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"Where are we going?" Sakura asked again.

"Somewhere," Sasuke smirked as he pushed her wheel chair down the hospital halls. Various nurses greeted and smiled lovingly at the couple as Sakura gave them weak smiles in return while Sasuke ignored them.

"Okay Sasuke," Sakura sighed, realizing that she wasn't going to get anywhere by trying to argue with him.

Sasuke smiled in victory as he neared the waiting room. Even though she tried to be strong, she was in pain and no amount of physical therapy could erase that. He looked sadly down at Sakura as he heard Naruto screaming about killing Sai.

'What did Sai do now?' Sasuke wondered as Naruto's screams became more incessant.

"Would you two knock it off?" Yamato yelled as he held onto Naruto's right arm while Kakashi held his left shoulder.

"That bastard!" Naruto screeched as Sai stood back and smiled at Naruto.

"What'd they do now?" Sasuke asked as he stopped wheeling Sakura.

Sakura stared in tired amusement as her teamates turned around.

"Sakura chan!" Naruto screeched as he rushed toward her. Kakashi and Yamato fell to his side from the change in direction as Naruto sped past them and tackled Sakura.

"Naruto!" Sasuke yelled as was pushed back.

Sakura let out a surprised yelp as the wheelchair flung back from Naruto's momentum, taking Sasuke with it and hit a nearby wall. Naruto smiled as he hugged Sakura's sitting midsection as Sasuke grunted from being squashed between the chair and the wall.

"Naruto!" Sasuke screeched as he tried to pry himself away from the wall.

"Sakura chan! I'm sorry! I didn't mean to do that! I didn't mean to barge in! Sakura chan! I just missed you!" Naruto ranted into Sakura's chest.

"Ah…it's okay," Sakura smiled weakly as she gently brought down her hands on Naruto's back.

"Naruto," Kakashi groaned, "move."

"What?" Naruto asked.

"Sasuke," Sai pointed, "idiot," he murmured.

"Oh," Naruto looked beyond Sakura's face to see a fuming Sasuke, "eh…eh, sorry Sasuke."

"Dobe," Sasuke growled as Naruto raised himself from Sakura's chair and let Sasuke get away from the wall.

"Are you ready Sakura?" Yamato smiled.

"…yeah," Sakura whispered as she fidgeted in her chair, trying to find a comfortable position.

"Let's go Sasuke," Kakashi motioned.

Sasuke nodded as he pushed Sakura's wheelchair across the waiting room floor. Sakura narrowed her eyes as the bright sunlight shone through the door window blinding her vision.

Sai and Naruto both walked on either side of her as Yamato and Kakashi walked in front of her. Sakura smiled as she saw the familiar streets of Konoha. The villagers walked by the shops and hospital, greeting team 7 and smiling towards Sakura and laughing about how much they missed her.

Sakura would smile back and nod, it was good to be back.

"Where are we going?" Sakura asked quietly as Naruto smiled down at her.

"Don't worry Sakura chan," he laughed as he took her hand in his.

Sakura laughed as her other hand was picked up.

"We're glad you're back Sakura," Sai smiled as he held onto her hand as they walked down the street.

Sakura smiled up at the artist nin as the newly reunited team 7 walked down the street.

"We're here," Sai smiled as Sasuke rolled Sakura along the dirt path, hidden by various deep green trees. The birds sung as the trees provided shade and a flickering of sun for the day time walkers.

"Wait!" Naruto called; "Sakura chan, you have to close your eyes!" he jumped happily while holding onto her hand.

"No she doesn't," Sai argued as Sasuke slumped over the back of Sakura's chair, shaking his head at his teamates.

'Not again,' he mentally groaned as Sakura's arms flailed up and down with Sai and Naruto's incessant shouting.

"It's a big surprise so she has to close them!" Naruto yelled.

"Naruto!" Yamato and Kakashi yelled as Sasuke held his head in his hand.

"You idiot," Sasuke muttered.

"What the hell Dickless?!" Sai growled, "You just gave it away!"

"I did not!" Naruto defended, "I just told her it was a big surprise!"

"Naruto!" Yamato screeched as Naruto continued.

"It's not like I told her we built her a new house!"

"Naruto!" the four male members of team 7 shouted.

"I-oh, oops," Naruto's eyes widened as he looked down at Sakura's shocked eyes and quickly covered his mouth as Sai and Sasuke glared daggers at him.

"You idiot," Kakashi groaned, hitting Naruto in the back of the head.

Yamato sighed, "We never should have brought him."

Among her teamates yelling at Naruto, Sakura turned to look at Sasuke. Did they really build a new house for her and Sasuke? Was it true?

Sakura quietly lifted herself out of her chair and stumbled past Sai and Sasuke who were lunging at Naruto. Naruto screamed and ran backwards into Yamato and Kakashi's chests, who only grabbed his shoulders, preventing him from moving.

She held onto her chair handle bars as she shuffled over to a high wall, surrounding a large stretch of land. She ran her fingers over the cool stone of the wall and crept closer to the opening.

'Did they really rebuild it?' she wondered as she forced her legs to move around the edge of the wall and into the front yard of the home.

Sakura stopped and leaned against the wall.

"Surprise!" the shinobi yelled as Sakura struggled to stand against the wall.

"What…what are you…." She struggled as each of the originally rookie nine and Gai's team stood on the porch and yard of Sasuke's rebuilt home.

"Sakura!" Ino shouted as she ran towards her friend, "Where's Sasuke and-"

"Here she is!" Naruto called as he ran to the entrance way of the estate and quickly turned around, yelling back behind the wall.

"Sakura!" Sai yelled as he and Sasuke ran into the entrance way, stopping as Ino held onto Sakura's waist, supporting her weight.

