Author Note: The title Loverly just isn't working for me, but honestly the original title My Life Would Suck without You isn't going to work either because though the song inspired it, it's not the only one making an appearance. So it's still a WIP title! This story (when I update) is going to be a couple of parts. Part One: Sasuke's Return, Part Two: Sakura's mission, that doesn't happen (lots of Sand Nin in this one), Part Three: Wrapping up the end. I'm going for three chapters for each part.
Warning: This story and the two following it is a lot of everyone loving or being in love with Sakura. Sakura is my favorite character so it shows in my stuff!
Chapter Three -
End of Part I:
"Being with you is so dysfunctional I really shouldn't miss you, but I can't let you go. 'Cuz we belong together now. Forever united here somehow.
You got a piece of me and honestly my life would suck without you,"
My Life Would Suck Without You by Kelly Clarkson.
Shikamaru sighed, rubbed his hands over his thighs, and placed his glass down. "Looks like we need to intervene, they're starting to get louder than the noise. How troublesome," he grumbled, "trouble, trouble, trouble, with a capital 'T'. Naruto, you get yours, I'll get mine."
Naruto smile was slow as what Shikamaru said sunk it. He turned his attention away from the guys and watched Sakura, his blue eyes twinkling as she scowled at Ino for some reason or other. You get yours, Shikamaru had said to him, and the flutter in his stomach nearly took his breath. What really floored him though was the look on Sasuke's face at those words. It had been brief, no one else would have caught it, but it was there.
Sasuke wanted Sakura.
Naruto struggled to keeps his wavering smile in place as his heart ached with that realization, knowing the minute he'd seen that look on Sasuke's face that Naruto's feelings would remain unrequited, but he would manage as long as they were happy.
"Sasuke, you'll help too. You get Sakura, I'll get Suigetsu."
Though it was a simple 'hn' for Sasuke, Naruto knew him well enough to hear the relief in his voice, to notice the slight darkening of his eyes as they honed in on the pink haired girl, it didn't matter that he'd been gone for so long, because some things just didn't change.
"How are women and tornadoes alike?"
Sakura scowled at Ino, her expression showing her disapproval. "Pig, you shouldn't encourage this set of jokes. You are a woman after all."
"They both moan like hell when they come and take the house when they leave!"
Sakura snorted and her scowl deepened as she addressed the group around her. She puffed a breath to get her hair out of her eyes and shook her head, "Dear lord that was ridiculous!"
"It wasn't," Suigetsu roared unnecessarily long, along with Ino. "It was hilarious!" Ino added.
Sakura frowned as the two continue to gasp for breath. "I'll admit it was decent, but it wasn't that funny."
"Oh? Tell us a better one; if you can't you have to take three more shots!" Ino commented, her words slurring, and her blonde eyebrow curving in challenge.
Typical! She thought to herself, her right eye twitching while trying to resist the childish challenge.
Sakura bit her bottom lip, her green eyes flashed, and she slammed her fist on the table standing up and yelled, "I can so tell a better one!"
"Do it then," Suigetsu encouraged leaning back in his chair, finding this line of conversation more amusing than the last.
Sakura folded her arms underneath her breasts and slowly sat down. "Fine, here goes."
"Make it dirty!" Ino chimed in, chuckling. "She can't do it if it's dirty," she mumbled her hand trying to cover up what she was saying; only she'd said it rather loudly to Suigetsu.
"Why?" Suigetsu asked, raising one of his drinks to his lips.
Ino grinned evilly as she looked towards Sakura, and then turned her attention back towards Sakura. "She only has intimate knowledge of girls."
The large gulp Suigetsu had taken spurted out the corners of his mouth and he just barely managed to keep the rest in by swallowing.
"Do you want me to hit you Pig?"
"Just tell the dirty joke!"
"Wait, lets get back to what Blondie just said," Suigestu started.
Sakura, blatantly ignoring him started her joke. "A man and a woman started having oral sex in the middle of an extremely dark forest. After about fifteen minutes of it, the man finally gets up and says, "Damn, I wish I had a flashlight!" and the woman replies, "Me too, you've been eating grass for the past ten minutes!" Sakura shouted.
