Lost on a Mission

Sasuke and Sakura had been split up from Kakashi Sensei and Naruto. Their journey to The Land of Rain was not what they had expected. A group of Rogue Ninja had been tailing them ever since they had left The Leaf Village; and the fight had separated the squad. Sasuke had secured a small cave for him and Sakura for the night.

"You hungry?" Sasuke asked Sakura. "You need to eat whether you want to or not, I don't want you slowing us down tomorrow."

"Oh, no, I'm not hungry…" replied Sakura, as she tilted her head downward so as Sasuke couldn't see her face. "You don't have to worry about me; I can take care of myself."

Sakura stood and walked lazily out of the cave; the night was warm, it was the perfect evening to bathe. She continued to walk towards the small pool of fresh water near the hide-out.

"Hey, where are you going? You could be seen!" Intervened Sasuke, following her outside. "Sakura?"

"Leave me be!" She yelled. "I just need to wash off."


Sakura continued to walk as Sasuke understood where she was going. But he had to make sure she wasn't spotted by the Rogue Ninja; he would have to stay close by her. He found a thicket of foliage to knell behind; and soon Sakura had taken her ninja clothes off, she was completely bear. Sasuke tried his best to preserve his pride, but he couldn't help himself, he glanced at his companion. His cheeks blushed bright red; however, he was enjoying the sensation. "Don't look Sasuke." He told himself, but his eyes scanned over Sakura's entire body. Her milky skin looked so smooth. Sasuke swallowed real hard, and tore his glance from Sakura.

She eventually submerged herself into the pool of water; the moon reflected its cheerful face in the ripples. Time lapsed and finally Sakura pulled herself out of the water and put her clothes back on. Sasuke quickly retreated back into the fire lit cave, just in time to have Sakura follow in after him.

"Feel better?" Sasuke asked with a slight blush.

"Hmm? Oh, yeah." Sakura unrolled her cot and laid down. Her pink hair was still wet. "I…I need to talk to you Sasuke."

"About what?" He said, frowning.

"Something, anything…everything."

Sasuke fiddled with the embers as he tried to contemplate what Sakura wanted to talk about. "Something, anything…everything." He repeated over in his mind.

"We haven't talked since we separated from the others. I'm kind of uncomfortable here, with you."

"What…How can you be uncomfortable with me around?" Asked Sasuke. "We've basically known each other since birth." He laughed lightly.

"Just friends then?" Sakura sighed in depression.

"What are you talking about? Of course we're friends…"

Sakura cut him off.

"That's not what I mean Sasuke. I've tried all these years to show you that I care for you, more than just a friend cares for another. I, I'm at the end of the rope here. I think I need to move on…"

"You're talking nonsense." He said, Sakura rose up with a jolt and looked straight into Sasuke's eyes. "Just here me out." Sasuke intensified his gaze into her green eyes. "I don't ever show my true emotions to people, not even my closest allies. I keep myself composed and blank to the world, that's just how I am. But that doesn't mean I don't care for the ones around me. Even when it's 'more' than just a friendly relation, I choose to submerge those feelings; but that doesn't mean their not there." He rose with purpose and walked over to Sakura, bending down he gripped Sakura's chin lightly and arched her neck so as to glance into her eyes. She blushed scarlet.

"You have always been there to back me up; you are my lifesaver when I have blind-spots. Don't ever think I don't appreciate you caring for me!" His grip on her chin tightened and she moaned; he drew his face closer to hers. "Because…because Sakura, I do care."

Sakura began to cry, but let the warm tears flood her face. This was the closest she had ever been to him. "Oh Sasuke…"

"Sakura." He leaned further down and brushed his lips against hers. The feeling was unbelievable; she was sweet and soft, just like he knew she would be. Sakura leaned into the kiss and broke the barrier between their mouths. His tongue entered hers first, an eagerness that made her give way and they both feel onto the cot below them. Sasuke didn't let this get in the way however; and he pushed harder in to the kiss. Sakura cradled his face in her hands. He lifted out of the kiss to give them both a breath; he grinned slyly.

"See, now I mean it. I chose when I show my emotions." He took a deep breath in and released it slowly. "We're almost of age; I think that's close enough." Sakura frowned in confusion. Sasuke raised and pulled off his shirt and shorts. Sakura covered her eyes in embarrassment, but Sasuke grabbed her wrist and forced her on her back. He couldn't control himself now; he realized that all he was desiring was to experience pleasure. The heat was building inside of his stomach; he reached down past Sakura's dress-him and placed his fingers over her warm pillow. She gasped and with her free arm gripped Sasuke's wondering fingers.

"Sasuke, I…Should we be doing this?" Her voice trembled.

"I thought this is what you've always wanted. Right, to do this with me."

"Yes, but, more than anything I wanted us to be together. Not just have a one night stand!" Sakura yelled and began to cry again. "I…I was wrong about you Sasuke. Your just like all the other boys, you take advantage of women."

"No!" Proclaimed Sasuke. "No, that's not how I am!"

"Then why like this? That flare in your eyes, it's lust, not passion or love!"

"Wait you have it all wrong!" Yelled Sasuke, shooting into a standing position. Sakura now viewed his lower region with a quick glance. "You miss understand me! Sakura, I…" He paused, he had realized his error. He relaxed his tense body. "Forgive me Sakura; I wasn't aware that I was forcing myself on to you. I'm sorry." Sasuke turned to pick up his clothes.

"You idiot." He heard Sakura breath behind him. Then with a jar, he felt smooth arms circle around his sweating stomach. Sakura had embraced him; her body seemed glued to him and her head was bowed towards the ground.

"I still want you."

"Oh Sakura." Sasuke replied in a hopeless tone. His hand found its way to hers, he squeezed it lightly. Then, dropping his clothes, Sasuke turned swiftly to face Sakura. He pulled her tighter into his naked body. She hugged him hard.

"Let's take it slow then. One step at a time. Ok?" Sasuke whispered into her ear.

"Sounds good." Sakura laughed softly.

She and Sasuke laid down together on the cot, but not before Sasuke dressed himself. He embraced her with his leg lightly wrapped around one of hers. They fell asleep next to the fire light.