All Over You
A/N: Alrighty……here is the next chappy! Hope it wasn't too long of a wait. From here on out we are officially over with the Sasu/Naru pairing and we are starting the Sai/Naru pairing…but not for a few more chapters. So please read, enjoy, and review! Remember guys, if ur gonna give me a flame don't even bother reviewing….although I have yet to get a flame I'm just warning those who are stupid enough to read a story they hate just so they can leave a stupid flame. ENJOY!!!!
Disclaimer: Kay I know I should be doing this more often but I always forget…soo I'm saying it now. I don't own Naruto and I don't own the song All Over You. Naruto belongs to the amazing Masashi Kishimoto and the song All Over You belongs to The Spill Canvas.
Chapter 4: Pick Up Your Pieces
There was a knocking sound at his door. 'Maybe if I stay really quiet she'll go away.' Naruto thought as he tried to bury himself further under the blankets.
"NARUTO UZUMAKI I SWEAR YOU BETTER COME UNLOCK THIS DOOR"
Fuck she's mad. Naruto figured he had two options…he could completely ignore her and wait till she got mad enough to kick down the door. Or he could answer the door, crawl back in bed and ignore her from there. Naruto thought that the latter might be less dangerous so he slowly made his way from the safety of his bed to the bedroom door where the she-witch was waiting for him. He knew Sakura was doing this with the best intentions but couldn't she be a little more…gentle?
Naruto opened the door to a frowning Sakura, "Bout damn time you got up."
"Look Sakura I know I said I'd be ready to come out any day now…but today isn't that day so can't ya' just let me go back to sleep?" Naruto stated with absolutely no emotion.
Sakura sighed then scowled at her blond headed friend, "Look Naruto, if we don't get you out of this house and into the light of day you might cease to exist." She grabbed the jinchuuriki 's wrist and pulled him out of the bedroom. "You are going to eat something, take a shower, get dressed, and then we are going to go out and train."
Naruto stared blankly at the pink haired kunoichi.
Sakura sighed again then stared leading Naruto to the kitchen where she had already prepared breakfast. She forcefully sat him in one of the chairs and proceeded to sit next to him.
"Look Naruto, I know what….he did was unforgivable, and you have every right to be depressed and broody. But the Chunin exams are about a month away and I'll rip my own eyes out before I watch you fail at even trying to pass them. You are going to go through some rigorous training for the next few weeks to both strengthen you and get your mind off of things."
Naruto stared at her, dumbfounded, "Sakura I don't think I can do all that. I'll just take the Chunin exams next year, when I'm more prepared."
"Like hell you will!" Sakura yelled.
"You don't understand," Naruto dropped the food he was about to place in his mouth and looked down at the table, "He…he was my inspiration. I know that's stupid but it's true. Everything I ever did was for him…to impress him. I worked my ass off to make sure he thought I was worth something…to make him proud of me. Now that he's gone, what's the point?"
Sakura was taken aback slightly by this, "Naruto, that's complete and utter bullshit."
Naruto stared at her angrily, "Gee thanks."
Sakura rolled her eyes, "I mean, why would you base your inspiration and motivation solely on a cocky, egotistical bastard like Sasuke? Naruto you have the potential to be the greatest ninja this world has ever known and you are just gonna throw it all away cause that son-of-a-bitch made the biggest mistake of his life by leaving you? Naruto you have to start thinking about yourself every once in a while. I know it sounds selfish but it's true. You can't rely on other people to bring you happiness all the time because people are chocolate coated bastards with bastard filling and they are gonna let you down sometimes. You have to believe in yourself and you have to realize that you have more power than anyone else to make yourself happy." Sakura took a deep breath, as she hadn't taken one through her ranting and raving.
Naruto stayed quiet for quite some time. He considered what the pink haired girl had told him. Finally he looked up at said friend and tears slowly started to form in his big blue eyes. "I can't do it alone Sakura….I just can't…not now anyways."
Sakura smiled and placed a hand on Naruto's shoulder. "You won't have to Naruto. I'm going to help you. And so are your friends. As a matter of fact, Kiba and Shikamaru are gonna meet with us in the forest to help you train. You are not alone Naruto. You have us."
Naruto smiled slightly, "Thank you Sakura."
