Oh yeah, finally! Ugh, it's been 3 or 4 months since I last updated this! How horribly long! I'm very, very sorry! Moreover, this is the last chapter! (Ahhhh!)
Yet another finished story. I hope you'll enjoy this last chapter!
Thank you for your patience.
Chapter 6: Sasuke's little speech
"Ino! You scared me shitless! Don't you ever walk off with a guy like that again!" Sakura spit out.
Ino was standing arm in arm with Shikamaru behind Sakura.
"Sooo… that must be Uchiha Itachi," Ino purred instead of responding to the worried girl in front of her.
"Ino, you mind? You're having a boy standing next to you and yet you pay attention to the other guy over there?" Sakura hissed quietly.
"But Sakura, we're talking here about Sasuke's older brother! Older's always better, and I'm sure Shika doesn't mind!"
"I do! Would you come over here for a second?"
"No, come on Sakura!"Ino smiled to Itachi and Shikamaru.
"Ino! You stupid stupid girl! I thought they had you!" Sakura suddenly snapped.
"Who's they and why would 'they' want me?" Ino asked confused.
"Sorry, I'm borrowing her for a bit," Sakura smiled awkwardly to the boys who were giving her strange looks.
"Good Sakura! You wouldn't have acted like that before you were with Sasuke-kun!" Ino grinned and Sakura hit her.
The blonde girl started rubbing the sore spot, muttering: "He's definitely rubbing off on you."
"For all I know you could have been bleeding to death in some dark alley!" Sakura shrieked in a high-pitched voice.
"What are you talking about?!" Ino demanded, finally getting annoyed now.
"Some Sasuke-kun fan girls came to threaten me… Well, actually there was this one girl who came up to me and told me that she would take care of you if I stayed close with Sasuke-kun or Itachi-kun, or any member of their family for that matter!" Sakura was almost sobbing now.
"Hey," Ino said, putting an arm around her shoulders. "Did you tell this to Sasuke-kun already?" she asked, trying to suppress her anger.
"Of course not! During Japanese class I found it odd that you were missing, so I just left and searched for you," she sighed, not wanting to think of the consequences for suddenly storming out of a class like that.
"Well, don't worry. We're all here to protect you. Clearly, these girls have been reading way too many shoujo manga, because this is just way too childish. Moreover, you should know that I can easily handle those bitches. So don't worry about me. As a matter of fact, you should immediately tell Sasuke-kun about this. Don't worry about me, ne Sakura-chan," she smiled happily, comforting her best friend.
"Itachi-san, Shika-kun, come over here please," she told the two guys. Hey stopped talking to each other and come over, wondering what had taken the two girls that long.
"We're having a little situation here," Ino started. "There are girls threatening her," and she pointed at Sakura, "for dating Sasuke-kun," she rolled her eyes and glanced at Itachi who raised his eyebrows. "They don't want her near you," she looked at Itachi again, "or near Sasuke-kun and Naruto-kun for that matter."
"Now, I'm not worrying about myself," she continued before Shikamaru cut her off.
"They threatened you as well?" he asked sharply.
"Not directly, but they told Sakura they would take care of me, so to say," she replied and rolled her eyes again. "Now, I can perfectly well take care of myself, but I need you," and she poked Shikamaru, "to look after her in school when I can't."
The lazy boy sighed. "How troublesome," he said, "but I'll do it." He looked at Sakura. "Don't worry, Haruno-san, it'll be okay."
"Thank you," she smiled shyly.
"How touching, but what does this have to do with me?" Itachi asked a bit annoyed.
"Ah, you're the key character," Ino joked. "You need to tell Sasuke-kun about this. We can't expose Sakura to anymore danger. Even though they were just high school girls, this could still become very nasty. So I need you to inform Sasuke-kun about this matter, so he can fix it. It won't make much of a difference if we would interfere, since this is all about Sasuke-kun."
Shikamaru nodded, silently agreeing with Ino, while Itachi frowned.
"Well, I suppose I could tell my brother about this for Sakura-chan's sake."
Sakura smiled shortly. "Thank you," she sighed relieved. It felt good to know that there were so many friends helping her out.
"Now then, there will only be one problem," Shikamaru said slowly.
"And that would be…?" Ino asked, wondering what she'd missed out.
"Keeping Naruto away from her," he replied as he pointed at Sakura.
Sakura felt anxious while she walked through the school. She had agreed that she would avoid Sasuke for now and especially Naruto, which was harder than she'd imagined. The energetic blonde seemed to be practically everywhere.
She'd just slipped in to a hall where Naruto was walking passed, as she felt a hand on her shoulder, startling her tremendously.
With shaky knees, from the adrenaline, she turned around and saw Sasuke looking down on her. He looked as if he was about to explode.
