A/N: Okay boys and girls two of the main reasons I have been taking so long to update this story is that I have working on a side project 'Spellcasters and Familliars' AND I've been editing this story from chapters 1 to 8 at the moment to which I shall be doing more editing and clean ups. Why? Because I wanted to. That and I wanted to add some juicy scenes that everyone may enjoy! So if you wish to go have a re-read through. BTW I use the UK spelling so pleeeeeeeeeeeease stop telling me I spelt something wrong without checking first. Oh and I'm dyslexic so grammar-wise I'll still be crap either way! LOL! I don't like using BETA readers because, generally, it will take longer to get a chapter out and, no, I don't plan on using one in the future.


Chapter 18: Remained the same

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Hey Miss Butterfly I see you look at me with your beautiful eyes,
You must be wondering what type of creature am I.

Ziggy Marley

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Sakura woke to the smell of fried bacon that had wafted from under her door to all the way to the kitchen. Her stomach grumbled at the thought at how good the bacon must be as she couldn't detect any burning smell. Quickly as she could, she shoved her covers off and grabbed her trousers from off the floor then stepped into them while grabbing one of sweaters. When exiting her room she pulled her sweater on and shut the door before heading off the smell of that delicious scent. When she reached the kitchen she found Naruto by the stove, his head tilted slightly as if he was listening to her approach.

"Ah, so pinky's awake." Naruto said.

He then looked over his shoulder and smiled politely at her before returning to the bacon.

"How did you know it was me?" Sakura asked.

"Most of the guys tend to sound broader in morning, except Sasuke-teme, not because he rarely gets up in the morning but because he's always light-footed wherever he goes. Only I can hear his approach or departure, well when I concentrate. Everyone else wouldn't hear him." Naruto said then flipped the bacon "Girls sound like they are swaying when they walk. Hina-hime is the best example of that, she has dancers feet, delicate but firm. You, well, your toes slightly curl as if to have a better grip to the ground like you are a fighter or a gymnast. Soft too."

"So you got great hearing" Sakura said.

"And sense of smell too, werewolves has these things you know." Naruto said.

"You're…a werewolf" Sakura said. "Those things exists?"

"I'm not a thing" Naruto chided.

"I'm sorry, it's just this is all new to me and then accusing you of drugging Hinata was really out of line." Sakura said.

"Nah that's cool" Naruto said with a shrug.

He walked to the cupboard and grabbed a few plates out, then place a couple of cooked bacon on them before placing more bacon in the pan.

"No I uh, I really shouldn't-"

"Hey" Naruto said sharply coursing Sakura to look at him as he looked back at her now "I said it's cool."

"But-?!"

"Look, I can understand why you acted the way you did. And you understand the way I did too. We both care about Hinata it would only be natural for us to protect her." Naruto said calmly.

"I'm sorry" Sakura said.

"Stop saying that word." Naruto said rolling his eyes. "But if ya want to make yourself useful here, can you toast some bread and pull my ramen from the microwave, please? I'm starving."

Sakura quickly did as she was asked, she was glad that she didn't have any problems in locating the bread or the toaster or the microwave as they were all visible to her. As she handed Naruto's warm miso ramen Tenten walked in with Neji right behind her followed by Gaara.

"Do I smell breakfast?" Tenten asked.

"Yep, cooked by yours faithful" Naruto grinned.

"And there's nothing burning for the first time" Neji teased.

"Hey I always cook fabulous fantastic food!" Naruto said, poking the air towards Neji with his fork. "AND it's never burnt!"

"Queer furball" Gaara muttered as he headed straight to the coffee machine.

"Whatever you say Goth boy, next time I'm not cooking for you!" Naruto growled then began to shove his ramen into his mouth at a rapid pace.

Sakura couldn't help but be amused by all of this, this people were hardly any different to normal, regular, everyday people. She then looked over to the entrance as if expecting Sasuke to come walking through but no such luck. As if reading her mind Naruto shook his head at her.

"Teme isn't an early riser." Naruto said thankfully after swallowing his ramen.

"Did he even come back from last night?" Tenten asked, grabbing a couple of pieces of toast from the toaster and then added more bread.

"Didn't feel him come him, but then again I was asleep at the time." Gaara said.

"Feel —what?" Sakura said looking confused and a little disturbed.

