah, wait," Hinata called from behind him.


"Please," The dark haired maiden said softly, "Take care of Sakura-chan…"

Neji turned around, "I know."

Walking out of the bathroom, Sakura took her belt with her pouch and buckled them up.

Karin smiled, "What took you so long."

Sakura was silent as she left the room with a smirking Karin in her wake.

The group gathered in front of the gate.

"Where the hell is Naruto?" Kiba yelled, "Don't tell me he's late… again."

Sakura's eyes softened.

Half an hour passed before Naruto appeared in a small pop in front of them.

"You're late!" Kiba and Suigetsu yelled together. They were both men of little patience.

"Hahaha, sorry," Naruto grinned, "A little bid fell out of it's nest and I had to got help it get back into its nest."

Sasuke's eyes narrowed. Something happened, he knew. This was suppose to be Kakashi's line. What on earth would Naruto adopt it?

Most of the people in the group was thinking the same thing, 'And that took you half an hour?'

Sakura's eyes softened. She gave Naruto a look which he returned with a big smile. "Okay, everyone, let's do this!"

"Stop acting like you're the leader!" Kiba yelled.

The Konoha gate opened and the group was off.

It was nightfall before they decided to rest for a while. A warm fire was burning in the middle of the lush forest as everyone started to set up their tents.

Sakura reached into her pouch. All her essentials and weapons were sealed in her small scroll, the small scroll that's not in her pouch. Her emerald eyes narrowed.

From the corner of her eyes, Sakura caught Karin smirking at her and knew exactly what had happened.

In the end, Naruto and Sai shared a tent. Neji and Lee shared one. Kiba and Shino shared one. Shikamaru and Choji shared one. Ino and Tenten shared one. Juugo and Suigetsu shared. Poor Sasuke was dragged into a tent by Karin.

"Sakura-chan?" Naruto called, "Aren't you going to set up your tent. You're so luck, getting one all to yourself."

"Instead of sleeping with a dickless-wonder," Sai commented.

Naruto coughed madly, "That came out a bit wrong, Sai."


Sakura raised her head to the sky. "I feel like sleeping outside today. The moon is bright tonight."

Naruto raised his head at the crescent moon as well, "Hey, you're right. Well, goodnight Sakura-chan."


When Naruto and Sai disappeared into their tent, Sakura stared maliciously at the tent where Sasuke and Karin was sleeping in. The arrogant girl will pay for what she did.

And it won't even be Sakura's fault.

A/N: Reviews makes me happy and makes me write faster! SO, PLEASE REVIEW!! X3

Anyways, I said I was going to make a one-shot, a tribute to Sakura's B-day… But that will have to wait until tomorrow. It's my birthday today! We're going to the carnival. XD I'll look bad if I'm late…


Eidit: I did a fanart in deviantart for the next chapter if you're interested. D

The site is on my profile.