"Sa-Sa…" she started and tears were welling up in her eyes.
"So-Sorry," she sobbed quietly, hating herself for crying like a five year old.
"You should have told me yourself!" he said, slamming his fist against the wall. "Itachi just told me. I'm glad that nothing bad has happened yet. Dammit! Come here," he said more gently now, as he pulled her closer. "I'll fix this. Don't worry." He caressed her hair and Sakura slowly calmed down. "Don't cry and please stop avoiding me."
"I'm really sorry, you're right. I should've told you," Sakura replied, drying her tears with the tip of her sleeve. She looked up at him and produced a watery smile. "You know Sasuke-kun… For someone with such a cold reputation, you're incredibly sweet."
He blushed slightly. "Hn." His favorite word whenever he got embarrassed. "Just leave it all to me."
"And me!" Naruto shouted, popping his head around the corner. "Itachi just told me everything. Don't worry, Sakura-chan! We'll take care of everything!" he stepped around the corner and put his hand on his best friend's shoulder. Then he gave Sakura a huge grin.
"Everything will be fine, dattebayo!" he said and made a victory sign.
Sakura couldn't help herself but smile at his silliness.
Meanwhile, Sasuke was not as amused as he pried Naruto's hand off his shoulder and looked annoyed. "Cut it out dobe, we've got to do something about this. First of all, we need to know who they are." He looked expectantly at Sakura.
"Well… I only know one of them and not even their names…" she said quietly, afraid of his reaction.
"We'll find them Sakura-chan, don't worry!" Naruto said loudly.
Somehow though, she still felt worried and had the strange feeling that someone was watching her, or rather, them. She gulped and hoped that Sasuke and Naruto would have indeed fixed everything before things were getting out of hand.
Even though they were all just high school students, she'd heard about the things that had happened to other girls. They could be really cruel and she just wasn't the right person to fight them. Every now and then it would be nice if she would be a little bit more like Ino. Sakura just hoped that her best friend wouldn't let herself be distracted by Sasuke's handsome brother and finally focus on only one guy. That Shikamaru seemed pretty nice in her opinion.
Suddenly, she felt a hand on her head and she looked up to find Naruto smiling radiantly at her.
"Come on Sakura-chan, everything will be just fine! Don't leave your head down!" he looked at her reassuringly, which gave her some courage.
"Okay and enough with the touching my girlfriend," Sasuke said annoyed and roughly threw away Naruto's arm.
"Aw, come on Sasu-chan! I'm only trying to cheer her up. Look at that cute helpless face! It makes you want to cuddle her!" He spread out his arms but Sasuke jerked him aside. "Don't you dare! You can exactly notice that the old pervert is your godfather," Sasuke growled and glared at the poor boy.
"I'm sorry Sakura-chan," Naruto said and clapped his hands together before he made a funny bow. Sasuke just rolled his eyes.
"Thank you very much for helping me," Sakura smiled at him. He really was a sweet boy.
"Don't worry," Sasuke replied grimly as Naruto walked away. "This should never have happened in the first place. I'll think of something," he said and put his hand on her head. "I should apologize. You got into this mess through me." He was wearing a rather pained look on his face. He almost looked guilty.
"No, no… Really… Don't," Sakura stammered. "I never wanted you to apologize! I didn't mean to…" she trailed off.
"It's okay, I'll fix it. You really have to stand up for yourself more, you know that?"
"Yeah…" She smiled shyly.
"Good," he finished. His onyx eyes were observing her carefully. "Just come to the cafeteria at three o'clock. I'll fix this whole mess."
Sakura nodded and with one quick kiss, Sasuke left.
"Go to Ino," he said from over his shoulder. "You'll be fine there."
"Okay all you people," Sasuke started angrily from atop a table at three o'clock. He was facing the whole school. "It's been enough now! Sakura and I are officially dating and if any of you has a problem with that, he can either screw himself or come to me."
The whole crowd was silent except for the whispers exchanged by the either shocked or surprised students.
"I won't take anymore of this bullshit. If anyone hurts my girlfriend in any way, and I don't care whether that person is a guy or a girl, I will seriously mess you up. Am I making myself clear?" He glared around the room and saw people nodding or mouthing 'yes'.
"What kind of people are you?" he continued. "Did you honestly think that hurting or threatening Sakura or her friends would help you to get me to like you? What the hell! If I see any of you doing anything to her…" He didn't finish his treat since Naruto poked his leg and distracted him by pointing at the principal who was seething while she entered the cafeteria.
"Uchiha Sasuke!" she roared. "Get your ass down that table or I'll kick you off that table and out of this school!"
The crowd anxiously parted to let her pass.
