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A/N-Hi! New story here. Dig in!
K & K.
Chapter 1—Saving Face
The pre-dawn mist began to glow with the sunrise as Haruno Sakura came back from her mission to Suna. She strode past the gate, entering the village of Konoha.
"Ohayo, Sakura-chan!" Kotetsu greeted cheerily, "Hey, how's it going…Sa-ku-ra…chan?"
Sakura stomped past him without a word. She passed the Hokage's tower, foregoing reporting her mission to take care of more important business. Five minutes behind her strolled the lazy genius and her best friend.
"Was it something I said?" Kotetsu asked as Nara and Yamanaka walked up the gate house.
"Nah. She was probably just offended by your hairstyle," Izumo joked beside him, earning a fist to the top of his head.
"Bad mission, Nara?"
"You could say that."
"Hello boys." Ino smiled flirtatiously.
"Geez, Nara, how come you always get stuck with all the hot girls?" Kotetsu complained, showing Ino his best smile.
"It's nothing but trouble. I'll trade you places anytime—just say the word."
"What's up with Sakura?" Izumo asked.
"Oh! My! God!" Ino squealed, "You won't believe what Uchiha It…"
"Shut up, Ino," Shikamaru interrupted her with a warning, "A-rank missions are for the Hokage's ears only."
"This wasn't during the mission, this was-"
"Enough! You tell them one more word before the report goes to the Hokage and I'll turn you in for insubordination."
The busty blonde crossed her arms and pouted. "You'll do no such thing, Shika, or I'll have Choji flatten your ass. Now let's hurry and report this so I can share it with everyone." She winked and waved goodbye to the gate guards. "I'll come back and tell you later."
"Eh? It must be good gossip. I wonder what happened?"
"Woman," Shika sighed at his blue-eyed teammate, "you know Haruno is going to pound you if you tell."
"Later boys," Ino yelled over her shoulder. "Hurry up, Shika!" Ino hurried to the Hokage's tower.
Sakura walked straight through town to the other side where the Uchiha compound lay. Banging on the door, she waited, tapping her foot impatiently while she waited for Sasuke, who had been on house arrest since he returned from killing Orochimaru 4 months ago.
A half-dressed boy opened the door to see the teammate he had barely spoken to since he returned. "Tch. If you've come to bother me so early did you at least bring breakfast?" he chided sarcastically. His smirk quickly turned to frown as she hauled back and punched him in the face.
"Whad da fuck, Sakura?" he roared through the hand holding his bloodied, broken nose.
Sakura glared at him, tears in her eyes, before turning and running off towards the training grounds.
"It's all your fault, Sasuke no baka!"
Sasuke got some ice and a shirt before he set off to the hospital. After that, he decided he was going to make a long overdue visit to his neglected pink haired teammate and see what would make her confront him so violently. On the way across the village he ran into Ino. She was opening the family flower shop for her mother.
"Hey, Sasuke-kun!" she called. Her eyes grew wide. "Holy shit! What happened to your face! Your beautiful face! Let's get you to the hospital.
Sasuke waved her away. "Leave it be. Do you know what's wrong with Sakura?"
"Sakura?" she asked. "Oh man, wait till I tell you! She's never gonna live this one down. Wait. Did she do that? Oh my gosh!" she chuckled. "You think she could put up with a little…"
"Damn it, Ino. Focus…Sakura?" He was losing his patience.
"Aha-ha!" Ino was holding her stomach. "Well, we ran into a couple of the Akatsuki on the way back from Suna and we had a bit of a scuffle. But it broke off because of Sakura." She laughed again, wiping her eyes.
"I'm waiting," Sasuke growled.
"Oh, yeah you're gonna love this. I can't wait to tell Tenten, she's so gonna freak—"
Ino stopped laughing and composed herself.
"Well, Shikamaru and I paired off against this huge, blue guy and that left Sakura to fight—."
"She fought Itachi?" Sasuke asked angrily. He knew she was ok, he'd just seen her and aside from being upset she looked fine. "Did she kill him?"
"Hardly." Ino covered her mouth in mirth. "In fact, I think there's a little something between them now. I think Itachi has a crush on her."
"What the hell are you talking about? Just tell me already."
