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Mind, Body, and Spirit

Chapter One

Sakura was nauseous and it felt like her head was spinning in a violent manner. She could feel the dampness forming all over her body. A few small sweat drops from her face let gravity take them down to the earth. The only thing she wanted was out. And if she couldn't get out, then the next best thing was help. She needed help, but the ability to voice words was lost and replaced with silence. She suffered in silence. She wanted to scream. Sakura couldn't breath, and she was suffocating.

All she could remember was a pair of blood-red eyes with a black three-pointed star in the middle. And the only suspect with those eyes is Itachi. It was nighttime and Sakura had been outside training in the moonlight, and suddenly a dark figure had appeared out of nowhere. And know she is stuck in this deathly genjutsu.

She could barely think coherent thoughts. If she couldn't scream out loud, then she would scream inside her head. She was quickly losing her grip on reality. Someone… please… help! She was begging to who ever the higher power was to let someone find and help her. Her foolish begging started to seem hopeless. All of her wishing was hopeless.

Then it felt like everything was going to fall down. The whole universe was spinning! She was on the verge of the other side. She had no breath left. All she could see was darkness. All she could feel was heat rushing to her head. All she could taste was her own blood. But there was no blood… there was nothing… then it stopped.

Her entire world stopped. The universe was back in order, and everything was slowly becoming normal again. The climax was over. Sakura could breath again. She started to see the trees again, but her vision was still blurry and black spots blocked a clear view of her surroundings.

Sakura took advantage of the gift of oxygen and took a deep long breath. She inhaled and exhaled… inhale… exhale… inhale… exhale…

There was silence for a second or two, but far off in the distance there was a small ringing sound. The soft, barely audible noise sounded like delicate bells ringing. The noise was increasing in sound level. The bells were getting closer, and as they got nearer, the darkness started to envelope Sakura again. She started panicking when the blackness appeared. She did not want to be in that nightmare again, but she had no idea what to do. She thought earlier that the climax was over… but it was just starting.

Her whole body was trembling. The bells were close, and the noise was hurting her ears. And in a quick second, the soft bell noise became a harsh screech. Sakura covered her ears quickly, but the noise was in her head. The screech was high and shrill and it almost sounded like someone screaming… it sounded like… her voice.

Sakura started crying, but she was unaware of the tears falling down her face. All she was focused on was the pain. The voice got louder and louder… and finally it was at the point of being unbearable!

She screamed. She screamed her heart out. She screamed for her life. For the first time in the five minutes of hell she finally found herself able to scream. She cried louder than the voice in her head. "HELP ME!"

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Kakashi was taking his ritual nightly walk. He was making his way to the memorial stone. As he reached the stone, he sat down on the thick grass. Every time he came here, he felt at peace. The night was always quiet. Silence always swam in the air at the memorial stone.

The night was cold and Kakashi closed his eyes and embraced the sweet moment. He tried keeping his mind empty, but he couldn't help but think about the past year. So many events in such a small amount of time.

All of his old students turned eighteen, they are finally adults… all three of them. Which means that Sasuke Uchiha is back. That event happened exactly one year ago. Naruto dragged him back to the village. It took a couple of months for Sasuke to be accepted by the village, but all that matters is that he is back, and he is a great contribution to Konoha because of his amazing strength and abilities. Sasuke was so strong that he was immediately put on the rank of jonin without having to take the jonin exams, which irritated Naruto for a while. But when Naruto became a jonin, he stopped complaining about his best friend. And Sakura… Kakashi smiled as he thought of his only female student. Sakura is still a chunin. She could easily be a jonin… but she never took the exams. One day Kakashi had asked her why, and her exact words where, "I don't know… I guess… it's because I enjoy working at the hospital. I can be more of a help there. If I did field work all the time, I would not have time at the hospital, and they need me there." What she said was true. Kakashi could tell that she is at peace at the hospital, just like he is at the memorial stone. Also, the hospital did need her. She practically ran the entire place.

Kakashi opened his eyes and looked at the stone, focusing his eye on a particular name. The moonlight fell upon it, and it almost glowed. Obito…

Kakashi looked up at the sky. He watched the bright stars and he saw a particular constellation that was made up of five stars. He remembered this constellation… he never saw it in real life before, but he saw it in a book he read a couple years ago. The five stars formed the outlines of a scythe, which made it the Constellation of the Scythe.

Kakashi pondered over this constellation. The book said that the scythe was interpreted as the symbol of Queprur, the goddess of death. She would harvest on the souls of people whose lifespans have ended. The book said that some superstitious people would refrain from coming out of their houses when they saw the Constellation of the Scythe in the sky because it was considered a bad omen. Kakashi just rolled his eyes. He thought superstitions were silly and inane.

Kakashi got up, brushed off his clothes, and he was going to go home. He was tired and he just wanted sleep in his inviting bed… But then he heard it. The desperate cry of a woman… the scared voice of someone yelling, "HELP ME!" Kakashi had no time to react. He knew that voice and he followed it. His stomach felt nauseous and he felt like his head was spinning… Sakura…

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Author's Note: Okay… the idea of the story kinda just popped in my head. I always think of random things a lot… Well, anyway, that is Chapter One! It is a little short… sorry about that.

If you noticed, for all of you smart people out there, the beginning and the ending were the same! So they tie in together! I thought that was kinda cool! Okay, next chapter will come eventually... but I have exams that I need to start studying for so… yeah…