Chapter 1, Part 1 ~Sakura~: To meet the boy of my dreams
He stood in front of me smiling; his golden eyes on my face. I could feel myself fill up with glee as he smiled; what a beautiful smile, I thought.
I started running to him, hoping somewhere in my heart that he would embrace me and tell me he loved me; But his face began fading into darkness as my fantasy was ending.
"Wait!! Don't go yet!!" I screamed into the descending darkness.
By the time I reached him, he was gone.
My eyes opened wearily to the morning sunlight.
"Another dream about Edward…" I whispered to myself as I moved so I sat upright on my bed. I'm constantly having dreams about him… but he's just my fantasy right? But somehow…I feel he's waiting for me somewhere. I thought. I swung my legs around so I was sitting on the edge of my pink flower-patterned bed comforter.
I felt Ed was real, even if he was from another one of my fantasies. I came up with his name out of nowhere. As if it was his actual name, and as if he was an actual person somewhere. I loved him, but everyone told me to not fall in love with dreams, fantasies, or something from my imagination. I couldn't help it, he was just so beautiful.
I squealed with fan girl joy thinking of my dreamy Edward. Every other ninja girl would probably do that same routine for Sasuke Uchiha.
Sasuke Uchiha, last of the powerful Uchiha clan. He had black hair with a tinge of blue, and onyx black eyes. Those features apparently infatuated almost every girl in Konoha. Not for me though. Sasuke was a foul, arrogant, and the most repulsive ninja in the history of the universe. I used to love him as a result when Ino Yamanaka and I became rivals. I had expressed my true feelings to him, but he pushed me out of his life like small child.
"S-Sasuke-kun…" I trembled, hoping he would accept my declaration of love.
"Well? What do you have to say, Sakura-chan?" He said with anger in his voice from my stalling of words.
"I-I love you Sasuke-kun. I truly love you. I want to spend my life with you! I want us to be together forever! Just us and no one else!" I shouted with a burning passion in my chest. I was dying to embrace him and start expressing all my feelings for him.
But what he said next changed my mind…
"Hmph. You don't really understand do you, Sakura-chan?" he said with a glance at my bright emerald eyes. "You just want me to make the other girls jealous, don't you? All of your feelings toward me are nothing in my eyes. All I care about now is avenging my brother, and restoring my clan! I have no pathetic time to waste on relationships! Especially with girls who have no other care than having a future with me!" he turned away and started walking, hands clenched into tight fists.
I ran after him and embraced him, just as I had wished. He grabbed my arms that were tightly wrapped around his waist and threw me to the ground. He glared down at me over his shoulder, with rage-filled eyes. His eyes weren't onyx black anymore; they were blood red with two black comma shapes surrounding the pupil. "The sharingan..." I thought.
"Get the hell off me!!" he shouted. I sat there helplessly on the ground, tears welling up in my eyes.
"You don't understand Sasuke-kun!!" I shouted, ready to burst with tears. "I'm not doing this to make anyone jealous!! I love you more than anything!! I just want you to accept me, and love me!! I can help you get stronger and avenge your brother!! I can help you restore your clan!! If you just let me hel-"
"Sakura!" he cut in, "You're the one who doesn't understand! I don't love you, or any other girl! Everyone I loved was taken away by my accursed brother!" and what he had ended that statement with changed my mind about him again. "I HATE YOU SAKURA-CHAN!!"
My mouth trembled. I felt like screaming at him. But I just got up, and hung my head down as tears streamed down my face and fell to the cold earth below my feet. He stood there, glaring at me over his shoulder, and not even batting an eyelash as I cried in sheer hatred.
"Y-you…" I hiccupped, getting ready for my comeback."…YOU HEARTLESS SON OF A BITCH!!!" I yelled, and throughout the training grounds you could hear the echo of my comeback.
This had made him turn, facing me again.
My face was up now, red, and rage filled. "You only care about yourself! You won't let anyone into your life!! Not even your own teammates!!" I screamed at him. I took a step toward him and punched him square in the jaw. He didn't resist, even with the sharingan activated. "He deserved it." I thought.
I stared at him through hate-filled eyes, "I NEVER WANT TO SEE YOUR FACE AGAIN!!!"
I turned, and walked proudly away. Sasuke stood unmoving. Where I had hit him was red and was swelling up, but he just stood there awestruck.
