Chapter 17: Lunar Flower: Sakura
Recommend Song: Just A Little Pain by Olivia Lufkin


Two weeks later...

Sakura stood on top of the Hokage Tower, ignoring the fact that it was raining well more like pouring down on her. Sakura clutched her leaf headband in her hand, while she stared up at the cloudy gray sky. Every world shared the same sky, the same moon, the same sun. Sakura reached out her hand to the crescent moon and she smiled slightly, her tears blending in with the rain.

Tsunade, Jiraiya and Sarutobi all sat in the Hokage's office listening out for Sakura. Kakashi leaned against the wall on the balcony outside the Hokage's office he didn't seem to mind the rain. Naruto stood a few feet away from Kakashi sitting on the balcony's railing while staring up at Sakura.

Sakura knew that they were watching her, focusing on her and she didn't mind. It felt nice to know that she was loved and cared for, but it didn't replace the aching in her chest, the feeling that something was missing. Sakura closed her eyes and let out a shaky breath, before bringing her shaking hands to her chest. She sang:

Travel to the moon
Kimi wa nemuri yume wo toku
(You're sleeping, solving a dream)
Dare mo inai, hoshi no hikari
(No one's there while the light of the stars)
Ayatsurinagara
(Pulls the puppet strings)

Naruto closed his eyes as Sakura's soft voice filled the night. Kakashi looked up at his female student as her voice carried in the wind. A small smile found its way to Tsunade's face as she listened to Sakura's voice and she looked at her former sensei, who only nodded his head in answer to Tsunade's silent question. Yes, Sakura Haruno was special indeed.

Tsuyoku naru tame
(In order to be strong)
Wasureta egao
(I forgot to smile)
Kitto futari nara torimodosu
(Surely, if we are together I can get it back)

Neji and Hinata both stopped in mid strike when they heard Sakura's voice in the wind. They two young Hyuga sat looked at each other, before they nodded and bowed to each other in a show of respect. Hinata smiled at Neji shyly and Neji returned her gesture with a small smile of his own. Together the two Hyuga left their home to head where the singing was coming from.

Sakura's voice grew louder and more confident, as it became more evident that she was crying. Sakura prayed in her heart that Kiba would hear her, that he would keep his promise. She would wait for him. No matter what happened, she would always wait for him.

Kizuite
(Realize that)
I'm here waiting for you
Ima to wa chigau mirai ga atte mo
(Even if the future is different from now)
I'm here waiting for you
Sakebi tsuzukete
(Continuing to shout)
Kitto kokoro wa
(Surely my heart is)
Tsunagu ito wo tagutteru
(Reeling in the string that connects us)
Ano koro no watashi
(In order to)
Me wo samasu you ni
(Wake me up this time)
No need to cry

Ino stepped out of her mother's flower shop with an umbrella in her hand when she heard singing from seemingly out of nowhere. Shikamaru and Chouji both ran up to her and Ino could tell that they were wondering where the singing was coming from as well but their guess was as good as hers. Chouji took Ino's hand and together Team 10 ran off in the direction of the Hokage Tower.

When Team 10 arrived they were met by Team 8 and Team Gai, all whom had their attention focused on Sakura. Ino looked at her best friend and rival who was singing her heart out and she smile, softly. Shikamaru noticed Naruto and Kakashi were also there and he couldn't help but smile a bit. Sakura Haruno sure was something special.


Travel in silence
Te wo nobaseba fureru no ni
(I reach out my hand to tell you, but)
Kimi wa tooi, sore wa
(You're so far away)
Omoide no naka no koto
(It's within my memories)

It was raining in Freeze City. Kiba walked with his head bowed and his hands in his pocket. Something seemed off, there was something he was supposed to be doing but he couldn't remember what it was. Kiba looked up at Hige and Blue walked by talking quietly amongst themselves. Did he know them? Was he supposed to know them? Kiba stopped and looked back at the couple as they continued to walk down the sidewalk. What was he suppose to be doing?

