I promised my sister this fic a while ago. So Paulie, here goes this fic. Of course it's for all these readers as well. This will be a two-shot thing; same story, well sort of. Just different versions. I hope you guys like it.
Disclaimer: I don't have anymore funny saying to say I don't own Naruto. Wait, does that count? Haha
Summary: An idyllic, beautiful place was the source of their reunion. SasuIno
The bright moon shone down on the city of Konoha. Yamanaka Ino stared up towards it with melancholy cerulean eyes. Its beauty was undeniable. What wasn't deniable was that this would be the last time she'd see this vision. Tearing her eyes from the white-gray orb, Ino looked at the kunai in her hand. It was ridiculous really—such a petty way to die, especially for a ninja. A cowardly way out, but she didn't care. She needed to escape this life, to be back with him.
"Yamanaka Ino! What in Kami-sama's name are you doing?" The platinum blonde turned back to see a rosette-haired woman running at the speed of light It was Haruno Sakura; her face was a mixture of fear and anger. "Drop that kunai! Do you hear me?"
"I'm sorry, Sakura, but I can't do this anymore." The mind-walker turned to look back at her weapon. She knew with one cut she wouldn't die. Unless…In that instant, Ino raced through the many killing tactics she knew. Then the Haruno's words boomed again.
"You are a hypocrite! A downright hypocrite. You told me you would never think of killing yourself! You are a liar!" The darkness blocked Sakura's flushed face from Ino's sapphire eyes. Not that it mattered. Ino turned her back again to the medical nin.
"You don't understand, okay? I don't want this anymore. I can't take this! There is nothing to live for anymore. What point is there to life if the love of your life, your one and only true love, is dead! Tell me: what is the point?"
"Yeah? Maybe I don't understand, but guess what? If you die, I'll know what it'll feel like to lose my best friend. Konoha will loose their Head of Interrogation…their Golden Flower. The role model to those incoming ninja; those little girls. Ino, Sasuke wouldn't want this!"
The blonde turned to stare into Sakura's eyes. That is why she wanted a release from ninja life. To be free from stupid missions in which there was no certainty of life. Missions like the one that had killed Uchiha Sasuke. But Sakura was right: Sasuke wouldn't have wanted her dead. That realization hit as she looked at the pendant Sasuke had once given her. A birthday gift.
"I'm sorry." Ino's lifeless body whispered. What had happened to her? Had she not stated that there was no point in committing suicide? No matter the pain she was in? What had happened to her?
Suddenly, Ino began feeling lightheaded—everything was spinning. Her attempts at standing failed. One minute she was looking at Sakura and the next her body hit the ground. Last thing she heard was her name being called out.
After what seemed like a minute or so, Ino fluttered her cerulean eyes open. She rubbed her head as she slowly rose up. What had happened? Had she fainted? Bewildered, the blonde looked at her surroundings. Fog was everywhere. But instead if its usual cold characteristics, the fog was warm: almost welcoming.
"Sakura?" Ino yelled as she searched for her friend.
"No Sakura here. In fact, it's just you and me, Ino." A deep baritone voice reached the blonde's ears. The hairs on her neck stood on their ends. She knew that voice. It was the same voice that stalked her dreams and nightmares, night after night. But it couldn't be him. Could it? Ino tuned towards the voice. It was him!
"Hn. Long time no see, Yamanaka." A handsome ebony-haired man smirked towards the blonde. He ran his strong hand through his long hair, never once breaking eye contact with Ino. There was obvious amusement in the pool of his onyx eyes.
"What in the world is happening? How is this possible? You're supposed to be dead, Sasuke. Wait…am I dead?" A puzzled Yamanaka rambled. Her brain was trying immensely hard to process everything that was occurring before her eyes.
"No, Ino. You're not dead." The Uchiha rolled his eyes. "At least not yet. We're in Xanadu. Sort of like Limbo, I guess. You're not entirely dead, but not entirely alive either."
"Does that mean you're not entirely dead?"
"No, I am. But I'm here to talk to you. Ino, what in Kami's name were you thinking of doing?" Sasuke's stern voice demanded an explanation. His enigmatic eyed gazed at the blonde with a sense of deep concern. He had promised her before his last mission that if anything happened, he's be near. He had seen her tearful sleep, her dramatic change of persona—from bubbly to depressed. Sasuke had thought she'd get through the pain, but her last stunt had proved otherwise.
