I don't own Naruto..
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Sasuke had been back in Konoha for a month now, so much had happened.
When he first returned, all he could think of was, naturally, revenge. Revenge on the village that had condemned his clan to death.
He had killed Itachi and found out the truth, or what he believed was the truth. He wasn't entirely sure of the story, but it made everything make sense. It just seemed by now that he had been jumping from lie to lie, trying to make his life have meaning.
He smirked. A Hyuuga. It seemed as if their clan had been getting stronger in his absence. To sense him from inside the village as he was a 100 meters away. Impressive.
When he arrived at the gates to the village, he was met by a female ANBU, her chakra signature masked, her face as well with a traditional porcelain cat.
"Uchiha." Her voice was mildly familiar. She pulled into a fighting stance, the gentle fist style.
The raven haired man stood on a tree branch a good 30 meters from her, a bored look on his face.
"I have no business with you Hyuuga." he stated monotone.
At this she rose slightly, surprised at his identification of her, but fell back into her stance determined.
The corner of his mouth twitched upward in a sort of a cocky smile. He jumped down from the tree and landed not 5 meters from the woman in a split second.
She didn't move an inch, but readied herself to strike and defend.
"You are not to enter this village."
He looked at her mildly, "Who's gonna stop me?"
He walked forward, his onyx eyes lighthearted as he stared into her.
In a flash they met. He had pulled out his katana, at the same moment his wrist was held with strength he had not been expecting. In that same second he had chakra pulsed through his arm, a few of his chakra points closed off. He broke away quickly.
She fell back into her fighting stance, waiting for him.
He hadn't come here to fight. He had to infiltrate the village on good terms, to make it fall from the inside out.
"Take me to the Hokage." he stated, yet again in monotone.
"Why should I?" she bit back.
"Either way I would be brought to her. I rather alive." he stated bored.
"Flattery won't get you anywhere." she hissed back at him.
Before he could reply, a team of Jonin arrived on spot and took in the scene unfolding. Tsunade landed in front of them a moment later.
"What do you want Uchiha?" she spat, her voice brimmed with malice.
"I wish to return to my home." He seemed to only speak in monotone.
"You lost that privilege long ago boy." she retorted angrily.
"Do you seriously think after all this time and all you've done you can just waltz back in here as if nothing has happened?!"
"No." he replied simply.
"But I wish to reconcile. I regret many things I have done and wish to make up for them." It choked his insides to even think such insane and unbelievable lies.
"I will do anything, if only to come back home." he remained calm as he spoke, not giving anything at all away.
"Then you won't mind if I bind you to take you into the village." she asked, an eyebrow raised.
"Take all my weapons as well." the man insisted and dropped his sword to the ground in it's sheath.
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Sasuke had been retained to the medical ward so that Tsunade would always be close by to monitor his first few days back. Beyond strong seals and a plethora of chakra binding justu had been placed on his power with his full cooperation.
When word leaked out that Sasuke was back, Naruto, of course, was the first one to come visit him. He wanted to slap him so hard he'd fly to the moon, but his overjoy that Sasuke had finally come to his senses stopped him. It took a while, but in good time they were acting like the best of friends again.
Sakura and Kakashi came to see him a day after Naruto. Sakura, after that fateful day years ago when they saw Sasuke for the first time since his disappearance had long lost any feelings she had had for the man. When she entered the room with Kakashi, Naruto had left and they sat down by his bedside.
"Hi Sasuke." she said politely.
When he turned and looked at her, surprise riddled his features. She was smiling a soft smile. Nothing over dramatic, no tears of joy, no groveling at his side. He turned to Kakashi who just stared back at him.
After a few moments of silence, Sasuke opened his mouth to speak when a distressed nurse ran into the room.
"Sakura-sama! The ANBU team are back from their mission, we need to go into emergency surgery ASAP!"
Sakura rose from her chair and paced out of the room with dignified speed, not giving a second glance back at Sasuke.
