Sasukec: Well, welcome to the very last chapter of Solitary Bliss! It's been along journey to get where this story is today. I hope you enjoy chapter 19! :]
"So, it's been about a week since I've heard from you two. And, it seems, that your behavior has been good."
Naruto felt like he was being interrogated – like his life depended on this meeting. The blonde shuffled slightly in his seat as his eyes wondered over to Sasuke, who seemed just as tense – if not, more – as he was. His eyes moved back to Miss Tsunade behind her desk. She looked through a few papers, examining them before setting them down and putting her hands together over the stack. A small smile appeared as she spoke, "I have good news, boys. You are done with your suspension. For good behavior, I will take away the extra week you were supposed to do."
Naruto jumped up in joy with the most ridiculous, but happy, grin ever. Sasuke did not react, but his relief was palpable. Miss Tsunade cleared her throat, cueing the blonde to sit back down. Naruto just chuckled nervously and said, "Sorry, Miss Tsunade."
Pleased, Miss Tsunade continued.
"As I was saying, you are no longer going to be at Miss Shizune's apartment. You are both to go clean the apartment and gather all your belongings today. I also expect you two to be at school tomorrow."
Naruto and Sasuke both stood, said their thank you's and goodbyes to Miss Tsunade, then left her room. Silence came over the boys as they walked toward the school entrance. Karin, who seemed to be riddled with excitement, quickly greeted them.
"Naruto! How'd it go? How'd it go?!" She smiled as the blonde ran over to her and hugged her.
"Great! We're off of suspension!" He kissed her deeply to show just how happy he was. Karin kissed him back to return her happiness. As they were kissing, Sasuke just walked past them and out the doors, his pace a little faster than before. Naruto stopped kissing Karin to try to stop the Uchiha from leaving but it was too late. The blonde shrugged lightly then gave Karin one more kiss before telling her goodbye.
Naruto arrived at the apartment to realize that Sasuke had already came, cleaned, and was gone. The blonde suddenly had a pang of emptiness strike him. It was as though he'd been punched in the stomach and was left gasping for air. It was foreign to him, but he tried to ignore it. He walked more into the apartment and closed the door behind him. For a moment, he stopped and looked around.
Sasuke must've been even more eager than I was to get out of here. Not surprising…
Finally acknowledging his ambush of strange emotions, he thought to himself, Why do I suddenly feel like I'm the last person on the earth…?
Naruto thought about it for a moment, but could only conclude that the feeling came from just being alone in the empty apartment. He couldn't figure out any other option. Regardless, he decided to just start packing up. He could finally go home. His life would be normal again. His life would actually be better than what it was before he got suspended. He had a girlfriend, his reputation was higher because he "beat up" a senior, and Sasuke… Naruto almost forgot about the Uchiha.
That bastard just leaves without saying bye! Oh well, I'll be able to see him tomorrow anyway.
The blonde smiled to himself as he began gathering his things to go home for the first time in two weeks.
The blonde was actually excited to maybe talk to Sasuke in first hour. It was weird, for one, to be back in school and for another, to want to talk to the guy he calls a "bastard". It was no more weird than the two weeks he'd spent with the brunette. Naruto couldn't explain it, but he didn't care much.
As soon as Naruto entered his first hour, everyone looked back at him and seemed to have an ominous glare. Well, the girls did anyway. It made him feel like he was a criminal caught red-handed. Luckily, that was quickly ushered away by the smile that his friend, Kiba, made when he saw him.
"Naruto! Dude! You're back!"
The blonde chuckled and nodded, smiling just about as big as Kiba. Naruto explained how he got out early for good behavior and such until the bell rang. He quickly got into his assigned seat (he had a little trouble finding it at first) and waited for Mr. Hatake to start class. He then glanced over to the left to see if Sasuke was in his seat. No Sasuke. That was strange…
"Psst… Hey Kiba!"
Naruto got Kiba's attention as the teacher passed out papers.
"What?" Kiba whispered back.
"You know where Sasuke is?"
Kiba opened his mouth to reply, but was cut off by Mr. Hatake.
"Sasuke is no longer with us. He changed classes, if you must know. Now, you have a lot of work that you've missed Mr. Uzumaki. I hope you are prepared to-"
The blonde blocked out what Mr. Hatake was saying – nodding at what seemed the appropriate times – as he thought to himself.Sasuke… Changed classes? Was it because of me…?
"Naruto, are you even listening to me?"
The blonde realized that Mr. Hatake was waiting for an answer for one of his questions that he obviously asked.
"Yeah, yeah. I got it. I'll get it all done, don't worry Mr. Hatake."
Mr. Hatake nodded, pleased, and then began his lesson for the day. Naruto tried to keep up, but his attention flew to parts unknown for the rest of the day, even the rest of the week. Naruto thought he'd made a friend from Sasuke, but it seems that he was undeniably wrong. And, after some time, he forgot about Sasuke. But fate would never let Naruto forget Sasuke or those two weeks for very long.
Sasukec: Finally, I have finished Solitary Bliss! :D
I just want to take this time to thank all those who have been there for me throughout these long 1 ½ years. I had so much fun writing this fanfic and I hope you had as much fun as I did! Through all the writer blocks, long nights writing this fic, the carpal tunnel that haunted me, and the procrastination that wouldn't seem to leave me alone, it's been a great journey.
Thanks everyone, I hope you enjoyed this fanfic!
Sequel is now up! .net/s/5893462/1/Do_Ut_Des_The_Solitary_Bliss_Sequel