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The Old Biddy
"Two rooms please."
"Two? Wouldn't you rather share a room with your husband?"
"He's not my husband."
"He's not my fiance."
"He's not my boyfriend."
"Well, now. Isn't that just silly? Two young, attractive people like yourselves not being together?"
"We're just friends, ma'am. Now can we have the keys to our rooms please?"
"Oh, I'm sorry dear, but we only have one room left."
"But I see three keys hanging right behind you!"
"Uh...The other two rooms are already reserved." The old woman flushed, smiling not at all convincingly.
"Right..." Sakura said glaring at the old woman who simply continued to smile benignly up at Sakura. Kakashi stood at the sidelines, scratching the back of his neck uncomfortably as he watched the fierce staring match between the two women. If only to finally lie down in a soft, warm bed, Sakura reluctantly gave in and snatched the one key offered to her. "Let's go, Kakashi." Sakura said darkly and angrily led the way up the stairs to their room on the second floor.
"Have a goodnight you two!" The old woman said cheerfully after them.
Kakashi turned around and gave her a happy eye crease and a wave of his hand, but Sakura didn't bother to turn around and simply continued to make her way up the stairs, replying only with a noncommittal "Humph!"
Kakashi followed a fair distance behind Sakura, knowing better than to put himself in the line of fire when she was this worked up and tired.
Once they had finally reached their room and Sakura had turned the key in their door, the first thing to come out of Sakura's mouth and the last thing Kakashi wanted to hear her say was:
"You gotta be kidding me!"
Cautiously, Kakashi walked in behind Sakura, curious as to what could cause her to say such a thing, only to reply with his own quiet response of "Oh..."
Sakura looked up at him in bewilderment while Kakashi tried to decide whether to laugh or hide in a corner as far away as possible from his increasingly irritated partner, for in the otherwise sparsely furnished room was a single sized bed obviously meant for just one person.
"Ugh! That old woman!" Sakura fumed. Her next few words were mumbled in fury, but Kakashi could make out the words "Old biddy...playing cupid...so stupid!"
The pair looked desperately around the small room to see if there was anything else one or the other could sleep on: a chair, a sofa...anything. But there wasn't. Not even a bathtub since there was only a small walk-in shower.
"I could sleep on the floor." Kakashi politely offered.
"Kakashi, you can't be serious! Look at it! I wouldn't be surprised if something jumped out of that sorry excuse for a rug and attacked you in the middle of the night!" Sakura said hysterically.
"We could go somewhere else." Kakashi said meekly.
"Kakashi, we tried that already and I'm way too tired to go looking again. I just want to crash and sleep...God, I just want to sleep!" Sakura all but whined.
"So you seriously want to do this?" Kakashi asked incredulously.
"At this point, I just don't care anymore!" Sakura looked up at her partner exasperatedly.
"Remember, this was your call." Kakashi said with a shrug of his shoulders.
"I can live with that!" Sakura said and without another word, jumped onto the bed flat on her stomach, not even bothering to change or shower, just happy to finally lay down.
Kakashi moved towards the other side of the bed and tentatively sat on what little room there was left.
"Oh for goodness sake, Kakashi!" Sakura exclaimed without turning her head on the pillow to face him. "Just get in. I'm not going to try anything if you don't!"
Kakashi looked down at Sakura's lain form, the soft curves of her body silhouetted against the moonlight.
"Right..." Kakashi said slowly and swallowed hard. He slowly lifted the rest of his body up onto the bed and laid stiffly next to Sakura who couldn't help but be pushed up against him.
Sakura could feel how tense Kakashi was next to her and she had a mind to tell him to just freakin' relax, but she was too tired and sleepy to do even that. So instead, she let her eyes drift shut and immediately became dead to the world. After awhile, Kakashi finally relaxed next to her and soon his breaths matched Sakura's in deep sleep.
