LONESOME GIRL

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A/N: After about 2 years of Hiatus, I FINALLY rewrote Lonesome Girl. Sorry, took me so long. I had writer's block and no ideas seem to come to my head. I've changed a little and made the characters a little bit older. Hope you like it!

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CHAPTER 1

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Eight-year-old Sakura Haruno looked out the window of her small bedroom. Today was her last day of living in America for her father had accepted a promotion from his job and decided to move back to his hometown of Konoha, Japan. Sakura wiped away her tears.

She had mixed feelings of happiness and sadness. She was happy because she would get to start all over in a new city but she was unhappy because she was scared that no one would like her. Her classmates—because of her pink hair and her shy personality— would frequently bully Sakura. When she heard the news of about moving, she was delighted to go to another place and never face her classmates again.

-"SAKURA!" A voice bellowed from downstairs. Sakura reacted fast by leaping to her feet and rushing down. She stopped mid-way down the stairs when she saw her father holding up her coat.

-"How many times do I have to tell you not to leave your stuff lying around?" He demanded. Sakura gulped. He pulled her forward by yanking her hair.

-"Answer me!" He growled.

-"I'm sorry! I'll never do it again!" Sakura squeezed her eyes shut when her father smacked her hard on the face. He then put the coat over her face and pushed her down the steps. Sakura grabbed onto the railing to make the impact less hurtful. Sonomi Haruno appeared from the kitchen and tears welled up when she saw Sakura lying down on the hard ground and her husband standing there with a grim face.

-"Get up! It's not like it hurt." Sakura got up and rushed back to her room before her father could say more. She sat back down on her bed and tried to touch her cheek but it stung too much. It wasn't then until she realized that the fall from the stairs mad her nose bleed.

-"Let me clean that up." Mrs. Haruno said when she entered the room with a tissue. She dabbed her nose with the tissue and Sakura would often recoil from stinging.

-"Is daddy still mad?" Sakura asked after a moment of silence.

-"He just went to the bar. I'm sure he'll be calmer when he gets back. Get some sleep now. We have a big moving day tomorrow." Mrs. Haruno said as she tucked in Sakura. When she was done, she went to turn off the light.

-"Mommy?"

-"Yes?"

-"Does daddy love me?" Sakura asked. Sonomi bit her lip before faking a smile.

-"Of course. He loves all of us."

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-Konoha, Japan. Uchiha Residence-

-"Yo Sasuke! It's time to wake up now!" Eyes fluttered open and a boy with black hair and onyx colored eyes sat up. He yawned and looked up at his older brother, Itachi.

-"Ugh…it's still early, go away!" Sasuke put the covers over his head but Itachi pulled them away.

-"Your friends are here. They want you to come out play so get ready!" Itachi left Sasuke's bedroom. Sasuke groaned and got up. He brushed his teeth and got out his clothes. When he was done, he went downstairs and was greeted by a hyperactive blonde.

-"Teme! What took you so long?" Naruto asked. Neji and Shikamaru stood by side. Neji had his hands stuffed in his pockets and Shikamaru was still half-asleep.

-"Shut up. Why are you here so early anyways?" Sasuke asked as he rubbed his eyes. Naruto shrugged.

-"We heard that your folks are out for another business trip so we came to, you know…see how you were doing." Sasuke smirked because he saw right through the lie.

-"You just want to play with my new game system, don't you?"

-"NO! Never…maybe...just a little…please?" Naruto put on his puppy-dog face. Sasuke tilted his heads so his chin could face the stairs.

-"It's upstairs. Just go ahead and get it."

-"Awesome!" Naruto dashed up the stairs leaving the others behind. Neji sat down on a stair. Neji Hyuga was the son of Hizashi Hyuga who rivaled against the Uchihas but he and Sasuke were still best friends.

-"Hey Sasuke, you know that house right across the street from that's been for sale for like ages?"

-"Yeah, so?"

-"Well my dad was telling me that a family recently just bought. Apparently, they're from America but they're Japanese." Neji said. Shikamaru yawned before pulling out a juice box from his book bag.

-"So what does that have to do with me?" Sasuke asked. Neji looked at him with those famous Hyuga eyes.

-"They have a daughter who is our age." Sasuke rolled his eyes and smacked his forehead. This was something that he didn't want to hear.

-"Great! Now I have another fan girl but this time she is living right in my neighbor hood! When are they moving in?" Neji thought for a while. He remembered seeing the date when he took a peek at his dad's files. His father hated it when he peeped around like that.

-"I think the file said today. I'm not that sure." Right at that moment Naruto came down the stairs.

-"Thanks for letting me play with this, Teme!"

-"Shut up!" Sasuke snapped. Naruto glared at him.

