(A/N) Re-edited chapter!! First, I wanna get something straight. Everyone is how they look in Shippuden. Except Sakura. She has long hair and a different outfit. Also, I use the English translation. It'd be stupid to use Japanese suffixes and words in a story written in the English language. Oh yeah, Sakura's a bit emo. That is all.

Notes:

Bold: Inner Sakura

Italics: Flashbacks, dreams, thoughts

Disclaimer: In now way, shape or form do I own Naruto.

All I Needed was Rain

Introduction

I watched the village being engulfed by flames.

I was too late. They were already there. The murderers that massacred my people.

The fire reached towards the midnight sky as if trying to catch the stars. The full moon was watching me from a time that I couldn't even fathom. There were screams everywhere, and the smoke filled air reached my lungs. I didn't care.

I ran to my house, only to be stopped by a hand on my arm. I looked behind me to see my best friend, Akihiko. His sad eyes reflected the fire, making them look almost haunted. He put his arms around me and I cried. I didn't know what was happening anymore. I just cried.

It was the only thing I could do.

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP

"Shut up!" I yelled banging the alarm clock with a fist until it stopped. The red light on the screen glowed six o'clock. I let out a moan and fell back into my bed.

I thought back to my dream.

It happened ten years ago, but I still have nightmares about it. It was the only thing I dreamed about. The fire that took everything away from me. The people who took everything away from me. Because of that fire, Akihiko and I were left without a home. We lived in a nearby village for a while, but after they learned my dark secret, we were kicked out. Now we just moved to Konohagakure with hopes of starting a new life. Because I moved, I had to transfer schools. Today was the first day of Konoha Ninja Academy.

I got out of bed and got dressed. I have never been to a ninja academy before, so I was having some trouble trying to put my shuriken holster on. After fiddling with it, I grabbed my backpack, and walked to the small kitchen.

Akihiko was already up, making breakfast. He had black hair with natural silver highlights and black eyes. He was a shinobi in Amegakure, and now he's a jounin in Konoha.

"Mornin'," Akihiko said as I sat in a chair at the small table. "Took you long enough."

I gave him a dirty look which he chose to ignore. Akihiko gave me a plate of pancakes and bacon. He said he had already eaten breakfast, so I wolfed them down without feeling guilty.

"You're such a pig," Akihiko said, watching me eat.

I hit him in the head with a mouthful of pancakes.

"You wanna ride?" Akihiko asked, rubbing the bump now forming on his head.

"I have two legs, I can walk," I answered.

I looked at the clock on the wall to see that it was seven twenty. I had to get to the academy.

"Alright, then," Akihiko said, clearly agitated at my snippy remark. "Get to school and try not to get in too many fights."

"That's what ninja do," I said as he walked out the door to get started on his first day as a jounin.

I sighed sadly. I loved Akihiko. He was the only person I had left and I'd put my life on the line for him. But he doesn't understand the pain and I'm going through. And being a smartass isn't helping him either.

I got up to put my dishes in the sink, and left the apartment to go to school.

-0-

I was walking on the sidewalk being completely oblivious to my surroundings and wondering where the hell I was when a silver car pulled up next to me. The car window rolled down, and I saw a girl with blonde hair and light blue eyes smiling at me.

"Hey," She said in a cheerful manner. "You're going to the ninja academy, right?"

"Yeah," I said, wondering how she knew. Then I considered my backpack and decided she must have guessed.

"Me too," She said, still smiling. "I'm Yamanaka Ino. And you are…"

"Haruno Sakura," I said, wondering what she wanted.

"You must be new, then. I never saw you before."

'Okay then, what do you want?' I thought impatiently.

"You need a ride?" Ino asked.

"Um… sure," I said, not really caring I hardly new her. It was better than walking.

When I got in the back of the car, I noticed three other girls.

"This is Temari," Ino said, pointing to the girl in the passenger's seat with blonde hair pulled into four ponytails. "She's from Sunagakure."

Temari smiled and waved.

"This is Tenten, our resident weapons master."

Ino pointed to a girl who was in the seat farthest from me. She wore her brunette hair in two buns and her brown eyes twinkled.