Koe ga kikoeru
(I can hear your voice)
Me wo tojireba
(When I close my eyes)
Chiisana itami sae
(Even a little pain)
Itoshikute
(Is dear to me)

Kiba's head suddenly hurt and he closed his eyes, he could see a girl, a very beautiful girl. She was singing and crying? It hurt Kiba to see the girl cry. Kiba reached for the image of the girl, but it dispersed before he could grasp it. Kiba opened his eyes and the couple had stopped and was staring at him with confusion in their eyes. Kiba continued to walk forward, not bothering to look back. He didn't know what was wrong with him all of the sudden.

Mitsumete
(Look at me)
I'm here waiting for you
Kaze ni fukare hitori mayotte mo
(Even if I'm lost all alone with the wind blowing on me)
I'm here waiting for you
Sora wo miagete
(Look up at the sky)
Zutto kokoro wa
(My heart is always protecting you,)
Te wo hirogete mamotteru
(My hands spread out)
Ano koro no kimi ga
(Until the former you)
Furikaeru made
(Turns back)
No need to cry

Kiba's head began to hurt again and he groaned, before looking up at the sky. He could hear the singing as clear as day, almost as if the girl was standing right next to him. Kiba's eyes widened when Toboe suddenly walked up to him and looked at him with a confused expression.

"Excuse me, sir. I know this may sound strange, but can you hear someone singing?" he asked and Kiba nodded, while Toboe sighed in relief before giving Kiba a bright smile.

"That's good, I thought I was the only one", Toboe continued and Kiba opened his mouth to say something when Hige and Blue walked back to Kiba and Toboe.

"Wait, did I hear you two correctly? You two can hear the singing too?" asked Hige and Toboe nodded happily, while Blue smiled softly at him. The kid made her smile for some reason, he was like a little brother that she didn't have.

Kiba allowed the three to talk while his mind thought back to the girl, who was singing with much passion. Who was that girl? Kiba somehow knew her, but he couldn't remember exactly. Kiba snapped out of his thoughts when a motorcycle pulled up beside the four and Tsume stepped off it with Cheza at his side.

"Tsume, they can hear the singing too!" exclaimed Toboe and Tsume looked shocked, while Cheza remained silent. Kiba studied Cheza closely noticing the similarities that she and the girl had. Could they be related?


(Feel something, feel nothing
Listen closely, listen closely)
Wide open ears
Disarm the dream tickler
In the constant moment

(You will find me where its quiet
Listen closely, listen closely)

Let the blood flow
Through all the spaces
Of the universe

Thunder roared above Sakura, but it didn't drown out her voice. Lightning flashed above, but that didn't even cause Sakura to flinch. Sakura raised her arms above her head as she sang. Tsunade, Jiraiya and Sarutobi all stepped out on the balcony to get a better view of Sakura's performance and they were shocked speechless. Kakashi's one visible eye was wide with shock as he watched his student.

As Sakura's voice swept through Konoha, all of its citizens came outside and let Sakura's voice wash away their worries. The rain felt surprisingly warm and comforting against everyone's skin and Sakura opened her eyes, a smile forming on her face. Kiba's smiling face flashed in my mind, along with the rest of the pack and Sakura sang with everything she had:

Kizuite
(Realize that)
I'm here waiting for you
Ima to wa chigau mirai ga atte mo
(Even if the future is different from now)
I'm here waiting for you
Sakebi tsuzukete
(Continuing to shout)
Kitto kokoro wa
(Surely my heart is)
Tsunagu ito wo tagutteru
(Reeling in the string that connects us)
Ano koro no watashi
(In order to)
Me wo samasu you ni
(Wake me up this time)
No need to cry

As Sakura's voice began to fade away, the rain began to slow until it eventually stopped along with Sakura's singing. Sakura sank to her knees and laughed as she tried to catch her breath. She looked at her mentors, superiors, and fellow genin all staring at her and she smiled. Naruto jumped up and landed beside Sakura helping her stand.

