Chapter 10: Realization
Sasuke, Naruto, and Kakashi continued to follow Pakkun until they came to an underground hideout.
"She's in there. But also, I can…" Pakkun's voice trailed off.
"You can what?" Sasuke asked impatiently.
"I can smell the strong scent on her blood."
Before Pakkun could barely finish is sentence, Sasuke and Naruto had already dashed for the entrance.
"Thank you Pakkun. We can take it from here." Kakashi said.
"Yeah, well. You just make sure you find Sakura before that Uchiha kid does something stupid. He seems more reckless than usual."
"We're all a bit reckless when the person we love most is in danger."
"Ah, that explains a lot. Good bye Kakashi." Pakkun disappeared in a puff of smoke and Kakashi ran to catch up to Sasuke and Naruto.
I smell it too. The scent of her blood. Kakashi thought. She's close, but I can barely feel her chakra signature. It's at a deathly low…
Ichiro just stood and glared at her, paying close attention to her reaction to what he just said.
"I'm just surprised he'd even have you, knowing that I'm the one who took you first." He said with a smirk, still watching her intently.
Sakura looked away, knowing he already knew the truth.
"So, he either doesn't know at all, or found out after he had sex with you that he just got sloppy seconds."
Anger was surging through her entire body, overpowering her fear and pain completely. Her adrenalin had finally kicked in.
"That's none of your damn business." She yelled.
Ichiro smiled and walked up to her. He placed both hands on her upper thighs and leaned in so his nose was just a centimeter away from hers.
"Well why don't I just tell him myself?" he whispered.
Sakura glared, "What the hell are you taking about?"
One of Ichiro's hands slipped in between her legs while he began kissing down her neck. Sakura struggled against his touch, but it was useless.
Finally, he took his hand away and just stood leaning over her. He smirked before he kissed her fiercely on the lips, forcing his tongue inside her mouth.
After what seemed like hours he pulled back and began walking to the door.
"You never answered my question." She rasped, out of breath from the kiss.
He stopped at the door and half turned to her, "I have a few unwelcome guests to attend to. I'll finish what I started once I've taken care of them."
Kakashi had finally caught up to Sasuke and Naruto and managed to calm them both down, reminding them they were still on a mission.
The three shinobi ran through the curved hallways, following the faint chakra signature and the metallic smell of blood.
They had been running for over ten minutes before they realized they were lost. The hallways were like a giant maze.
This place is more complex than Orochimaru's layer. Sasuke thought.
Sakura watched Ichiro leave. Once the door was closed and she heard the distinct click of the door being locked, she broke down.
Her head was bent low as a flood of tears escaped her eyes and fell onto her naked lap. The little strength and adrenalin she had earlier completely vanished. Her fear was intense and her pain was unbearable. She could feel her pulse through each wound and with each beat of her heart came an agonizing sharp pain.
Sakura looked at the long, deep gash on her left arm and watched helplessly as blood continuously gushed out of it.
Next she looked at her right hand with half a kunai sticking through the top and the other half visible through her palm. She saw the steady stream of blood pour out of her hand, onto the floor.
Sakura closed her eyes and tried not to concentrate on her wounds, but in her breathing. Attempting to take deep breaths was impossible, so she settled with her short, unsteady, ragged breathing, though it didn't work any because she kept thinking of the reason she was breathing this way. Both her lungs were bruised.
Sakura really hated being a medic-nin now. She could identify and feel the problem quickly.
"Damnit." She cursed under her breath, feeling her blood decrease by the pints. She knew if she didn't do something to at least slow the bleeding, she would be dead within the next hour.
Sakura felt her head begin to spin and her eyes feel heavy. Alarmed by what was happening she tried to focus her eyes on the door to try and stay awake, knowing that if she didn't, she would surely die in her sleep.
I have to stay awake, she thought to herself as she stared intently at the door through heavy lidded eyes.
I'll die if I don't. Is this really it? Is this how I'm going to die? In a room alone, tied up, naked, and bleeding to death? Her eyes became out of focus. I never got to say good-bye. Tsunade-sensei, Shizune, all of Rookie nine, and Gai's team. And Kakashi, he would probably find someway to blame himself for my death. I don't think he can take loosing another person he cares about. And Naruto, he's become my best friend, my brother. He'll be devastated, telling himself he failed in protecting me. Her eyes closed and Inner Sakura took over. And Sasuke. I never got to explain that I don't love Ichiro, I love him. Now after I'm dead he'll probably resent me for not waiting on him like I promised. But it's not like I ever stopped loving him, I just buried my feelings for him like Ichiro told me to. I still love him. I have something to live for. I need to be able to tell him. Sasuke, I love you…
And her mind and body fell into black oblivion.
