A/N- Smh at my last chapters...just...bad...I wish I could go back and redo soo many things honestly. Well, it's taken 2 years but I finally have a laptop. So hopefully I'll be once again faithfully writing...I really miss this guys. It fills an empty space in my little creative heart. Oh and also, I hate indenting. So no indenting was used. If anyone's highly irritated I guess I could start doing it but eh...not too crazy about the indenting.
The room fell quiet as everyone gazed up at the pink haired beauty and the top of the stairs. Some of the women were envious, and the majority of the men had impure thoughts at that moment. Sasuke was by far the most surprised though.
Even though she was more of a tomboy, no one in the room would have ever guessed it that night. She wore a stunning floor length strapless white gown. It had a sweetheart neckline and an emerald green sash tied around it to match her eyes. The material seemed to glow around her milky body, and gave her an angelic appearance.
"For being an annoying pain in the ass, she doesn't look half bad."
Since it took a lot to impress him, "half bad" in Sasuke language of course meant shockingly beautiful. With her hair pulled back, he noticed for the first time just how pretty her eyes were. The light shade of green stood out against her porcelain skin.
He quickly cleared his head of any favorable thoughts towards her, and walked up the stairs to greet her. He swore he heard every single man in the room, and maybe even a taken ones, sigh in disappointment when it became apparent that he was her escort. Of course no one would try to hit on an Uchiha's date at an Uchiha gala. Especially if it was Sasuke's date.
"Well hello there," Sakura outstretched her hand to him. "You clean up well."
Sasuke was wearing a black tux, that was very well tailored and was clearly a custom order from an expensive designer.
He took her hand and kissed the top of it, then intertwined her arm with his and lead her down the stairs.
"This is the part where you say something nice back."
Sasuke looked her up and down for a minute.
"Nice dress, how much did it cost me?"
Sakura felt a vein throbbing in her forehead.
They reached the bottom of the stairs, and were greeted by a man who looked almost exactly like Sasuke. He was a bit taller, and a line going down each side of his face, but other than that they were almost identical.
"You must be little Sasuke's date," The Sasuke look-a-like smiled warmly at Sakura. "I am Itachi, Sasuke's older brother."
"Itachi? You set the record at our school for most points scored by one person in a basketball game." Sakura smiled brightly, "You're basically a legend to the basketball team. I'm Haruno Sakura."
"How pleasing to be admired by such a pretty young thing," Itachi took Sakura's hand from Sasuke and kissed it lightly, while looking her in the eyes.
Sasuke rolled his eyes as Sakura blushed a deep red. It seems the only one that would have the balls to try and steal his date was his older brother.
"Well with your face all pink you truly do look like a cherry blossom, Sakura-chan" Itachi teased.
"Oh Itachi, are you so mean that you would turn your attentions on Sasuke's date?" Fugaku Uchiha playfully said as he approached them. "You must be the one my son was telling me about." He eyed Sakura with approval, and gave her a small bow, which she returned. "If he would have told me how lovely you were, I wouldn't have believed him."
"Neither would have I," Itachi added, "But it seems that before my very eyes, here stands an angel."
Sakura blushed even more, not used to the attention. "Oh Itachi, you try too hard."
"Why don't you ask her to dance Itachi? I'm sure Sasuke won't mind if you borrow her for a little while." Fugaku slapped Sasuke playfully on the back and walked away to mingle with some guests that had just walked in.
Sasuke eyed his father with irritation. Why would he even suggest that? Did he want everyone at the party to think he couldn't hold on to his date?
"Sasuke what do you say to that?" Itachi asked, already knowing his brother would comply.
"Hn. Dance with whoever you want. It's not like I own her."
"Damn right you don't," Sakura muttered under her breath. "But is he really not going to object? I am still his date after all. Well, kind of..."
Itachi practically grinned. He held his hand out to Sakura, "Shall we then?"
Sakura took his hand, "It appears so."
