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Fanfiction Name: UchihaSumiko
Paring: SasuSaku
Prompt(s): "Breakin" ~ The All American Rejects

Author's note: Beware, it's sad.

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hold on tight
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wrap your arms around me
till your knuckles are burning white
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all your tears
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couldn't match the bitter taste
of all the wasted years
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The war had lasted four years.

Konoha, for the most part, was just a ghost of the glory it used to be.

Few buildings stood where they used to, as many were reduced to rubble from the onslaught of Sound.

Yet, still, even with the glory of their great Nation faded, the ninja of Konoha still fought on.

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"Naruto!" Sakura screamed, ducking under the grotesque arm of an abomination to reach her fallen teammate.

He just grinned at her as he stood up and dusted himself off, no longer noticing the blood spattered across his cheeks.

"No worries, Sakura-chan," he smiled, his eyes briefly flashing red before he regained control.

"Everything's under control."

Biting her lip, Sakura looked at him anxiously, "We can't keep this up Naruto."

Blankly, he looked at her, "We don't have a choice."

Hanging her head, she nodded, whispering softly, "I've never had a choice."

Smiling at him one last time, Sakura reassured herself that Naruto was okay before they separated and leapt into the fray.

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It had been two years exactly since Orochimaru, Sasuke and Kabuto had been to Konoha to check on the progress.

The Konoha hoped ever-so-slightly that they had been forgotten, because the last time they showed up had been a tragic loss of Kakashi-the copy ninja.

When Sakura heard rumors of Sasuke returning because he had 'unfinished business', she hadn't believed it.

Yet, when he leapt before her, swinging his sword for her neck, Sakura couldn't afford to think.

She could only act.

Ducking, she rolled away from his blade, leaping into the air and throwing a punch at his face.

Just like she expected, he moved to dodge, and she swung a kick for his hip that temporarily caused him to lose his balance.

Yet, that act left her stomach open Sakura realized, when his blade scored it spattering blood across the ground at her feet.

Touching a hand to her belly, Sakura didn't even realize she was crying.

"You killed our baby."

She whispered brokenly.

Instead of feeling remorse, Sasuke looked at her blankly.

"Kabuto says the baby wasn't mine."

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Collapsing to the ground on her knees, Sakura clutched her stomach.

"You killed my... our CHILD! What type of fucking monster are you?"

He was still in denial, "The child wasn't mine."

"How would Kabuto know? I've been fighting day and night, I haven't had time to fuck anyone else Sasuke."

She cried loudly, "Hell, I wouldn't want to have sex with anyone else. Just you. It was only ever just you."

Throwing his head back, Sasuke laughed.

"I know about your nights spent with Naruto."

Smearing blood across her cheeks as she wiped away at her tears, Sakura ignored her dizziness.

"Crying, because things aren't the way I planned them to be? I was afraid to raise my child in a war. That's how I spent my nights with Naruto."

He was silent.

"I was crying, because of you. But we're all familiar with that now, aren't we?"

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Coughing, Sakura spit blood at his feet.

"You're dying."

Sakura laughed, "You killed my baby. There's no reason for me to live."

"Heal yourself."

It was a command.

"No."

"Sakura, heal yourself."

"All you do is take. You take everything, even what isn't yours! And now, you'll have to live the rest of your life with the fact you killed both your baby and your wife."

Sakura laughed bitterly, as she fell backwards, her legs bent awkwardly behind her.

She couldn't feel anything anymore.

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"Sasuke," she wheezed, smiling up at him as she clutched her stomach, "I've figured out what the heart is for."

Crouching beside her, he allowed her to see his tear.

The only tear she'd ever get.

"What?"

Touching his cheek with her bloodied hand, she whispered softly, "Breaking."

"Silly girl," Sasuke sighed as he wiped his eyes, "I could have told you that."

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Staring into her dead, lifeless eyes, Sasuke stood and turned to face the battle with a new resolve.

Kabuto, and Orochimaru must die.


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