Sasuke, Naruto, and Kakashi stopped in their tracks.
"Kakashi!" Sasuke yelled in a panic.
"I know, I lost her chakra signature too." He said fiercely.
"It just disappeared, the little that was left." Naruto said to himself than to anyone else. He clenched his fists and closed his eyes, trying to suppress the fox's chakra from taking him over in his angered state. His eyes were red and his whiskers were thicker, that was all her was going to let escape.
"Naruto, calm yourself down. Yamato isn't here to control the nine-tailed fox if you loose your temper and end up getting your tails." Kakashi told him.
"I know, I'm working on it." He growled.
"Kakashi, we need to split up." Sasuke said impatiently.
Kakashi looked over at him and nodded.
"Yes, I agree. We'll be able to cover more ground quicker. Naruto you'll go right, I'll keep going straight, and Sasuke you'll go to the left. If you find Sakura, just give the signal. Try to avoid battle, were here to rescue Sakura, not to fight. But if you run into Ichiro Morihashi, kill him."
"You didn't have to tell me to kill him. I was gonna do it anyway." Naruto said under his breath.
"Hn." Sasuke agreed.
"Alright then, spread out." Kakashi said before they all shot in different directions.
Sasuke sped through the hallways, following the overpowering smell of blood that he had a heart wrenching feeling was Sakura's.
He turned down a hallway to his left and stopped dead in his tracks. There was only one door at the end of the long hallway, and seeping underneath the door, was blood.
Sasuke ran up to the door through the puddle of blood, only to find that the door was locked. Not having the patience for a lock, he just manipulated his chidori to fit through the key hole. Once he heard the click, he swung open the door and stopped. His breath was knocked out of him by petrified fear.
There she was. Right in front of him. Naked, pale, and covered in blood. His teammate. His friend. His lover.
Sasuke, without even knowing what he was doing for his head was too groggy to think of anything really, took slow, trembling steps towards the woman sitting in front of him. He couldn't stand the unbearable sound of his sandals splashing in the puddle of blood underneath his feet.
Sasuke stopped in front of her and placed two shaky fingers to her throat, searching for a pulse. He found none. He knew she was dead before he had even walked in. Now this was his proof. Cold hearted proof. Sakura was dead.
With trembling hands, Sasuke cupped her pale, bloodied face and kissed her forehead lightly.
Finally, not being able to take it anymore, his legs gave out from under him and he fell to his knees. He could feel her blood seep through his pants, still warm against his flesh.
Even with all the grief, pain, regret, and so many other emotions overpowering his very being, Sasuke only let one tear escape, for there was only one emotion that was beginning to surface over all the others.
Sasuke looked over Sakura and all her wounds. The wide gash on her arm, the kunai through her hand, that bite mark on her nipple and neck, the chakra strings that were now half a centimeter into her flesh, showing her struggle to free herself, and what got to Sasuke the most was the obscured way her legs were wide open and blood seeped out of her core.
Sasuke closed her legs and slowly pulled the kunai out of her hand. He clenched his eyes shut, not able to take in the sight any longer. His mangekyou sharingan had activated itself, enabling him to catch everything. Every cut, bruise, and drop of blood he wished he couldn't see. So Sasuke kneeled there in front of her with his head on her knees, not wanting to move away from her. That was until he felt a presence behind him.
His eyes shot open and his sharingan began spinning furiously. He stood up slowly, ignoring the fact that his pants were dripping in blood. Sasuke turned around and locked eyes with the man who was the reason all of this happened. The reason he fought with Sakura. The reason she was dead.
Ichiro stood there leaning against the wall with a smirk on his face, staring back at the glaring Uchiha. He broke eye contact to look at Sakura and frowned.
"I'm guessing she's dead." Was all he said. Sasuke began to shake with fury, but kept quiet.
"I've been wanting to meet you for awhile now." Ichiro gave a harsh laugh. "Sasuke Uchiha. The man Sakura never stopped loving."
Sasuke's glare got fiercer, "What the hell are you talking about?" he rasped.
