So lately I've been coming up with a few ideas for random drabbles or one-shots but don't want to post them alone since they're so small, so I've decided to create a compilation where I can keep them :)
Posts will probably be few and far between, but I'll try to put something up every month at least. Ratings will vary from K+ to M, but the majority will be T so that's how I'm going to mark it.
Also, while I have quite a few ideas, I am open to requests. Please remember, however, that this is a Sasuke/Sakura series only. There can be side pairings or love triangles, but I want to keep the main pairing to be SasuSaku.
Disclaimer: I own the Dr. Pepper I'm drinking and the teddy bear I'm cuddling. And that is all.
title: hello goodbye
characters: SasuSaku, ensemble
category: romance, AU
beneath the shade of the sakura trees
even the best fall down sometimes,
even the wrong words seem to rhyme.
out of the doubt that fills your mind,
you finally find,
you and i collide.
"Can you believe we're going to be in high school this year! It feels like just yesterday we were playing together in Kindergarten!"
"If by playing, you mean you pushing me into the dirt and teasing me, then yes, I know exactly what you mean," a pink haired teenage girl comments, not looking up from her new schedule as her best friend rushes to keep pace with her.
"Ne, Sakura-chan, can you at least just pretend to enjoy our first day of high school with me for like, a second?" Ino frowns, grabbing Sakura's elbow.
"Fine," she snaps and finally looks up from the schedule. "Wow, isn't it just swell," she comments blandly, sweeping her arms out for dramatic effect.
Ino narrows her eyes, "Oh never mind you're such a goodie two-shoes. I bet you already know where all your classes are and the sensei's names."
"Don't make fun of me for being well prepared," Sakura replies, jerking her elbow out of her friend's grasp so she can continue down the hall. "I just want to get my bearings, you know how much I hate surprises—oof!"
Somehow she managed to collide with a brick wall because now she's sitting in the middle of the hallway with her hands sprawled, her books everywhere, and her knees up and open so that everyone can see her bright blue panties. Quickly snapping her legs closed and pulling her plaid skirt down over her thighs, Sakura scrambles to pick up her things before she looks up to see what she collided with.
"Hn. Walk much?"
Glancing up, she sees that it wasn't a brick wall, but actually the firm body of a boy. He stares down at her coolly, his dark eyes looking at her bored and impatient.
"Uh…sorry!" she stammers before finally standing up. "I got a little distracted I guess," she shoots an angry look Ino's way, but the blonde is too busy staring at the dark haired mystery boy with googily eyes.
She frowns at her friend before turning back to the boy, "Anyway, sorry for bumping into you. I'm Sakura!"
His eyes shift to Ino for a moment before turning back to her. She can practically feel his eyes shift down her body and then back up. By the time his onyx eyes reach hers once more, she's sure her face is the color of a tomato.
"Good for you."
Sakura's jaw drops as he walks past them, hands in his pockets, ignoring the hordes of girls staring off at him. After a moment, she clears her head and turns back to Ino, snapping her fingers in the girl's face.
"Oi! Pig! Snap out of it!"
"What? Oh…jeez, who was that?"
"I have no idea," Sakura frowns again, "but I already know I don't like him."
"Who was that?"
"That girl! The pink haired one!"
"Tch. Shut up, dobe."
"Argh, teme! Stop being such an ass and talk to me, or I'm gonna go find Kiba and hang out with him between classes instead," Naruto threatens, crossing his arms and pouting.
Sasuke rolls his eyes, glancing back at where the girl had been standing only to find she's already gone. "Her name's Sakura. She's annoying."
"Really?" Naruto cranes his neck to try to find the girl in the crowded hallway. "I think she's cute!"
"Alright, class, we're going to select topics for our history projects. Everyone pair up and decide what you want your topic to be."
"Ne, Sasuke-kun, I'll be your partner!"
"No way, he said I could do it!"
"I'm way smarter than those skanks, Sasuke-kun!"
"Oi, find your own boyfriend, he's mine!"
"Hey, where's he going?!"
The girls all turn to watch as the Uchiha wordlessly makes his way over to a desk up front where the resident pink haired bookworm is quietly reading her textbook. Their jaws drop as they all hear his deep voice, "Be my partner?"
"Hm?" Sakura blinks in her seat, looking up at him slightly dazed. Her emerald eyes flicker back to the group of girls hanging on their every word before nodding up at him. "Oh, yeah sure."
