Mrrflr. The last chapter. My god.
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: HISS. Why must this happen every time?!
Dedication
: To everyone who has ever reviewed this little (uhm, okay, not little…) story of mine. THANKYOU, THANKYOU, THANKYOU!!! YOU HAVE MADE MY DREAMS OF FANFICTION GREATNESS COME TRUE! -flails-
Dedication x2
: Because there are certain people who really deserve it. Eleni, Erika, Dess, Caitlin, Melissa, Emma… ILY forever.
P.S.
: Happy Thanksgiving, my Canadian loves out there! Kisses! (And, seriously, the break is so nice…)
P.P.S.
: Seriously, go listen to Love Drunk while you read this… It makes it a hundred times more epic.

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'Cuz we're the best, so screw the rest! We do as we damn well please…Until the end, defenders of anarchy!

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(sixmonths later - time flies, no?)

Sakura smiled into the mic, her tongue poking out the side of her mouth, her hair sticking to her always-so-wide forehead, her eyes wild.

It was freezing cold outside. So cold - well, it was the middle of December, what did she expect?

Hey, hey, hey, hey

And they were in a new city - a new-new-new city, called Sunagakure- a big city. But it wasn't Konohagakure, and Sakura missed the city that had quickly become her hometown.

Then again, touring was a lot of fun, too.

Top down in the summer sun
The day we met was like a hit and run
And I still taste it on my tongue
(Taste it on my tongue)

And it gave them many freedoms that being home didn't (uhm, like dancing around the tour bus with music blasting so loud it hurt? Yeah, that was one of those 'taboo-things-but-that's-fine-because-Anko-is-off-on-her-stupid-honeymoon-when-she-really-should-be-here-doing-her-job'; …Sakura wasn't bitter at all).

The sky was burning up like fireworks
You made me want you, oh, so bad it hurt
But boy, in case you haven't heard

If there was one thing Sakura was really, really, really good at, it was that she was good at getting a crowd into a mood to dance.

And on stage, moving to the music was one of her favourite things in the entire world. And she knew her friends fed off energy.

I used to be love drunk, but now I'm hung-over
I love you forever, forever is over
We used to kiss all night, now it's just a bar fight
So don't call me crying, say hello then goodbye
(Oh yeah!)

And wasn't that the truth. Hinata was pounding away on her drums, letting go and going crazy (because, in her words "You've gotta beat the shit out of that beat, hon. It's not gonna play itself").

Tenten, dressed in her finest Melon Lord regalia -paper crown haphazardly on her head, and plastic fairy wand attached to her guitar, as always-, was singing along to Karin's lyrics (apparently, the roadie had also become the songwriter, because "My grammar is better then yours, Sakura!"), and really just having the time of her life.

And all because the bun-haired Melon Lord was allowed to be a freak of nature.

There's just one thing would make me say
(Oh yeah!)
I used to be love drunk, but now I'm hung-over
I love you forever, but now it's over
(Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey)

Sakura skipped across the stage as she sang, and nearly collided with Ino. The gorgeous, tall blonde twisted out of the way, picking her fingers over the chords like a pro, dressed in fluorescent blues, greens, and pinks, and Sakura nearly went barreling straight into the frothing crowd.

Temari, who got the chance to drop the bass line for a half-second, to save both the day, and Sakura's ass, grinned.

It was always the most fun to be on stage.

Hot sweat and blurry eyes
We're spinning on a roller coaster ride
The world stuck in black and white
(Stuck in black and white)

Karin, backstage, was swinging around Suigetsu, laughing like a crazy. He just sighed, and caught her when she almost fell over, half-dizzy with excitement.

"C'mon, Sui-kun, dance with me!"

You drove me crazy every time we touched
Now I'm so broken that I can't get up
Oh boy, you make me such a lush

Sakura, on stage, giggled into the microphone, and waved to the crowd. More specifically, she was waving at Sasuke; he was watching the door, a dangerous glint in her eyes.