Sakura's face flamed as she realized she'd spoken too loud, and quickly slouched down into her chair, bringing a hand up to cover the side of her face, after taking another shot.
"I-I don't think that qualifies as a 'dirty' joke," Ino said, shaking her head. "I mean it was okay, but you just made everyone go all quiet. So it doesn't work!"
Sakura literally growled at Ino, her face turning red out of anger this time. Knowing she should just keep silent but still not being able to resist, she dug herself a grave by aiming the next joke at Ino. "You want another? Okay. What did the blondes left leg say to her right leg?"
Suigetsu, who was normally the one to start trouble, seemed to realize what was happening and held up a finger, trying to speak. "Maybe you shouldn't-"
Ino held her hand up with a smile of fake tolerance. "Let her finish."
"Between the two of us, we can make a lot of money," Sakura said very calmly. She reached for her drink and started to bring it to her mouth, but snorted into it, sloshing a bit onto her hand.
Ino scowled and shrugged off the sudden warm hand that landed on her shoulder. "That was actually decent, but if that was directed at me fore…"
"Okay, let's get back to the game! Ino," Suigetsu interrupted. His eyes seemed to switch past Ino for a moment then switched behind Sakura.
What the hell? Inner Sakura growled, noticing the sobriety in his voice.
It was the way he spoke that caused Sakura to narrow her eyes and frown with wariness. He's voice wasn't slurring like it had been a few minutes ago. He wasn't drunk, while she and Ino were beyond tipsy.
"You cheat," Sakura glared and whispered slowly.
Suigetsu gave a nervous laugh, completely ignoring Sakura. "Ino, have you and Sakura ever done anything with each other sexually and if so can you describe it in some detail so we can be sure you aren't lying?"
Sakura stiffened. "Hey! Hey! That is none of your—" she growled.
"Kind of, ergo her intimate knowledge, dumb ass," Ino answered, completely ignoring her. "And about the details…"
Sakura sucked in her breath, showing how highly offended she was. "Ino—"
Suigetsu waited, but when it looked like Ino wasn't going to continue he frowned, the excitement that had replaced his extremely sober look, slipping from his face. "That's not an answer."
"It sure the hell is, now, Sai," Ino turned addressing the man who'd been so silent. "Who would you like to have a sexual encounter with?" Ino questioned smiling at the Root member as he shook his head trying to pay attention without dozing off.
"I refuse to answer on the grounds that I don't understand the question," he slurred, dropping his chin on his hand and smiling gently at Sakura before turning his gaze back to Ino.
"What don't you understand?"
"Just leave it," Sakura growled at Ino. "He can barely sit up."
"Sakura," Sai started, his eyes shifted above her head, not focusing completely on her for a few minutes. "People are under the impression that you're in love with two men. Is this true?"
"What the hell! Why are you two not drunk?" she cried out. There was no slur in his voice either.
CHEAT! Inner Sakura screamed.
She'd under estimated her opponents and should have pushed more chakra into her system so she could fight off the alcohol.
She gave a smile and choosing to not answer, reached for the shot.
"Oh! Such an obvious refusal to answer should require at least two drinks," Suigetsu smirked, with a mischievous glint in his eye. "Sasuke, Naruto, Shikamaru," he commented casually in greeting.
That moment was when it dawned on Sakura why Sai and Suigetsu had glanced through Ino and Sakura for a few seconds before asking the question. They'd been behind her the whole time.
CHEAT! CHEAT! Inner Sakura screamed again.
She slowly turned in her chair, her face a cherry red, mostly from the alcohol, but a little bit from the witnesses for that previous question.
Naruto rubbed the back of his neck, his cheeks flushed, "Eh, Sakura-chan, you guys are getting pretty loud we came over to-um…"
"Collect you," Sasuke provided.