Sasuke's eye twitched as he watched them walk towards the dance floor, situated in the middle of the room. He didn't exactly want Sakura to himself, but he still didn't particularly like the idea of Itachi dancing with her either. She was annoying as hell, but with how pretty she looked he could probably ignore that part of her for now.
"You know, even though he didn't say anything, I get the feeling that your little Sasuke might not be loving this."
Itachi and Sakura circled around the dance floor, under the watchful eye of Sasuke. He practically had a degree in "playing it cool", but unfortunately wouldn't be majoring in that tonight.
"Oh please, he wouldn't care if a pervert came along and wanted to buy me for his whorehouse."
Itachi chuckled, "Then why are you here with him?"
"Let's just say, I owe him a favor." Sakura rolled her eyes.
"Well I'm glad to hear that," Sakura thought she felt him pull her a little closer, "But, I suggest we test out a theory of mine."
"We see if he gets a little jealous." Itachi had a mischievous gleam in his eye.
"So how's high school going for you Sasuke?"
One of Fugaku's rich friends was engaging in a very long, very boring conversation with Sasuke, much to his chagrin.
"First in my class, as usual." His reply was short and to the point.
"Well you're a good sport, I'll say." The older man nudged Sasuke with his fist.
"Why is that?"
The man laughed, "Because that devil Itachi has had your date to himself for half the night. Why, they're practically getting intimate on the dance floor."
"What the hell?"
Sasuke turned around and saw them together. Itachi had his hands dangerously low on Sakura's back, and there was no space between them. They both were barely swaying to the music, so it looked more like a very long, passionate embrace.
Over on the dance floor, Itachi chuckled.
"You should see the look on his face. I think we've figured out that he has some sort of feelings for you."
They circled around so Sakura could look at Sasuke. When she got a glimpse of his face, she had to bite her cheeks so she wouldn't laugh. He looked pissed. Hardcore.
"I think it's enough dancing for now," Itachi winked at Sakura. "See you around Cherry Blossom." He whirled her around then disappeared off of the dance floor.
"So your brother's alot of fun." Sasuke was standing by the punch bowl when Sakura made her way to him. "He's a great dancer too."
"If you called that dancing," Sasuke snorted. "You two barely even moved."
"Really? Cause it felt like we were flying around the room." Sakura giggled as she got a cup of punch.
"It won't work Sakura. I know him, and I know when he's trying to use me to get entertainment." He gave her an unamused look, "And you just plain suck at being nonchalant. But nice try."
"Then why do you seem so irritated about it?"
"Because he's trying to make me look like a fool. It has nothing to do with you."
Sakura huffed out a breath of air, "Well why don't we dance or something?"
"I don't dance." Sasuke answered plainly.
"You need to let lose and have some fun." Sakura made a face at him.
"Hn. I don't do fun."
"Clearly...well I'm going to go mingle. Your dullness might rub off on me if I stick around for too long."
Later into the party, after the people who had made an appearance just to get bonus points with the Uchiha clan had left, the heavy drinking began. Even though there were a lot of people there under the legal age, almost everyone was drinking, and plenty tipsy by now. Even Sasuke was feeling quite buzzed. He saw Itachi approaching and outwardly groaned.
"I'm not drunk enough to deal with you yet," He said a little too honestly, which received a laugh from Itachi.
"Your date is quite the little charmer."
Itachi motioned his head towards Sakura, who was currently laughing with an elder man who the Uchihas did business with on a regular basis.
"Yeah she's a pure joy." Sasuke's comment was thick with sarcasm.
"Be careful little brother, you might have some competition."
Sasuke rolled his eyes, "Oh bullshit. Your interest in her goes about as far as what's under her dress."
Itachi was definitely established in the community as a player. If a girl got more than a one night stand with him, she must've been something special.
"Who knows, she might be making a new man out of me."
"That will be the day."
"So true little brother," Itachi bellowed out laughter as he walked away, nodding in agreement.
