I'm in med school!!!!!!!!

Literally, I am LIVING THE DREAM, BABY!

Well, that aside, my friend Ally is getting married, which is AWESOME. So, in case Ally is reading this:

Okay, on with the story:

Disclaimer: One day, I will fly to neverland and own Naruto. Until then, I will live under my mom's roof and write fanfics.


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xChapter 12: The More The Merrierx

"Soooooo, Darling, what's on your mind?" Shibuki asked while slightly tilting his head over his shoulder, glancing at Sasuke with a sly grin.

Sasuke glared at the man without shifting from his position on the stool—

Which you should totally beat his ass with

and clenched his jaw, pressing his lips together. He knew that the ball was in Shibuki's court now, and that any false movement could leave him in quite a bad position. With a swing of his arm, Sasuke gulped the sake from his cup and slammed the empty porcelain back into the mahogany table.

"None of your business." Sasuke answered courtly, figuring that this was a better answer than none at all.

"Oh, come on, Sasuke—"

In what universe does he think it's right to address you like that?!

"it's all going to be alright. Sakura—"

And there he goes again, talking as if he's lifelong friends with us!

"is in great hands. You have to learn to chill."

"Hn."

Tch. Drunk bastard.

Prick.

I should—

Beat his ass to the bloody pulp?

For the first time in my life, we agree.

Weird, huh? Well you still have some sort of feelings for your partner, and that's not going away, so I'm pretty sure you'll go back to hating me soon enough.

Ah, we agree a second time. Now fuck off.

I love you too, honey.

Sasuke turned to see Shibuki, who seemed to be in a much worse state than five minutes before. His eyes were glazed, his face was red, and he had a goofy grin plastered on his quite large mouth.

"Sooo, Sawskay, How's lyfe treatn yo?" Shibuki slurred.

"Hn."

"I see… Well, whut's goeng awn between yo an Sawkoorah?"

"What kind of question is that?" Sasuke asked. He held his cup in his hand and moved it around a bit before gulping its contents once again.

"Ya know whut a' mean. a'm askin yeh if yeh too arr daytin."

"You're asking whether Sakura and I are dating?" Sasuke confirmed.

"Yeh, dat's wut a' sed."

Don't answer.

Why?

It's a lose-lose situation for you. If you say 'nothing', he's gonna think he's got a free pass to ask her out—

How does that concern me?

You can't lie to me.

What's the other option then?

If you say that there is something going on and Sakura finds out, you're gonna have to explain it to her, which would suck BIG TIME.

"There's nothing going on between us."

"A' see. Then she's free gaym, yea?"

"Hn."

"Sweet." Shibuki said and tried to stand up from his chair. He tripped on one of the legs and caught his balance and laughed. Sasuke found this booming and clumsy laughter particularly annoying, and was thankful to find that Shibuki seemed to be retiring. "Well, Sawskay, Imma turn een. Mah hows ees yer hows. See yeh layterr." And Shibuki stumbled away.

Sasuke was left alone in the bar to think about his conversation with Shibuki. As he stood up to leave, Sasuke slammed the money on the table for the bartender to pick up while he wondered what on Earth had the drunk man told this foreigner to make him so upset.


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"Hey, Ino, how about we take a break?" Kiba asked, hoping to gain some turf on the ninja that were closing in.

"Roger that!" Ino chimed gleefully as she stopped on a tree-branch.

"Could you do me a favor? Could you go get some water? I hear a river nearby." Kiba said. He heard the light shift of the leaves and the ninja stopped behind him. There was no other choice. He'd have to take them on when Ino was gone, and he could only cross his fingers that no one would follow her.

The moment she as out of earshot range, Kiba straightened up.

"Don't take me for a fool, I know you're there."

"Ah," said the ninja wearing a headband of the Village Hidden in the Grass that appeared on the ground, 7 feet to Kiba's right. "I did not expect any less from the Fugetsu Clan."

"Fugetsu? What the hell do you want from us?" Kiba asked. The answer came in the form of a feminine voice that stood on the tree behind Kiba's back.

"We are here to detain you. You have brought enough troubles to all the villages in the continent. A war is imminent if you are not stopped."

"My partner and I are not part of that clan that has been screwing around." Kiba said quite seriously. He glanced at Akamaru for an assessment of the numbers of the other party in case it came down to a fight.

Five ninja.

South East, North, South West, Northeast.

And the last one…

Above!

"Do you think we will fall for such a transparent lie?" said the treetop ninja and disappeared.

This is gonna get ugly.

As if on cue, three ninja left their hiding places and attacked. Kiba skillfully avoided two of the kunai thrown his way, but one managed to graze his upper left arm.

In a split second, he was airborne, attacking the two closest ninja while Akamaru bit another one's leg to win him a second or two. Kiba knocked an opponent out easily, but the other one slipped out in time. Meanwhile, the other ninja was breaking free from Akamaru's grasp.

After a moment, Kiba realized something.

"Where the hell are your partners?!" Kiba yelled. He managed to get a good grip on his rival's throat as he asked.

"Where do you think?" the ninja replied, not managing to get a good breath. "Do you think we're letting your partner off the hook?"

Kiba's eyes shot open. His grip tightened around the man's throat.

Ino.

