Sakura's fingers drummed on the table, and her foot tapped on the floor. She only went to this meeting in place of Tsunade, whom had more 'important' matters to attend too.

Sakura chose to go alone. She'd been more...on edge lately, getting angry faster then she normally did, and seemed tense...almost nervous. There was a plethora of theories, she was being over worked, her period was lasting and extremely long time, she had taken a puff of a cigarette and was addicted, and more crackpot ideas. Sakura wouldn't tell anyone why, in fact she denied it. It seemed like the natural thing to do, to lie. She knew what was wrong, but she'd continued to lie about it.

Her and Naruto had started going out. She had needed something to get the pas months out of her mind, to get her secret 'lover' away from her thoughts. It'd been nearly six months now, and it was killing her. The lack of sex, of the mental pleasure she had gotten, being able to let all her stress go even for just one or two nights a month.

The man's voice droned on. It gave her a headache. She wanted nothing more then to get out of this accursed meeting, get away from the stupid village, and run far away, and cry until she was numb.

"Please excuse me...I...I'm not feeling to well." Sakura said as she got up and hurried out of the room, each step she took quickened her pace until she found herself running. Running like her life depended on it. She pushed past people, shoving them to the side and onto the ground. Her nails dug into her palms, and her feet slammed against the ground, but still she ran blindly through the village.

Her pace slowed, blood seeped from where her nails pierced her flesh and tears fell from her green eyes. Finally she stopped and sank to her knees, and buried her face in her bloody hands, crying hard for the first time in a long time.


Itachi made his way silently through the forest. He'd grown hard for people to work with, getting angrier then he normally did, and quicker at that. These days it didn't take much to get on his bad side. There was an easy way to deal with it, he was simply taking all the solo missions Pein had to offer. They were easy enough, and his brain didn't have to deal with the annoying sound of another's voice.

Something caught his attention though, the sound of someone. A frown tugged at the corners of his lips and against better judgment Itachi made his way to it's source. His crimson eyes widened when they feel onto the form that he had gazed at so long ago. She was on the ground, hunched over and sobbing. Her cries pulled at his heart and he couldn't take it anymore.


"Sakura."

The voice was soft, but it still startled her. She jumped a bit, knowing the smooth tone far better then she wished to.

"Go away!" she snapped between her cries. She rubbed her eyes with the back of her hand, trying to dry her tears and get hold of herself. She didn't even turn to look at him, but she knew all too well that he was still there. Sakura pushed herself up, her body shaking just slightly. She spun around to face the man, he was closer then she had though, she had nearly ran into him. A glare settled upon her face and she bit her lip for a moment. "Fine, if you're not going to leave then I will." she muttered in a whisper quiet voice. Though as she tried to side step out of his he grabbed her arm.

"There's blood on your face." he whispered as he slid a finger under her chin to make the girl look at him. Her green eyes were red and puffy from crying. His hand moved to cup her chin, his tumb smeering some of the blood that had gotten on her cheeks. Sakura could only stare at him wide eyed, all words and common sense leaving her brain, that always seemed to happen when she was with Itachi.

"Itachi I..." Sakura sighed and averted her green gaze from his crimson one. She didn't know what to say right now, well she knew what she wnated to say, but she had enough of a brain to also know she couldn't say it.

"Yeah Sakura, I know." Itachi said quietly, it seemed they both wanted the same things...but life got in their was of happiness. Sakura squeezed her eyes shut and slid her arms around his torso, tears building up behind her eyes as she buried her face in his chest. Itachi snaked his arms around her shoulders and back, holding her close to him. He leaned against a tree and the to eased onto the ground, holding eachother silently.

They may have thought there wenr't any strings, but they were already bound. Sakura to Konoha, Itachi to the Akaktsuki. Their loyalities to them ran to deep, and the two knew it. Itachi could never ask Sakura to leave Konoha and join him in the Akatsuki, and Sakura knew Itachi couldn't leave them if he wanted to.

So all they could do was lay close and enough their time together, enjoying the little time they had without their strings and with eachother.


AN: The end?

(: Well the last chapter for this story at least. I must say I'm sort of pleased with how it came out.

Slightly rushed, but I wnated this to be finished. This chapter WAS done earlier, but FF spazzed out on me and I didn't get to save it : Oh well, I like this ending better. I may end up makign a sequal, but I dunno.

Anyways hope you enjoyed it.