For the next half hour, Sasuke kept his eye on Itachi. He knew if Itachi got a chance, he'd humiliate him. Unfortunatly he also chose to get a glass of rum, and so he was getting quite liquored up.
Itachi finished a coversation with one of his friends, then looked across the room at Sakura. Then he looked over at Sasuke with a smirk on his face.
Sasuke watched as he crossed the room and made a beeline for Sakura, and appeared next to her, with his arm around her waste. He led her over to the corner of the room, so they were by themselves.
Sasuke's eye twitched and he gulped down the cup of rum he was holding.
Sober Sasuke would've shrugged and maybe even have given Itachi money to buy a condom to screw Sakura. It was whiny, annoying billboard brow that he used to beat up when he was younger. She was nothing to him and he didn't care at all about her welfare.
The now drunk Sasuke however, had a very different mindset. Fake date or not, no one else in the party knew it was just an arrangement of convenience. According to everyone else, Itachi was succeeding in stealing his date. It was humiliating. He would not be upstaged by his brother in front of all their family friends and acquaintances. Sasuke threw down the empty cup, walked over to Sakura, and ripped Itachi's arm from around her.
"Go find your own fucking date."
Sakura and Itachi both looked at him in surprise.
"Nani? Sasuke what is your deal all of a sudden?" Sakura raised her eyebrow at him.
Sasuke didn't answer. Instead he pulled her to him, and smashed his lips onto hers.
Sakura immediately pushed him back, embarrassed and blushing. The kiss was only a few seconds long, but it was full of such heat.
The corners of Itachi's mouth turned up
"I believe he's chosen to fight for you." He whispered in Sakura's ear. "Excuse me Sasuke. I didn't mean to offend you. I'll go find my own date now." He winked at Sakura and walked away.
"The fuck is wrong with you?" Sakura said as soon as Itachi was out of earshot.
Sasuke stared at her with a smirk for a good minute and a half, then promptly blacked out and fell backwards.
When Sasuke woke up, sunlight was streaming in his open blinds. He sat up, then immediately slugged back down. His head was throbbing, and his stomach was queasy beyond belief.
"Who the hell opened my blinds?"
"That would be me," Came a small voice from beside him.
Sasuke turned to his right to see Sakura lounged back in a chair that was next to his bed. She was watching a video on her phone and had a bag of chips next to her. Her hair was pulled back into a pony tail, and she had some sweatpants and a t-shirt on. Her dress was hanging up on Sasuke's door.
"Did you sleep here?" Sasuke began bombarding her with questions, "In my room? With me? Are those my clothes you're wearing?"
"Yes, they looked so dang fancy on me I couldn't resist them." Sakura replied dryly
"What time is it?" Sasuke tried sitting up once again, but like before, sank back down right away.
"It's noon. Would you just lay down and chill out with the questions." Sakura crunched on a chip, "You should have one kicker of a headache with how much you drank last night."
Sasuke thought back to the night before, but he could barely remember anything of what happened. He remembered Sakura coming in, looking spectacular. He remembered Itachi being his usual snake like self. And he definitely remembered drinking rum. Then that's where the memories stopped.
"What happened? Did I do anything stupid?"
Sakura bit her lip. She decided the best course of action would be to keep their kiss from him. It would probably just freak him out. And worst case scenario, he might even try to say it was her doing, and think she harbored feelings for him. The best thing to do would be to pretend it didn't happen.
"You yelled at Itachi then passed out. And you were a grouch like the whole night. So nothing really out of the ordinary, except for the passing out part."
"Whatever, you can get out of my room now. Bye"
Sakura hopped up and folded up the bag of chips. "Ya know, a thanks would be nice."
"I don't owe you anything." Sasuke looked at her, and noticed that her eyes were a little red, and her hair was still perfectly curly and in tact. He ventured to guess that she hadn't gone to sleep and stayed up all night watching over him.