Just recalling what happened made me clench my hand into a fist and punch the air, where an imaginary Sasuke would be. CHA!! I NEVER WANNA SEE HIS FACE AGAIN!! CHA!! Inner Sakura raged.
Having the day off from missions, I began it by taking a nap and attempting to achieve my childhood goal of "sleeping 'till noon."
"He's coming soon, Haruno Sakura…"
Who's coming soon? How do you know my name? Who are YOU?
"…The boy from your dreams. He is coming to Konoha..."
H-he's real? So I was imagining someone!
"…Whatever you do...…no...…all...…n...….ov….t…….Edward Elric."
What are you saying?! Come back!! Wait!! No!! Don't go!! Tell me!!
Sigh. "Edward Elric, hunh?" I said as I pondered on the edge of my bed after my recollection. "Who, or more importantly what, was that voice?" I tapped my large forehead in thought. "That voice sounded somewhat familiar. And, what was it saying near the end; 'Whatever you do' ….something, something, and then Edward Elric," I was very puzzled on the situation.
Choosing to go out for a while for the rest of my day off, I stood up, and got dressed to go out; red tank-top, white skirt and a normal white headband to replace my ninja one. I slipped on my ninja sandals, and checked myself in the mirror. I can understand why Sasuke doesn't want me. I'm ugly, and my forehead's too big…. I thought as I stared at my reflection; my hair, short and light pink; eyes, bright emerald green; and my large, unnatural forehead. Why do I have to have such a big forehead?? I complained in my head as I often did about the subject. I picked up a small purse, and left. Because I was ready for a long day of relaxation, enjoyment, and shopping!!
I was sitting in the Konoha tea shop with shopping bags on my right and left; and a thought came to me: The voice said Edward would be coming soon. Why don't I tell the people at the entrance to the village to look for him? I thought about this for a while, and then decided to try my idea.
"Right then; to the village gate," I whispered. I stood up from my kneeling position on the tatami mat floor, paid for my tea and dumplings, grabbed my stuff, and strode out of the store. I am going to meet Edward-kun no matter what it takes! CHA!!
I walked down to the village entrance, hoping someone would be there to accept my request. Approaching the large doors at the entrance, I saw two Jounin standing in the shade where they could observe everyone who went in and out of the village. I walked up to the one. He had spiky brownish-black hair, and a bandage going over his nose.
"Hi. Um, I was wondering if you could do me a favor," I said politely. I didn't want to be rude to a higher rank ninja than I was.
"Yes. Can I ask what that may be?" he said with the same polite tone.
"Um, if you see a boy with blond hair in a braid with golden eyes try to come into the village, can you keep him here and then get me? He's a friend, and I just am dying to see him that's all..." I looked at him with puppy-dog eyes, which usually worked.
"I'm sorry, only the Hokage can place a favor like that. Or you'll need permission from her," He leaned out of the shady area and looked to my left. "Oh. Here she comes now. You can probably ask her about that favor of yours."
The Hokage was a young woman at a glance, 28 or 29 maybe. She was pretty, and had an heir of power surrounding her. Hard to believe she was really about 60 or so. She was accompanied by Shizune, her personal assistant; and following behind her, with duct-tape over his mouth, and his hands bound in front of him was Uzumaki Naruto. He was the knucklehead ninja of the village, and my other teammate.
His eyes widened when he saw me, and he started making noises. The duct-tape prevented him from speaking though. He must have wanted me to untie him, because he was frantically waving his bound hands towards me. I shook my head no. I don't want him causing Lady Tsunade any more trouble than he already has. I thought.
"Sakura? What are you doing here?" the fifth Hokage, Lady Tsunade, questioned as I stood next to the Jounin.
"I was asking the guard here if they could look out for someone for me; but they said I would need your permission," I looked down at the ground in embarrassment.
"It's fine with me. Who is it you're waiting for? Maybe an old pal; or maybe your boyfriend?" she put forth a face that told me she knew what I was hiding. Naruto was still attempting to get my attention for something.
"Oh. Old pal, I guess. I haven't seen him in a long time and I'm dying to see him again, that's all," I confessed. I didn't like Tsunade-sama staring at me with a look of 'I know you're hiding something. Spill or I'll just keep torturing you with my stare.'
"Is he cu-u-ute? Oh! Tell me!" She insisted with a grin.