In suddenly remembered what she had been planning to do. Her head dropped, guilt rushed through her. "I'm sorry."
"You're an idiot, you know that?" Sasuke scolded the blonde.. But in that same instant, his arms embraced her into a tight lock. Ino felt a jolt of shock overcome her. He felt real. The blonde had thought this was all a figment of her imagination, like her dreams, but it wasn't. He felt as real was when he and she were fully alive. "Ino, listen to me." Sasuke said as Ino breathed into his chest. "You're not meant to die yet. You have too much to live for. You need to let go of me. My death can't affect you like this. You're stronger than this."
"You're asking me to forget you?" Ino angrily accused. "How can I do that? You are the love of my life—the only man for me. I can't just forget you. I won't forget you. Do you hear me?" The blonde's tone escalated. She wasn't going to do it. She wasn't going to lock up her memories of him and throw away the key.
"Ino, that's not what I'm saying. But being depressed is not the way either. Life is coexistence between the living and the dead. We all die at some point. I died because my time had come. But you think I want you to forget me? No. I couldn't stand that. But don't let grief become and overtake who you are. You're a goddess, Ino. Let people see that once again." Sasuke placed his index finger under the Ino's chin. "You can get through the pain. I know you."
"How do you know? Sasuke, ever since you died, I don't function as I used to. Missions are failure. There is no good in the world. I don't know what to do." Hot stinging liquid poured down Ino's face. Sasuke's rare smile appeared as he wiped away the blonde's tears.
"Yes, you do. Ino, this pendant I gave you, your birthstone, tells everything about you. Clear thinking. Wisdom. Serenity. Purity. Truth." The Uchiha embraced Ino closer; the blonde watched as he slowly leaned his face down to place a gentle kiss on her lips. An electrifying jolt ran through both their bodies. "You can do this."
"But if I can't?" Sasuke, I don't want to live without you anymore. I want to stay here with you. I'm not going anywhere. I'm staying here."
"No, you have to go back. You're the best kunoichi there is. Konoha needs you."
"But I don't want to forget you. I'm afraid to forget you…The way you look. How you look at me. The way you talk." Ino's slender hands caressed Sasuke's cheek before running them across his lips. "The taste of your lips. Our bodies as one."
Sasuke's onyx eyes locked into Ino's cerulean ones. How long had it been since he had wanted to embrace her. How long had he wanted to have her one last time? The next thing either the Uchiha knew, he pulled Ino closer and crashed his lips on her own. Their sweet gentle kiss of innocence took a drastic turn to that of a passionate ardent kiss of sinfulness. Sasuke pressed Ino's back against a wall, allowing Ino's legs to wrap around his waist. Ino's fingers dug into the Uchiha's hair. Slowly, the couple found each other exploring the other bodies they knew so well.
The man and woman looked contently into each other's eyes. Their moment had been perfect. Sasuke buried his face into Ino's neck, inhaling her scent. He placed his hand on her hips as he left a trail of kisses down Ino's body. Once he was done, he kissed Ino tenderly.
"I love you, Uchiha Sasuke."
"I love you, Yamanaka Ino. Kami, how I've missed this. You were wonderful as always." Ino laughed as Sasuke kissed her again. Suddenly, Ino's eyes became melancholy. Sasuke noticed and stopped to look at her.
"I have to go back soon, don't I?" Pain and fear reached both their faces. Sasuke didn't want his blonde gone again, but he knew she had to keep living.
"I don't want you to go. Trust me. I'd love to be selfish and keep you here, but I can't."
"I understand." Serenity reached both their eyes. Ino placed her lips on those of Sasuke. She just needed to have him on last time.
Ino gasped for air as she came back to life. The brightness of the building obstructed Ino's vision for a while. Wires were stuck to every part of her body. Lave it to Tsunade to do this.
"Ino! Oh, Ino! Tsunade-sama!"
Ino looked to find the source of the words. At last, she found it: Sakura Haruno. "Sakura, I'm sorry." The blonde croaked.
"Oh no, Ino. I'm sorry! I said such horrible things." Tears flowed out of Sakura's emerald eyes. She lunged towards Ino's body, embracing her tightly.
"No, you were right. I know that now. I will be strong for Sasuke, Sakura. For you. For the village. The way it's supposed to be." Sakura listened as she looked into Ino's content for. What had changed her mind? Ah…that didn't matter right now; she's find out later. All that mattered was that Yamanaka Ino had returned to life.