"Okay, okay. Geez," she whined. You sure know how to take the fun out of a little gossip. Sakura fought Itachi and she was holding her own against him but, somehow during their battle they ended up running to each other and, ah, inadvertently…kissing."
"Kissing?" Sasuke asked, unbelieving.
"Oh yeah, and was she mad! You should have heard the things she was saying. You know, girls really shouldn't curse so crudely. It's unladylike. It wasn't like he groped her," she added with a quiet smirk, "at least that time."
"Oh no! Not at all! They ran into each other the first time and their lips met." Ino tapped her finger against her chin. "I think it had something to do with her not looking directly at him to avoid get caught in a Sharingan genjutsu." She chuckled. "At least that's her excuse."
"But that's not even the best part!" Ino grinned liked the cat who killed the canary.
"That's ridiculous." Sasuke turned to leave and get his nose fixed—he'd lost patience with this stupid story. 'Like Sakura would really kiss Itachi—she would never—'
"It happened again." That fat-cat, smug grin on Ino's face grew wider.
Sasuke did a double-take.
"It's true!" Ino squealed, wrapping her arms around herself in glee. "He ended up disarming her, and instead of killing her or something equally horrible, Itachi took her in his arms and kissed her passionately! She was so shocked that, when he finally released her, she fell right on her ass. Then Itachi smiled wickedly at her and said something, before calling Hoshigake off, then they disappeared."
"Yeah. When they kissed the second time, we all stopped fighting and just, well…watched." She sighed and her eyes turned dreamy. "I wish it had been me. It was absolutely the hottest kiss I've ever seen. And the way he touched body her was positively sinful!"
Clearing his throat noisily, Sasuke interrupted her fantasizing.
"If she's mad, why is she taking it out on me?" Sasuke grumbled to himself. "It's not like I can control my brother."
"Oh," Ino purred, "that's not why she's mad at you, Sasuke-kun."
Sasuke raised his eyebrow.
"It was her first kiss, you dolt. The one that she had saved for you and you never gave her. She's been waiting for six years, since she was 12, to give it to you, but you were so caught up in your stupid revenge that you left her hanging."
She shook her head at him in disgust.
"Now your brother, the criminal, has stolen it. And judging from the way he was looking at her, he's not done yet." Ino nodded to herself. "He kissed her so intimately," she groaned languorously, "like nobody was watching. I don't think I've ever seen heat come off a man like that, and, omg, is he the hottest guy ever! Criminal or not, I'd…er…um, damn!"
Realizing who she was talking to, she backpedaled.
"Oh, he's nothing next to you, though, Sasuke-kun," Ino simpered.
"Tch." Sasuke left the mooning female and stalked over to the hospital to get his busted nose reset. 'What the hell did itachi do to my Sakura?' he thought.
He reeled back a step. 'My Sakura!'
Where had that come from?
Well, she is my teammate and sort of friend, so she is technically mine—isn't she?
Sakura went home to have a good cry after she hit Sasuke.
She felt bad—well, a little bit bad—for hitting him with no warning. But it was his fault.
"Idiot! He still expects me to wait for him—after all these years?"
'And you were dumb enough to want to wait,' her Inner reminded her.
Whenever they were out together or with the team and another guy talked to Sakura, he went out of his way to scare them off—the same as Naruto had when Sasuke was missing. It was more than being protective, and she knew it. He was being possessive.
'I was stupid, too—he never even tried to kiss me.' She'd foolishly reasoned that romance was on hold for him until he finished his brother business.
"Now, they can kill each other for all I care. I'm done messing with those Uchiha's!"
She didn't even bother to unpack, opting instead for a shower and bed. Morning or not, they had been traveling most of the night after that fight and she was exhausted. Even when they stopped to rest Sakura volunteered to take the whole watch because there was no way she was going to sleep outside after what had happened.
After her shower she put on shorts and a tank top—barely taking time to dry off—she'd be under the blankets in a minute anyways. Her eyes closed heavily as her head hit the soft pillow and she sighed, relaxing into dreamless sleep—forgetting the nightmare that happened only yesterday afternoon.
The first kiss she could have overlooked—it really was an accident—she thought.
In fact, it had been kind of funny how it had happened. She was so intent on not being caught by Itachi's Sharingan that she had literally run into him as they both swung at each other—and missed.
