Chapter 20

Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke were all standing in the Hokage office. Tsunade raised an eye brow at them.

"I thought I asked to see just Sasuke?" Tsunade asked.

"Tsunade-no-baa-chan-"

"We want to know the details as well." Sakura said finishing Naruto's sentence.

Smiling at the three teenagers standing in front of her desk, she nodded, "Alright then, I'm not going to argue about this since Sasuke would tell you after I did anyway, and I don't mind telling all of you."

She smiled at the three of them, "First of all I want to ask. Sasuke are you happy with the terms that were reached?"

"Aa."

"Good, now for the terms of your probation. Just so you know they are a little strict."

The three shinobi standing in front of her nodded, they were all smiling, except for Sasuke, who was smirking.

"You are not to leave Konoha Gakure borders for one whole year, and during that year you must complete any D or C rank missions that are given to you. You will not participate in any mission above C rank, and you may not participate in any Chuunin, Jounin or ANBU exams during this time."

They each nodded again, all of them smiling still.

"You are permitted to train whenever you like as per usual, but, once again, you are not to go into the forests beyond the Konoha Gakure borders. From time to time I may give you a task to complete that is not entirely shinobi related or mission related. You must do these things also whenever they are given to you. Undersatnd?"

Sasuke nodded, "Aa."

"The elders wanted to let you know, the Uchiha district has been closed off. However if you wish to open it up again, and move into your old house, they are happy with that." Tsunade sighed suddenly and leaned forward on her desk. The three shinobi looked at her with curious expressions.

"Tsunade-sama?" said Sakura.

"It's okay Sakura, I didn't want to have to tell you this part myself but, since the elders put it upon me, I have no choice." Both Naruto and Sakura shifted uncomfortably, waiting for her to continue.

"Those are the terms of your probation, but there is one stipulation that the elders wanted to be sure of."

"What is it?" Sasuke asked calmly.

Tsunade stared hard at the ebony haired teenager in front of her. "This may be a slight shock, seeing as you are only sixteen years old but…." Tsunade sighed again, making each of them, all the more curious.

"The elders want to be sure that you are going to start resurrecting your clan….soon."

Sakura almost fell over, Naruto's mouth dropped and Sasuke felt his eyes widen slightly then a smirk formed and his eyes went back to normal.

"Are you kidding?!" Naruto asked shocked.

Tsunade shook her head, "No."

Sakura felt her face turn as red as she though it ever could. She didn't know what to say and didn't want to speak. Naruto suddenly turned to Sasuke, "Teme, what do you-wait- WHY ARE YOU SMIRKING!" Naruto yelled.

Sasuke turned to Naruto and shrugged, then looked to Tsunade, "Is that all?"

Looking a little surprised Tsunade nodded once, "Yes that's all."

Bowing slightly, Sasuke turned on his heel and left the room, Naruto and Sakura quickly following behind. Sakura gave Tsunade a quick glance before she left the room. They exchanged meaningful looks, but said nothing. Sakura continued after Sasuke and Naruto, who was yelling at him as they walked.

"What are you thinking?! You can't start a family, YOUR TOO YOUNG!"

"Naruto, she said soon, not right this second."

"SO! Even if it was soon, you are only going to be seventeen soon, and that is still too young!"

"Dobe."

"WHAT!"

"Shut up."

"NO! First of all, tell me where you are going to find a girl who is going to want to marry you at such a young age! Because I'll kill you before I see you impregnate some girl before your married!"

Sakura caught up to them but stayed behind them. She was keeping a safe distance away from the conversation, so she wouldn't have to be involved. Also so they wouldn't have to look at her tomato red face.

"Naruto, that's not really your concern."

"WHAT! If you even think about having kids with a girl at your age, and not be married to her, I'll castrate you myself! And that really will be the end of the Uchiha clan!!"

Sasuke couldn't stop the smirk from appearing on his face. Aside from the pointless argument Naruto was trying to have with him, he found it amusing that Naruto seemed to do a time jump, and it was as though he never left.

"WHY ARE YOU SMIRKING AGAIN?! DAMMIT!" Naruto suddenly turned around to face Sakura.

"Sakura-chan, don't you think I'm right?! Don't you think he is too young to start a family?!"