Gaara looked confused at her confusion until he realised why she was. He gave her a small of apology and took a sip of his coffee.

"My appologies, I forgot about your circumstance. When I say I can 'feel' someone it is through the earth. Vibrations you can say." Gaara said.

"So it's like echo location?" Sakura asked.

"In a manner of speaking, yes" Gaara said.

"Okay, can I ask you something? What are you?" Sakura asked.

"Human." Gaara said.

Sakura looked surprised. "But you just said–".

"I am physically human. I just have the power to manipulate the earth to my will." Gaara said.

"…how?" Sakura asked.

Gaara shrugged. "Always been that way."

Sakura frowned with inquisitiveness then looked at Neji. "And you?"

Neji really did not feel like sharing about his gift until Tenten none too gently elbowed him in the side, annoyed that he would not open his mouth to her.

"I have the 'all seeing eye' in other words an eye vision of 360º. I can search out great distances and see through solid masses." Neji drawled reluctantly.

"In other words he's the Elusive Peeping Tom" Naruto supplied, sounding as if that was Neji's 'hero' name.

"NARUTO!!!" Tenten screamed.

Naruto didn't have the time to run when Tenten pulled out a bat and whacked him over the head. Where Tenten got the bat was Sakura's guess, as it seemed things like this were a normal everyday occurrence.

These people are crazy!

I know.

From the look of worry sporting on Sakura's face Gaara decided to ease it a bit. "Tenten can't really hurt Naruto the way she would want to, none of us really, he heals fast and his endurance levels are far too high for good measure."

"What? He's a super werewolf?" Sakura said.

Gaara looked a little surprised that she already knew about his friend's lycanthropy condition for a second but shrugged it off.

"You can say that" Gaara said.

Sakura then watched in amusement along with Gaara and a very pleased Neji.

"How many times…"

THWACK!

"…do I have to say…"

THWACK! THWACK!

"…that's he's not…"

THWACK!

"…a PERVERT!"

THWACK! THWACK! THWACK! THWACK! THWACK!

"…owie" Naruto moaned.

By the end of it Naruto's body was twitching on the floor in pain. It was in that moment that Hinata appeared in her t-shirt, jeans and slippers. She looked down alarmed in the condition her boyfriend was in.

"N-Naruto-kun?" Hinata managed to say.

And like a leaping gazelle Naruto was beside's Hinata in an instant, annoying both Immortal and her lover. Sakura giggled at how Naruto was able to spring back and Hinata was now blushing crazily at how close he was with her. It was then Sakura remembered about Sasuke and frowned in concern.

"Did anyone see Sasuke come in? Or at least hear him?" Sakura asked.

Tenten snorted at that.

"No one hears that guy but seen him? Nope, I was sorta busy last night." Tenten said, looking towards Neji with a flirty smirk to which he coughed and looked away .

"Okay aside from the eww innuendo factor, can anyone show me to his room?" Sakura asked.

Everyone aside from Hinata and Sakura looked tense at that moment, wondering if it would be okay for her to actually enter the Daywalker's room. No one dared enter his room, not even Naruto especially after one incident that almost cost him his life. Sasuke was not a morning person. Empathise on the 'not'. He was incredibly scary when woken.

"Um, Sakura-chan, we reeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllly don't want you to disturb him" Naruto said.

Sakura crossed her arms at Naruto and raised an eyebrow in annoyance.

"And why not?" Sakura asked.

"The Teme likes his sleep. He adores it really. You go in there…he may not like you so much afterwards." Naruto said, tapping his fingers like how Hinata does when anxious or shy about something.

"I'll survive." Sakura drawled.


Sakura approached Sasuke's door with apprehension. His room was located as far away as possible from any noise that would disturb him, especially from Neji and Tenten's room as that was Naruto said (after being whacked across the head by the immortal) to be the 'Love Shack'. She didn't hear the couple last night but she guess with supernatural hearing it must be a pain in the butt to hear. She wasn't scared of what Sasuke may do or say to her but she had never been in his room, or really his living quarters. The closer she got the more felt a little bit more nervous than before. When Sakura was at the door she raised her fist and tapped her knuckles against the wood. The sound resonated clearly through the hallway and must have in his room.

She waited.

Nothing.

She knocked again, this time louder.

She waited.