"What am I a stamp?" she commented before turning in her chair to give a viciously angry glare at Sai, warning him with her eyes that he would get his due. "Sit down!" she yelled at the three men behind her. Then quickly added, "Naruto they cheated!" she cried in outrage, pointing angrily at Sai and Suigetsu.
She heard a snort, from a direction she couldn't figure out, (damn the alcohol!) and clenched her fists in response.
Naruto pulling a chair on either side of Sakura, one for himself and Sasuke, sat down and smirked at his girl teammate, his eyes becoming soft as he watched her face. "Want me to kick their asses?"
She paused frowning at him before clucking her tongue and rolling her eyes, with anger. "No, I'll do it myself…when I can see straight!"
"We should actually be going Sakura," Naruto started.
"After we finished these last seven rounds we'll go, but we started this game, and will finish it!" she snapped, her eye moving between the three new additions to the table, letting them know she meant business. It was at this moment though she noticed Sasuke pulling his chair away from her.
Apparently Naruto, who was fine with practically being on top of her, under estimated his raven haired friends need to become 'closer to the team', as Naruto had put it. She glared at him, her anger become a beast of its own.
"Here, here," Ino giggled, dropping her head to Shikamaru's shoulder.
"So it's my turn and since we seem to be doing hard hitting questions…Suigetsu, what do you suppose you, Karin, and Juugo had that Naruto, me, and Kakashi didn't?"
Naruto sucked in his breath, his eyes widened a fraction. "Okay Sakura-chan, we should really—"
"I'll need you to elaborate," Suigetsu informed.
"Why were you better than us?" Sakura snapped, glaring at Sasuke the whole time. He'd averted his attention from the table to stare at Sakura. With the same emotionless face as always and she knew she wasn't sorry for asking it. She knew it was bound to come out, what a better time than when she was basically drunk. It was an amazing excuse!
Suigetsu snorted. "That's easy enough. The two of you were weak, but then again you already knew that."
Sakura scoffed, tossing her hair behind her head, but still keeping her eyes on Sasuke, who refused to break eye contact. "Please! I could break you with my pinky and with my pointing finger I can cause a myocardial infarction in a perfectly healthy adult," she snarled at Sasuke.
"Okay, now you can do that, but not then, and all the same we're still better than you at least," Suigetsu commented with a straight face.
"Now that's a bunch of -" Naruto started.
"Relax dickless he was kidding. In fact the only way to know if one is better than the other is to have them fight," Sai added, not looking the least bit drunk anymore.
Sakura frowned at him. Sai had been trying to distract her with that comment and his lack of slurring.
Mission succeeded! Inner Sakura chortled.
"Cheat," she mumbled.
"And there will be no fighting," Sasuke added.
Sakura snorted. "I agree Daddy, but only because I happen to like Suigetsu," she paused, as if she was confused for a moment with what she'd said, "kind of. When he isn't cheating and pretending to be drunk that is!"
Suigetsu smiled and raised one of his half full beers 'on the side' glass to her. "I like you too."
"And who died and made you God anyway?" she growled back, completely ignoring Suigestu's comment. "No, I really want to know? What is it with this God complex you have?"
Apparently she'd said that pretty loud too. She didn't care.
"Well Sasuke? Got any answers for me there?"
Naruto sighed heavily and got to his feet, reaching for Sakura. "It was bound to happen at one point Teme." Naruto sighed heavily and looked towards Sasuke, who seemed to be very focused on Sakura. When Sakura started to back up, as if she was going to get up and leave. Naruto smiled boisterously and offered her his hand to help her off the chair. "I'll carry you if I havta," he offered, pulling her swiftly to a standing position.
Sakura pulled away slightly, but wobbled. "Whoa, don't move me so fast!" she managed to mumble before her legs crumpled under her. She gave a snorted chuckle before turning her head up to Naruto, her eyes sparkling happily.
"Then carry me!" she cried out gleefully, wrapping her arms around his neck. He obliged, sweeping her up so that her feet dangled over his arms. "Sasuke, are you coming?" she called back over Naruto's shoulder, her feet swinging back and forth. "See you tomorrow Ino."
