I do not own Naruto. That would be Masashi Kishimoto.
The only thing that I own is the story line.


When she arrived at school with Deidara and Sasori she soon discovered that her friends weren't waiting up front for her like they had always used to do and for some reason that actually bothered her a tiny bit. 'Was I really that easy to give up and forget about?' she thought. Feeling her heart sink slightly, Sakura went through the motions of her morning.

It wasn't until lunch came around that she was confronted by Naruto.

"Sakura-chan I – I wanted to apologize…"

She glanced momentarily at the group behind him, watching them closely. Her gaze fell on him once again and she let out an inaudible sigh.

"I just… I don't understand Naruto. We're best friends, we're supposed to have each other's backs no matter what and you do this."

His shoulders seemed to slump even more, if that was even possible, he also looked like he hadn't slept the past few days either.

"I know Sakura I-"

"I'm not finished," she said, stopping him, "I won't accept your apology, I can't. I'm sorry Naruto, but I stand by what I said. Until you see me for who I am, I don't know how we can be friends."

Biting hard onto her lip to hold back her tears, she looked straight into his cerulean eyes and she knew this was just as hard on him as it was on her. It was them, the three musketeers, her Sasuke and Naruto. The inseparable trio that always fought and always had each other's back.

With nothing either could say, she turned and began to walk away from the cafeteria, all traces of hunger gone and probably would be for the rest of the day.


"Hey, have you seen Sakura?" questioned Pein as he sat on the couch with Konan in the teachers lounge, "She isn't ditching again is she?"

Itachi took another sip from his tea, "Kisame took her home."

"What?" asked Deidara, eyeing the Uchiha.

"Why?" added Sasori.

"She wasn't feeling well, she did look rather pale too," continued Itachi.

Deidara frowned and jumped up to his feet and walked towards the door, Sasori hot on his heels.

"Don't even think about it," commanded Pein, "You can play nurse when we get back-"

"Let them go," Konan interrupted.

The air grew increasingly tense, Konan unfazed by her boyfriends current feelings towards being interrupted.

"They're worried about her, let them go."

The door opened before anything else could be said, Kisame standing there looking slightly out of breath.

"What's up?" questioned Itachi, blocking the view of the door from Pein, "And why are you out of breath?"

Silently thanking the stoic Uchiha, Deidara and Sasori slipped out of the room unnoticed.

"Just chased down that Yamanaka brat," he puffed, "She's really fast. I bet she gives the Princess a run for her money."

Kisame continued to explain what had happened when Pein suddenly groaned and glared between Itachi and Konan.

"Something wrong?" she asked innocently.

"They left didn't they?"

It was more of a statement rather than a question.

"Um who left?" asked Kakazu, having been counting money rather than paying attention.

"No one else can leave until school is out, do I make myself clear?" he groaned, rubbing the back of his neck.


Deidara and Sasori walked very quietly into Sakura's room. She was sound asleep and had somehow managed to kick her covers to the end of her bed, twisted around her ankles. One of the straps was down her arm and her hair was all over the place.

"She looks so cute," Sasori whispered, getting closer to her bed.

Deidara gently with his index finger pulled Sakura's tank top strap back on her shoulder. She then grabbed his arm and opened her eyes.

"AHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

Deidara jumped back just in time to avoid the tiny, but very powerful, fist aimed for his face.

"What are you doing here?"

"We came to take care of you," Deidara replied quickly.

"How did you get in here?" Sakura croaked, her throat dry.

Sasori jingled the keys to the house, "We live her too remember?"

"Were you trying to undress me?" Sakura asked Deidara, continueing her interigation of the blonde male.

"NO!" Deidara said mortified, "I would never I mean I wouldn't mind if this was a different situation with less people, wait no, I'm not trying to say if we were alone we would be doing certain things, unless you wanted to but then if you don't we cou-"

"I think she gets the point," Sasori cut him off, "We did not come here to harass you or anything, Deidara was just fixing your strap."

"Oh, well you didn't have to come take care of me, I'm a big girl and can take care of myself-"

Breaking out into a coughing fit she doubled over, holding her bed tightly and covering her mouth. Once she finally managed to stop, the look she gave the two boys was heart shattering.

"I'll take your temperature." Deidara said quickly, before Sasori could.

"I get her some medicine," Sasori said.

Deidara grabbed the thermometer off the dresser. "Open wide," he smirked.

"I don't like how you say that," Sakura glared at him.

She opened her mouth and he positioned the thermometer under her tongue. It beeped a minute later.

"Let's see, 102.3," he read aloud. "That's not good."

Sasori came back into the room with the medicine, "What are your symptoms?"

"Sore throat, coughing, sneezing, headache, and fever," she listed.

Sasori measured out the blue liquid into the cup, "Do you need me to transfer it to you by mouth?"

Sakura blushed. "No thanks."

"Oh look you made her blush," Deidara smirked, gesturing to her cheeks.

They turned even redder, "I'm just flushed."

Rolling his eyes he gently helped her to sit up before taking the cup from Sasori and drank it.

"So how do you feel?" Sasori asked.

"The same," Sakura answered, "The medicine doesn't start working right away."

"So what are you going to do?" she asked them.

"Watch you sleep," Deidara smirked.

"Seriously?" she questioned, pulling her blankets back up around her.

"Nah, we'll go watch some TV," he laughed.


"Come on, let's go!" groaned Kisame, having been waiting with the other members of Akatsuki on a certain pair.

"I want to go home," agreed Konan.

Finally the door opened and Pein walked in with Itachi right behind him.

"We need to stop by the store to pick up some more medicine before going home.


"It's been thirty minutes," Sasori said looking at his watch.

"Well then I guess I'll go check on Sakura," Deidara said getting up from the couch.

"Whoa why do you get to do it?"

"Because I said it first," he teased, "Come on, let's both go check on her."

They walked up the steps and opened her door.

"Sakura!"

Sakura had thrown the covers off and was sweating buckets. Deidara put his hand on her forehead, "Her fever has gone up."

"Sakura are you okay?" Deidara whispered.

"Mmmmmmm," she moaned turning her head.

"Sasori go get me a bowl of cold water and a cloth," Deidara ordered.

Sasori stood there for a moment, not believing what he was seeing. This is the first time that Deidara had actually cared about someone other than himself. He quickly left and returned with the cool water and a cloth. Silently Deidara began dabbing her forehead and chest.

"Sakura are you alright?" Deidara asked again.

She said nothing, simply continued to sweat and pant quietly.


"DEIDARA! SASORI!"

Racing up the stairs, the group froze with surprise at the sight inside the Cherry Blossom's room. Sakura slept peacefully between both males, her hands intertwined with them.

"Let's let them sleep," whispered Konan, pulling Pein behind herself.

Itachi noticed the lit up phone sitting on her night table. Entering the room he picked up his iPhone and his eyes widened upon reading the text she had been sent.

Sakura,
I want you to come here.
Come and be with me.
I need you here, I need
you here! Please
please come here.
Sasuke.

"What's going on?" Kisame asked, seeing the expression on Itachi's face.

"Nothing, I – I have to make a phone call."

Placing the phone back down, Itachi hurried from the room.