"We found her Kakashi sensei and Yamato taichou!" Naruto called again as the two senseis sauntered around the corner of the stone wall.

"I'll take her Ino," Sasuke whispered as he picked Sakura up and carried her over to her wheelchair.

"Sakura chan we were so worried!" Naruto cried as he kneeled in front of her, "We didn't know where you went! We thought that you could have been kidnapped or attacked or-"

Kakashi hit Naruto upside the head and grumbled, "Will you put a lid on it?"

"Well," Sai sighed, "Surprise Sakura."

Sakura stared at the approaching shinobi all with pleasant smiles adorning their faces. She looked behind them to see the brand new home nestled in the back of the piece of land and surrounded by a budding garden and small pond.

'It's beautiful,' Sakura thought as Neji and Shikamaru walked over to Naruto's place on the ground where he nursed his head.

"Let me guess," Neji smirked, "Naruto told her."

"Yeah," Sai groaned, shaking his head at his idiot of a teamate.

"Hn," Neji's smirk widened as he looked over at Shikamaru and outstretched his hand.

"Troublesome," Shikamaru grumbled as he pulled out his wallet and counted out the money he owed Neji.

"Oh well," Sai admitted, "Even if he did ruin it," the artist started as a small smile crossed his face, "look how happy she is."

Neji and Shikamaru turned to look at Sakura's bright smile as trails of tears ran down her face. She smiled up at her two senseis and Sasuke as they nodded and pointed to various places, re telling funny stories about the labor on the house. Naruto stopped whining as he looked over to his teamates.

"She really is happy," he smiled.

"I missed it," Sai stated.

"What?" Shikamaru asked.

"Her smile," Sai answered, "I haven't seen it in a long time."

Neji and Shikamaru nodded their heads as Ino, TenTen and Hinata dragged Sakura away from the crowd and over to the small garden, "yeah," Naruto nodded.

"You did all this?" Sakura asked Sasuke, standing on the porch and looking out over their home.

"Yeah," he nodded, "for you."

"It's so beautiful," she smiled brightly looking over to Sasuke's amused face.

"So," he smirked, "you like it."

"Yes," she laughed, "thank you."

Sasuke stared at Sakura as she turned back to look over the railing. The sunset played off of her hair, enveloping her in a halo of gold.

'She's beautiful,' Sasuke thought as her eyes shut.

Sasuke frowned as her back hunched over the railing and tears gathered in the corner of her eyes. Her arms circled around her waist as she bit down hard on her lip. Her knees slowly buckled as her body crumbled to the ground.

"Sakura," Sasuke gasped as he caught her form before she fell, "Sakura," he whispered against her hair as she whimpered in his arms.

'She's still is so much pain,' Sasuke thought as he smoothed his hands over her hair, pressing her body as close to his as he could.

"Sas…Sasuke," she cried into his chest, tears staining his shirt, "Sasuke."

"I'm here, I'm here Sakura," Sasuke whispered as her body shook.

Sasuke sighed against her head as he laid kisses against her forehead and cheeks, realizing that this would be the first of many painful days for them. It would take Sakura a long time to heal and for them to move on but, he would be there to help her.

"It'll be alright Sakura," Sasuke whispered as he gathered her in his arms, walking into the house.

He slowly inched up the stairs and into 'their' bedroom. Sakura sniffled against his chest as he sat down on the edge of the bed, carefully holding her against his body.

"Sakura," he murmured against the side of her face.

He held her tightly as she struggled against his grip, crying and screaming in agony, her wounds seeping with blood as her skin ran cold.

He let stray tears run down his face as he forced her to stay still in his grasp, making sure she didn't further pain herself anymore. Her body went rigid in his arms as her nails loosened themselves from his arms, leaving crescent shapes along his skin.

"Sasuke," she sniffled hard into his chest.

"It'll be alright Sakura," Sasuke replied.

He knew she was scared, it wasn't just being alone or weak but, she was scared of him. She was scared that he was going to leave her again.

'I'll never leave Sakura,' Sasuke silently promised, running his hands slowly over her back, listening to her breathing start to steady itself, 'I'll always protect you. I promise.'

He leaned back on the bed with Sakura softly sleeping on his chest. Pulling the comforter over them, he sighed. It was going to be a long recovery for her, both physically and mentally.

'I wish I could make you forget Sakura,' Sasuke thought as he tightened his grip around her frail body.

He couldn't erase her memories of what happened any more than she could. She was doomed to remember Kitaro and the flames for the rest of her life. The sharingan was one of the most powerful blood line traits in the world but, it could trap people in their own nightmares until the person was unconscious or dead but, all of that power was useless.

Everything Sasuke had thought he would gain from Orochimaru was useless in what he really wanted. In truth, it wasn't his brother's death that his soul craved, it was love. All he ever wanted was to be loved.

He smiled sadly down at Sakura's painful face curling around his chest, through all pain and suffering she had been through, she still loved him.

"I love you Sakura," he whispered as he kissed the top of her head.

Even though it was going to be a long recovery, one that would take months, he would be there for her. He wasn't by her side when they were genin but, he would make up for those times now. He got a second chance and this time, he wasn't going to waste it.

Okay, so short chapter but, don't worry, this story is almost done, I think two more chapters and that's it! I know I know, there's no lemon in this chapter but, it's in the next one!

Well, Next chapter will be out by the end of next week Sorry for the wait guys but SCHOOL SUX!

I'm getting killed by Trig and AP Bio and AP Lit is no picnic either!

Well, Bare with me guys, I'll try and upload sooner, I'll really try but, this isn't my only story to write! REVIEW!

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Slyvia OUT