"Uh, all I know is that he has golden eyes and golden blond hair. That's all I remember from when we were little, I mean."
That made Naruto stare at me with wide cerulean blue eyes.
"What are you staring at me wide-eyed for Naruto?" I asked puzzled to why he reacted when I said Edward's physical details. If I told them the truth about Edward, they'd make fun of me.
They'd tell me he wasn't real…
They'd eventually mock me…
They'd all eventually avoid me…
"Edward Elric is real Haruno Sakura. Don't rely on what everyone else believes…"
"…Tell them about Edward , then you prove them wrong when he actually arrives…"
"…Then you can mock them."
B-but what if he never comes? What will I do then?!
"He will come."
Chapter 1, Part 2 ~Edward~: Arriving in an unknown village
I smiled sweetly at her. She smiled back. Her emerald green eyes focused on my face. Then she started running towards me, arms outstretched.
She must've wanted to embrace me, but this fantasy was ending all too quickly.
She was fading into darkness; but she kept running with her outstretched arms.
"Wait!! Don't g……" she screamed. I wanted to yell reassuringly back, but it was like the descending darkness sealed my lips tight; I couldn't speak.
Finally she faded away, just as she would've reached me.
"Brother! Brother, wake up!"
The sun was shining through the windows into our train compartment. I blinked my eyes in the sudden change of light.
"Hey, brother, are you okay? You were yelling in your sleep again! This time 'Don't go' and 'Wait up!' It scared me a little. You're alright, aren't you?" It was my little brother, Alphonse, who was so worried. A year younger than I was, we traveled together like this a lot.
"Hunh? Oh yeah, I'm alright. Just another dream about her." I said. Emphasizing "her" since I didn't know her name.
I sat upright on the rock-hard train compartment seat, and scratched my head in thought. I haveta' give her a name one of these days, don't I? I thought sympathetically. I mean, if she was a real person she would need a name. Thing is, there's so many names. Which would fit her? I attempted to recall her appearance from my dreams the previous nights.
"Brother?" Alphonse asked. He was staring at me while I was deep in thought.
"What is it, Al? I replied, looking up at him from where I was slouched up against the wall and the "granite cushions" as I usually called them.
"What did you say that girl looked like again? All you said before was that she was pretty."
I stared at him blankly. Thinking of ways to stall the question off until later.
And when nothing finally came: "Oh, uh, she had bright green eyes, fair skin, a somewhat unnaturally large forehead…" I paused. I was unwilling to mention the final detail about her hair. Why? Because my little brother would think I was nuts.
"What about her hair?"
"Her hair was short and pink, okay?" I looked away from him, and stared with a blank expression out the train window. I was trying to avoid my younger brother's eyes as long as I could.
"Okay then. Heh heh… Hey brother! Was she taller than you??" Alphonse mocked.
"SHUT UP!!" I yelled furiously." THAT'S NOT FUNNY!!"
"Are you wishing to meet her, Edward Elric?"
Y-you… I've heard that voice before. Who are you?! How do you know who I am?!
"Are you wishing to meet Sakura Haruno, Elric?"
Who's this Sakura Haruno? I have no idea who you're talking about.
"The girl from your dreams…you have the chance to meet her. Sakura…"
I can meet her?! How?! Whe—
"All you must do is get off this train at the next stop… walk deeper into the land through a forest…eventually you will come to a small village of the name of Konoha…Then the rest will fall into place…"
"But I warn you… do no…all.…ov..…ith….Saku….Ha…….."
What? Hey!! Don't leave on me!! NO!!
"Finally, we're stopping," I said wearily. I had just awoken from a nap in which I had a peculiar dream. I stretched in the summer heat. What was that weird dream about? That voice said I would meet…Sakura? I wonder if I was just fantasizing. But… that voice did sound familiar though. Had I met someone with that voice before? I picked up my traveling trunk off of the dusty platform and headed towards the dense forest. I was certain I was meant to meet Sakura, even if I didn't really know where I was going.
"Brother? Where are you going?" Al asked confused.
"This way. I just have this weird feeling about this forest. Come on, let's go!" I replied with a gesture. I started into a sprint going down the wide forest path.
"Brother, wait!!" Al called after me. I could hear him running a little ways behind. I kept pace, still going down the path. I was eager to meet the girl from my dreams.