Still nothing.

She bit her lip but turned to leave, she as well leave it alone, only to be stopped at the sound of Inner's voice.

He could be sleeping.

Yes, and?

Don't you want to check if he is or isn't? If he is actually in there or not?

I'm not that curious.

She could feel her Inner's smirk. She closed her eyes and walked into the room of her Inner's part of her mind. The place actually resembled the hallway, with Sasuke's bedroom door right in front of them. Her Inner just seemed to be looking her, arms crossed and leaning against the wall right next to the door. She had a knowing leer on her face that Sakura did not like.

C'mon Outer, this is ME you're talking to. I know you better than anyone. You're curious. You want to look.

This happens to be someone's privacy I'll be entering; I can't just go into these places without people's permission.

Why is it that they don't want you in there?

She frowned. How should I know?

Well then, have a look.

I don't know about this.

C'mooooon, you never know till you have a peep in there. What do you have to lose?

Said the Spider to the Fly

Her Inner just smirked at her. Sakura opened her eyes again to look at the real door now, biting her lip in anticipation. She raised her hand, grasped the handle and opened the door to Sasuke's room. The light spilled into the room as her skin suddenly went tingly when she felt the heat collide against her body from his bedroom. It had to be the warmest room in the whole facility yet eerily the darkest one too. She knocks on the door again, still no response.

"S-Sasuke?"

Sakura cautiously walked into the room, her eyes spying the simplicity and tidiness of the room by the light of hallway spilling into the room. She couldn't find a light switch but what she did find was a shelf full of old books in very old language from what she could make out from the light given. She walked forward until she rounded around a corner, spotting a large king-size bed with Sasuke wrapped in the dark covers. His breathing was even and slow yet even with the obvious look Sakura still couldn't help but utter a question.

"Sasuke, are you asleep?"

.

.

.

"Yes Sakura. In fact I'm dreaming of sunshine and rainbows with pink little bunnies hopping along in the marsh mellow fields."

Sakura wanted to laugh at that but decided to hold her tongue. She watched him pushed himself onto one of his elbows, leaning onto it, as the covers pooled around his hips and gazed at her. Sakura could feel her Inner just drooling at the sight despite the little light. She could feel his intense stare, as if questioning to why she was here. The need to blabber like an idiot began.

"Um, just so you know, um, I know that Naruto is a werewolf, Neji has a third eye, Tenten is immortal and Gaara can wield the earth at will. Just so you know so you won't have to hide that from me and all. I'm pretty cool with it and it would explain why Naruto is so protective of her as well, not that I find that obsessive because it isn't. And um, yeah."

Sasuke continued to stare at her before he spoke.

"Anything else I should know?" he asked tiredly.

"Uh, well, I was kinda worried last night." Sakura said. "You, uh, left without telling me."

"…I wanted to give you some space and time."

Sakura smiled in a shy impish way "What if I didn't want the space? What if I wanted you to be very close to me?"

Sasuke quirked one side of his lips back her. "I wish I had known."

She leaned down as she climbed onto the bed and began to crawl over to him till they were parallel with one another. Her legs were straddling his thighs as her arms were on either side of his upper torso and her face was directly inline with his.

"Well, then I guess I will have to teach you all about women." Sakura grinned.

Sasuke smirked at her as he cheekily said "I know all about women"

Sakura made mocking shocked face before lightly swatting his chest. The hiss was instant at the contact and Sakura was alarmed at the grimaced on Sasuke's face. Spotting a switch above the headboard Sakura pressed it and a soft light illuminated the room. Her eyes widened at the sight of bandages around abdomen.

"Sasuke what happened to you?"

"You wouldn't like it if I told you."

"Where did you go?"

"You wouldn't like it if I told you."

"Sasuke."

"Seriously, I'm fine. Don't push it Sakura."

"Sasuke."

"…"

"Sasuke."

"…I went to the hospital."


Everyone enjoying breakfast that Naruto made that morning, including Temari and Kankuro when they awoke to the smell. They were in the middle of tucking in when the entire compound shook in such ferocity by a single voice it even stunned Gaara.

"YOU DID WHAT??????!!!!!"