"Hi there," she said.

I didn't say anything, not caring for introductions.

"And this is Hinata," Ino said, pointing to the girl next to me. She had short black hair with a bluish tint and strange pearl eyes.

"H-hi, S-sakura," she stuttered.

"Don't mind her, she's just shy," Ino said, starting the car. Hinata blushed and twiddled her fingers.

"So what grade are you in?" Tenten asked.

"11th," I replied curtly.

Tenten looked slightly taken aback at my brusque reply, but brushed it off.

"So are we," Ino said. "Except for Temari; she's a senior."

"What's on your schedule?" Tenten asked.

'What's with the questions?'

I took out a paper, and read it aloud hoping after this, they'd leave me alone.

"Homeroom-Kakashi, 1st period-History of the Ninja Arts-Iruka, 2nd period-independent training, 3rd period-taijutsu- Gui, Lunch, 4th period-summoning jutsu- Jiraiya, 5th period-advance jutsu- Kakashi, 6th period-medical-Shizune, 7th period-basic jutsu- Anko. 8th period- buki practice- Ayame."

By that time everyone else had their schedules out. My eye twitched.

"Cool, you have all classes with me!" Ino said.

"I only have three with you," Tenten said, a bit disappointed.

"I-I have th-three classes with you, too," Hinata said.

'Great.' I thought sarcastically

The car pulled up to a large brick building with large lettering on the side that read 'Konoha Ninja Academy'.

"Big, isn't it?"

I nodded. We got out of the car. Temari pulled out a giant fan out of the trunk, said good bye, and walked off towards a different part of the building. Ino, Tenten, Hinata, and I walked to two large doors. They waved to some kids they knew, and went through the doors. I decided to follow them, feeling like a lost puppy.

The halls weren't crowded because it was only seven forty.

"Hey, what's your locker number?" Ino asked.

I considered not answering her.

"It's 405," I said from memory.

"Y-you're next to me," Hinata said.

"Me and Ino are a bit further down," Tenten said.

"Let me introduce you to some people before you go to your locker, though," Ino said, with puppy dog eyes.

'Stop being so nice, damn it! I only wanted a stupid ride.'

I reluctantly nodded, and Ino took me by the arm and led (more like dragged) me down the hallway. We entered the east wing, and I saw a group of boys talking by some water fountains.

"Hey guys!" Ino yelled to the boys. "I found a new girl!"

She said it like she discovered a new element. We walked over to the group.

"HEY!" yelled a blonde boy with clear blue eyes and what looked like whiskers on his face. "I'M NARUTO! BELIEVE IT!!! WHAT'S YOUR NAME?!"

I sweat dropped at the boy's loud voice. A guy with long brown hair and the same pearl eyes as Hinata smacked Naruto on the back of the head.

"Quiet down, dumbass," he said.

Ino went through the group of boys. They were Naruto, Neji, Choji, Shino, Kiba, and Shikamaru. After the pointless introductions, Naruto walked over towards me and Hinata. I saw her blush as he came and she took a step back, playing with her fingers again.

"Hey, do you like ramen?" he asked.

'Okaaay, random' my inner self said.

"Yeah," I answered, my one eyebrow raised.

"AWESOME!!!" Naruto yelled, earning a slap from Tenten.

"I should go to my locker," I said, trying to make an escape.

"I-I'll c-come with you," Hinata said.

'My God!'

We reached our lockers and I did my combination. I put all my stuff in the locker, except for the things I needed for the first three classes. After Ino and Tenten put their stuff away, they met up with us. All four of us have homeroom together, along with Naruto and Shikamaru, as Ino (the great chatterbox) told me.

When we reached the classroom, the teacher wasn't there, and the class was chaotic. Kids were throwing paper planes and spitballs surrounded by a greenish or bluish glow. I guessed it was chakra, the stuff Akihiko told me about. The girls gossiped and put makeup on. It was so loud I had to put fingers in my ears.