Ichiro smirked, "When I first met her, she said she loved you. Through the middle of our relationship she said she loved me, but cried out for you desperately in her sleep. And towards the end, today, she said she hated me and still loved you. Congratulations Uchiha, you've won a dead woman's heart. Agh-"
Sasuke had pulled out his katana and ran at Ichiro, ready to slice his neck, but Ichiro blocked his attack with both his ninjato's. Sasuke frowned in both anger and frustration.
How did he block my attack? This is impossible, no weapon can block Kusanagi! Sasuke thought to him self.
"My ninjato's didn't split in half because they, like your katana, are a little special." Ichiro said with a smirk, as if reading his mind. Sasuke growled and pushed against Ichiro, causing them both to jump back away from each other, out in the hallway.
"So Sasuke, how did you like getting sloppy seconds?" Ichiro asked with an evil grin. "She was a good fuck, wasn't she?"
Sasuke just stared at him gripping his katana so tight he heard his knuckles pop. He never knew he could hate anyone as much as Itachi, but here he was, a man he was starting to think he hated more than his brother.
"I know what you're doing. You don't have to say such things to get me to fight you. Believe me, I was going to kill you anyway. To avenge Sakura." Sasuke said calmly. He knew if he gave in to his anger and grief, he would loose. He just needed to concentrate on the hate he felt for this man. He needed to stay calm and focused. That's what he did with Itachi. That's why he's now dead.
"Avenge Sakura huh? What is it with you and revenge?"
"If people didn't kill the ones I love, then I wouldn't have to avenge anyone." Sasuke said simply.
Ichiro raised an eyebrow, "So you're saying you love her?"
"…Yes." Was all Sasuke said, answering both Ichiro's and his own question. He did love Sakura Haruno.
"Good. Now that makes two of us."
Ichiro threw six kunai's that Sasuke dodged easily and jumped away from the couple that had exploding tags on them.
Sasuke appeared out of the smoke and landed a punch to Ichiro's face, causing him to fly backwards, but caught his balance quickly.
"So really Sasuke, did you enjoy the one time you fucked her?"
Sasuke blocked a punch. It took everything Sasuke had not to loose himself in his rage.
"Because I did the last time I had her, but it was such a long time ago when she found out my true intentions. Though it would have been better if she would have stopped kicking and screaming." Ichiro said. He ducked Sasuke's kick only to be met with an uppercut to the jaw.
Ichiro went flying backwards. When he was still in the air, Sasuke did a few quick hand signs and put his hand to his mouth.
Fire ball jutsu
A giant fire ball came from Sasuke's hand and flew down the hallway, burning everything in its path. Sasuke waited until the smoke cleared to look for Ichiro's body, but there was none.
Sasuke glared, how could he have dodged that?
Barely even after Sasuke finished his thought, he turned around and snakes were flying out of his sleeve and wrapping themselves around a stunned Ichiro.
Sasuke walked over to him, "You raped Sakura?"
Ichiro smirked, "Only the last time. She gave herself willingly all the other times. Ahh!"
Sasuke's snakes were starting to restrict Ichiro. His face turned blue from lack of oxygen and blood was seeping out of his eyes and mouth.
"Sakura always hated when I use my snakes. They remind her of Orochimaru. But I'm sure she wouldn't mind this time since it's for a good cause." Sasuke said. When he heard Ichiro's ribs crack, the snakes drew back into his sleeve.
Sasuke picked Ichiro up by the throat and slammed him against the wall. Ichiro coughed up blood in an attempt to breath.
"Why did you hold back?" Sasuke asked.
Ichiro gave a harsh laugh, "So you noticed?"
Sasuke tightened his grip, telling him to answer.
"Because if… you wouldn't… have killed me… I would have… killed… myself." He managed between breaths. "Sakura… I cant live with…myself after w… what I did… to Sakura."
Sasuke glared at him and drew his katana, already sending his chidori through the blade. He slowly sliced his blade across Ichiro's throat, not deep enough for him to die instantly, but just enough to ensure a slow, painful death. He let go of Ichiro to have him fall to the floor in a puddle of his own blood.
Sasuke turned around and walked back to the room Sakura was in. He stopped to look at her again and sighed. He walked up to her and cut the chakra strings with his katana and pried the small string out of her flesh. Once he was done with both arms and legs, he took off his shirt and put it on Sakura to cover her most private parts, remembering what she said about modesty.
Once his shirt was on her he picked her up bridal style and walked out of the room. When he walked passed Ichiro, he was already dead.
