I heard a knock at the door and got out of bed, wondering who could be visiting at this hour. I answered the door to see my fiancée standing on the porch, tear tracks on her red, puffy, beautiful face. I took her hand and pulled her inside. I held her close. She began to sob once she was in my arms.

"Shh…Ino-chan…It's okay…You're safe. Did you have a nightmare?"

She sniffled and nodded. "Yes…It was about Sakura again… What if she's dead, Shika-kun? She's my best friend…"

"I know. She's not dead, though, baby. She's the most powerful kunoichi Konoha's ever seen. She and Naruto and Sasuke were going to be the next Sannin! She can take care of herself. She won't die until her mission is complete. And we know it's not, so she's still alive."

Ino still looked miserable. I wiped her tears away. She was still shaking in fright. Three years ago, Sakura had gone on a mission to retrieve Sasuke and never come back. Nobody's heard from her since the moment she set foot outside of Konoha gates. We all missed her like crazy, but especially Ino and Naruto.

"Do you want to stay here the rest of the night?" I said, gazing down at her.

"Uh-huh," she whimpered. I took her back to my bedroom and we fell asleep in each other's arms.