"What did you do with my partner?!" Kiba cried. He wasn't aware of the ninja that Akamaru had been holding off, who managed to break free. Kiba barked loudly, but it took Kiba way too long to understand what was happening. He turned his head to the left and knew that it was too late. One of the ninja was just a few meters away and there seemed to be no way to avoid imminent contact. Kiba clenched his teeth and cursed.

Kuso!

Kiba watched the ninja approach fast and saw in slow motion as his fist approached his face. Suddenly, however, the fist stopped. Kiba blinked twice, waiting, but nothing moved. He raised his sight to the face of his attacker and saw the evident rage and confusion reflected upon it.

"W-w-what the…?" the ninja muttered, and then a blank look overtook his face the second before his eyes closed and he fell limply into the ground. Kiba looked behind him at another Grass ninja who had evidently attacked. Kiba's shock melted into surprise.

"Ino?" Kiba asked, dumbfounded.

"Who else, butt-wipe?" Asked the Grass ninja. "You sure are lucky to have me around, or that guy would've wiped the floor with your ass!" he/she said and stuck a thumb out, pointing over his shoulder.

Kiba sighed. "Just shut up and help me up. We've got miles to go."

"Fine, just let me find my body."

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Slowly adjusting to the intense light in the room, Sakura opened her eyes.

The bright lit room confused her upon awakening. She remembered being in the middle of a fight…

The fight!

She sat on her bed with a jolt and quickly scanned her surroundings. There was a note of panic to her movements.

"Try not to move much, Sakura-sama, or your stitches might come undone." Said a tall man wearing a white coat. Sakura instinctively reached for a kunai under her pillow, but found nothing but air.

"There is no need to get defensive, Sakura-sama. You are in the Central Hospital of the Village Hidden in the Waterfall." Said the doctor. Sakura blinked repeatedly.

"How.." she croaked. Clearing her throat, she tried again, "How did I get here?"

"I am afraid that I do not know the details, but Lord Shibuki ordered us to keep you comfortable while you get back to your feet."

"Where's Sasuke?" Sakura stammered.

"Sasuke?" The doctor asked, then understood, "Your partner?"

"Yes." Sakura said curtly before demanding, "where is he?"

"He is staying with Lord Shibuki, but if you wish, I can have him called."

"Do it." She ordered urgently. The doctor seemed to ignore her rudeness and smiled politely before walking out of the room. Sakura buried her face in her palms.

What the hell happened to me?

"Haruno-sama?" The doctor from before popped his head back into the room in an almost comical fashion. This startled Sakura.

"Yes?"

"Your partner has arrived."

That was quick.

Well, he was always quite skilled at, well, everything.

I wonder why he came to see me?

BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP

What are you doing?

Sounding the alarm.

I'll regret asking this, but what alarm?

The alarm that tells you that you're going down the wrong road again.

You are insufferable.

I am a projection of you.

I hate you.

Self-loathing isn't good, hun.

Screw you.

Bitter Shrew. See? We rhyme.

I'm officially ignoring you.

The door opened silently, as if it knew who was coming in. Sakura pressed her lips together as she waited for her comrade to fully appear in her presence.

As he emerged completely, Sakura had to actively bring herself back to reality. It's impressive that, after all this time, he still had this effect on her.

"How are you feeling?" Sakura realized with some chagrin that Sasuke's voice could make her shiver. Thankfully, his tone was so sharp that it could cut through the pleasure of hearing him talk.

"I'm good." She said, swinging her legs to the side of the bed.

"I wouldn't do that if I were you." Sasuke said. Sakura didn't even bother inquiring as she tried to stand up. Her legs weakened and the dropped to the ground, yelping. Sasuke caught her before hitting he floor. "Told you."

Sakura felt slight irritation at this, but thanked him nonetheless. "I can hold myself up, thank you." she said and tried to hoist herself away from him. Sasuke found himself grasping her until the very last moment, but refused to acknowledge it.

Both parties looked away for a couple of seconds. Sakura broke the silence.

"Sasuke?"

"Yes?"

"Could you please get out so I can dress myself?"

"Hn."


"They came though here not long ago." Kiba said as Ino caught up with him.

"How can you tell?" Ino asked. She looked around, trying to find evidence of Kiba's statement.

"Akamaru can smell them. They probably came by yesterday." He closed his eyes and then opened them. "Sakura in injured."

"Waterfall." Ino said.

"Huh?"

"If Sakura is injured, they're probably taking a break at the Village Hidden in the Waterfall."

"Well, then off to waterfall we are."


"Hello, Sakura, Sasuke," Shibuki nodded courteously at both Shinobi. "I trust that you slept well?"

"Yes, thank you for your hospitality." Sakura thanked.

"Of course." He said. "Sakura, is it possible for me to have a word with you?"

Sakura blinked repeatedly. "Why yes… of course…" Soon, both of them were out of Sasuke's earshot. He clenched his teeth and decided to drink something.


Thanks for reading, y'all!

Again, I apologize for being late, I;m just swamped lately, but I love it!

My novel is almost done! :D

I have a kitty-cat!

I adore him3

And I am reeeeeaally close to becoming a lesbian. I hate men.

Ah, men, can't live with them mentally, can't live without 'em physically.

xDD

Just kidding.

Love y'all!