-"What's his problem?" He asked pointing a finger at Sasuke like a 3-year-old.

-"He's mad because a girl is moving right across the street so he's automatically assuming she'll like him." Shikamaru finally spoke. Naruto looked at Sasuke for a second before bursting into a fit of laughter. Sasuke was ready to punch him.

-"Is that all? Teme, stop thinking all girls will go crazy for you." Sasuke turned red.

-"Well they do! Every time I meet a girl they start liking me and pretty soon they are like a fan girl." Shikamaru nudged Sasuke right in the side.

-"Check it out; it's a moving truck." All four boys gathered near the window to watch the whole scene. A car pulled into the driveway and an adult couple came out. The backseat door opened and out came out a girl with short pink hair and green eyes. She held on tight a pink rabbit in her arms. The girl got out but tripped over a cord and landed flat on her stomach.

The boys laughed her clumsiness except for Naruto who felt quite bad for her. The older woman, whom the boys presumed to be her mother, came by her side and helped her up. Naruto could see blood trickling down the girl's left knee.

-"Oh my god! Did you see her face when she fell?" Sasuke laughed. Naruto scowled at his friends.

-"That's mean! What if she really hurt herself?"

"Not our problem." Neji replied. Naruto clenched his fists and sighed. Suddenly he lost the feeling to play with Sasuke.

-"I should get going now. Later guys." Naruto fixed his baseball cap and headed out the door.

-"Wait Naruto, I'll come with you. My house is in your direction." Shikamaru said. The boys left the house and Neji just stood next to Sasuke.

-"You mind if I stay for dinner? My dad's not coming 'till very late and I don't feel like eating with my uncle and cousin." Neji said. Sasuke shrugged.

-"I don't mind but why don't you like your cousin Hinata?" Sasuke asked even though he never really met the girl. They went to the same school but he never really bothered to hang out with anyone that was outside his circle of friends.

-"Nothing, it's just that she's quiet and boring. They have nothing fun at their house because Hinata's idea of "fun" is watering the garden in the back of her house."

-"Hn."

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-The Next Day-

Sakura looked at herself in the mirror. 'I'm so ugly.' She thought as she traced her finger against the small cut she received the night before. Her father had swiped his fork against her cheek because she forgot to leave the back door closed.

Sakura twirled a lock of her sort, choppy pink hair around her finger. Her green eyes weren't something she didn't like either. They were big and they held too much emotion and it made Skaura seem younger than eight.

-"I wish I was beautiful like my the stars on television." She said softly. Her knee had a big bandage on it from her fall yesterday. It didn't bleed as much as the one her father gives her but it stung. Sakura grabbed a maroon indoor jacket and walked downstairs. Her father was nowhere downstairs so that means he either still sleeping or out somewhere. Sakura found her mother the kitchen making breakfast.

-"Good morning, mommy." Sakura said brightly. Sonomi smiled. She placed a plate in front of her daughter.

-"Morning, sweetie. What do you think of Konoha?" Sakura nibbled on a bit of her toast.

-"Good I guess."

-"That's nice. You'll be starting school soon, you know?" Sakura stopped nibbling on her toast. Her eyes were disheartened and her smile was gone. Sonomi place a gentle hand on her shoulder.

-"I promise you that this school will be different. You can start fresh and make new friends." Sonomi softly said. Sakura looked at her.

-"New? I barely had any at my old school." Sonomi hugged her.

-"I know. That's why I think Japan is better. Much more suited for us." Sakura nodded before she pushed her plate.

-"I'm not really hungry. Can I go play outside? Can I? Please!" Sakura said.

-"Go ahead." Sakura smiled and pecked her mother on the cheek. She went to go get her favorite book, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. (A/N: Does anyone remember that book? It was my favorite book when I was in 4th grade) Sakura went outside and sat down in her front door steps to read. She liked the atmosphere that Konoha gave off.

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-Sasuke's House-

Sasuke woke up when he felt the sun's ray peek through his eyelids. He yawned and looked out his window. His onyx eyes noticed Sakura sitting on her front steps, reading. He shook his head.

-"Just another fan girl." Sasuke went to the kitchen and ate his breakfast alone. Itachi was probably out with his friends. When Sasuke was done he went to his large living room to watch television. It wasn't long when a servant came up to him.

-"Sasuke-san, you're three friends have come to ask if you can play." The servant said. Sasuke looked past him and saw Naruto, Neji, and Shikamaru by the doorway.

-"Let them in." Sasuke replied. The servant nodded and let the boys inside. Naruto was wearing his usual t-shirt, cargo shorts, and orange baseball cap.

-"Hey Teme!" Naruto exclaimed, playfully punching Sasuke in the arm. Sasuke punched him back. He looked back up at his other friends.