Sasuke's ears were still ringing as he watched Sakura paced up and down in front of his bed. Least to say she was livid as she shouted about how much of an idiot he was and the fact he went alone. He would have found this amusing – he had been trained to fight since he was a toddler after all – if it wasn't for the fact that he was very tired. He woke the moment that Sakura stepped into his room and now she was giving him an earful with a high pitched voice. It was like a banshee and a megaphone combined into one. Good Kami, what did he do to deserve this?

"…what were you thinking!? Is there a brain in there or has there been one too many knocks to the head that disallows you to think straight??" Sakura barked as she continued to pace up and down in front of the bed.

Sasuke rolled his eyes heavenward and pushed the covers off him, revealing his jogging bottoms and that he was bare footed too. He swung his feet over the side to the floor, displeased that the floor is cold, he hated the cold. He stood and headed straight for the shower.

"…and another thing couldn't you have taken Naruto with you, it would have been a hell of a lot safer and—where are you going?" Sakura said, noticing his retreat.

"Shower." Sasuke grunted.

As he reached the door he heard Sakura following him, who wouldn't? She sounded like an angry hippo now. He turned the knob and entered the bathroom while he pulled the leaver to turn the light on as Sakura followed close behind him.

"Hey! I'm talking to you! You don't just get up and go to the shower when we're having a conversation." Sakura growled.

"You're shouting at me. Usually conversations are two way thing." Sasuke said as he opened the door to the shower room and turned the shower on.

"Don't be stupid, I'm shouting because I was worried about you and now know to be with good reason!" Sakura said.

Sasuke looked over to her carefully.

"Sakura, you don't need to be worried about me" he said gently.

Sakura's eyebrows scrunched up in anxiety and annoyance.

"Because my boyfriend can take care of the nasty supernatural bad-guys without breaking a sweat? I think it's a little unfair for you to say that to me." Sakura said.

Softly he placed both his hands on her shoulders and dipped down a bit so they were eyelevel.

"Aikou, I don't like to worry you but sometimes in this life there are things I will have to do to protect the people I care about." Sasuke said.

"What has that got to do with the hospital?" Sakura asked quietly.

"We tracked Ino and the Shadow Master to that point. I theorised that there maybe a shadow servant there waiting for us." Sasuke said gesturing to the bandages. "Until I ran into trouble, that is."

"Are you okay now?" Sakura asked.

He let his hands fall from her shoulders and reached to the bandages to his left side to grip them. Then with an audible tearing sound Sasuke ripped then in half with his supernatural strength. He allowed one side fall to the region of his thigh as he held it in one hand. Torso now bare only a few pinky-red lines were across his stomach as if something tried to swipe him with its claws.

"I told you before, I'm fine." Sasuke said calmly.

She swallowed and reached out to touch it only to have him flinch a bit.

"Except a little tender still" Sasuke gritted.

"You heal fast." Sakura murmured; her eyes were trained to the pinky-red markings as her fingers still lightly rest against it.

"Comes with the territory" Sasuke said. "Good thing too, otherwise tearing the bandages off with the scabs would be a bitch."

Sakura inwardly cringed at the image of scabs being torn off. Shaking her head mentally she looked at Sasuke with relief.

"You still could have told me." Sakura said.

"Next time" Sasuke said, kissing the top of her head.

She smiled at the affectionate gesture before he stared back at her again.

"And was there a shadow servant?" Sakura said.

Sasuke smirked.

"You're not going to believe where your friend has ended up in."


"The Shadow Lands?" Naruto uttered in disbelief. "How on Earth did he managed to take her there of all places?!"

Once Sasuke had showered he decided to grace his presences with Sakura. Everyone had been curious as to why he went to the hospital and then he explained. Needless to say everyone who knew about the place was stunned.

"Not too sure myself." Sasuke said with a shrug.

"Uh, question: where or what is the Shadow Lands?" Gaara asked.

"The clue is in the title dummy" Temari said.

"A place where shadow's live?" Gaara tried.

"No it's not." Sasuke sighed.

"What?" Temari said in confusion.

"It is not a place where shadows live. That's what they taught you. Humans have never been to that place and so they wouldn't know the true purpose there, until now." Sasuke said.

"What is it then?" Kankuro asked.

"It's where the 'Lost' reside." Sasuke said.

"Lost?" Temari asked.