The other girls whine and stamp their feet, pouting that now they have no one left to work with. Naruto stands on top of a desk, thrusting his text book into the air and puffs out his chest. "Don't worry, ladies! Naruto is still available to be someone's partner!"
"Get lost, Naruto…"
"Alright, I think we're finished!" Sakura happily announces, hitting print on her computer and grinning as the paper begins to feed through the printer. "This report actually turned out a lot better than I was expecting."
She turns over to Sasuke and beams at him, "We make a pretty good team, don't we?"
"I think we're going to get an A, don't you?"
"Well jeez aren't you Mr. Talkative…"
Sasuke frowns, leaning over to her. His closeness makes her tense up and she feels frozen to her seat as his face gets even closer to her. Her throat dries up, swallowing is suddenly an impossible task to complete.
"Sakura," he says huskily. "You're different from those other girls."
She can't tell if he's asking her or telling her, but she decides to answer anyway, hoping to ease some of her nerves. "W-Well, I just don't like the way they treat you, like you're a piece of meat or a prize or something. You're a person, a really smart, interesting one at that. You're hard working, and trustworthy, and you're actually nice when you want to be and I just—mmph!"
His dry lips press to hers lightly and she feels like she's going to pass out. Does he realize what he's doing? With her?
Well, obviously he does, he picked her to be his partner, he kissed her…scratch that he's still kissing her! But before she even gets the chance to respond, he pulls away, his eyes downcast.
"I'm sorry," he interrupts, scowling and balling his fists. "I thought that's what you wanted."
"What? No, I just—Sasuke, wait!"
But he's already up and out the door, making his way down her driveway to her car. By the time she can catch up to him on the driveway, he's already speeding away.
Stunned, Sakura presses her fingers to her lips. She can still feel his warm ones against them.
I've just never been kissed before…
"Oi, teme, have you seen Sakura-chan yet? She's even prettier than she was last year!"
"Shut up, dobe."
"Whatever happened between you two? I thought you liked her—"
"I said shut up," Sasuke snaps suddenly, whirling around to face Naruto. "Nothing happened with us. She didn't want anything to."
Naruto's face fell, "Sasuke, I…you never told me that."
"Stop being such a girl."
"You know who's looking fine this year? Uchiha Sasuke," Ino announces, linking her arm through her best friend's.
Sakura rolls her eyes. "Oh give it up, Ino-pig, he hasn't talked to me since the beginning of the school year last year."
"Ah, The Kiss. How could we forget?" Tenten teases, leaning in towards her friends. Ino giggles with her while Sakura frowns.
"I feel horrible about that, you guys! It completely ruined my relationship with Sasuke…"
"Oh really?" Ino smirks, arching an eyebrow. "What kind of relationship?"
Sakura smacks her with her notebooks as her face heats up and Tenten laughs. "Oh you know what I mean! He won't even look at me anymore…"
"You know, Sakura-chan, if I didn't know any better, I'd say it sounds almost like you want him to look at you," Tenten suggests.
She frowns, glancing over to where the dark haired male is sitting with a group of friends. "Well…I don't know. I mean, sure he's good looking, but there's more to it. When we really got to know each other he was such a great guy."
"So go for him!" Ino urges, pushing her friend in the Uchiha's direction.
"What? But I…"
"Hey there, Sakura-chan!"
Sakura's head snaps forward as she sees a gleeful Naruto waving at her. He's sitting next to Sasuke on a bench, practically shoving the Uchiha out of his way. She glances back at her friends before shyly making her way over to them.
"H-Hey guys, how was your break?"
"Awesome!" Naruto bellows, shoving past a protesting Kiba so he can walk over to her. "I worked out a lot, if you can't tell." He makes a show of flexing his arm muscles and she makes a face.
Someone snorts behind them and Sakura moves to see that Sasuke has a slight smirk on his face even though his eyes are still on the book he's reading. She can't help but smile at the thought that she made him laugh.
"What were you up to, Sasuke?"
Sasuke looks up at her and she gets lost in his dark, endless night sky eyes. Before he can answer a shrilly "Sasuke-kun!" is heard from across the quad. They all turn to see a new girl dressed in their school uniform making her way over to them. She has red hair and glasses, her boots are thigh high and Sakura is sure that they're against school policy.
"I met Karin," Sasuke says, allowing the redhead to drape herself all over him and press kisses to his neck. "Karin, this is Sakura."