And as if the conversation of Sasuke and God had never happened Sasuke simply stood up and followed.
Ino's response was a snore and a cuddle deeper into Shikamaru's side, who sighed heavily. "Troublesome."
The two, Naruto and Sasuke, where kindly walking her back to her house, and Sakura was comfortably snuggled in Naruto's arms. It was a perfect end to a drunken night.
"So, Sasuke-kun how's the progress with Karin going?" Sakura asked.
She couldn't seem to help it and honestly wasn't asking it to look for a fight. She was curious is all! When she drank she knew she had diarrhea of the mouth, but she'd been waiting for an answer to this question ever since she found out Karin would be staying. She would regret this in the morning, she knew because she wasn't nearly drunk enough to forget, but just enough to have a loose tongue and loose legs, and maybe a loose...
"One word answers—okay, how is the 'revival' of your clan going?"
"With Karin?" he asked, sounding appalled.
Had she gotten it wrong? Sakura wondered briefly. No, maybe it was just that Sasuke wasn't ready for kids yet.
"The sperm count drops drastically with age! You really shouldn't wait!"
"Gees Sakura-chan," Naruto mumbled, adjusting her slightly in his arms.
Sakura clucked her tongue. "What? It's common knowledge."
"Sakura-chan I was wondering," Naruto spoke softly. "Someone commented about you being in love with two—"
"I know right! How ridiculous is that? It's completely irrational to be in love with two men at the same time!" she chuckled brushing his comment off, hoping he wouldn't think she was a stupid fickle teenage girl who couldn't make up her mind.
"I'm just saying it would be okay if it were true. Just, I at least know one, but who's the other?" Naruto asked, trying to blow it off as if it didn't matter, but even though she was drunk, she could hear the hurt in his voice.
Bite your tongue! This will cause a huge catastrophe! Inner Sakura screamed.
He's such a good man and he's had such a hard life. He needs something…Outer Sakura replied internally.
He's not a man, he's barely seventeen!
Inner Sakura, it's always different for Shinobi, always.
"Naruto, I am in love with two guys" she whispered, gently placing a light kiss against his neck (she would definitely die of embarrassment come morning—there's no way she would forget this, or his masculine smell, or the way his breath caught and the way his cheek dropped against her own. Oh dear lord he was amazing!) "It's almost always been you and Sasuke. Didn't you know?"
She felt his arms tighten around her, pulling her closer to his chest, and she was so comfortable in that moment she felt her eyes drooping.
Stupid alcohol! How can I be sleepy after I just admitted to being in love with Sasuke and Naruto, in front of Sasuke and Naruto?
"Sakura—" Naruto whispered, unconsciously rubbing his cheek against hers.
He felt her breath evening out just as his heart started pounding.
"Sakura!" he whispered more harshly.
"Damn it and thank you Sasuke, I'm the one that's carrying her! I know she's asleep! Why did she have to fall asleep now?" he practically panted out. "I just wanted to-I wanted to hear her say she love me."
It was then he seemed to notice how tightly he was holding her. Loosening his grip on her slightly, he turned to Sasuke. "She still loves you." It was a simple comment, but it still felt like the world was spinning, because though she loved Sasuke, he'd always known that, but she admitted to loving him too.
"Teme, don't you have anything else to say? I know that makes you feel something! The way you've been looking at her, ever since you came back you've been-"
"She loves you too," he snapped, cutting Naruto's rambling rampage off.
"Of course, but not like in love with me, it was just…"
Sasuke shook his head, his eyes darkening as he stared at Naruto. "No. She said 'Naruto, I am in love with two guys,' her exact words 'in love'"
Naruto shrugged, staring at Sasuke. "Yeah, maybe, but when push comes to shove she'd choose you."
Sasuke shook his head. "I don't think so. Not after everything. It seems our roles Naruto have been reversed."
"What the hell do you mean?"
"She glares and yells at me, but blushes and smiles around you," Sasuke spoke softly.
"Well then who do you think she'll choose?"