"Souls that are neither good nor evil but have lost their 'purpose'. It's a total waste land or a dark mirror image of our own world on a different plane of existence. No one can survive this void, you lose yourself to it." Sasuke said "Unless you were accompanied with a Shadow Master it seems."

Tenten frowned in thought.

"So why is it called that?" Temari asked.

"Shadow Masters are the only ones that can live there." Neji said.

"What?" Sasuke asked, noticing the Immortal's look.

"I don't know, something sounds familiar about this." Tenten said shaking her head. "I know I've heard something like this before." She then shrugged after a moment. "It'll come to me later."

"What I want to know is how do we get there?" Sakura asked.

"You can't." Neji said.

"Well this Shadow Master seems to be able to, why can't we?" Sakura said.

"There's some specific requirement's to enter the place and even if you do get in you will have to be on a constant move. You're only the few things that are alive there, it is meant for lost souls but there are living creatures that would tear you to shreds if you stay put in one place there." Neji said. "Your friend has a chance of being alive if she is being accompanied by someone who lives there anyway. It is the main reasons why humans don't know the proper principle of that place."

"I did not ask 'why can't we go there?' I asked 'how do we get there?'. Okay?!" Sakura fumed.

"Whether we tell you or not Sakura, you're not going in" Sasuke reprimanded.

"What? Why the hell not?!" Sakura barked.

"You'll be in danger." Sasuke said.

"Isn't Ino too?" Sakura growled.

"Ino is fine; she has the Shadow Master with her." Sasuke pointed out.

"He just said 'there are living creatures that would tear you to shreds if you stay put in one place there'." Sakura said as she pointed at Neji then threw her hands up in the air "How is Ino supposed to be fine if she is alive?"

"Shadow Masters scare the creatures. They don't like being near them." Sasuke said.

"How?" Sakura growled.

"If they control your shadow then they can control you. These creatures know that, even the Lost don't go near them." Sasuke said.

Sakura was stunned for a moment before she tried to think of something that may help her argument.

"That however is not the problem. The shadow servant told me the reason why they went there." Sasuke said.

"It m-must be bad if they h-had to go there" Hinata said.

"Correct. It didn't go into much detail but apparently there was a banshee that was attacking them." Sasuke said.

"Wait, I thought they can't be seen." Tenten said. "It's what protects us from their harm."

"Well, this one wanted to harm them and it may still be around there." Sasuke said.

"Okay, what the hell is a Banshee?" Sakura asked, knowing only about 'screaming banshee' and nothing else.

"I second that." Kankuro said.

Hinata, Temari, Gaara and even Naruto were looking a little lost from the mere mention of the banshee.

"A child of death, a grim reaper you can say, its scream could literally kill you if you were weak enough already. If you can't see it then you can't feel it nor hear it and that's what makes you safe." Sasuke explained.

"But if you do see it then it will attack you if it knows that you are seeing it." Neji added.

"So how do you see it then?" Sakura asked.

"Near death experience" Neji replied.

"But Ino never had a near death experience" Sakura said.

"Then the Shadow Master must have." Sasuke said.

"So he saw the banshee, it saw him looking at itself and then decided to kill him. He then makes a run for it with Ino and they land in the Shadow Lands." Sakura said then thinks for a moment. "But he had time to tell that servant of his to wait for one of us in case we'd go looking for Ino. So he must have been running in a more deserted part of the hospital. Otherwise the commotion they made would have left more of an impression on the staff there for it to reach the receptionists. We would have learnt about it the first time we stepped in there, or least know that something was up." She then looks at Sasuke when a thought occurred. "He's a Shadow Master, right? He controls shadows servants and control people's shadows, right? But he can't make one. There is a constant lighting in the Hospital and they were running in the more deserted part because…" her eyes lit up that moment "…he was heading for an alleyway."

"Would make sense, he'd be more powerful then." Sasuke said.

"He'd have enough power to take on the Banshee" Sakura said. "Or that would be the place where he entered the Shadow Lands"

"My guess is that he may use the same way." Tenten said. "I mean, you can't open a door if you're not facing the locks or know where the locks are."

"Then we'll head back there." Sakura said.

"Sakura…" Sasuke tried.

"Look, if you say she's safe then okay I won't follow her into the Shadow Lands, besides if the Banshee is still around I'd be safe from it as I didn't have a near death experience. Please just let me go with you to the entrance, or exit really, so at least she'd have a familiar face to see when she gets out." Sakura said.