Sakura sighed softly and Naruto gave her one of his trademark foxy grins. Hinata and Ino wiped away their tears as Naruto and Sakura jumped down to stand in front of them. Sakura still held her leaf headband in her hand and she began to tie it on her head, but stopped and instead tied it over her eyes.

"Why cover your eyes?" asked Tenten and Sakura laughed softly, before turning her head in the direction of Tenten's voice. Sakura touched the choker on her neck, the choker that Quent had got her. The choker that reminded her that her adventure was real and that she was loved in two worlds.

"It's a secret", Sakura replied and all the genin laughed. Naruto looked up at the clearing sky and his smile grew when he saw a rainbow was beginning to appear. All of the genin looked up, even Sakura though she couldn't see, and they smiled. Things could only get better from here on.


Kiba.

Kiba raised his head to the sky, when he heard someone call his name. The image of the girl flashed in his mind and he once again reached for her. The girl smiled at him and she reached for him as well, Kiba's eyes widened when their hands touched and he whispered one word, "Sakura".

Memories came flooding back at an alarming rate and Kiba looked at the others, who had similar looks of shock and recognition in their eyes. Kiba began to walk down the sidewalk and the pack followed him, with confusion evident on their faces.

"Kiba, where are we going?" asked Toboe and Kiba stopped, not responding to Toboe's question. The pack stopped as well and Cheza touched Kiba's arm in a show of support.

"To find Sakura", Kiba said and looked at Toboe with a smile on his face, "and then head to Paradise", he finished and Toboe grinned brightly, before laughing.

Find Me.

Tsume picked up Cheza and ran after Kiba, as they headed in a random direction. Tsume didn't smell the scent of lunar flowers, but maybe this time that wasn't what was guiding them. Maybe, this time it was Kiba's connection to Sakura that was leading the way. Toboe smiled at Tsume and it made Tsume proud to see how much the kid had grown throughout this entire ordeal.

Cheza laid her head against Tsume's chest and listened to his heartbeat. A wolf's heartbeat. Cheza was excited at the prospect of meeting the other Flower Maiden again, Cheza had formed a special bond with younger Flower Maiden they were as close as sisters. Cheza closed her eyes and breathed softly, allowing herself to fall asleep and dream. Dream of a future in Paradise with Tsume and the pack, including Sakura.

Blue and Hige kept pace with each other, both eager at the thought of a new adventure. Blue and Hige didn't get particularly close to Sakura, but that didn't mean they cared about her any less than the others. Sakura was family; she was one of the pack. Blue and Hige both saw a sister in Sakura and they both agreed that when they met up with the Flower Maiden again, that they would make sure she knows how much she means to them.

Kiba continued to run forward his thoughts focused solely on Sakura. His Sakura. She was something special, Kiba didn't want to think about how long he and the pack would have continued life not remembering each other or the reason they had refused Paradise. Kiba smiled to himself and shoved that unpleasant thought away; he wouldn't deal with 'what if' scenarios. He was glad to have heard Sakura's voice when he did and that as all that mattered.

Kiba concentrated on taking on his wolf skin and he grinned in appreciate when he felt the release that usually came with the shift wash over him. Kiba howled in happiness and determination as he took on his wolf skin and ran as fast as his body would allow. Kiba felt proud when he heard the pack return his howl with howls of their own.

'Don't you worry, Sakura. I'll find you, I promise', Kiba thought with determination and looked up at the crescent moon, smiling when Sakura's smiling face appeared.

I'm Waiting For You.


Author's Note: It's done! Yay! I'm so happy! Sorry, if it feels like a rushed or crappy ending. You can flame me if you want, at this point I don't care. I don't know if I'll make a sequel yet, but I'll put a poll up on my profile for you all to decide. Thank you to all of you who reviewed, favorite, story alerted and/or otherwise enjoyed my story. Please review! Bye! :)