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I am going through and editing this! Changing my mistakes and maybe adding some things here and there to make it a bit better!

Nya, I got the title 'Bonds' when I was reading the manga where Sai goes into Sasuke's room and talks about his bond with Naruto. The title to my story comes from the bond between Naruto Sasuke and Sakura. Not just Sasuke and Sakura. Naruto is just as important to Sasuke. Most people don't have it like that and say that Sakura was the only one who would except him back. Makes me sad. They make it sound like friendship means nothing. Even though in the show Sasuke does say Naruto is his closest friend. But this will have romance between Sasuke and Sakura...and most likely lemon cause I am a pervert. I just didn't want the bond between Naruto and Sasuke go unnoticed.

Summary: Sakura and Naruto are still trying to get Sasuke back. Sasuke is still trying to kill his brother and get revenge. With his new comrades Suigetsu, Karin, and Juugo. While Naruto and Sakura are on their search they meet up with an enemy and get split up. Later Sasuke finds Sakura on the ground drenched in blood. What will happen when Sakura wakes up to see Sasuke standing over her?


o1: mission

Sakura rolled around in her bed. She had been up all last night sparring with Naruto and Sai and now she was thinking about him again. The man who had left the village. Left her. Sakura lay on her back and stared at the ceiling to her room. She glanced over at her digital clock. It was 10: 45 am.

Sakura rolled to her side.

She was wearing a black spaghetti strapped top with her pink bra straps showing. She had no pants on considering she was too hot last night and was a bit sweaty, even now from being under the covers. Her pink underwear showing as she yawned out loud and tucked her head in her arms now lying on her stomach still trying to get comfortable. Her bed was messy with books on how to fix the curse mark and to rid evil spirits, like demons, from someone's body. Her red blanket spread around her as she buried her face in her pillow.

'. . . Sasuke-kun. . .' suddenly tears fell from her cheeks. She hates being alone with nothing to do, because whenever she is alone like that her thoughts always went to Sasuke. Over the past three years, she has been keeping herself busy with anything she can think of to keep her mind off of Sasuke. She even started working shifts at the hospital.

'Sasuke-kun. . . why did you have to leave? Do you really hate me that much? I confessed my love to you, poured my heart out to you and you leave. . . and why'd you say 'thank you' anyway? I don't get it!' Sakura was pulled from her thoughts as she heard someone knocking on her door and she knew it was Naruto.

Sakura sat up sobbing wiping the tears from her eyes as she sniffed. 'I can't let Naruto see me like this! He has his own suffering and pain to deal with' she thought as she took a deep breath and walked over to her dresser and put on a pair of regular blue jeans. Not wanting to have to greet him in her underwear. It's true that their friendship had strengthened and she was more comfortable around him but not that comfortable.

After she put her pants on she got a hair clip and held her hair up with it as she walked over to the door of her apartment. She was living on her own now when her father and mother had 'problems' she decided to live on her own. So now she owns her own small apartment at the age of 15. Though she still visited her parents and had dinner with them every now and then. They had also kept her room telling her she could come back to live with them any time she wanted to.

After making it through her messy floor which had her clothes spread around everywhere she opened the door to see Naruto standing in front of her.

"Took ya long enough what the hell were you doing in there?!" complained Naruto crossing his arms.

"Heh heh. Sorry about that Naruto. I had to put some pants on. You don't want to see me in my panties do you?" Sakura gave a wicked smile ready to pound him if he said 'yes'.

Naruto blushed from picturing it and quickly shook his head knowing full well what would happen to him if he said 'yes'.

"No-no! Of course not! I'm not like Ero Sannin!" Naruto shouted defensively.

Sakura laughed. "Okay I'll let you off this time but no more complaining! So what is it you'd like; does Tsunade-sensei have a new mission for us?"

Naruto nodded. "Uh-huh. She told me to come get you."

Sakura nodded and grabbed a white dress shirt and put it loosely around her not bothering to button it up. The shirt went past her wrists and only the tips of her fingers showed. She smiled at Naruto and walked out of her apartment with him.

They entered Tsunade's office and Sakura bowed to her. Naruto didn't even bother and Sakura couldn't help but wonder who he was still alive. He got away with a lot of stuff when it came to Tsunade, even more than her. But then they had a special relationship. Since Naruto reminded Tsunade so much of her younger brother and was the one to bring her back to her old self when he went with Jiraiya to get her. Sakura stood up and looked around before looking at Tsunade.

"Where's Sai and Kakashi-sensei? Aren't they coming too?" Sakura asked.

Tsunade shook her head in response. "No I'm afraid not. They are already on a mission of their own. No; I'm afraid it's just you two this time."

"Alright so what's our mission?" asked Naruto.

Tsunade smiled at his impatience. "There have been some attacks in a certain town. I need you to go there and stop whoever is killing the people there."

"Do you have any information on whoever's killing them?" asked Sakura.

Tsunade sighed as she sat back in her chair. "Unfortunately, no, we don't. Whoever is doing this is very good at hiding their tracks."

Sakura nodded. "I. . .see." Sakura said nervously.

