Author's Note: Hi there! Here's Chapter Four of Wedding Bells! I know it kind of took me a long time to update and I'm sorry about that! I hope you like it and thanks to all of those who reviewed the last chapter!
"One room," Sasuke told the old woman who was standing behind the counter at the tiny inn Sakura and him had decided to stop at to rest. The woman looked up at Sasuke before glancing behind him at Sakura giving her a curious look. The pink haired girl blushed, and looked down at her feet, knowing that she was a sight to see. A girl wearing a ripped and dirty wedding dress wasn't something that you saw everyday. Sasuke stepped in front of Sakura, blocking the old woman's view of her. "One room, please," he told her, annoyed with how long it was taking.
"R-Right!" The woman nodded before handing him a key to one of the rooms. "Room's down that way," she told them, pointing them in the right direction.
Sasuke started for it, leaving to Sakura follow behind him. She could still feel the woman's curious gaze burning into her back. She was relieved when they reached the room, wanting to get out of sight as soon as possible. Opening the door, she walked in and looked back waiting for Sasuke to follow but he didn't.
"Stay here," he ordered, before letting the door go.
"W-Wait! Where're you going?" Sakura rushed forward, catching the door before it could close and ran out into the hallway. "You're just going to leave me here?"
Sasuke was already halfway down the hall. "I'll be back soon," he told her, not going into explanation.
Sakura glared at his back but went back into the room anyway and took a look around. Her eyes locked on the single bed in the middle of the room and she started right for it. The fact there was only one bed probably should of worried her more but right then, it was a bed and she was a person who hadn't had any sleep in over a day. She fell onto it; sighing with how soft it was and in a matter of minutes was fast asleep.
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Sakura stood up and looked around to see that she was in a dark room, the only light coming from a small window that was high above her head.
"Hello?" she called out. No one answered her and she figured that she was all alone.
Curious, she looked around the room, one thing in particular catching her attention. It was a small picture that she instantly recognized. There were only four copies of it. One of them belonged to her, the other ones to Naruto, Kakashi, and Naruto. It was the picture that had been taken so long ago of Team 7.
She walked over closer to get a better look. After Sasuke had left, it had been to painful to look out so she had hidden her copy away at the bottom of her closet, hoping that never to see it again. She had known that the team seven she had known and had loved in that picture would never return to be that way. Too many things had changed.
'How long has it been since I've looked at it?' she wondered, tracing the outline of the picture frame with her fingers.
"Sakura," suddenly came a voice from behind her, and she whipped around in surprise.
"N-Naruto?" she gasped.
The blonde was standing there, his bangs hiding his eyes. "Why Sakura?" she barely heard him say. "Why did you go with him?"
By him, Sakura knew that he was referring to Sasuke.
"Why!" Naruto yelled, making Sakura flinch. He looked up to meet her eyes now, and she could see how hurt he was in them. "Why did you choose Sasuke!?"
"Is that all you can say?"
"I'm sorry," she cried out before her eyes fluttered wide open, bringing her out of the nightmare that she was having and back into the tiny room at the inn. She could feel wetness on her face and reached up to feel that she had tears streaming out of her eyes. Sitting up, she brushed them away quickly and let out a small shaky sigh. She looked towards the window to see that it was night had had come and a full moon was shining brightly high in the sky.
Suddenly, she felt movement on the bed next to her and she looked to see Sasuke's form laying about a foot away from her. Her body instantly froze from the shock. She could see that his eyes were closed as if he was sleeping and he didn't have his shirt on at the moment. Instead, it lay in a heap on a chair over in the corner of the room. She couldn't help it but to let her eyes wander up and down his body at least once.
'What are we doing in the same bed?' she thought, her panic level rising. 'I didn't even hear him come back. How long have we been…sleeping in the same bed?'
She looked down at her lap, blushing furiously and saw that there was a blanket draped over her. When she had laid down earlier, she had been to tired to care about covering herself with a blanket. 'It must have been Sasuke's doing,' she thought, pushing it off of her immediately. The situation that she was in wasn't helping at all with trying to forget the dream that she had just had.
Turning away from Sasuke, she decided to get out of bed and go get some air; something that she seriously needed at the moment to calm herself down. She set one foot on the floor and winced when the mattress made a loud groaning sound. Not wanting to wake Sasuke, she tried quietly to put her other foot on the floor too only the bed decided not to cooperate. It let out another loud very groan. Cursing the mattress, she peeked over her shoulder to see if she had woken up Sasuke and was relieved to see that his eyes were still shut.
She silently stood up and then started for the door, trying to make her footsteps as light as possible. She grabbed the knob, turning it, and opened the door about an inch when suddenly, another hand covered hers, shutting the door with a noisy slam. Another hand slammed on the wall on the other side of her body, trapping her there. She didn't have to look back to know that it was Sasuke behind her.
She could feel that his chest was slightly touching her back and every breath he exhaled brushed the top of her hair, causing little shivers to run down her spine
"Where are you going," she heard him ask.
Despite shaking inside, her voice was strong when she answered. "I was going out to get some air."
There was a long moment of silence of just the two of them standing in that position until he broke it.
"Why were you crying?" he asked.
She looked up at him surprised. 'How does he know that I was crying? He must have been up the whole time,' she figured, giving him a glare. Out loud, she told him harshly, "It's none of your business."
His hand left hers and she felt him back away from her. She turned to look at him to see him walking towards the window, starring out. "If you want to go back, go," he told her with out even glancing her back. "I don't have time to waste on you."
Sakura felt a sting of hurt in her chest when she heard his last sentence, but she didn't move from her spot. "I already betrayed Konoha," she told him. "It's not like I can just go back. I was just going out to get some air."
There was more silence between them until he turned to walk over to the desk to pick up a small package that had been sitting on it. "Here," he told her, throwing it at her.
She caught it, giving it a curious look. "What is it?" she inquired, looking up at him.
She looked back down at the package surprised. 'Is this what he went out to do?' she wondered. "Thank you," she whispered quickly before walking into the bathroom, locking the door behind her. She put the package of her new clothes on the counter next to the sink before starting to run the water for the shower, turning the knob until the water temperature was scorching hot. Removing her clothes, she stepped into the shower, at first wincing at how hot it was but soon it was comforting. She stood there, enjoying the water pounding against her back, soaking her.
'What have I gotten myself into,' she thought, putting her hand on the shower wall. 'What have I done?'
Suddenly, fresh tears started to roll down her face and she hugged herself, trying to stop herself from breaking down. She fell to the shower's floor on her knees as a rather loud sob escaped her mouth and she was thankful how noisy the running water was, knowing that it would prevent Sasuke from hearing it.
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Back in Konoha…
Naruto stood at Konoha's gates with Kakashi, Sai, Kiba, Hinata, and Shino. All were ready to set out on their mission to find Sakura.
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