"Oh never mind. You're such an ass sometimes" She stormed out of his room. About fifteen seconds later, she came back in.
"I'm taking the damn chips with me." And then once again she stormed out.
Sasuke sighed. He carefully climbed out of bed and walked to his bathroom to search for some painkiller for his headache. After not finding any, he gave up and decided to go back to bed. As he trudged to his bed, he noticed a glass of water and two aspirin on his nightstand. No doubt they were put there by Sakura. And for the first time in...well, probably ever, Sasuke did indeed feel like an ass.
Sakura got home and threw her house keys on the kitchen counter. "Such a jerk. I could've actually gone to bed."
It took her an hour and a half to walk home from Sasuke's delightfully big mansion.
She walked up to her room and changed into some comfortable pajamas, then went to grab a drink from the kitchen. She couldn't stop thinking about how irritating Sasuke was. She basically took care of him, just to be nice. And in the end he was still an ass.
"That's the last nice thing I do for him, that's for sure.
After refilling her cup with some water, and chugging it down, she felt the sleepiness hit her in one big wallop. Her eyes began to droop down, so she decided it was bed time. She went in the living room to check her answering machine before she went to sleep for a few hours. There were three missed calls, and one message. The message was left an hour or so after she went to the party. She hit the play button and Naruto's voice came on the machine.
"Sakura-chan...I know you hate me. I'm so sorry. Will you just talk to me though please? Meet up with me tonight. I'll be at our old spot. I'll wait all night if I have to. I'll wait there until you come."
"End of message. Would you like to repeat it?"
Sakura just stood there, not sure what she was feeling. "I wonder if he really waited all night..."
She decided to call his cell. It rang and rang, but Naruto's rambunctious voice never answered. She tried again. No answer.
"Whatever I guess..."
She closed her phone and walked upstairs to go to bed.
"I'll just try him again later I guess...I hope he really didn't wait all night..."
She cuddled with her blankets in bed, and noted that it was a little chilly out that day. It was the early months of Spring, so that weather was normal though. She was thankful that she wasn't cold in her dress the night before.
She lay there, thinking of the nights events. Of Itachi's charming compliments, Sasuke's rudeness, then that burning kiss...
She shook it off though. He was very drunk. People do stupid things when they're drunk.
The last she thought about before she drifted off was the touch of his lips against hers.
"Sakura-chan! Look! It's just over that hill!"
"Naruto! Wait for me!"
"Come on faster Sakura-chan!"
Sakura finally caught up with Naruto, towards the top of the hill. Naruto leaned against a tree at the top and turned and put his arm around Sakura as they gazed into the Sunset.
Sakura layed her head on Naruto's shoulder.
Naruto looked down at Sakura and smiled.
"Did you say something Sakura-chan?"
Sakura blushed, "No, nothing. This is very pretty though."
The pinks and oranges were blended beautifully in the sky, as though an artist was using it as his canvas. The sun was painted just above the horizon, and slowly moved down with every passing minute.
Naruto's smile dropped a bit, as his eyes became a bit more serious.
"Sakura-chan, do you ever think about us?"
Sakura's eyes darted around as she thought about what to respond. She felt his grip on her shouler tighten a bit.
"Well of course Naruto. You know you're my best friend."
Naruto cleared his throat a little nervously.
"No, I mean, as more than a friend..."
Sakura's eyes widened a bit. She looked up and Naruto, and his shining blue eyes stared into hers. She felt safe, comfortable. His eyes were full of her happiness. She slowly tiptoed up closer to him, and he wrapped his other arm around her and leaned over closer to her. They were inches apart, and could hear each other's breaths go in and out sharply.
"This is it."
They leaned in for the kiss.
But suddenly, Naruto seemed to have lost his balance and stumbled backward over the hill. And the hill wasn't a hill anymore, but a cliff thousands of feet above the ground. Naruto was hanging on to the edge of the cliff.
