In Love with Crime

Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto, so don't pester me unless you want me to describe in great detail all of the things Sakura and Sasuke stole from your house…oh yes, it's that bad!

Chapter 9, Chasing Dreams

It had been almost three months since Sakura had made the decision to quit her life of crime and go to college. She'd applied to Central Konoha University and had moved into an apartment that was across the street from the campus.

Sasuke had insisted on joining her, even though the move pulled him away from Goldthumb and the fat purses of the people that lived there. He told her a week before she moved that he was quitting the life of crime also and that he was going to start working to make an honest living. Sakura was elated when he'd told her and she eventually convinced him to attend CKU with her. Even Naruto and Hinata had decided to join them at CKU, so the four young adults began a new life as college students that Fall.

It was the day before classes started when Sakura began to feel sick. She'd woke up that morning nauseated and had to jump out of bed and run to the bathroom.

When she got back, Sasuke was sitting on the bed, turned towards her. "Sakura, you okay?" he asked.

Sakura had to bite back a rude remark at the stupid question. "Not really," she said groggily.

Sasuke looked down in defeat. He didn't understand why Sakura would be mad at him for being concerned about her sickness. He looked back at her and then his eyes went wide.

"What?" Sakura asked, frowning at the look that Sasuke had on his face.

"You should go to the doctor about this," Sasuke said, not wanting to tell her himself.

"Why?" Sakura questioned further.

"Because I said so!" Sasuke said, getting tired of her persistent questioning.

Sakura looked down with a sad face. Sasuke's words must have hurt her. Immediately, he felt bad about raising his voice and he rushed over to console her.

"I'm sorry Sakura. Okay? I just...think you should go to a doctor about this...sickness," he said in a soft voice as he stroked her cheek softly with his fingers.

"You don't think I'm sick, do you?" she asked, looking at him with a serious face.

Sasuke knew that she understood now. After all, she was planning on becoming a doctor. She would have to learn how to read this signs soon enough. "No," he said as he placed his hand on her stomach.

Sakura looked away and Sasuke could see the tears forming in her eyes. He felt a knot form in his own throat as he held back his tears. He would have to be strong for Sakura now.

He pulled her into his arms again, gently, his warmth rushing over her. He walked backwards until his legs hit the bed and then he sat down, pulling Sakura into his lap.

He let her cry until she was finished and then she asked him to take her to the health unit to make sure. He agreed and then got in his truck and drove her to the health unit.

Twenty minutes. That's how long it took for the doctors at the health unit to perform a series of tests on Sakura. Sasuke was made to wait outside during this. Of course, that wasn't all bad. It gave him time to think.

What would he do in either situation? If Sakura was pregnant, should he go ahead and ask her to marry him or wait until she had the baby? If she was not pregnant, should he still ask her so that when she did become pregnant, it wouldn't feel so uncomfortable?

He'd almost decided his course of action when the doctor opened the door to the room that Sakura was in. The doctor, a blonde woman who was a little too top-heavy and appeared to be in her thirties, came out and motioned for Sasuke to come back inside the room.

The first thing Sasuke noticed when he entered were the tears. Sakura had been crying...alot. She held a box of tissue in her lap and every now and then, she would pull out a tissue and dry off her tears.

"Sakura..." Sasuke said as he walked over to her and sat down in the chair beside her.

"When you two are ready, I'll begin," Sasuke heard the doctor say. He could care less what the doctor had to say right now. He knew just by Sakura's actions what the diagnosis must have been. What he didn't understand was why she was so upset about it, but then again he wasn't exactly thrilled.

Sakura stopped crying for a moment and nodded at the doctor. Sasuke let go of her and turned to face the blonde woman. She halfway smiled at them before saying simply, "Congratulations, you two are going to be parents."

Sakura began to cry again and this time Sasuke didn't have to hug her, she fell over on him and let her tears soak his clothes. He didn't mind it though. His thoughts were elsewhere.

A family...he could picture it now. He and Sakura standing there with their children. One or two would be fine. A boy and a girl preferably. He could see his son, a spitting image of himself with his raven colored hair and dark green eyes, a perfect combination of he and Sakura's best traits. His daughter, she would be beautiful. Tall and slender with her mothers hair, maybe it would be red, and emerald green eyes.

Just thinking about that made him smile. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad to be a father. He and Sakura both had already settled down from their life of crime. They could do this. It would be difficult, but he had faith in their ability.

"We can do this Sakura," he said as he snapped out of his trance. "We can do this," he said again, stressing the 'we' part. He wanted that to be perfectly clear. There was no way he was going to ditch her now.

Sakura looked up at him, her eyes red and puffy. She smiled at him and then pulled herself up until their lips met in a soft, short kiss. The doctor sat on the other side of the room, smiling at the young couple. After seeing so many girls come in alone, their boyfriends nowhere to be found, it was good to see at least one couple walk away happy and together after a pregnancy diagnosis.

"Now let's go tell our friends the good news," Sasuke said optimistically.

Sakura smiled again. They were starting to come more freely as she realized the amount of confidence that Sasuke had in her. He believed in her, so why should she believe in herself?

"Check back every month, Sakura. I will be here if you need me, and here is my card. If anything happens, I mean anything, then feel free to call me," the doctor said before taking a pen and writing something quickly on the back of the card. "Here's my cell number if you need to call me after my office hours."

Sakura took the card that the doctor handed to her and read the name on the card. "Thank you, Dr. Tsunade."

"Please, just call me Tsunade. And you're welcome Sakura. Sasuke, right? You take care of her, you hear me?" Tsunade said. She was beginning to sound like Sakura's mother or something, Sasuke thought to himself. But only in the good way, of course.

"Yes, ma'am," Sasuke said with a smirk as he looked down at Sakura, and her hands on her stomach. They would make this work out. If their relationship could work, so could this pregnancy. Sasuke was sure of it, and he hoped that by being optimistic, Sakura would be more assured as well. With that thought in mind, Sasuke led Sakura out of the room and started walking her down the hall.

He heard Tsunade say something along the lines of, "Better invite me to the wedding," and he smiled to himself. Oh, there would be a wedding, he would make sure of that, as soon as he could get away from Sakura long enough to buy a ring.