-"Guys, what do you want to do?" Shikamaru sat down by him.

-"Soccer? We haven't played it in a while." Neji and Naruto nodded happily and Sasuke smirked. He got up from the couch and took out his soccer ball from the closet.

-"Let's go to the front yard. My backyard is still under construction because someone decided to run my lawn mower throughout my yard." Sasuke narrowed his eyes at Naruto who decided to turn his attention to the floor and whistle. Around last month, Naruto had decided to get some extra cash by mowing the lawn and lost control of it when the smell of ramen distracted him.

-"Let's go then." Neji said. The boys exited the house and played their game in the front yard. Neji snatched the ball away from Sasuke and kicked it to Shikamaru who then passed it onto Naruto. It was 3 against 1 because Sasuke had experience playing soccer with professional coaches his parents had gotten him. But even with many players Sasuke was still winning. He was able to get the ball from Naruto and made it into the goal. When he got the ball again Naruto blocked him.

-"Try and get it past me, Sasu-chan." Sasuke growled under his breath.

-"I told you to stop calling me that!" He yelled, kicking the ball hard to enough to hit Naruto's head. But he didn't hear any complaining from Naruto. Instead he heard Neji's voice.

-"Look out!" Sasuke followed his friends' gazes. Across the street, on the grass face-first, was the little girl. The boys instantaneously ran to her. The girl sat up and started bawling.

-"We're so sorry! Teme is also sorry, right?" Naruto asked Sasuke while trying to console the girl. Sasuke didn't make a sound. Neji tried to humor the girl by making funny faces meanwhile Shikamaru inspected her for any injuries from the soccer ball. There was a bid red mark on her pale cheeks. Naruto patted her back as she kept crying. The front door opened and a man came put ignoring his weeping daughter. Shikamaru approached him.

-"Excuse me sir but your daughter is hurt." Toshi Haruno looked at Sakura with his regular grim face.

-"Stop your crying and go see if your mother can do anything." Sakura nodded and wiped away the tears with her forearm. She stood up and went inside the house without making any eye contact with the boys. Mr. Haruno gazed the boys for a second and went to the garden. The boys sat there flabbergasted.

-"Man, that guy was scary! He didn't care that his daughter was hurt!" Naruto said. Sasuke let out a 'humph' while he crossed his arms over his chest.

-"Let it go." He said returning back to his house. Neji caught up to him.

-"What's your problem?" He asked. Sasuke didn't answer. The other two followed him but stayed out in case she came out again plus apologize to her. Two hours went by and Sakura came out. When Naruto saw her he sprinted to her. Sakura saw him and immediately jerked away.

-"Hi, I'm Naruto Uzumaki! Sorry about the soccer thing. Are you okay?" He asked. Sakura stared at Naruto up and down and saw that he was no threat. She nodded. Neji and Shikamaru came over dragging Sasuke along with them.

-"What's your name?" Shikamaru asked. Before Sakura could say her name she was interrupted by the sound of rumbling stomachs.

-"Aw man! I was so busy waiting for you I forgot to eat lunch!" Naruto complained. Neji and Shikamaru started complaining too. Sakura looked at them and took an out a small bag of cookies from her dress pocket. She handed them out to Naruto, Neji, and Shikamaru. They thanked her and started munching on the cookies. Sakura tried to offer them to Sasuke but he didn't take any.

-"Take some, Teme!" Naruto said through munches.

-"No! I'm not going to take cookies from yet another fan girl who weak and nothing but a crybaby!" Sasuke shouted at her. Sakura blinked a few times before tears welled up in her eyes.

-"Nice going!" Shikamaru mumbled. The three of them started leave in their own direction. Naruto turned back to Sasuke.

-"For once in your life can't you be nice to girls? Especially fragile ones like her. She just wanted to hand you a cookie but you just snapped at her. You didn't even apologize to her when you hit her with the ball. You…you cold hearted jerk!" Naruto shouted before running away.

Sasuke stood in his place with clench fists at his sides. Cold-hearted jerk kept repeating in his mind. 'Am I really cold hearted?'

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A/N: Wow…two years of hiatus. Sorry everyone that it took me a long time. Like I said before, I had major writer's block. But now I decided to rewrite it. As you can tell, the style is a bit different. It's much longer and I combined chapters 1 and 2. I hope you like it. I'll update soon but I only update faster when I get enough reviews so I can if you all like it. I just hope you do.

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Here's a preview of: Chapter 2

-"You keep that piece and I'll keep the other as a sign that we'll befriends forever and ever. We must never take it off. Promise you'll never take it off?" Sasuke said holding out his pinky. Sakura nodded.

"I promise." She hooked her pinky with his.