Sasuke paused in his walking and in his response. He turned slightly, eyeing Naruto before he spoke. "I don't think she has to choose."
"What?" Naruto asked in a monotone voice, as he faced away from Sasuke and started to walk again.
"It would make sense. Don't you think? That the three of us be together," Sasuke said it like it was the most normal thing in the world, but in truth it almost made Naruto drop Sakura.
"As in, like, a threesome?"
"No, you make it sound dirty!"
Naruto shook his head in wonder. "Sasuke, double penetration is a bit dirty, sexy, but dirty."
"Double—Dobe!" Sasuke sighed heavily. Naruto noticed out of the corner of his eye Sasuke rubbing his hands against his sides.
"Jesus, you're serious," Naruto shook his head in wonder as he stopped his pursuit to Sakura's house to turn and look at his best friend once more.
"I wasn't talking about sex, but of course there would be some, eventually. It's more like you, Sakura, and me, well, we, the three of us could be a couple."
"Hell yes!" Naruto practically shouted.
Sasuke frowned. "I didn't think you'd agree so quickly."
"How long have you been thinking about this Sasuke?"
Sasuke sighed, rolling his upward, looking at the stars.
"Pervert! I thought I was dirty…is that what you were thinking about when Orochimaru was-"
Sasuke glared at the sky. "Shut-up Dobe! It was possibly before that anyway. I mean, when I wasn't thinking about killing Itachi."
"Shit. Well you should know my escapades with Jiraiya didn't make me completely straight, so I'm for it but Sakura, she's—she's a good girl. I don't know how she'll respond to this," Naruto said, knowing Sasuke wanted a change of subject.
"I agree," Sasuke nodded, motioning them to start walking when he noticed Sakura give a tiny shiver.
"I think she's just cold, but she's definitely asleep," Naruto informed him.
"We shouldn't tell her out right; we'll ease her into it, starting when she wakes up."
Naruto paused for only a second before he responded. "Excuse me?"
"Let's go to my place, my bed is big enough for three people."
"She's knocked out Sasuke. I said I was game, but not for that!"
Sasuke rolled his eyes. "I didn't mean take advantage of her, just simply sleep, with her in the middle. We used to do it all the time before I left."
"Yeah, when we were on missions and it was cold out. Not to mention she was more coherent."
"She won't think anything of it."
Naruto shrugged, not fighting as hard as he probably should have. It was the prospect of waking up to his two favorite people, of cuddling with Sakura while he fell asleep, and seeing Sasuke's emotionless face that caused him to just not care that much.
Sasuke inhaled deeply, trying to calm his emotions, leaning against his bathroom sink, while listening to Naruto shuffle Sakura towards the middle of his bed.
This was too fast and it felt wrong for some reason. Not him being with them, but he only hoped he wasn't forcing anyone into a position they didn't want to be in, specifically Sakura.
She was so angry with him and honestly he couldn't blame her. Sasuke had expected it from her, Naruto, everyone, what he hadn't expected was Sakura being so verbal about it. Sure he'd come back with the knowledge of wanting to take her as his, but he'd expected the obsessed, over bearing, but sexy pink haired, green eyed girl to welcome him. This side of her had surprised him, then angered him, then turned him on. When she'd addressed him in the hospital room he had wanted her to just hug him and tell him that 'of course she'd want him back,' only she hadn't.
He knew it had more to do with his other companions and what they were asking than himself, she'd even stated so, but he'd just wanted…her.
Sakura had waited so long, he'd waited so long, and Naruto (his wait was most likely considerably longer) was just the cherry on top. He would be with them from now on and nothing would change that, even Sasuke's own uncertainties.
Sakura just had to agree and she would because they, the three of them, belonged together.
To Be Continued…
Sorry for any mistakes-if you noticed something tell me and I'll try to remember to change it!
The jokes in the story are not mine! They're from a joke site that I thought I'd copied down, but apparently I've been very absent minded lately and did not.
"…trouble, trouble, trouble, with a capital 'T'" – Quest for Camelot