Sasuke began running through the hallways, oblivious to anything and everything other than Naruto's and Kakashi's chakra signatures and the dead woman in his arms. It seemed Naruto and Kakashi felt the increase of chakra when he fought Ichiro and were coming his way.
Sasuke set Sakura down and sat beside her, moving the stray hairs that fell in front of her face. He didn't look up when Naruto turned the corner and saw them. Sasuke knew he wouldn't be able to see the look in his eyes. It would crush him even more.
Naruto walked over to them and fell to his knees beside Sakura. He began crying over her limp body. Sasuke didn't say anything, he really didn't know what to say. He wasn't the comforting type. So all he did was place a hand on his friends shoulder to tell him he was there. Naruto's heart wrenching sobs slowed once he felt Sasuke's hand on his shoulder. His sobs became silent ones, but the tears never ceased to flow.
Kakashi walked over. He said nothing. Just stared. Sasuke looked up at his ex-sensei to see his visible eye void of any emotion. All except for one tear that escaped from his eye and was soaked up in his mask.
"We need to get her back to Konoha." He said with a shaky, monotone voice.
Naruto nodded and whipped the tears away only for new ones too replace them. He placed an arm under her back and knees and lifted her up to his chest. He held her close as if he still didn't believe she was gone and wanted hold on to her to prevent her form leaving. It was then when he noticed she was wearing Sasuke's shirt. He looked up at Sasuke with pleading eyes. Sasuke had to look away.
"Please tell me she wasn't naked when you found her." He asked, his voice barely a whisper.
Sasuke just nodded.
"Tell me you killed that bastard." He growled.
Sasuke nodded again, fearing if he opened his mouth, he would vomit.
"Let's go. If we leave now and not rest, we could make it to Konoha in half a day." Kakashi said.
Naruto and Sasuke nodded and they sped off back to Konoha.
Naruto, Sasuke, and Kakashi arrived at the Konoha hospital in only eight hours. Shizune was the first to meet them. She gasped when she saw Sakura lying limp in Naruto's arms.
Tears filled her eyes, "S-Sakura."
"Shizune, we need a room for Sakura and we need to see the Hokage." Kakashi said, emotionless.
Shizune seemed to snap out of the shock of seeing Sakura, "Oh, y-yes follow me."
She ran to an emergency room and had Naruto place her on the bed then she ran out to find Tsunade.
Only a few minutes later Tsunade came running through the doors, pushing everyone out of her way. Tsunade stared in shock at her apprentice lying before her. Tears began to well up as she slowly walked over to Sakura and placed a hand on her chest. Tsunade gasped.
"I want everyone out!" she yelled. "Shizune you stay."
"But Lady Tsunade, she's already-"
"Don't undermine my orders Shizune. I want everyone out." She growled.
Shizune turned to the others, "You can all wait outside the door in the waiting room."
"Tsunade! What the hell are you doing?! Is there a chance for Sakura? Can you bring her back?!" Naruto yelled as he was getting pushed out of the room by Shizune.
Once it was only Tsunade and Shizune in the room with Sakura, Tsunade turned to her ex-apprentice.
"Shizune, do you remember what I told you about Sakura?" she asked.
"Y-yes, of course I do. You said she had two souls. Sakura and Inner Sakura."
"What are you trying to say Lady Tsunade?"
"Come here. Put your hand to her chest and release some chakra inside her. Tell me what you feel." Tsunade said, stepping aside for Shizune.
Shizune did as she was told and her eyes widened and a smile spread across her face.
"Yes! When she was killed, her inner self must have taken over so she was the one to die, not Sakura! Sakura still has a soul!"
Sasuke stood in front of the emergency room doors, staring at it. He felt a slight pang of hope that maybe, just maybe, there might be a chance for Sakura. With a deep sigh, Sasuke pried his eyes away from the doors and went to go sit next to Naruto on the bench. For some reason, he found some form of comfort being next to his friend.
Sasuke looked over at Naruto. He had his head in his hands and a steady flow of tears falling onto the ground underneath him. He said nothing, just cried.
It was as though Naruto was showing all that Sasuke felt. Sasuke's eye became unfocused as he began to loose himself in his thoughts.
His world, for the second time in his life, came crashing down and he felt more pain at Sakura's death than he had when his whole clan was murdered. Memories kept flashing before his eyes of Sakura and how she would always be so affectionate, even when he was a compete jerk to her. She always cared and never gave up on him.
Then the memory of their last night together.