"I can't believe I'm doing this" Sasuke muttered.

"Oh, c'mon, you're like the Best Boyfriend in the World right now" Sakura said with a smile.

They were outside the hospital, walking in the region of the compound to find an alleyway that may possible be were Ino and the Shadow Master may appear. Sakura had managed it, she had managed to get Sasuke to relent and now they were walking around the hospital. She could tell that Sasuke did not like this one bit, he had trouble when arriving here and now she was here. She wanted to smile that he was concerned about this but knew better, he was not a happy bunny.

"The 'Best Boyfriend in the World' would try and keep you out of trouble. Not deliberately be taking you towards it." Sasuke grunted.

"At least you tried to" Sakura said cheekily.

"I could throttle you Sakura" Sasuke sighed.

"Awe, stop worrying" Sakura said.

He wanted to growl at her that moment but held his tongue, she was being a pain. Deliberately, she had to be! She had no true skill to get herself out of trouble and he was her best bet to get out of a dangerous situation. Trust him to fall for annoying human.

"Can you smell her yet?" Sakura asked.

"I'm not a hound Sakura." Sasuke grunted.

"But your sense of smell is good, right?" Sakura said "You did say you were good at tracking people."

"When I have a place to start with" He chided lightly, "Hospitals are notoriously known to be a constant cleaning zone and it's been raining lately. Chances of me finding the right spot are very slim."

"But wouldn't you feel a magic residue or something? You are a supernatural being, are you not?" Sakura prodded.

"It's not magic." Sasuke said.

"What?"

"The Shadow Master's gift is not magic, just like Gaara's abilities. It's energy."

"Huh?"

Sasuke sighed, running a hand through his hair frustratingly.

"Never mind."

"No, go on, what is this energy?"

He looked at her; her eyes were full curiosity and eagerness.

"Heard of the Big Bang?"

"Yeah, pretty much everyone really."

"Well, it all started when Good and Evil were one. Yin and Yang. Balanced. Then one day they decided to be separate beings causing the whole 'Big Bang'. No idea why. Not even going to divulge myself into that. So, because of this explosion the residue left over became magic. Magic is neither good nor evil. It's neutral. When someone says Dark Magic or White Magic it's just magic used for dark or pure intentions respectfully. Magic is just raw power."

"So where does this energy come into it?"

"When the explosion happened it created life to which it had a mixture of good and evil going along for the ride. This energy comes from within every living being. Some are born with more than others. It's what separates the supernaturals from the naturals."

"I'm still confused."

"I guess I will have to lend you one of my books for you to understand then, it is hard to explain without going into lengthy detail."

"I got time."

Sasuke smiled at her, puzzling the rosette as they walked into an alleyway around the hospital.

"What?"

"You don't run away easily."

She shrugged and entwined his hand with her own.

"I learnt not to. Besides, I don't want to run away from you anyway."

His smile deepened until a scent caught his nose.

"Get behind me." He murmured quietly.

"Why?" Sakura asked quietly.

"We're not alone." He whispered.

"That you're not my friend." A voice growled menacingly.

Sasuke's eyes narrowed at the sight of six punky looking people walking towards them. Four men and two women, who were very, very pale and looking quite hungry in their direction. Sasuke then shield her from them, standing in front of her like a bodyguard and guided her to the sunlit area of the alleyway. If Sakura was on the ball at that moment, like Sasuke was as he prepared for a fight or flight scenario, she would have caught on that they in trouble.

What is it with preposterous danger and Sakura? It's like she can't help but walk into! Sasuke thought.

"What are you doing here, unclean?" Sasuke growled so low.

"That little morsel you got there, give her over." One of the guys grinned predatory like.

"Drop dead" Sakura snapped.

They all smirked at how funny her words were. Then the next thing she knew the leader was right in front of her (close as possible with Sasuke between them) in seconds. Yet he was still in the shadow and she and Sasuke were in the sunlight. Shocked was an understatement for Sakura at that moment, he was so close she could see the drool in the corner of his lips. His eyes were so hungry and cold it made her shiver inside but she stubbornly made sure not so show weakness. Even if he just appeared so quickly in front of her, from a distance of ten metres. But who was roughly estimating the time difference and distance in their head at that moment when they feeling the fear creeping up their back at that moment.