Aw, he still didn't trust her not to get hurt. That's so kyoot!

I used to be love drunk, but now I'm hung-over
I love you forever, forever is over
We used to kiss all night, now it's just a bar fight
So don't call me crying, say hello then goodbye
(Oh yeah!)

Because she totally wasn't singing this for him. Really, he was just such an overprotective idiot. And Karin totally hadn't wrote it with their relationship in mind (because, uhm, all they ever did was fight. Like, how did that work?), and just because Karin was that cool, it was allowed.

And really, this song just made one want to jump.

There's just one thing would make me say
(Oh yeah!)
I used to be love drunk, but now I'm hung-over
I love you forever, but now it's over

Tenten laughed as she watched the crowd respond to Sakura's infectious energy. Hm. She really needed to get Karin out here; it just wasn't the same without her.

Tenten cast a glance backstage, and caught sight of the glasses-sporting girl swinging Suigetsu around and around.

He did not look amused, and Tenten giggled.

All the time I wasted on you
All the bullshit you put me through
I'm checking into rehab 'cause everything that we had
Didn't mean a thing to you

Then she caught sight of Neji's pretty-pretty hair and pretty-pretty-eyes, and she smiled mischievously. He was going to be so mad at her…

It really was a pity he was just so cute.

I used to be love drunk, but now I'm hung-over
I love you forever, but now I'm sober

Ino had danced her way (guitar and all) across the stage, ripping her way through the happy-go-lucky solos with a manic smile.

Pretty? Check. Crazy colours? Check. Best friends? Check. Kiba-the-boyfriend-with-the-hot-abs? …Backstage, with a cup of coffee for her already-swollen throat. Awes, he knew she hated losing her voice.

And, really, he had such nice muscles… Ino smiled to herself, and slid into the next set of chords with practiced ease.

I used to be love drunk, but now I'm hung-over
I love you forever, forever is over
We used to kiss all night, now it's just a bar fight
So don't call me crying, say hello then goodbye
(Oh yeah!)

Hinata watched, in something like smug satisfaction, as the crowd bounced to her epic beat-from-hell. Seriously, keeping the beat was a pain in the ass.

But it was so worth it, because she could see Naruto at the back of the room, his blue eyes glowing with pride.

She blew him an air kiss ("Because air kisses equal life, okay? Life!").

She knew he'd get it, even if she had to make it physical later.

I used to be love drunk, but now I'm hung-over
I love you forever, forever is over
We used to kiss all night, now it's just a bar fight
So don't call me crying, say hello then goodbye
(Oh yeah!)

While Temari picked the bass line, her brain vaguely thought that this wasn't really an love song - it was the antithesis of a love song.

But it was just so damn catchy!

Temari also knew that while it may have been the antithesis to a love song, it was the only antithesis of a love song that both she and Shikamaru actually liked.

And Karin was right. It did make one want to dance.

There's just one thing would make me say
(Oh yeah!)
I used to be love drunk, but now I'm hung-over
I love you forever, but now it's over

Sakura jumped to the middle of the stage, and shot her fist into the air, bouncing up and down on the spot.

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na

It took the crowd no time to catch on, and to sing the lyrics along with her. They were repetitive, but it got the whole place seething with energy, and that was exactly what Sakura wanted.

Exactly what she wanted.

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
Now it's over, I still taste it on my tongue
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
Na, na, na, na, na, na
Now it's over

And on that hyper, crazy note, the night began to end.

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The five girls ran off stage; leaving instruments and clothes (clothes?) in their wake.

But Tenten kept her 'Melon Lord Paper Crown'. Just because she was Tenten, and she swung past the back-stage pass fans, and ran straight into the dressing room.

The other followed suit, laughter echoing after them in backstage halls of the stadium.

And the bodyguards?