"Sakura-chan!" He screamed to her
"Naruto!" She ran over and grabbed one of his hands. His other now dangled dangerously next to his body. "Give me your other hand, now!"
"Naruto you can do it!" She looked deep into his eyes, "I have faith in you!"
He nodded, and slowly reached his other hand up.
Sakura grabbed it and looked back at Naruto.
But it wasn't Naruto.
She now looked into stone cold onyx eyes.
"Helping your master? You're a good slave."
Something exploded and Sakura lost her grip on Sasuke's arm. There was another loud explosion and then he smashed into the ground below
"What the hell!?" Sakura woke up with a start. There was a loud banging noise downstairs, like someone was knocking out a wall. This explained the explosion in her dream. She hopped out of bed and ran down the steps. It turned out to be someone banging on her door. She hurriedly threw the door open, and saw a breathless Hinata standing there, her cheeks pink from the chilly weather.
"Congratulations, you just made me kill Sasuke. I applaud you."
"Sakura-chan, Naruto-kun is missing!" Hinata cried.
Sakura gasped, "What? What do you mean?"
"I called his phone and it was off, so I went to his house and he wasn't there. So I called and asked Shikamaru-san, and he said he's been trying to get a-hold of Naruto all day yesterday and today!" Hinata was close to tears, "What if something's happened to him?"
Sakura stood there stunned. And then she went deep into thought. She tried to recall where the blockhead could be. Then she remembered.
"I'll wait there until you come."
Sakura sighed, "Oh Naruto, you idiot...are you really there waiting for me still?"
"Hinata, don't worry. I think I know where he is. Stay here okay?"
Hinata nodded and rubbed her eyes, "Okay, hurry Sakura-chan!"
Sakura changed into jeans and a sweater, and pulled on her black leather motorcycle jacket.
"Hina, can I use your car?"
Hinata tossed her keys to Sakura in response.
It was about a 20 minute drive to where she was going. She flew down her street then headed towards the highway. It was rather gloomy and dark out, almost like a cold winters day. The sun was low in the sky, ready to set within the next half hour. Sakura punched on the radio and turned the volume all the way up, trying to block out her thoughts.
She didn't want to remember dating Naruto. Or the hurt he put her through. She didn't want to remember that her family was murdered. And she didn't want to remember being forced to be at Sasuke's beck and call.
She didn't want to remember that she was alone.
"So Sasuke, how did it go with Sakura the other night? Did you finally lose it to her?" Itachi sat on the foot of Sasuke's bed.
"Get out of my room." Sasuke was still in bed with a headache.
"You must be sore from it. Sakura looks like a little freak, so I assume it was rough."
"Get the fuck out, now."
Itachi only relaxed more though, "Where is the sweet little cherry blossom anyways? Did you scare her off?"
Sasuke just stared straight ahead, but a vein throbbing in his forehead gave away his irritation.
"You're silent...so you did do something to make her go away. It's okay Sasuke," Itachi smiled at Sasuke, "You don't deserve a pretty thing like that anyways. You probably don't appreciate her."
He got up and walked slowly out of the room
"You're such a little fuck up Sasuke-kuuun," Itachi laughed as he pulled the door shut, and left Sasuke in his dark room.
"There's nothing to appreciate. She is indebted to me. I don't have to thank her for anything."
Sasuke shook his head, confused at all the thoughts.
"I guess I could call her and tell her thanks...or something..."
It would only be the hardest phone call of his life, but Sasuke guessed he could suffer through it.
He went to Sakura's number and pressed call.
But she didn't answer.
"Is she still pissed at me?"
Still no answer.
Sasuke just sat there, confused.
"Well, even if she was mad, she'd still answer. She wouldn't want me to out her...maybe she's sleeping."
Sasuke looked at his clock. It was six thirty at night. He didn't think she'd sleep this long. She wouldn't want to mess up her sleep schedule for school. So she probably wasn't sleeping.
He grumbled as he got out of bed slowly. He trudged down the long hallway, down the grand staircase, and loudly shouted for the butler.