Naruto looked at Sakura. "Don't worry Sakura-chan I'll protect you. Just like I always do," Naruto said as he smiled at Sakura.

Sakura smiled back at him. After Sasuke had left and she went with Naruto to the Sound territory and they had been attacked she had clung to Naruto knowing full well he'd protect her. But she didn't want to have to hide behind him anymore. That's why she trained with Tsunade so that she could be strong on her own and be of some more help at getting Sasuke back.

She no longer had inner Sakura. She had no use for it. Inner Sakura basically said what she was too afraid to say. But not anymore. Sakura was comfortable with who she was now and wasn't afraid to speak her mind. She didn't need inner Sakura anymore.

"Thanks Naruto.But I don't want you to think you always have to look out for me. I mean I'm glad that you do but. . .I don't want to see you get hurt because of my weakness," Sakura said as she looked down.

After he had protected her at Sound he was badly injured because of her. Because she was so weak that he had to protect her.

"Sakura-chan, I protect you because you're my comrade. Not because you're weak," said Naruto looking down. He hated it when Sakura felt guilty and was sad. It seems she's always sad ever since Sasuke left. She always tries to cover it up in a smile but behind that smile was a crying girl mourning over the loss of her love.

Whenever Naruto sees this is when he too feels pain. Not only from the fact that Sasuke had left them and now thought nothing of him. But also because it makes him realize that Sakura loves Sasuke. Not him. But even so...Sakura wasn't the only one deeply hurt by Sasuke leaving. Naruto's heart was already scared from hischildhood, and with Sasuke's disappearance, his heart could shatter any time.

Naruto and Sakura have become closer friends. But that's all they were and will ever be. Just friends. Sakura did care for Naruto just as much as Sasuke but her love for him was completely platonic. Not romantic like Sasuke.

Tsunade soon dismissed them and told them to get ready for their mission by gathering the supplies that they would need for the mission.

Sakura and Naruto nodded and left to gather supplies.

After gathering the supplies she would need Sakura decided to go home and change into a different outfit. The outfit she had on now was usually something she wore only around the village and at home.

When Sakura got home she first took a nice hot shower to wake her up completely. The warm water felt so soothing on her sore skin. She was a bit behind on rent this month and had to pick up a double shift at work to be able to make this months rent. Not to mention she still had to train with Naruto and Sai so she wouldn't get left behind while they got stronger.

After Sakura got out she dried her long hair. She had grown her hair out again and was now down to the middle of her back. She wrapped a towel around herself and went into her bedroom to get dressed.

Sakura wore a black button up shirt that had short sleeves and stopped below her chest showing off her flat belly. Her breasts have grown. But they weren't as big as Tsunade's. She had normal sized breasts. She was now a B cup.

She also wore tight black pants like what she had on when she was young, that had a black flop over them in the front and a longer one in the back, she had black combat boots with a dagger stuffed in 'em as a concealed weapon.

After she was done getting dressed she left to meet up with Naruto who was standing on the bridge waiting for her. They were on the bridge they had always met Kakashi on. Naruto wore a black T-shirt and loose black pants being too lazy to put anything else on. After they had met up they went to the gate and left the village to go for the town under attack.

It didn't take them too long to get there since they ran the way there. Naruto wanted to get this mission over with as soon as possible so they could continue in there search for Sasuke. And even though Sakura wouldn't say it, she wanted to get this mission over with too.

Naruto and Sakura have been searching so hard. They had heard that Sasuke had killed Orochimaru and that he got himself some followers. He was planning on killing Itachi soon they knew. And they planned to find him before that happened.

When Naruto and Sakura entered the town they saw a crowd forming. They pushed there way threw to see a beautiful woman covered in blood.

This woman was dead.

Naruto and Sakura walked up to a man and asked him if it was the killer who did this.

The man only nodded at them. Tears were forming in the corners of his eyes and they knew that if he spoke he would most likely break down. Sakura thanked him and turned to Naruto.

"Come on Naruto lets go see if we can gather up any clues," said Sakura with a determined look on her face. She hated seeing suffering like this and had no idea what it would feel like to lose someone close to you. Or rather, to have someone you love die. She did know what it felt like to lose someone though. All too well. She had lost Sasuke. She's never felt anything like that before. The pain she had felt that night was unbearable. It was like a clenching feeling at her heart and it hurt more than rubbing salt on an open wound. She never wanted to feel that way again.

Naruto nodded and they set out to find clues. All they were able to find out was that the killer went after beautiful young women and told Sakura to watch her back. Sakura thanked them for their concern but assured them that she would be just fine.

Naruto and Sakura then decided if they were to catch the killer Sakura would have to lure him out as bait. Naruto assured her that he would remain close to protect her and she smiled. They would make sure to catch the killer tonight.

Ah. . .my second Naruto fanfiction. I've actually been thinking about doing this for awhile but wasn't completely sure. My mind is always overflowing with ideas for fanfictions too. Oh, and as for inner Sakura, as it says in later in the anime (Not sure if it says in the manga but inner Sakura is no longer in the manga either, or is rarely shown I think I saw her once in the beginning but that's it) she no longer has inner Sakura in there which I like because it's nice that she's comfortable with who she is now.