Oh, they were making sure no one got mauled (not that Sasuke and Neji were doing a very good job; they were getting eyed by the legions of fangirls and boys.

In many, many ways, and the two guys shuddered at both the death glares and the 'oh-I-want-you' looks they were getting.

"Just a little while, dude," Neji muttered lowly, and blocked the exit to the rest of the stadium.

Sasuke jerked his head in the barest hint of a nod, and wondered just where the hell Naruto and Kiba were. If they were off getting coffee, he was going to kill them…

But really, right at that second, Naruto was helping the crew guys load drums into the back of the tour van.

He wasn't totally useless.

Of course, this may have had something to do with the fact that Hinata was out there, very concerned about her beloved drum-set.

Sure, it had nothing to do with her. Su-u-u-ure.

"Hey, Naruto-kun?"

"Hm? Sunshine?"

She smiled brightly at him, her eyes shining happily in the darkness. "Tonight was fun, you know?"

Naruto was momentarily taken aback by how pretty her smile was - it happened every time he saw her smile, no matter how many times he saw it.

He wrapped an arm around her shoulder, only to have her curl into his body; another habit that she'd developed after six months of dating him. "Yeah, I know."

She smiled as wide as the whole sky, her hair getting caught in her lips. "I know you know," she murmured, and let the night take her away.

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Sakura was still bouncing, still running on the absolute adrenaline of being on stage. She'd conned Karin into dancing with her (the thing they were doing currently), while Sasuke sat back and watched.

His crazy little bitch was - well, she was still a crazy little bitch.

A crazy little bitch who liked to sing with Karin; and stay up late with Hinata and play video games; and drink too much coffee with Ino; and watch the clouds pass with Temari -a habit picked up from Shikamaru-.

Quite literally, she was an anomaly.

And she was still his.

She threw herself into his arms -he caught her on the fly, because he was just so used to her oddities-, and she said "Hiya."

"Hi."

They still fought; did anyone think they wouldn't? Life with Sakura wasn't easy.

But he thought it was worth it, because she pulled him down to her level, and proceeded to kiss his brains out of his head.

And Sasuke had no qualms about it; none at all.

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When the cacophony of the whole group had finally died down, and they were back on the road -to another big city, called Otogakure-, Sakura curled up in between her friends.

Growing up was never easy -no, never, not really at all-, but it had to be done.

And they had done so much growing up, in the past six months.

The creeper's trial was over and done with - there was so much evidence against him that the courts hadn't even given him a chance (and, you know, when he pleaded 'not guilty', Sakura could still remember the evil grin the judge gave him - apparently, the judge didn't like kidnappers any more then Sakura did).

Anko and Kakashi had finally gotten married, too. It had been a quiet, personal affair that had only involved a single food fight, no horrid dresses, and only three exploding cakes.

To Sakura, thinking of the memory of it made her smile sleepily.

Everything was fine, just like everyone always promised. Everything was totally, completely, entirely fine.

And with that last, happy thought, she drifted to sleep.

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Anko, half-way across the world in Paris with Kakashi, Itachi and Hana (the four of them had somehow become a single unit - probably because they all spent so much time worrying about those kids of theirs), smiled.

She sipped her coffee, and let her eyes stay on the television in front of her.

It was replay of the concert last night.

Anko watched for a few more minutes before leaning into Kakashi. "You know," she said. "You know, I really think they'll be fine."

He kissed the top of her very, very purple head. "Of course they will. I told you they've lived through worse."

"Yeah…" Anko murmured, another satisfied smile crossing her lips. They had lived through worse; but in the end, everything always turned out right.

If it didn't turn out right, it couldn't be the end.

But everything had turned out alright, and so, in the truest sense of the word, this was the end. Sakura's imitated voice shouted out of the TV, and Anko smiled yet again, and closed her eyes.

"Sunagakure! This is Konstantine, signing off for the last time! Thank you, and goodnight!"

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-sniffle- I can't believe it's done…