"I'm so sorry Sakura"
Team Seven was in Tsunade's office, grimly recieving the news.
"W-what?" Sakura's eyes were wide, the first sign of impending shock.
"Your parents are dead Sakura, I'm so sorry"
Sakura shook her head.
Tsunade sighed and reached a hand towards the stricken ninja.
Sakura pushed her chair back and ran out of the room.
Tsunade sighed yet again and addressed the rest of team seven.
"This will be hard, please help her"
Sakura walked quickly out of the Hokage tower and ran across town, tears streaming.
She let her feet lead her until she found herself sitting on the bench.
How her life seemed to revolve around benches.
Her brother had left her on a bench right before he died.
Sasuke left her on a bench when he left.
And now, she was sitting here after her par- No, she couldn't say it.
Well, she couldn't avoid it forever.
Her parents had been on a mission to recover a lost scroll from teh valley of wind, then they were intercepted and slaughtered by the Akatsuki.
They hadn't recovered the bodies.
No one had even seen it happen.
They were gone.
Now she was alone.
Sasuke walked out of the Hokage tower, and made his way to The Bench.
How his life revolved around benches.
He slept on them for a long time after his parents had been killed.
Itachi would always leave him at a particular bench, then go get a treat and bring it back to the bench.
He had left Sakura there, after knocking her out.
He still regretted it.
As Sasuke turned the corner to the road out of Konoha, he could see from there that The Bench was already occupied.
His mind went blank.
What could he say?
He found himself moving towards her.
What if he messed it up?
What if she ran away again?
What if she got suicidal?
What if he had a complete mental breakdown before he got there?
Sakura must have heard him coming, but didn't give any notice.
Here goes nothing.
Sasuke sat down on the bench, not saying anything.
The two Ninjas just sat in silence, each waiting for the other to say something.
"My brother took me here when I was a kid" Sakura said, breaking the ice.
Sasuke gave a slight smile.
Sakura wiped the almost dried tears from her face, then continued.
"He took me here just before he died"
Sasuke was speechless.
"I-I didn't know"
Sakura smiled wanly.
"No one knows about him anymore"
Sasuke was still a little shell-shocked.
"Today's his birthday"
That was harsh.
Hadn't she suffered enough?
It was all he could say.
Sasuke gently took her hand and squeezed it.
She squeezed back.
"I don't think I can do it, there's too much"
The tears were coming again, faster this time.
"I'll help, and so will Yamato, Sai, Naruto, and Kakashi"
Sakura leaned into his chest, and he put his arms around her.
"I never thought you would come back, but here you are"
Sasuke smiled into her hair, then gently pushed her head back so he was looking in her eyes.
"I regretted leaving, I thought of you every day"
Sakura's eyes widened.
"But I thought you were an arrogant bastard!?"
Sasuke held her closer, their lips almost brushing.
"Only some of the time"
I think you know what happened next.
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