"I'm his girlfriend," Karin assures. Sakura recognizes the look in the girl's eyes, that wasn't an explanation, it was a warning.
She's speechless for a moment before nodding and smiling down at them, watching as Karin practically sits in Sasuke's lap even though there's plenty of room on the bench they're sitting on. "Oh, well that's great. I worked at the hospital, I want to become a doctor."
"I remember," Sasuke says quietly, for the first time pushing Karin away from him. "A surgeon, right?"
Sakura flushes, "Yeah. Actually, I was just—"
"Ugh, boring!" Karin interrupts, flicking her hair past her shoulder. "Sasuke-kun, since I'm new here, why don't you show me around? I'd love to see all the dark, secret corners this school has…"
And with that, Sasuke smirks at her before leading her away, leaving Sakura alone with Naruto. She frowns, hugging her books to her chest. "Nice talking to you too…"
Sakura's walking by herself after school one day, carrying a box of old beakers to her car. The school lets her use their old equipment as long as she's willing to take it all by herself. She frowns at the glassware in her arms, it's heavier than she was expecting.
She trips in the hallway and luckily none of the beakers break. One of them skitters across the tiled floors and in front of the foot of a boy a year older than her. He picks it up, tossing it in his hand before making his way over to her.
"Lose something, sweetheart?"
On her hands and knees, Sakura looks up to see three older boys standing around her. She gulps, suddenly feeling very afraid. She tells herself to remain calm before slowly moving back to sit on her heels.
"Um, yeah, I dropped that, thanks."
The boy holds it just out of her reach, "How are you going to pay me for it?"
Her face flushes and her heart is pounding. "W-What?"
"I said," he leers, smirking wickedly at her, "How are you going to pay me for it?"
"She's already on her knees," another boy jokes, pushing his friends. "She's ready in position!"
"Have you done this before, pinky?"
"What, no I just—"
"I think she wants to!"
"Are you a slut? Do you like giving men—"
One of the boys is shoved onto the floor. "What the hell is going on here?"
Sakura, shocked and relieved, looks up to see Sasuke standing in front of her with his arms crossed. He may be a year younger than the guys, but he's several inches taller than they are. They look at each other before turning back to him.
"N-Nothing," the first one insists. "We were just messing with her…"
"Stay the fuck away from her," Sasuke growls, yanking the beaker from his hands. They nod hastily before getting away as quickly as possible. Once they're gone, he turns to her, kneeling down next to her.
Shakily, she nods and takes the beaker from him. "Y-Yeah…they didn't do anything. I think they just liked making me nervous. I don't think they were actually going to…"
He frowns at her before picking up the box. "You never can be sure. What are you doing here anyway?"
Sakura stands up and walks next to him, allowing him to lead her out of the school. "I like experimenting with chemicals and stuff. The school lets me use their old equipment when they need to get rid of it."
He's silent, but his eyes flicker at her so she knows he's listening.
"Thank Kami, our final year!" Naruto cheers as they walk into school, their last first day of high school. "It's sure gone by fast!"
"Hey, whatever happened to Karin? I haven't seen her in weeks," Kiba asks, his hands tucked behind his head.
"The bastard broke up with her," Naruto answers, knowing his best friend won't bother to. "She was so damn annoying and screechy! And she wasn't nearly as pretty as Sak—"
"Wait a minute, you're back on Sakura now?" Kiba teases, grinning wolfishly at the scowling Uchiha.
"Yep! This year's the year! Teme's going to sweep her off her feet and they're gonna live happily ever after!"
"Well, you're in for some tough competition," Shikamaru comments. The boys all turn to their usually quiet friend, eager for more information. "Ino told me she started dating this older guy at the beginning of the summer. It's pretty serious."
"Older? How much older?"
"He's a college student. Ino thinks Sakura's going to go away to school with him next year."
Naruto eyes him, "How do you know all this?"
"Pillow talk, eh Shikamaru?" Kiba carries on, elbowing their friend. He scowls at them, shrugging off the two obnoxious friends of their group.
"All I'm saying is, Sasuke's going to have to work if he wants Sakura this year."
"Tch. Whatever. I don't want her. She can have her college boyfriend for all I care."
"He said WHAT?!"
Ino, Tenten and Hinata sit around their friend's bed, listening to her half-hearted sniffles and hiccups.
"He said he didn't know if I was mature enough to be in a relationship with him," Sakura mumbles, her voice muffled by the pillow covering her head.
"Just because you said you wanted to wait to have sex with him?" Tenten asks.