Sasuke stopped walking to turn and face Sakura as well. His smirk grew when he saw that she was standing there, face as red as a tomato, fidgeting with her hands, and her shoulders tense. Sakura swallowed. She didn't know what to say to Naruto, since she felt a little different about the situation, for obvious reasons. But she knew she couldn't tell him that, especially when Sasuke was standing right there.

"A-Umm…w-well...I…"

"WELL?!" Naruto pressed on. Sasuke's smirk seemed to intensify.

'OMG! OMG! OMG!!! I can't…Why did…ARGH!'

"Naruto…I…LOOK! GARRA!" She yelled pointing behind them.

"GARRA?!" Naruto turned around to see the red haired Kazekage, but was confused to find nothing, "Sakura-chan, I don't see-" He turned around to ask her, but saw an empty space where she had been standing. Naruto turned around and saw a pink haired Kunoichi jumping from roof top, to roof top at an incredible speed.

"SAKURA-CHAN!!"

The two boys watched the retreating kunoichi run away fast. Obviously she didn't want to talk about it. Naruto turned to Sasuke still in a huff, "You better marry the girl you plan on impregnating Sasuke!"

Sasuke and Naruto exchanged meaningful looks. Sasuke knew what he was really saying. Nodding once, Sasuke replied, "Aa."

Sasuke leapt from where he was standing, and took off jumping from roof to roof, at a casual pace.

Naruto stood where he had left him, and quietly watched the retreating back of his best friend, and only brother. 'Make her happy Sasuke.' Naruto smiled to himself, knowing all too well, that there was only one girl that Sasuke would ever even think of sharing any romantic feeling with. Putting his hands in his pockets, he continued down the stairs at a casual pace, before he remembered he had to go and do something. 'Oh I told Hiashi I would come over today to see Hinata. I should go now.' Smiling, Naruto began to run down the stairs, happy that his long lost brother was finally home.


Sakura sat drinking tea at with her best friend Ino, who was going on and on about a boy she liked. Sakura was starting to get a headache.

"Ino."

"Yeah?" The blonde said after being interrupted in the middle of her sentence.

"I thought you liked Sasuke-kun?"

"Come on Sakura, of course I like Sasuke-kun, but I haven't seen him since he returned, so I can't proclaim my love to him yet, and then, of course, have him accept it. Then once he has, we will get married and have lots of little babies."

Sakura felt her cheeks start to burn slightly again, 'Why is the theme today babies…?'

"Well now that he's back, from what you tell me, he is going to have to choose a wife and start a family."

"Yeah."

"I predict he is going to choose me, and then we will finally be together. Uchiha Ino, yeah I like the sound of that."

Sakura looked across the table to her best friend. She had not told her about the things that had happened between her and Sasuke. It wasn't so much that she was trying to keep it from her. It was more that she didn't know how to tell her, Sasuke-obsessed friend. Sakura sighed.

"I can't believe that you just left like that though. You should have told Naruto that you were okay with it. Honestly the block head should have known, knowing how you feel about Sasuke-kun."

"First of all don't call Naruto a block head, and second, I'm not going to say something like that when Sasuke-kun is standing right there!"

"See that's why I say he is going to choose me, because you're too afraid to let him know you want to have all his little Uchiha babies, along with the rest of the village."

"INO!" Sakura felt her face turn redder.

"Well its true isn't it? Sasuke-kun could have any woman he wanted in this town, or in any town really. All he needs to do is ask."

The sound of a bell ringing made Ino jump up, "Oh a customer, excuse me a moment Sakura." Ino got up and headed into the main room. Sakura continued to sit in the back room, feeling a little restless. Taking the last sip of her tea, she got up and headed into the other room as well.

"I should probably go now Ino. My parents are supposed to be arriving today or tomorrow, and I need to clean the house a little."

Standing up from helping the customer she replied, "Alright then. Come see me again soon."

"Alright, bye Ino."

Sakura left the flower shop and began to walk down the street, towards her house. 'It's true that Sasuke-kun could have any woman he wanted isn't it…'

Sakura looked up into the sky. She hadn't wondered about the time since she was sitting in the court room. Looking up into the sky made her think it was about six in the evening. She suddenly felt her stomach grumble, and decided to pick up the pace home. 'I wonder where Sasuke-kun went to?'