At least she had missed.
Itachi had no reason to avoid looking at her—did he truly miss his mark?
As they slowed to avoid impact his lips had landed gently on hers. They were so soft and warm that she gasped in astonishment. Then she felt his long hair tickling her cheek. Recovering from her surprise, she inadvertently looked straight into his eyes. They were intense—Sharingan swirling crimson and black. His lips smirked against hers and slowly pulled away. For some unknown reason he didn't trap her in his genjutsu.
She knew now, her biggest mistake had been her reaction to the kiss.
'Ugh,' she thought, 'if only I had only ignored it, but no!' Her temper got the better of her and she blew her top. Her hand flew to her lips as he pulled away, the shock evident on her face.
"You bastard! My first kiss!" She blushed as pink as her hair and his smirk grew into a crafty smile.
"First, huh?" His deep voice teased. "Well then, we'll have to do better than that."
"Teme!" She bared her teeth at him, pulling out another kunai. The fight intensified as she went at him full force. She wanted nothing more than to kill him. She didn't care anymore whether Sasuke got his revenge or not.
The next few minutes were a blur as Sakura fought furiously.
Suddenly, she found her herself disarmed. He moved faster then she had ever seen anyone move—even quicker than Kakashi using his body flicker technique. In less than an instant, he wrapped his arms around her and dragged her firmly to him, crushing her breasts against his firm chest.
Instead of the kunai in the back she braced for, or the genjutsu he could use on her again, now that she was looking directly into his eyes, Itachi did something she had no experience in countering—something completely unexpected.
He dug his hand into her hair. Pulling her head back, Itachi leaned down and took her lips—his free hand sliding down her side before roughly pulling her hips into his own as he bent her over backward.
Sakura gasped and his tongue slipped between her lips and into her mouth in a deep, stunning kiss that made her head spin and her limbs go numb. The hand on her hip slid up to cup her breast, his calloused thumb brushed across her pebbled tip and Sakura whimpered. Itachi groaned hungrily into her mouth and deepened his kiss. He ravaged her for what seemed an eternity before pulling back to smirk at her yet again. Her skin flushed prettily, her lips kiss swollen, open and panting as her chest heaved—her green eyes darkened, glassy and slightly dazed.
"Much better," he said huskily, stepping back and letting her fall to the ground—stunned.
"I'll have to thank my little brother for saving you for me, Sakura—this should be interesting." His look both chilled her skin, and made her heart feel ready to burst from her chest.
"I'll be seeing you soon, my sweet, Sakura," he promised. Her watched as her lips opened, but she could think of nothing to say.
"Kisame, it's time to leave," Itachi ordered. He gave the astonished kunoichi a smoldering look of promise and disappeared. The last thing she heard was Kisame's loud, obnoxious voice, laughingly asking Itachi if he wanted to double date before he, too, disappeared.
Sakura sat up, hugging her knees. Her fingertips touched her bruised lips in bewilderment as Ino and Shikamaru rushed over to their stricken team mate.
'Sakura,' Shikamaru asked quietly, touching her shoulder. 'Are you injured?'
She looked at him with confusion before shaking her head.
Seeing her mortified expression Ino began laughing. "Damn, Sakura, you're so lucky!"
"What?" Sakura's eyes grew large.
I've never seen anything so hot in my life!"
Her words came back—along with her anger.
"Ino-pig, if you tell anyone what happened, I'll kill you!" Sakura looked at Shikamaru too.
He put his hands up. "I swear. Not one word."
Ino smiled, "Oh, come on, Sakura, don't be such a baby. An Uchiha? Who could ask for a better first kiss?"
"You pig!" Sakura shouted, "He's a freakin criminal!"
"So what, Forehead?" Ino said sighing dreamily, "Bad boys are the best."
Shikamaru got up and walked away, shaking his head.
"Women are just too troublesome." He picked up his pack, stuck his hands in his pockets, and began to walk to Konoha, leaving the two bickering women behind him to catch up.
Things you probably already know:
Sasuke no baka!—Sasuke you idiot!
A/N-There's probably going to be a lot of characters in this one, so it will be long. Plus, I always like to add some funny and H stuff too. Thanks to Rivenmist for your help editing.
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