Alright! NaruSaku thing! It started out as a oneshot, but i guess its gonna be longer!!!

yay--I'll still work on my other one, I guess )

Read and review s'il vous plait! (They're 20 now, Naruto's been training for 8 years)

Naruto walked along in his favorite position, his arms behind his head. He glanced up at the sky and sighed.

"3 o clock already. And I promised myself I would be up at dawn to train to bring Sasuke-teme back for Sakura-chan..."

His face turned into an uncharacteristic frown, making his whiskers tilt downwards. "Alright! I'll do 100 laps around Konoha to make up for it!"

He laughed at himself.

"I've been hanging around Lee and Gai too long..."

His thoughts were interupted by movement ahead. "Eh? Sakura-chan? What are you doing up so early?"

She smiled at him, but hidden behind her smile he could see the hurt and sadness that were cause by Sasuke's departure. Of course Naruto, out of all people, would notice how depressed Sakura was, because he, unlike all the others, had spent the years since they were genin reading between the lines of her emotions.

Her eyes sparkled with a hidden energy, showing her inner strength and determination, but they were sadly dimmed by the tragedy in her life. It had been eight years, but she had never forgotten.

"Hello Naruto...I'm just up to train. To get stronger, because I'm so weak...," her voice trailed off painfully.

"Sakura-chan! Don't speak like that! Do you really believe you're still weak after all this time? Did all your training mean nothing to you? Does your status as being the top medic nin and the strongest person (chakra-wise) in Konoha still mean nothing to you? Is it just because of Sasuke-teme that you're always so unhappy with yourself, with your results?"

Apparently Naruto wasn't as dense as he usually appeared.

Sakura glanced up, startled, as Naruto's words hit her like a slap in the face.

For the past eight years she had pushed herself to her limits, excelling but distancing herself from other people. People barely saw her except for Tsunade, Shizune, and Naruto (as he was training to be Hokage after Tsunade). Before she could reply to Naruto's wise words (A/N Naruto and wise in the same sentence?), Kakashi poofed in front of them, reading his Icha Icha Paradise book intently.

"Ahem. You two, go report to the Hokage's office. That's all." He poofed away again to his quiet appartment, absorbed in his book.

Naruto and Sakura took off without a word. When they arrived at the Hokage's tower they waited on opposite sides of the room.

When the Hokage finally called them in, she looked drawn and tired and without her bottle of sake.

"I don't know how to break this to you, but...Sasuke's back. He says he's killed Orochimaru, Kabuto, most of their Sound ninjas, and his brother." Sakura, who had gone into shock after the words "Sasuke's back", turned abruptly and left the room. Naruto stared sadly after her.

"Where is he?" he asked Tsunade. "He's being interrogated by Ibiki. In the second room to the left..." Naruto left and slammed her door loudly, heading for the interrogation room. He walked in to find Sasuke tied to a chair and Ibiki with his hand on the doorknob preparing to leave. Two Anbu were stationed around him also. They nodded to Naruto and left, giving the two privacy.

Naruto stared at Sasuke. It had been eight long years...eight years of lonliness, pain, suffering, training, and the slight hope that he would come back.

Now as he looked at him, he felt the same mix of emotions, but with add-ons. He felt anger, that Sasuke thought himself so superior that he had left them all behind, especially his love, Sakura.

The rest of the Rookie 9 and Team Gai had moved on long ago, sure, Sasuke's departure had impacted them greatly, but they moved on. Ino had gotten over him after realizing her true feelings for her food-loving teammate, Shikamaru had finally proposed to Temari, Hinata was married to Kiba, Shino had moved to the Aburame lab to study more, Gaara had become Kazekage, and Tenten held the love of both of her teammates.

Naruto and Sakura had slowly faded out of their social circle, waking with only the thought to train, Sakura, for a chance to be strong, and Naruto, for Sakura. Over the years, the results of their training began to pay off, but neither of them noticed, too busy fighting and training themselves to be better.

Now Sasuke, the source of all this, was back.

Naruto walked up to him, and punched him in the nose. Instead of blowing up, Sasuke looked at Naruto with understanding and compassion in his eyes (two emotions that had never been there before).

Naruto turned and left.

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Sakura poofed home, tears running down her face. After going eight years without emotion, she was surprised that her body still made tears.

She buried her face into her pillow and fell asleep. When Sasuke poofed in to her room, he took in the figure of Sakura sprawled on her bed, face down, hair spread out and tangled on the pillow and the tear stains on the pillow. He sighed and poked her (A/N Sasuke's gonna be kinda OOC and nice!). He found himself slammed against the wall in an indent of his own body and a kunai at his neck while Sakura glared at him dangerously.

"Oh...it's just you...Sasuke...SASUKE?!" She yelped and leaped away like she had been electricuted.

"WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY ROOM? GET OUT!" And she shoved him out of the door a little too hard, so he banged into the other wall too.

"Ow..." he muttered to himself. Sakura was in her room, breathing deeply.

"Gosh...that was unexpected. Oh well..."

Haha, Sasuke's back.

How will Sakura react???

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