The sun was just beginning to go down as the small group of genin made their way to Ichiraku. Sakura was very pleased with the way the day had gone, and she had suggested that the four of them have dinner at Naruto's favorite place. Shikamaru and Kiba were more than happy to see their friend out of his room, though they wished they could see him out if his little depressed funk. Although today was an improvement from the past days where Naruto hadn't said a word and had been moping around. Today, at least, they were able to make him laugh, even if it was only a small chuckle, Kiba and Shikamaru took it as a victory. They were able to get him into his "training mode" and hopefully got his mind off of him.
"Ya' know, I've never eaten here before. Is it good Naruto?" Kiba asked as he mindlessly pet Akamaru, who was in his arms.
Naruto stopped in his steps and stared in pure and utter shock, "Are fricken kidding me? This is by far the best place EVER." Naruto huffed and walked off as if offended at Kiba's ignorance.
Sakura laughed as Kiba just stared after the blond in complete confusion, "What the hell just happened?"
Sakura patted Kiba on the back as she followed her blond friend, "If there is one thing that you should know about Naruto, it's that you should never underestimate or insult the Ichiraku ramen shop."
Shikamaru sniggered at Kiba as he followed along as well. Kiba just growled as he trailed behind, muttering curses to Akamaru who yelped and whined as if trying to calm Kiba.
[ Two weeks later: One week before the Chunin Exams]
Sakura wiped her hands dry as she walked out of the kitchen, having just finished the dishes. She called Naruto from his room to see if he was ready for their daily training session with Kiba and Shikamaru. The kunoichi was quite pleased with herself, having successfully gotten Naruto pretty well and ready for the Chunin Exams. Although he wasn't quite at his full potential, she was sure he would be able to pass the exams with flying colors. She was also proud of the fact that the blond had seemed to start healing emotionally. He had been laughing and smiling and actually started to seem like his old self again. Sakura smiled to herself. Her first mission was almost done. Oh how she couldn't wait for the second one where she would be able to kill that raven haired bastard for what he did to their bumbling blond idiot.
Naruto came out of his room and gave a bright smile, "Kay Sakura, lets get going."
Sakura returned the smile and led Naruto out of the house and on their way to the training grounds they had been meeting at for the past few weeks.
"Ya' think Kakashi-Sensei will actually show up this time?" Naruto said, raising his arms behind his head as they walked.
"Oh you know him. He'll either show up so late that it won't be worth him being there or he'll decide that we don't need him and he won't show up at all." Sakura couldn't help but roll her eyes at their sensei. Kakashi had been helping them with their training, well trying to help. But as always the Icha-Icha obsessed Jounin was always late, not being any real use to the genin.
Naruto nodded in agreement and they walked the rest of the way in silence.
Once they got to the forest, Kiba and Shikamaru were already their with, surprise surprise, Kakashi as well. After about ten minutes of being so shocked by the silver haired man's punctuality that they couldn't move, Naruto and Sakura finally joined them in the sparring they had already started.
After another vigorous day of training thanks to the caring hearts of his friends, Naruto found himself totally and utterly exhausted. He had politely declined the offer from Kiba and Shikamaru to have dinner, and instead opted to walk around Konoha before it got too dark. He kept to himself, trying not to draw to much attention from the citizens of the village as he walked by. Though he was more welcomed by them now than he was before he entered the academy, Naruto didn't feel like chatting with them or putting up the front that he was happy. Sure, his three friends had made him feel LOADS better than he had, but he still felt like he was empty inside. Although his friends were trying to get him to think and obsess over the upcoming Chunin Exams, the only thing he could think about was Sasuke. He had accepted the fact that the raven had left and was probably not coming back. Hell, he had already accepted that Sasuke probably didn't even love him like he had proclaimed. But what Naruto couldn't accept was the fact that Sasuke had just thrown everything away, without telling him in person. He said goodbye in a note for fucks sake! And also, Sasuke had broke his promise. Sasuke had promised to never leave him, and he broke that damn promise. Naruto kicked a rock that had been in his way, as if it was the raven's head.
"Such animosity Naruto. Something bothering you?"
Naruto jumped slightly at the voice before turning to see Kakashi standing their with his ever-present book of smut and romance. Naruto just gave him a shrug, not caring that he hadn't smiled at his teacher and not in the least wanting to.
"So it seems our little blond jinchuuriki isn't over his love interest, despite what people want to believe." Kakashi began walking in stride with Naruto. "Would you like to talk?"
