THE NEXT DAY

I woke up to my husband kissing me. "Time to get up, babe," he said quietly.

I groaned and sat up. I swung my legs over the side of the bed and got dizzy, fast. "Whoa…head rush," I said, putting a hand to my forehead.

"You okay?"

"Yeah, I just..." I interrupted myself by limp-running to the bathroom and puking into the toilet.

Sasuke was at my heels, holding my hair back and rubbing my back. After I was through, I sat back into his arms. "Ew…" I said, wiping my mouth.

"You're fine. What spurred that, I wonder?"

"I don't know…"

"I guess you're not hungry, huh?"

"No… I'm ready to go see Tsunade."

"Okay. Come on, I'll help you get dressed."

I brushed my teeth and he helped me get my clothes. I put them on and brushed my hair, then we went out to the kitchen. Naruto was there. "Hey, teme. Hey, Sakura-chan."

I gave him a small "hi," and Sasuke said, "She's not feeling well, she's not going to eat. She is ready to go see Tsunade, though."

He nodded and stood up, then the three of us walked to Tsunade's office. Kurenai was already there.

"Hi, Sakura," she said. I mumbled a greeting and she said, "Why don't you sit down?"

I sat, still gripping my husband's hand.

"Do you want to tell me about what happened at Sound?" she said gently.

I bit my lip.

"It's okay, you can take all the time you need. Or we can talk about something else," Kurenai said kindly.

I closed my eyes and shook my head. "No…I'll talk about it…"

Sasuke leaned in. "You know you can do this. I'm right here, baby. Don't worry."

I took a deep breath and held his hand, tight, then opened my eyes again.

"Well, when I got there, I was captured and Orochimaru stripped me and put me in a cell that was too small for me to even lay down in. He got me up every morning at six and did awful experiments and tortures, physical, chemical, mental, and emotional, all day, every day, until he was satisfied. I got a ration of water and bread once a day. I…I don't know how much more I can say. Sasuke-kun came to rescue me, and we got married, then we came back here."

"Alright. You don't have to say anymore for now. I'm going to do a jutsu now that allows me to see into your mind. It won't hurt. You'll just fall asleep for a few minutes until I'm done, okay?"

I nodded uncertainly, wary of the idea of someone else being in my mind again.

"Okay," I said. "Do it."