Prologue

She opened her eyes blearily, and found herself cuddled into something warm. She mumbled something, and shifted slightly. The person behind her grumbled, arm wrapped securely around her waist, face buried in her neck. She smelled the faint scent of cologne, and smiled a bit.

"Sakura," he mumbled into her neck, pulling her closer.

"Mm," she grunted in reply, closing her eyes again. One petite hand covered his, which rested on her bare, flat stomach. His fingers lightly rubbed the smooth skin, making her giggle.

"I love the way you giggle," he murmured, kissing her neck lightly.

"I didn't know you were awake," she replied, turning her head to look at his form, resting behind hers.

"Sleepy, but awake," he purred, planting small kisses from her neck, down her shoulder. Feeling a strand of his long hair brushing her shoulder, she grabbed at it with her fingers. Gently she picked at it, wrapping it around her finger and releasing it, and wrapping it around her finger again.

"Mm," he grunted, before sitting up. He leaned down a bit, staring at her. She popped open one eye to peer at him.

"What? Something on my face?" she asked, pink hair splayed out over the pillow.

"No, you're absolutely beautiful," he murmured, gazing down at her. She stared back up at him, looking into his pale eyes.

"Do you really think so, Neji..?" she asked, biting her lip. Her hand slowly went up to his cheek, touching it.

"Of course. I tell you every day, don't I?" he chuckled smoothly, leaning down a bit.

"Well, I suppose you're right." she giggled a bit, pulling his face closer gently.

He leaned down, and kissed her on the lips. She put her other hand to his other cheek, holding his face gently as she closed her eyes.

He pulled away slowly, eyes drifting open. "Oh, where are my manners? I forgot to say good morning.."

She smiled up at him, before saying, "Good morning."

"Good morning, Sakura." he smiled a bit before kissing her nose and getting out of the bed. He groaned as he stretched, back cracking in several places. She watched, interested, his perfect body displayed shamelessly. He was in a pair of pants, of course, but Sakura wouldn't have minded if he'd decided to take them off.

That wasn't the case, of course, and he soon pulled a shirt on, yawning. She sat up, rubbing the sleep from her eyes rather childishly. Neji watched her intently, smiling after she let out a cute yawn.

"That was adorable," he said, before approaching the bed. She leaned back as he loomed over her, beginning to crawl over top of her. She looked up at him, giggling a bit.

He nuzzled his cheek against hers, kissing her cheek. His hands held him up on either side of her head, as he stared down at her. His hair hung down, veiling them from the world. Sakura reached up, grabbing his face and pulling it down. After planting a hot kiss to his lips, she gazed up at him, saying, "You've changed so much.."

He looked at her, lavender eyes curious. "..How so?"

"You're just... I don't know how to explain it," she whispered, thumbs rubbing his cheeks gently. "...You're so gentle.. You're just... different."

Neji smiled lightly, leaning down a bit more, closer. "Is that a good thing?"

"Very good thing," Sakura murmured, before pressing her lips to his again.

xXx

It had been two years since the fall of Suna. One of the most dramatic battles recorded in history. The other villages were highly concerned, and on high alert for months, even a year after the attack.

Suna natives took residence in Konoha, who expanded their territory to fit the population. Sand nin and Konoha nin mixed, though the Sand preferred the symbol of Sand on their hatai ate.

After a year, life returned to normal in Konoha, though noone could forget the horrors they'd seen that day.

Especially not a woman named Haruno Sakura.

She'd watched the man she loved most in the world die right before her eyes. And though she'd surpassed even Tsunade in medical skills, she was powerless to stop the attack, or save him.

For a year, she'd mourned. She kept herself in a black hole, nearly driven to suicide.

One had saved her, brought some sort of normalcy into her life.

Neji Hyuga.

She'd begun to date the man, after a year.

It'd been a year since they started dating.

Sakura had gotten the team she'd begged for. She found out they weren't peach cobbler and vanilla ice-cream, but she enjoyed the feeling it gave her when her Genin did a job well-done.

She'd come to love and appreciate her Genin and Neji as well. And Naruto, being the ever-supportive friend. Sai, who was still there for her, and still loved her with all his heart.

Some days, she thought she could forget that day.

But no, it stayed in the back of her mind like a headache that wouldn't go away. It gnawed at her insides. Ate away at her heart.

And some nights, she still cried. She bawled her eyes out, and the next morning they'd be puffy and red. Neji would always lecture her, and she'd take it and nod. And afterwards, he'd cuddle her and share sweet kisses with her.

But she could never get that face out of her head.

And frankly, she didn't know if she wanted to.

(A/N: Okay, sucky, I know. But hey, at least I didn't wait two months to come out with it, right? xD Anyways, please enjoy.)