Chapter 23

Disclaimer: -holds up papers- I DON'T OWN NARUTO OR ANY SONGS USED!!!


[One Month Later]

Naruto finished putting the last bag away with the band's instruments while Satori spoke to the bus driver about travel times. Jiraiya, the agreed guardian on the tour, was already sleeping on the bus. Everyone else was just coming out of the building. This included the rest of the band, their girlfriends, Gaara, Tsunade, and his dad. Kiba and Shikamaru were trying to comfort their girlfriends while Tsunade discussed something with Minato. Sakura came right up to him and gave him a small hug before pulling away.

"I guess this is it, huh?" she asked, motioning a hand toward the bus.

"Only for a year," Naruto answered with a smile. "I promise I'll be back before you know it."

Sakura shook her head. "No, you won't. It's a year, Naruto. A whole year." As she spoke, her eyes brimmed with tears but she refused to let them fall.

Naruto's smile disappeared and he looked at the ground. "We can still make this work, right? I mean, long distance relationships don't always fail," he wondered, soft pleading in his voice. He looked back up to catch her expression and wish he hadn't.

"Naruto... I love you but I'm positive that won't work. Long distance relationships always fail in the end, no matter how much work is put into it."

"Will you wait for me? Please?"

Sakura looked at him dead in the eyes. "When you come back, I promise we'll try to start from where we left off."

"Do you promise?"

"I promise."

Naruto enveloped her in a massive hug and whispered, "I'll miss you Sakura-chan." Then he pulled away and climbed into the bus with the rest of his band. The giant vehicle started up and began to pull away. And before the bus got too far away, a song was played, sung by Naruto Uzumaki himself.

Your subtleties
They strangle me
I can't explain myself at all.
And all the wants
And all the needs
All I don't want to need at all.

The walls start breathing
My mind's unweaving
Maybe it's best you leave me alone.
A weight is lifted
On this evening
I give the final blow.

When darkness turns to light,
It ends tonight
It ends tonight.

A falling star
Least I fall alone.
I can't explain what you can't explain.
You're finding things that you didn't know
I look at you with such disdain

The walls start breathing
My mind's unweaving
Maybe it's best you leave me alone.
A weight is lifted
On this evening
I give the final blow.

When darkness turns to light
It ends tonight,
It ends tonight.
Just a little insight won't make this right
It's too late to fight
It ends tonight,
It ends tonight.

Now I'm on my own side
It's better than being on your side
It's my fault when you're blind
It's better that I see it through your eyes

All these thoughts locked inside
Now you're the first to know

When darkness turns to light
It ends tonight,
It ends tonight.
Just a little insight won't make this right
It's too late to fight
It ends tonight,
It ends

When darkness turns to light
It ends tonight,
It ends tonight.
Just a little insight won't make this right
It's too late to fight
It ends tonight,
It ends tonight.

Tonight
Insight
When darkness turns to light,
It ends tonight.

"I'll miss you, too, Naruto-kun."


A/N

I know, short. But I was really stumped at how to end this so... there ya go. Oh, and ignore the lyrics. I couldn't find anything else.

By the way, if you didn't already know... it's over. Done. This is the last chapter. If you want me to make a sequel, ask. If not, tell me not to. Either way,

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