"Already did love." The leader grinned.

It was the only thing that he managed to do when he was sudden looked incredibly shocked. Sakura couldn't see it but Sasuke was looking at the leader with his dark red crimson eyes. Power was exuberated from his eyes and the little began look warily at the dark haired man.

"Leave."

Sakura felt a chill when Sasuke spoke. It was so dark, cold and it burned her from the inside. He sounded so lethal from that one word she really didn't want to see his face but as she peered over his shoulder the leader was backing away from him along with the other members of the group.

"You are…" the leader uttered so softly she almost missed it.

"Leave. Now" Sasuke growled.

"Boss–?"

"You have five seconds. One." Sasuke growled his voice becoming quite vicious at that point.

The gang ran off so quickly Sakura didn't see them leave, they just disappeared. She frees herself Sasuke and steps away from him. Slowly he turns back to her; eyes soften in concern.

"Why did they run from you Sasuke?" Sakura asked.

"You ask too many questions." Sasuke replied antsy now.

"And I'm still waiting for the answers." Sakura said. "They were afraid of you, why?"

"I once said my life would be hazardous to you"

"Yeah."

"That's part of it."

She frowns at him.

"Those people were scared of you. A gang of six people run off when they took a closer look at you"

"I wouldn't call them people but yes certain people are afraid of me and with very good reason."

"…"

"…"

"…you're not in a mob are you?" she joked.

"Hn. No. I'm not into criminal activity. Ruins the rep I got going." He smirked.

She smiles grimly though.

"Where they going to kill me–and don't think of lying cause I was-" she gestures with a tiny distance with her thumb and fore finger "-that close to that thug and his eyes practically screamed it."

"…Worse than that."

Her mouth dropped in shock, she did not like that. She felt frozen but the numbness could not stop the feeling in her arms as she felt Sasuke gripping them gently.

"There are things I know that would make you cower under your blankets at night Sakura, very dark strange things you wouldn't have dreamed of." Sasuke said "You have to be mindful from now on when walking down silent streets, entering alleys or narrow pathways. It's one of reasons why I say to be with at least one other person."

Regaining her composure she licked her dry licks to speak once again.

"What were they?" Sakura asked.

"Vampires" he said, though a little hesitantly.

She nodded slowly. "So…why would they hang here? In broad daylight by the way."

"Hospitals: dying people, maternity wards and blood banks. What more could they want?" Sasuke said softly.

"Maternity wards?" Sakura said, confused.

"Undead Vampires drink blood aka life essence. And what could be more delicious than an expecting mother. Double the fun." Sasuke said.

"Oh my god" Sakura said in disgust.

There was no point hiding the truth from Sakura, she would eventually found out why to everything. He did not like to lie to her either but she needed to learn that there was a dark side to being a vampire. They were dangerous. They were creatures designed to kill; soulless being that bring out the darkest side of humanity and twist it to their liking. Vampires were evil. Even if he was a Daywalker he could still have the potential to become evil himself, all he needed was the right push. But even if he thought his kind was superior to humans, there were human qualities that Daywalkers had that even Sasuke couldn't ignore like friendship and love. And so, she needed to see both sides of the picture before he could finish the puzzle for her.

"It's only the undead vampires that are like that." Sasuke pointed out.

"What do you mean just the undead?" Sakura asked.

"Well, vampire bats for starters." Sasuke shrugged. "The only time they'd kill a human is by accident and that's from rabies or the human has a severe allergic reaction to their bite."

She looked intrigued. "For starters? What else is—?"

Sakura felt the air started to tighten around her. She knew that Sasuke was feeling the same thing as he was frowning and looking around.

"What's going on?"

It was getting uncomfortable as the air started to tightened and press down on her skin. It was not the most nicest sensation that either of them ever experienced. Their eyes simultaneously looked over towards a shadow cast against the wall. The air became even more constricted and harder to breathe until…

POP!

A couple seemed to be pushed out of the very shadow and Sakura instantly recognised the blonde woman.

"Ino!"


Yes, she's back. Why with all this concern? LOL

Anyway, I'm not too sure If I will be able to update as soon as I want to with any of my stories really, so please be patient and I will try to. Thanks for reading and if you can please leave a review to tell me what you think.

M-V