"He's only a year older than us!" Ino shouts, slamming her fist into her palm. "I swear, if I ever see that boy again, I'm going to castrate him with a rusty knife! And then I'll grab some superglue and glue it to his—"
"Ino-chan!" Hinata squeaks, her face growing redder every second.
Tenten frowns at her friends before turning back to the crying girl in front of them, "Well, Sakura-chan, why do you want to wait?"
"It's not that I'm against sex before marriage or anything," Sakura sniffles, lifting her head from under the pillow. "I just…it wasn't the right timing."
"Right timing?" Ino repeats, a sly smile slowly growing on her face. "Or the right guy?"
Sakura's scowls as her friends laugh. She pulls the pillow back on top of her head. "Oh whatever! It's not like it matters anyway, he's dating that Karin bitch!"
"I don't know, Forehead," Ino starts, lying down next to the girl. "From what I heard, they've been on the rocks all summer."
She's silent for a moment before sniffling again, "Well it's not like he'd be interested in me anyway. Face it guys, nothing will ever happen between me and Uchiha Sasuke…"
"Congratulations graduates! And now for some closing words from our class valedictorian, Haruno Sakura."
Sakura smiles as the crowd cheers and applauds her. She waves nervously as she approaches the podium, clutching at her index cards.
"First of all, I'd like to say congratulations you guys! I'm so proud of all of us. It's been three amazing years…"
Her eyes drift over the crowd of students, some look excited, some are crying, some look bored. One of them is staring up at her with eyes that take her breath away. She continues talking but can't seem to look away from him.
She clears her throat nervously, "I-I can remember my very first day here. I was actually so excited, I walked into a guy…"
The crowd laughs and she can't help but look over at Sasuke. There's something in his eyes, she doesn't know what it is, but she recognizes it. She sees it every time he looks at her.
Much to Sasuke's luck, Naruto is right behind him alphabetically, and therefore, seated right next to him. The blonde coughs obnoxiously when Sakura describes how they first met. He has to clench his fists in order not to strangle him.
His attention goes back to Sakura's speech. Kami, she looks beautiful. Even more beautiful than the first day she ran into him.
"Today is a day for us to remember for all time. Not because we're finally graduating and moving on to college, but because this is the beginning of the rest of our lives. Today is the day we get to say, here I am world! Ready or not."
Her emerald eyes flash over to his and he can feel the pull between them. Why he never did anything about it in the three years he's known her, he has no idea. He can tell she's affected by the way he's looking at her; she keeps stuttering whenever they make eye contact.
"This is the time for us to become the people we were destined to be. Now is when we get to make our own choices, learn for ourselves, and do that one thing we've always wanted to. There is no better chance than now."
As if she's speaking to only him, Sasuke feels a different meaning to her words. Intentional or not, he can't not react to them now. Like she said, there's no better time than now. Standing up, he pushes past rows of knees, ignoring Naruto's questions as he makes his way into the aisle. People beside and behind him have begun to whisper and point, but he pays them no attention. Sakura continues giving her speech but by now she's spotted him and is blatantly staring at him.
He finally makes it up to the stage and everyone gasps as he leaps up onto it. Sakura's stopped talking, instead choosing to stare at him with her mouth open. Just like she did the first day they met. He can't help but smirk.
"S-Sasuke," she starts. She's standing close enough to the microphone that everyone can hear her. "What are you doing?"
Sasuke doesn't stop walking, making sure she's looking into his eyes when he speaks, "What I should have done three years ago."
Before she can react, he wraps his arms around her and presses his lips to hers. She squeaks, her face flushing before she too, wraps her arms around his shoulders. This isn't anything like the first time he tried to kiss her. That was unsure and hesitant. This time he knows what he's doing, why he's doing it, and why he wants to do it with this girl for the rest of his life.
Sakura hums quietly before returning the pressure of her lips, kissing him with all she has. They break away after the crows starts to cheer wildly and instead press their foreheads together. She grins up at him, nuzzling his nose with her own.
"Really, Sasuke. What took you so long?"
Ahh I'm terrible. I can't write drabbles for the life of me (God no) and all my one-shots are always so long! But this story had a specific plot I needed to get out and some reason my mind decided it would take NINE pages to do so. I apologize for the length, hopefully my others won't be so bad…
And don't worry, I haven't abandoned Luck of the Draw! I'm just working through the next chapter and I wanted a little break.
Reviews would be wonderful!