"Kakashi-Sensei, you don't have to pretend to be interested. I know you really don't care." Kakashi felt a pang in his heart at the blonds words and tone of voice. The kid really was hurting.
"Naruto, why would you say that? Of course I care about you." Kakashi placed a hand on his student's shoulder, "I really am worried about you."
"I know, I'm sorry. I just don't know if I can talk about…him yet."
"That's fine. But if you do need to talk you know I'm here right?" Kakashi glanced down at Naruto who returned the glance with a small, genuine smile.
"Yea I know. But ummm….Kakashi-Sensei?"
Naruto stayed silent for a moment, gathering his thoughts, "What would you say if I told you…that I didn't want to participate in the Chunin Exams this year?"
Kakashi stopped and stared at the blond in pure shock, "You don't want to do the exams?"
Naruto sighed and turned to his teacher, "No, not this year anyways."
"Look I've thought this through already. I know that I'm not ready for them, despite all the training these past few weeks. I know I'm ready physically, but mentally, I don't think it would be all the smart for me to go into the exams with my mind still on…certain things. I mean, if I were to get attacked right now I wouldn't survive. I'm too distracted and I need some time to myself so that I can truly get over what happened. I think I need to train outside of Konoha."
Kakashi stared dumbfounded at his visibly heartbroken student. He let Naruto's words sink in fully, before looking straight into the blond's eyes. "Naruto, I completely understand. You're right. It would be foolish to go into these exams when you aren't fully stable yet. Maybe some time away from this accursed village would do you some good."
Naruto smiled his first true smile in weeks before running and glomping Kakashi with a huge hug, "Thank you, Kakashi-Sensei, for understanding."
Kakashi chuckled and ruffled the blond locks on top of the teen's head, "Of course Naruto."
Then Kakashi slowly returned Naruto's embrace and they stayed like that for a few moments before pulling away. "You know what Naruto? I even know the perfect person who can help you train outside of Konoha."
"Who's that Kakashi-Sensei?"
Kakashi smirked behind his mask, "Oh…you'll see. I'll talk to him tomorrow and see if I can get the two of you to meet up and discuss things."
"Thank you so much, Kakashi-Sensei!"
"Anything for my favorite student." Kakashi couldn't help but smirk. Jiraiya was going to LOVE this.
"WHAT THE HELL DO YOU MEAN HE'S GONE?!?!"
Kakashi flinched, "Look Sakura he would have told you himself…but frankly he didn't want to die so he left it up to me to explain to you what's going on."
"Well then by all means, tell me what the fuck is going on Kakashi-Sensei!!!" Sakura crossed her arms and glared angrily at her teacher.
Kakashi visibly tensed up. As much as he hated to say it the girl scared him slightly, "Well, I had a talk with him the other night. Sakura, he wasn't happy here. I know you and the others were trying to get him to feel better but, it wasn't working. He's hurting inside Sakura, and he figured it would be better if he got away for a while."
"B-but…he's gonna miss the Chunin Exams." Sakura felt tears welling up. How could she not see that her friend was still in pain? She was so obsessed with trying to get him physically ready for the exams that she didn't pay attention to how Naruto was feeling. She should have known those smiles were fake.
"Exactly. He felt like he would be too distracted to even keep himself alive in the exams. Which, if I do say so myself, is probably true." Kakashi laid a comforting hand on the young girl's shoulder, "He'll only be gone for a while."
"How long is a while?" Sakura growled.
"Uh…..a few years…." Kakashi stepped back, expecting an explosive response from the kunoichi.
Instead, Sakura let a few tears fall as she smiled, "So the idiot has finally decided to think of himself for once. Thank the lord."
: Haha I got that from Scrubs…I thought it was fantastic so I put it in there!
A/N: Holy crap I actually managed to get a long chapter in there for you guys! I know it could be longer, but hey, at least it's longer than the others have been. Alright so things are finally gonna start getting interesting!!! Hopefully I can get the next chappy out here soon. I'm leaving next week to Colorado so I wont have time to write then and then I'm starting school that following week…sooo…I have absolutely no idea when I'll get to update…but don't worry…this story won't go on hiatus like my others =(…which by the way if ANY of you have ideas for my other stories (Hate Me and Vindicated) PLEASE tell me!!!!
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