Hayato, the butler came quickly shuffling in.
"You bellowed Sasuke-dono?"
Dono was a little joke between Sasuke and Hayato. While no one was ever reffered to as "Dono" anymore, as it was an old fashioned honorific, Hayato had playfully called Sasuke that ever since he was a small child. It was Hayato's way of saying that Sasuke fussed over and demanded things like a spoiled little lord. While Sasuke grew up he became less and less of a spoiled brat and came to find the nickname humorous.
However in this instance, Sasuke found it somewhat annoying. He rolled his eyes at the joke.
"Yes, what time was Miss Haruno driven home?"
"She walked sir."
"She walked?" Sasuke was flabbergasted, "You let her walk from here, all the way across the city?"
"I didn't exactly let her," Hayato shifted uncomfortably, "She said, 'Screw this, I don't need his help in getting home,' and walked out."
"Oh my god, that girl is unbelievable..." Sasuke started to wonder if she'd made it home okay.
He dismissed the butler, then went back up to his room and picked his phone up from the bed. She hadn't called back yet. He decided to try one more time.
"What the absolute hell could you possibly want you idiotic swine?" She barked at him. She was nearing her destination, and was just a bit tense.
"Well if you had answered your phone the first time, I wouldn't have had to call eight million times." Sasuke shouted back.
Sakura wasn't paying attention though. She pulled up a dirt driveway to a grassy hill, with a big oak tree on top of it. Sure enough, there was Naruto's car parked at the bottom.
"That dobe really is here..."
"What are you talking about?" Sasuke asked her.
"Look, I don't have time for your shit right now okay." She turned off the car and got out quickly. "Naruto!" She screamed as she shut her phone.
She ran up the big hill, to the tree. She thought she saw orange material sticking out of the side, and as she got closer she realized she was right. There was Naruto leaned against the tree, asleep.
Sakura's heart dropped a little. She knew he had to be hungry and cold and miserable. She quickly dropped down next to him.
"Naruto!" She shook him. But he didn't wake up.
"Naruto!" She shook him even harder.
"You stupid baka wake up!" She began punching him and screaming his name.
She felt immensely relieved when she saw him begin to stir. He stretched a little then opened his eyes slightly.
"Sakura-chan?" He murmured, "I waited for you...you took forever."
"Naruto why are you here?!"
"I left you a message, telling you I'd wait till you got here. Naruto sat up against the tree. "My stomach is killing me..."
"Naruto, why would wait out here for over 24 hours for me?" Sakura was trying not to get all choked up, "Everyone was so worried about you."
"Everyone?" He looked confused.
"Hinata came over and told me. She was really scared. I think she was crying. I had to calm her down a little"
"You still didn't tell me why you came here."
"Sakura can you just lay with me here for a minute." Naruto opened his arms to her.
Sakura tensed up a little but decided to comply. After all there he was, absolutely miserable because of her. She scooted over towards him and leaned forward into his arms. She ended up laying against his chest, with his arms around her shoulders.
A small breeze brushed up against them and tousled her hair up a bit. He gently ran his fingers through the pink mop and straightened it out. She mumbled a few sounds that sounded favorable to it, so he began stroking her hair affectionately. Sakura snuggled her face into his chest.
"This feels quite nice..." Sakura could fall asleep like this.
"Naurto?" Sasuke put his phone down. She had screamed for Naruto as she hung up on him. She was ignoring him over that dobe?
With his eyebrows slanted in irritation, he whipped his phone at his bed and let out a string of cuss words.
"Whatever, not like I care anyways. What's there to be upset about?"
Sasuke didn't even understand his own feelings at this point. All he knew was, no one ignored him. Especially for that little blonde tard.
A/N So there it is, roughly three years later. I can't believe I took that long. And also if you didn't get it :p the hill in the dream was the hill she found Naruto on. Also, a picture of Sakura's dress is on my profile so go check it out (: Later!