Title: Turning Point

Summary: Her death changed him. A story about Sasuke, his present and futures, and the girl destined to die. Sasusaku

Pairings: SasukexSakura

Genre: Romance/Tragedy

Disclaimer: I own neither the characters and situations from Naruto nor the plot of Noein, but I do own everything else in this story.


Chapter 6: Losing, then Finding

Grey clouds loomed ahead as a light drizzle loomed over Konoha. A gentle tapping on the cobblestone streets was the only sound in that late hour, caused by the rain and by a man who slowly strolled through the rain.

He paused as he reached his destination, gazing at a quiet figure who stood in front of a towering slab. An edifice which contains the names of all the shinobi who have died in battle. Sighing he moved closer, and observed that there were no tears in the figure's face, just a quiet resolve.

"Squirt, don't you dare go stoic like the Teme."

"Bring her back." She whispered in reply, and Naruto looked at her in surprise. She has not spoken in days.

"What do you mean?"

"You are the Hokage, bring her back." She whispered more firmly, but her face remained passive.

Naruto shook his head. "No power in the world could bring back the dead."

"That's not true!" Two pairs of blue eyes met. "Then I wouldn't be here."

For a while there was silence as the two gazed determinedly at each other, then the first trickle of tears fell from the young girl's eyes. She leaned over to the man as he held her closer, muffling the sobs.

"The Dead cannot come back." He whispered. "That's why we do our best to protect the ones we love. Mika, I know what it feels for someone you care about die." His eyes lingered on several names. "I know about pain. Use it to be stronger."

The rain finally stopped when the pair made their way home, Naruto carrying Mika at his back.

"Papa."

"Yeah, Squirt?"

"We cannot bring the dead back to life?"

"..."

"But we can protect people we love."

"Of course."

"Then I'll protect everyone." She leaned closer, fatigue finally catching up. "In whatever way I could." She finished before drifting to sleep.

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"Sakura…"

"Not another one!!!" Sakura screamed in frustration as she stood before the two Sasuke's. This Sasuke was also about the same age as Mirai, only that this Sasuke's hair was longer and spikier, almost resembling a hedgehog. "Seriously I'm getting a headache."

"Sakura…" The newest Sasuke approached her. "I can't believe it, you're alive…"

"Stay away!!!" Mirai suddenly grabbed Sakura by the waist and jumped from the window.

"What the heck is happening!!!" Sakura yelled as she and Mirai fell to the ground. "Can anyone explain why there is another Sasuke?!!!"

Upon reaching the ground, they both jumped backwards to evade the lightning bolt sent after them.

"Sakura…" The newest Sasuke landed before them. He walked towards Sakura, his crimson eyes glowing eerily. "I finally found you…" He held out his hand…

Sakura was mesmerized. She was about to lift her hand when Mirai, grabbed her and threw her behind him.

"You won't get her!!!" Mirai growled. "You will have to go through me."

The new Sasuke smirked. "That's not a problem." He unsheathed his Katana and suddenly sped towards Mirai. Sidestepping quickly, Mirai was able to prevent the Katana from hitting his heart, but blood was spewing from his side.

"Mirai-san!" Sakura screamed, then a blur of yellow kicked the new Sasuke away.

"Mika! Do the jutsu now!!!" Ordered Naruto.

Sakura saw Mika running towards them, grabbing both her and Mirai. Then everything disappeared.

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Sasuke Uchiha blinked when he saw that the girl and Sakura with his look alike disappeared. He could feel his muscles again, but he felt so shocked that he still couldn't move.

Could there be another Uchiha survivor? He concluded that this may be the only plausible explanation. But Sakura called him Sasuke. Still in the verges of denial, Sasuke began thinking if there was any possibility he had another relative with the same namesake.

"Sasuke!"

"Teme!"

He looked around to see two groups running to his direction, his current team and another led by his former teammate.

The blond was quicker, however, and Naruto quickly leaped forward to give a punch the Uchiha easily dodged.

"You are back!" He grinned. "I knew you would be."

Before Sasuke could reply, Suigetsu swung his sword causing Naruto to jump back.

"Hey, Sasuke, what's going on?" The Mist Nukenin asked.

The blond's eyes narrowed at the sword. "That's Zabusa's sword! Teme! How could you?!"

"Got a problem with that loudmouth?" Suigetsu smirked, handling his word dangerously.

"Careful, Naruto. They don't seem to be here on friendly terms." Yamato held Naruto's shoulder.

"But you said the Teme surrendered days ago!" Naruto replied causing Sasuke to be surprised again at the information though his face hardly showed it.

"He looks different now." Sai spoke up.

"That wasn't me!" Sasuke found the urge to talk. "I just arrived here."

"The lab results confirmed that the person we detained was indeed Sasuke Uchiha, the DNA matched." Yamato said.

"You people are crazy!" Karin shrieked. "There's no way Sasuke-kun could be here! And he'll never surrender to you people!"

Before another fight could escalate, another flash of light caused them to pause. As the light faded, they saw three figures arrive on the field.

"I feel like I have a hangover."

"One of the effects of inter dimensional travel is migraine."

"Sakura-chan?" Naruto pointd at her. "What the heck is happening?!!!"

"That's the Sasuke we captured!" Sai pointed at Mirai, whom Sakura had slung over her shoulder.

"That's not me!" Sasuke yelled, for some reason, he was angry at the look alike. "There's no way that's me!"

"He does look like you." Juugo said while Sasuke gave him an angry glare.

"I can explain this." Sakura said loudly. "Mika-chan?" She looked at the girl beside her.

The said girl however was looking at Naruto. With eyes that should only be reserved to idol worship. "That's your Sage mode clothes." She whispered, "That looks so totally amazing!"

She walked closer, dazed.

"Who are you?" Naruto asked nervously.

"I'm Mikazuki and I'm going to be just like you!" Mika squealed as she hugged him.

Naruto blushed a bright red as the beautiful girl pulled away. "Uh, thanks."

Sasuke, who was definitely pissed off, walked to Sakura. "What's going on?"

"Don't go near her!" Mirai glared at him and Sasuke stopped at the hostility in his voice.

"Mirai-san?" She looked at him questioningly.

"He cannot be trusted." Mirai said through gritted teeth, as the two of them glared menacingly at each other.

"What are you talking about?" Sakura asked Mirai. "It's like saying I should not trust you."

"Maybe you shouldn't" He moved away from Sakura and struggled to stand on his own.

"What the hell is happening here?!" Karin screamed. "Can someone explain what is happening here?!"

"It's a very long story." Sakura rushed beside Mirai again. "But first we have to take him to the hospital."

Yamato nodded and signaled their other companions to help Sakura.

A group of ANBU suddenly surrounded Team Taka.

"You have to go with us too." Yamato told Sasuke.

Sasuke glanced at Saskura who was holding on with his older look-alike with worried eyes. Somehow, he felt his chest tighten and his fists clenched.

"Fine. I'm going." He replied to everyone's surprise.

"But Sasuke-kun!!!" Karin protested.

"I want to know what's going on!" Sasuke looked at Naruto who was grinning. "Let's get this over with."


A/N: I'm back! I'm taking advantage of my Day off to update, and the looming one-year anniversary since I started writing Naruto fanfics helped motivate me too. However, I'm still not sure when I can update again. Maybe I can have multiple updates in a month, and it may be erratic, and it may not always be the same story. But I'll update! I love the concept of this story too much not too. Just give me time to adjust to my dream job's schedule. :)

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