Sakura woke up a few hours later to the weight of an arm around her waist, a warm body pressed hard against her back, and an equally warm breath breathing evenly on the back of her neck. Sakura immediately froze. Where am I and who the hell is spooning me? were the first thoughts that ran through Sakura's mind. She slowly turned her head around and literally came face to face with her ex-sensei. She would've screamed if it weren't for the serene look on his face. He was obviously very much deep in sleep and most likely had no idea that they had fallen into their current position.
Seeing him, the events from earlier that night came rushing back to Sakura's mind...really late, really tired, nowhere else to go, only one room left, STUPID, STUPID, MATCHMAKING BIDDY!
Sakura's eyes narrowed remembering the evil glint in the old woman's eyes when she said there was only one room left. Sakura wouldn't be surprised if this was exactly what that intrusive little ARGH! had in mind. Sakura let out a big exasperated sigh and fluffed the pillow beneath her more roughly than needed, then angrily shut her eyes and tried to go back to sleep.
Behind her, Kakashi slowly opened up his one exposed eye, smirked behind his mask, and snuggled even closer against Sakura while pretending to be still deep asleep.
Hot. So hot. Need to cool off. Sakura thought, trying to kick off blankets that weren't even covering her. Still half asleep, she removed her shirt, shorts, and skirt until she was down to only her bra and panties. The night air immediately cooled Sakura's heated skin. Better. Sakura thought with a sigh of relief.
"Hot isn't it?" A deep male voice asked next to her.
"Kakashi!" Sakura screamed while futilely trying to cover herself up. "I thought you were asleep!"
"Don't worry, Sakura." Kakashi said with a happy lilt in his voice. "I can't see anything."
As he said this, Sakura's eyes adjusted to the dark and she could see that Kakashi had stripped off his clothes as well and was literally down to his boxers with not so much as a hitai-ate on...or mask. But to Sakura's disappointment, she still couldn't make out the details of Kakashi's newly exposed face. Sakura shook her head to wake herself up in more ways than one.
"Kakashi..." She said darkly. "If I can see you, I know you can see me."
She heard him give a nervous laugh.
"I'm just trying to make you feel comfortable, Sakura."
"Kakashi, I think we're way past the point of 'comfortable.' We're so deep in 'uncomfortable' that I think any awkward moment after this will pale in comparison. I don't even want to think about it anymore else I'll go mad. I just want to know why in the hell it's so hot in here! Isn't there AC or a fan in here?!"
"I already looked and there's AC, but its not working. I did open all the windows, though, but there just doesn't seem to be much of a breeze tonight."
"Of course it's not and of course there isn't." Sakura said unsurprised at this point. "But why can't I shake the feeling that that old biddy has something to do with all this?"
"Sakura...You really need to stop using that poor woman as a scapegoat."
"Poor woman? Poor woman?! Are you kidding me, Kakashi?! Because of that 'poor woman' I'm laying here half naked with you in bed!"
Kakashi made a mental note to thank the old woman when they checked out.
"It's been a hard day for both of us." Kakashi said calmly. "Let's just try to get some sleep, okay? It'll be better in the morning...I promise."
"Better be." Sakura mumbled under her breath while crossing her arms in front of her chest and turning on her side to face away from him.
Kakashi's eyes never left her. Instead, he ventured to trace Sakura's silhouette against the moonlight with his eyes. Beginning at the round curve of her bare shoulder, he followed the slope of her slender arm to the flare of her hip which dipped down to her toned thighs and gracefully long legs. So beautiful, he thought.
Behind her, Sakura felt Kakashi shift around into a more comfortable position to go to sleep. Then, she felt warm breath against the back of her neck, bodily heat radiating towards her bare back, and the weight of two legs bent close behind hers. Kakashi had positioned himself much the same way he had earlier that night, but this time their bodies didn't touch. He was spooning her...but not.
Curiously, Sakura felt herself aching for him to move in closer.
The heavy silence was broken by Kakashi's soft murmur of
"Hmm?" Sakura replied, trying her best to sound like she had just been drifting off to sleep when in truth she really wasn't.
"Sakura, just why aren't we together?"
Sakura's eyes widened.
To be continued...