I don't own Naruto.

Hi, everyone! I'm starting a new story since I sort of ran out of ideas for Crushed. I am NOT cancelling it. I'll just wait for a few more manga chapter to come out, but, rest assured, I will update sometime this month. This will have a pairing, and it's Sakura. I hope you like this, ideas are welcome. Onward!

-Extra note: Wrote this a few weeks ago but was too lazy to update everything. So, some of the A/N may be outdated.

Prelude of Frozen in Time.

"Banished.." the dejected twelve year old muttered as he walked out of the gates.

"How could the council do this?" he asked himself sorrowfully.

"One day.. one day they'll regret this dearly." the blonde growled, slightly changing his facial features to that of a fox.

Flashback~returning with Sasuke-

Naruto walked towards the village with Sasuke slung on his shoulder. The tattered blonde collapsed fifty feet from the main gates.

"Naruto!" Sakura screamed out whilst running towards him.

"Are you okay?!" she asked him with a slightly hysterical tone.

"I'm.." -gasp- "fine," -cough "Sakura-chan." Naruto barely made out.

"I-I.." -cough- "fulfilled my promi––" the boy tried to say as he fell unconscious.

Flashback~council room-

"Uzumaki, you are herby banished for using Rasengan on your teammate!" the bitchy council member screamed at him.

Sakura, in Naruto's defense, screamed with an agitated tone, "What the hell are you talking about, you stupid bitch?! He saved Sasuke-k--" she refrained from saying kun and continued, "from Orochimaru! Look, Sasuke stuck a Chidori through Naruto's chest!" she finished pointing at Naruto's torn shirt.

"Bullshit!" Danzo roared, "He did that himself!"

The other 'idiotic' council agreed with Danzo's bullshit theory even thought they knew it was false. In Konoha, it doesn't matter what the truth is. The only thing that matters is whether or not people, well, the council members choose to agree or disagree.

Tsunade tried to say something, but she couldn't make out any words due to her sobs and tears.

"Fine!" Naruto screamed at them, his fox features slightly showing.

"I'll leave within the hour. But, you'll be sorry for this." the boy said, releasing killer intent.

Naruto walked up to Tsunade and said, "Don't worry about me, baa-chan."

He hugged her and exited the council room.

-Flashback~outside of Hokage tower-

Sakura followed him out of the Hokage tower and called, "Naruto! Don't leave! We can solve this!"

"No, Sakura-chan. We can't." the boy said, barely turning with his head down.

The pink-haired girl was shocked from his deep, unlively, careless voice.

"Naruto.. I just.. I'm sorry for all I ever did to you. I.. I was wrong about you.." she trailed off.

Naruto lifted his head and gave a sincere smile while saying, "It's alright, Sakura-chan. I never would've held it against you. You're my comrade, my teammate, and.. my friend."

Tears trickled down her face and she ran up to Naruto and wrapped her arms around him, hugging him. Her tears turned to sobs.

"Don't leave me, Naruto.." she choked out.

"I'll never leave you, Sakura-chan. We will see each other again, I guarantee it." Naruto told her.

After a few moments, Naruto said "I don't like it when you cry, Sakura-chan."

The pink-haired girl's tears and sobs stopped as she pulled away from Naruto.

Naruto looked at her with some sadness in his eyes.

"I promise you, we will see each other again." he sincerely said.

Naruto leaned in and kissed her cheek, whispering, "Please take care of baa-chan for me."

He moved away from her and said, "See ya later, Sakura-chan."

End flashback–