Once home she cooked herself dinner and went to her couch. She was happy and relieved that Sasuke had been spared from execution and jail, but now he had to start a family. Even though things had transpired between them and they were technically a 'couple' even though no one knew about it, she felt uneasy about the whole family thing.

'I do want to marry him and bear his children, and spend the rest of my life with him, but will he really choose me?' She didn't want to be conceded and too proud to say 'who else would he choose' or 'Of course he'll choose me.' She knew Ino was right when she said he could have any woman he wanted. Sakura tuned over on her couch. 'He could have a strong kunoichi if he wanted, or a prettier kunoichi…wait…unless he doesn't want a kunoichi! If he had just a regular village girl, then she could bare his children and always be with them, with no danger of dieing on missions…'

Knock. Knock. Knock.

She sat up looking at the door. She hadn't been expecting anyone, so was confused as to whom it could be. 'Maybe it's Sasuke-kun?'

Feeling her heart jump at the thought, she got up and headed over to the door. Taking a deep breath she opened the door.

"Hi Sakura-chan."

"Naruto?" She felt a slight disappointment that is wasn't Sasuke. 'Obviously it wouldn't be…'

"What are you doing right now Sakura-chan?" He asked.

"Oh, ah…nothing." She knew her parents weren't coming home for a while. She had just used that as an excuse, to be alone for a bit to think.

"Want to come and get some Ramen with me?"

"Well actually I just ate."

"Aw! Come on! One bowl isn't going to hurt! Come on, keep me company at least!" Naruto grabbed her hand and dragging her out of her house, heading to the Ramen stand.

"Naruto you seem to be in a good mood, did something happen?" Sakura asked as they walked down the street.

"Yeah. I went to see Hinata after Sasuke's trial."

Sakura couldn't stop the smile forming on her lips, "Oh really? And what happened?"

"Well she didn't faint, so I was really happy. I think she might be fainting from lack of food, so I invited her to come eat Ramen with me tomorrow. I asked if she wanted to today, but she said she had already eaten."

Sakura cocked an eyebrow at him, 'So it's okay if she has eaten, but if I have, it doesn't matter…?'

Finally they got to the shop and ordered a bowl each. Sakura ordered a small bowl so she wouldn't be forced to overeat. Naruto dug into his bowl right away, slurping his noodles loudly.

"I'm fretty 'appy dat dsuke idn't get jiled." Naruto said with a full mouth.

Sakura smiled and shook her head, "I am to, but Naruto you shouldn't talk with your mouth full."

Slurping up the remaining of the noodles he smiled at her, "Sorry Sakura-chan."

Sakura started eating her small bowl. After Naruto took another large mouthful he spoke again.

"Actually I wanted to ask you Sakura-chan, have you seen Sasuke since you left us at the Hokage tower?"

Sakura shook her head, "No, why?"

"Well, not that I was really looking hard for him or anything, but I couldn't find him earlier, so I just thought I would ask."

"He probably went to the Uchiha district." Sakura said, taking another bite of her noodles.

"Yeah, you're probably right."

A tinge of curiosity hit Sakura, wondering where he could be. Deciding to look for him later, she turned to her blonde haired friend, "So Naruto, did Hinata-chan accept your offer to have Ramen with you tomorrow?"

"Yeah, she did! I was thinking after we ate I could train with her. Since she uses the Byakugan, it would be good training for me and for her."

Sakura smiled, "That sounds like a good idea."

She watched him take another big bite of noodles when she got another idea. "Hey Naruto, do you think Hinata-chan is pretty?"

"Huh?" He said with a mouth full of noodles.

"Do you think Hinata-chan is pretty?" She asked again.

Finishing the mouth full of noodles, he looked at her, "I guess I never really thought about it, why do you ask?"

She shrugged, "I guess because I think she is really pretty, so I was just wondering what you thought."

"Oh."

Sakura looked over at him out of the corner of her eyes. She could see his ears were slightly redder then usual. "I'll look at her tomorrow and let you know what I think."

She smirked, "Alright."

She was patting herself on the back on the inside. She had finally got Naruto to look at Hinata, and it looked as though it was already working. Finishing her bowl she took some money out of her pocket, and put it on the counter.