He just stared at the sight dumbfounded. Kakashi saw his reaction and figured he'd fill him in.
"Haven't you heard by now?" he called to Sasuke's attention.
"Sakura is the top medical ninja of all of Konoha. Some say she's even surpassed Tsunade."
At this Sasuke's eyes widened a fraction and he looked from Kakashi to the open doorway where the konoichi had left.
They ended up playing a game of Go, ending in a stalemate. As Kakashi was leaving, the dividing curtain was drawn and he could hear a bed being rolled into his room. Footsteps left the room without a word and a heart monitor beeped steadily.
'Must be one of the ANBU from that surgery earlier.'
He was curious as to who it might have been, but he decided that it would be best for him to stay where he was.
The following morning, the Uchiha awoke to silence. At first he felt as if nothing was wrong, but then he remembered the evening before. What had happened to the patient beside him? He opened his eyes slowly to find a girl with her back to him in a chair by the window. Her legs to her chest, her arms wrapped around them. Long midnight blue hair flowed around her as she looked out into the morning.
The man found that when he tried to feel for her chakra, he couldn't even find a trace.
'Those damn seals..'
So he found another way. He looked into the reflection on the window, his eyes widened a bit at what he saw.
"Good morning Uchiha. I see you have awakened." Her voice was so soft, she almost purred. She turned her head to face him in profile and stared into his eyes with her soft, piercing gaze.
When he just stared back at her in silent awe, she smiled a cute smile closing her eyes, and turned back to the morning sun.
Sasuke couldn't believe his eyes. Was that, Hinata?!
After moments of silence he was broken from his thoughts.
"It sure is a beautiful morning...."
She turned whole around and faced him
"..isn't it?" she smiled again with her eyes, her head tilting lightly as she did so.
She was so... adorable..
He looked at her, his eyes clearly widened. She was bandaged up along her right leg starting at the mid-calf; after that, they disappeared under her black capris. His eyes traced over her arms where on her left bicep, under the short-sleeved black top she had on, he thought he saw the tip of a swirled tattoo.
There was no way someone like Hinata could ever possibly be in the ANBU. His memories of the girl ran through his mind. She had been such a sad case. A poor excuse for a ninja. She had been so quiet, so weak, her infatuation with Naruto a little too obvious. He had heard that during the Chunin exams she was almost killed by Hyuuga Neji.
How could that girl be the woman in front of him?
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It had been 3 days since he had entered the village again and everyone had heard of the return of Uchiha Sasuke.
It was the first day he was allowed to walk about the city and he took the exercise gratefully. It was early in the morning, the sun just rising, when he heard a commotion. Intrigued, he walked toward it.
He heard in unison as two green flashes of speed whipped past him in the matter of a second. He blinked as his hair whipped across his face from the wind and just stared on.
Sasuke merely shook his head and continued on his way to the Uchiha grounds.
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Hinata awoke to her otherwise empty room. Hopefully she would be able to return home today. Sasuke was told he was let go the day before and must have risen with the fading moon for some freedom. She couldn't imagine being perfectly healthy and stuck in a room with nothing to do, muscles aching to move.
Just as she was about to call, Sakura opened the door to the room, clipboard in hand.
"It looks like you can leave today Hinata-chan. Just be careful on that leg and don't stress it too much and you'll be fine." she smiled at her friend and looked over to the other side of the room.
"Thank you Sakura-chan. I don't know what I'd do without you." she returned the smile kindly.
Sakura returned to her clipboard and walked out of the room in silence, seemingly brooding.
Hinata sighed as she got out of bed and walked across the room to gather he belongings. With one last look at the room, she closed the door quietly and headed to the Hyuuga manor.
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Please Read and Review! I'm not sure if I'm going to continue this fic. I was intending to write a one-shot when this starting coming out. I restarted it and wrote a one-shot of it (you can find it on my profile as "True Love") but I didn't want all of this writing to go to waste so I figured I'd post it. If I get about 5 reviews give or take I think I will continue it. So, if you like it, REVIEW!!