"Who do you think you are? Standing on school property like that and threatening these students. Are you out of your mind? You're suspended for the next week! If you don't come of that table right now, I'll come and get you and I swear that I'll make you pay!"
Sasuke jumped of the table and looked at the principle without any fear or shame.
"Wait!" Sakura yelled and jumped in front of her boyfriend, trying to protect him from the raging woman in front of him. "He did this all for me! Please Tsunade-sensei, if you're suspending him, suspend me as well!"
Tsunade finally came to a halt and looked actually surprised. The volume of her voice dropped as she said: "But Sakura, it wouldn't be good for you to get suspended." Then she glared at the raven haired boy who was stepping from behind his girlfriend.
"Don't do this Sakura," he muttered and stroked her hair. Then he glared back at the blonde woman.
"I was only doing my job as her boyfriend, namely protecting her. I didn't know that it was part of the school's policy to let the students get bullied."
"It is not," she retorted. "But it is none of your business either."
"I only did what I had to do. If you have to punish me for that, just go ahead, I don't care." He crossed his arms in annoyance, to restrain his anger.
"Do you hear that?" Naruto suddenly yelled. "Sasuke, your great Sasuke-kun is getting suspended because of you guys. You know who you are! Now I hope it was worth it." Then he glared around. "You're despicable." With one last glare, he jumped down the table and said: "Go ahead and suspend me as well."
"Tsunade didn't answer but looked at the students instead. "Now if you don't want these people here to be suspended, I suggest that the real bullies better call in at my office today or I'll send all of your parents a letter about your behavior." Then she looked at Sakura. "If I see anyone of you bully anyone here, and I don't only mean Haruno here, I'll make sure you'll get suspended or worse." Sakura colored slightly.
"Moreover I want to say that I feel ashamed of something like this happening here in my school. Don't think that you won't be noticed, or you can threat anyone here, because any threats mean being expelled immediately from now on. This school doesn't mean fear and anxiety! None of you should feel afraid or bad about coming to school here. Now if any of you wants to talk to me today or whenever, I'm in my office." She looked around the quiet crowd one last time and let her eyes rest upon the girl who'd threatened Sakura. "You are all dismissed."
Slowly, the students walked out of the room which was buzzing with whispers.
"Well, Uchiha. I'll let you off this time, but do this one more time and you'll be… How do you kids say that these days?" she mused. "Oh right, royally screwed."
Tsunade turned around and said: "Have a nice day."
"Well, that didn't go too bad," Naruto grinned while staring after her. "I think she's got a weak for me."
"Ehw!" Ino said disgusted and Naruto quickly said: "Not like that you perverted girl. You're starting to sound like our homeroom teacher."
"Or that guy from literature," Shikamaru added lazily.
"Anyhow," Ino interrupted them before they could discuss this any further. "You really got lucky today, Sasuke-kun."
"I don't care," he replied, being back to his old self. "As long as they finally cut it out."
"I guess so teme, you made the two of you pretty official today," Naruto grinned widely with his arms behind his head.
"You sure did," Shikamaru said. "I'm sure the bullying will stop now, Sakaru-san." He put his hand on her shoulder to comfort her.
"Yeah, thanks to everyone," she smiled happily.
"You know, you've already changed," Ino suddenly said. "You were so timid at first, but you've become a little bit more outgoing now. Outgoing and energetic," she agreed with herself.
"What can I say," said girl replied. "High school can really change someone."
"Anyhow, let's go now," Sasuke suggested.
Together they walked out of the cafeteria.
"Well? How did it end?" Itachi suddenly emerged.
"Where are you coming from?" Sasuke asked annoyed.
"I had a talk with the principle. You might as well treat your new math sensei with a little more respect," he smiled while Sasuke groaned. "So that's why you were coming here all the time?" he asked annoyed.
"Yes, I will only be here for six months on an internship though, so don't worry too much about me, little brother," he said and turned around. "I'll see you all very soon in class." Then he waved and walked away, without knowing how it had ended. Sakura suspected him from knowing already though.
"Great," Sasuke muttered.
"Don't worry, Sasuke-kun, it's not that bad," Sakura tried to cheer him up.
"It's always bad to be taught by family," he said unhappily.
"Cheer up mate! It's only for six months! And you'll be having plenty of distraction," he added, winking at Sakura.
"Yeah well, jumping on that table once more sounds suddenly interesting," he grunted.
Ino was currently flirting with Shikamaru and said: "Well, we're going home now and you should do the same. It's not like there's any more to do here anyway."
"Yeah, you're right. Come on, let's go home. It's been a long day for all of us," Naruto agreed.
"Aa," Sasuke said and Sakura just smiled.
"High school life could be quite alright," she thought kissing her boyfriend and making him blush. At least she didn't have to worry about anything anymore.
The end indeed. I hope you like it. Let me know what you think.