"Ah, Sakura-chan, where are you going?"

"I'm finished so I thought I would take a walk before the sun goes completely down."

"But you just got here?" He pleaded.

"I know but I'm already finished my bowl."

He looked down at her small size bowl and pointed at her, "Whenever we come here from now on, you have to eat a regular size bowl, otherwise you finish it too soon!"

She let out a breath of laughter, "Alright, I'll agree to that. See you tomorrow Naruto."

"See you Sakura-chan." He waved to her then turned back to his bowl of Ramen once again. Sakura headed off down the street, not really knowing where she was going. She looked up at the sky. The sun was almost completely down and it was starting to get quieter in Konoha. Sakura breathed in the fresh evening air thinking about what Naruto had said earlier.

'I wonder if Sasuke-kun is in the Uchiha district?'

Sakura didn't want to just walk in to the district for a few reasons. One, if Sasuke hadn't gone there, then she didn't want to be the one to break in or open it before him. Second, if he was there maybe he was visiting his family's graves and wanted to be alone, therefore not found. The third and final reason she didn't want to go into the district, was because it was a scary place. The walls of some of the buildings still had dried blood on them, and it was run down and eerie since no one had lived there for close to eight years.

Making up her mind Sakura decided to walk to the lake instead, and star gaze on the grass. It took a few minutes to get there, but she didn't mind since it was turning into such a beautiful night. Once she arrived, she looked over the lake and saw the reflection of the moon and stars off the calm clear water. Smiling to herself, she found a spot on the ground to lay down on, with her hands behind her head to look up at the stars.

Sakura lay in the grass going over what had happened that day. She still felt the happiness that she felt earlier when Sasuke was cleared of going to jail, and being executed. She sighed thinking about the one condition he was told to do. 'Will he actually chose me? Does he actually want to spend the rest of his life with me?'

'Well you want to spend the rest of your life with him.'

'Well I know what I want, but I want to know what he wants.'

'Well there's no way he is choosing Ino.'

'Weather that is true or not, Ino never really loved Sasuke-kun in a way that would make her happy for the rest of her life. I think, just like every other girl including me, she first liked him because of his face.'

'Well she likes Sai anyway.'

'Yeah, Lord know why though?'

'Probably because he called her beautiful the first time he met her.'

'Even so, the guy is…well he's just Sai, that's a good enough explanation'

Her inner self agreed with her, and she smiled slightly at her thoughts. "I wonder where Sasuke-kun is right now?"

"Right here."

"KYAAAA!!!!!"

Sakura jumped up off the ground instinctively grabbing a kunai. This time Sasuke jumped back avoiding her taijutsu combo.

"Sakura it's me."

Stopping her attack she opened her eyes to focus on the boy a few feet in front of her, "Sasuke-kun?"

"Hn."

"Why do you keep scaring me like that?!" She asked putting her kunai back, and trying to slow the pace of her beating heart.

"To see how fine tuned your skills are." He said smirking.

Sakura grumbled something under her breath, and lay back down on the grass with her hands behind her head. Sasuike walked up and took a spot beside her, joining in with the star gazing.

"So you were thinking about me again?" He asked looking up at the stars.

Sakura felt her face turn pink, "No, actually I was thinking about Ino."

"Then why did you ask where I was out loud?"

She felt her face burn even more, "B-Because my thinking about her lead my thoughts to you."

This seemed to make Sasuke baffled, "What were you thinking about Ino that lead your thoughts to me."

Sakura turned her head to face him, "I went to see her earlier, and she told me she still likes you."

Sasuke said nothing to this, but continued to watch the stars. Once Sakura was confident he wasn't going to reply, she turned her head back to the sky also.

"What else did you talk about with her?"

"I told her about your trial, and about how you are going to be staying in Konoha now."

"Hn."

"Yeah, she was pretty excited about it, saying she was going to marry you."

Sasuke seemed to have selective hearing since he completely ignored this comment.

"Sasuke-kun, are you okay with the one stipulation the elders want from you, even at your age?"

"I told you a long time ago I had two goals, remember."

She knew what he was referring to, the goal to revive his clan. "Yeah."