He saw the love and passion in her eyes. The way she held on to him tight in her sleep, smiling softly as she whispered his name. Her beautiful body. It was perfect.
Sasuke clenched his eyes shut as the image of her body became bruised and bloodied. He shook his head trying to erase the visual, but it had already burned a whole in his memory.
Sasuke's heart clenched painfully at the very thought of Sakura. Just the thought of her never knowing how he truly felt. Never knowing that he loved her. She was the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. She was the one he wanted to bear his children and help him restore his clan. She was the one he loved more than life itself and felt empty and useless without.
"Sakura…" he whispered to himself.
Two hours later, the waiting room was full. Rookie 9, Gai's team, Sai, and Yamato were all there. News spreads quickly through the shinobi community.
It was completely silent. A few people were crying and others just stood with an unfocused stare.
The agonizing silence was broken when the doors to the emergency room opened and Tsunade walked out. Everyone looked up at her with pleading eyes, all fearing the same words they were afraid she would utter.
Tsunade sighed and wiped the sweat off her forehead, "She's alive."
The rooms spirits soured as everyone let their breaths go and smiled with relief. Some cried out happily, some kept their relief hidden, though couldn't be happier.
Naruto set down a blue Hinata he had just been hugging and turned to Tsunade.
"Can we see her?!" he asked, not even caring how she brought Sakura back from the dead, just caring that she did.
"Actually, she requested that I let her see Sasuke alone first. Then she can have visitors." She answered, glancing at the startled Uchiha.
Sasuke ignored the agitated stares he was getting and went straight for Sakura's room.
When he entered the room, he saw Sakura sitting up against her pillows. He stopped halfway to her bed, staring at her in shock. Just a few hours ago she was covered in blood and dead, now she was sitting up in bed alive! She had a few bandages on her arm and hand and a needle in her other hand replacing the blood she lost, though she was still extremely pale.
When Sakura heard the door close, she opened her eyes and turned to see who had come in. She smiled weakly once she saw who it was.
"Sasuke…" she whispered.
Sasuke walked over to her and took her hand. He didn't know what to say first.
"Sasuke, I'm sorry for what I said the day we fought-"
Sakura was cut off when Sasuke pressed his lips against hers, silencing her. Once he pulled away, she looked up at him with a mixture of confusion and love.
"Don't apologize Sakura. I jumped to conclusions." He whispered before leaning in for another passionate kiss. He licked her bottom lip, asking for permission to enter. She gave in instantly. Once they broke apart, Sasuke leaned his forehead against hers and looked her in the eyes.
"I love you." He whispered.
Sakura's eyes widened, "What?"
"You know I don't repeat myself." He said with a smirk as he cupped her cheek, kissing her lips gently.
She knew he hated repeating himself, but it didn't matter, she knew exactly what he had said. She smiled and kissed him deeply.
"I love you too."
Two weeks later Sakura was released from the hospital. Actually, she was kicked out of the hospital. Tsunade and the other nurses kept walking in on Sakura and Sasuke… "restoring his clan". Today was just the final straw for the Hokage and she told Sakura to leave, saying if there was anything else wrong with her she could heal herself and gave her some friendly advice: Lock the door.
Sakura and Sasuke were walking down the street, hand in hand, heading to meet Naruto at Ichiraku's. Sasuke looked down at the pink haired kunoichi.
"How are you feeling?" he asked, noticing she was zoning out.
"Empty. I'm not used to silence in my head for this long." She answered. She had told him about her Inner self and how she was the one to die, not her. "I hate to say it, but I miss her."
"Sasuke, can I ask you something?"
"Well, do you remember that night I stayed at your house because I gave you a concussion?"
"How could I not."
"Well, the next morning, I kinda, heard you in the shower."
Sasuke stopped dead in his tracks and glared at her. Sakura ignored the glare and continued.
"I was just wondering, do you do it often?"
Sasuke began walking again, looking straight ahead, not able to meet her in the eyes.
"Oh well, you should do it more often. You have a great voice."
(A/N) HA! That was for all you pervs out there who thought Sasuke was jacking off in the shower!!
Well, that was my first fan fic and I must say I'm quite proud of it. It took me forever to write it though. I will write more. I've already come up with another SasuxSaku. I only know the ending, I just need to come up with an actual plot to get it there. It's gonna be kinda sad. The title will be Now Is Forever, so keep an eye out for it!!!
I really hope everyone enjoyed the story!!
Thank you all for reading!!