"Hey Gaara!" Ino yelled to a redheaded kid in the center of the classroom. He was wearing all black and had a large gourd on his back. When he turned his head I saw a symbol meaning 'love' on his forehead. Gaara meant 'to kill' and the combination was strange. 'Love to kill'. I looked at him and shivered. He does look evil. But yet something's different about him. I don't know what.

Gaara turned his head away before Ino could say anything else.

"Temari's brother," Ino said. "Antisocial."

I started walking towards the back of the room, trying to ditch them, but they only followed me. Ino, Tenten, Hinata, and Naruto talked with each other. They always tried to include me in the conversation so I kept my replies to their questions short.

After a while, a puff of smoke appeared in the front of the classroom.

"Yo, sorry I'm late guys," said a man with silver hair and a face mask who appeared out of the smoke. I assumed he was the teacher. "I got-"

"Lost on the path of life," the entire class stated, while he scratched his head.

"I guess he does this a lot," I said to Ino, knowing she'd be the one with the most information. I wanted to find out about the teachers to see if they're as weird as the students.

She nodded. "He's Kakashi-sensei. He used to teach the sophomores but he got switched to juniors. He's always late and always gives the same excuse."

Just then the door opened, and a raven haired boy walked through. He was wearing dark pants and a black t-shirt. The girls in the classroom started to yell "Ooh, Sasuke!" and "I love you, Sasuke!"

He just ignored them all.

"Who's that?" I asked.

'Now I'm asking questions.'

"Only the most hottest and popular guy in school, Sasuke," Ino said dreamily.

My eye began to twitch again.

"HAHAHAHA!!! YOU'RE LATE SASUKE!!! YOU'RE NOT SO COOL AS YOU THINK YOU ARE, ARE YOU?" Naruto screamed with a stupid grin on his face. All the fan girls were looking as if they were going to pummel him.

"Idiot," Sasuke said in a low voice as Naruto was attacked.

I looked at Sasuke. True, he was hot, but there was something about him. He looked so distant and cold I shivered.

'Sakura, are you two related?' Inner Sakura taunted.

"You're late," Kakashi-sensei acknowledged simply, despite Naruto's loud comment.

Sasuke just handed him a note, not seeming to care.

"All right then, you can take the empty seat near the back," Kakashi said, pointing to the seat next to me.

Sasuke turned and started to walk towards the back. His gaze flickered to me and I tensed.

'EMO, EMO, EMO, EEEMMOOO!!!!' Inner Sakura screamed.

I looked at his cold onyx eyes. They were unemotional and revealed none of his thoughts. I broke eye contact and looked around. The fan club girls were giving me death glares.

'How the hell could anyone be attracted to him?' I thought, looking down at my desk, trying not to meet anyone's eyes.

"Lucky," Ino whispered.

'YEAH RIGHT!'

"It looks like we have a new student," Kakashi said, looking at me. "Would you like to introduce yourself?"

I stood up and said," My name's Haruno Sakura. I just moved from Amegakure."

'Just keep it short.'

A girl with blonde hair and violet eyes raised her hand. "Is that your natural hair color?"

All of her friends laughed like it was the insult of the century. I think she's the leader of the Emo kid fan club.

"Yeah," I answered and sat down, not caring. Ino flipped the bird. They just smirked and returned to their makeup.

"She always has the nerve to say things like that," Tenten said. "Besides, I like your hair. It goes good with your green eyes. Actually, they go good with your name."

"Thanks," I said, though I really didn't care about what Suzume had said.

BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP

"C'mon, let's go to our first class," Ino said, gathering her books. I had first period with Ino and Tenten.

I turned to see Emo-boy Sasuke looking at me. I quickly looked away, but I saw him smirk out of the corner of my eye. I started to walk out the door when I heard Naruto.

"HEY, SAKURA!!!" He yelled. It got everyone's attention. "WHAT CLASS DO YOU HAVE NEXT?"

"I have History of the Ninja Arts," I said, wondering what drugs he was on.

"ME TOO!!!"

"Great," I said through gritted teeth.

'This is going to be a long day.'

(A/N) That's it. Yes they do have cars in Konoha. Who knew? Oh, and Inner Sakura asked 'Are you two related?' because they're both emo. So, I guess that's it. R&R!!