"Well because of that I didn't mind the stipulation, since I had planned to do that anyway. Maybe a little sooner then I had planned for, but I don't mind that."

"Oh." Sakura felt her cheeks turn pink slightly.

"What else did you talk about with Ino?"

Sakura narrowed her eyes slightly looking up at the sky. She remembered what Ino had said earlier, since she had been thinking about it all night. Taking a long slow breath she answered, "She said you could have any woman you wanted in Konoha, or pretty well anywhere, if you just asked them."

Sasuke thought about it for a moment, not really taking it seriously. He had never thought that much about women, or being able to have any one that he wanted. So it was the first time the thought ever came across his mind.

"No."

"Huh?" Sakura said confused. She turned her head to look at him, her eye brows furrowed together. Sasuke turned his head very slightly to look at her, "I couldn't have Hinata."

"Oh, geez Sasuke-kun, besides Hinata-chan."

She turned her head away, looking back up to the stars. Sasuke turned his head more to look at her. Sakura could feel his onyx eyes on her, which was starting to make her blush. Turning her head slightly she looked at him, not sure what to say.

"S-Sasuke-kun?"

She was not expecting him to do what he did next. He leaned forward slightly and kissed her gently. Sakura felt her cheeks turn even redder. After a few moments he pulled back, looking at her and smirking.

"Why do you blush every time I kiss you?"

She blinked disbelieving that he asked her that. "I-I, don't mean to." She said flustered, "I-I mean I, I CAN'T HELP IT OKAY!" The gaze from his eyes had made her feel uneasy and vulnerable. Feeling embarrassed she looked away from him. Her behavior seemed to be amusing him.

"Sakura." He said in a calm voice.

"Yeah?" She said looking away from him.

"Look at me."

Praying that he wouldn't say anything more that was embarrassing, she turned her head slowly to look him in the eye.

"I don't want all the women in the world, I only want and need one."

Her throat suddenly went dry. She wanted to swallow, but there was no saliva to swallow. Her heart started to race faster and faster in her chest. She was unable to blink as she stared back into his onyx eyes. She knew if she spoke her voice would be shaky. She didn't know what to say to him, she wanted to ask him who, but she couldn't for the life of her speak.

Sasuke seemed to be waiting for her to ask him what it was that she wanted to. After a long silence of staring at each other, Sakura tried to clear her throat to speak, "W-what woman would that be?"

Sasuke continued to look at her not speaking. It was almost as though he was enjoying her vulnerability.

"Sakura."

She caught her breath in her throat, but her shock didn't last long.

"Can I ask you something?"

Disappointment washing over her, she nodded.

"If you could manage it, do you think you could marry me and bear my children?"

She felt her whole body go stiff as her eyes widened. Sasuke watched as her body seemed to go into shock, but a still shock, not a shaking one. Sakura felt her mind suddenly go blank and her breathing stop. A feeling of happiness began to overflow through her. She felt her eyes start to water and gasped for air, "S-Sasuke-kun"

Smirking he answered, "Yes?"

"D-did you, j-just ask m-me to m-marry you?" She chocked out.

Smirking even more, he nodded, "Aa."

Sakura swallowed, she felt tears fall down the side of her face with joy. Finally closing her eyes partially she managed to breath some air. Looking into his calm onyx eyes, she quickly nodded, "Yes." She said in a hushed voice which slowly gained strength, "Yes, I'll marry you!" She leapt off the grass and tackled him into a tight embrace. Sakura cried tears of joy into his shoulder as she squeezed him tighter. Sasuke was happy she had accepted his proposal. Now he could live a life full of happiness, and maybe even laughter and love, an emotion he was still adjusting to. He knew Sakura had always loved him, and now he would be able to accept her love, and give her some in return. Sakura continued to cry into his shoulder, for how long she didn't know, but she didn't care. Her greatest dream had finally come true, and she wasn't about to let it go, not now, or ever again.

The End.


Okay so that is the end of this story, I hope you all enjoyed it, I know I enjoyed writing it. Just so you know cause one of you asked, the next story is called 'Traumatized' but that is subject for change in the future and I do not know when I will be posting it, but trust me it will be a while. Thanks to everyone who reviewed and everyone who still plans to, your all so great! Thanks for reading!

LenaG.