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KatrinaCrystal: I'm writing this directly after I posted chapter one, so I have no idea whether you liked it or not. I'm changing the format. Why? I felt like it. Oh, umm, as of the next chapter, should I try to make it a bit funny? Should I change the overall writing style? Or is it good as is? I love reviews, even flames, as long as they aren't five words long. I absolutely adore long reviews, actually. I don't update regularly, just when my muse starts screeching in my ear at 3 A.M. Demanding that I update will not work. I'm like Kakashi on this: Yelling at me won't change anything, and will probably result in me being far later the next time. I'm letting you know now because I forgot last chapter. So, ahh, let the chapter begin!
Let's take a moment to remind ourselves of Sakura's heritage, shall we?
Haruno Sakura was raised by civilian parents. She decided to become a shinobi for Kami knows what reason. And that's about it.
Sakura's Very Tragic Past That Is Oh So Very Sad
Sakura has a very tragic past that is oh so very sad. In fact, it is so sad and tragic that you may want to go and grab a box of kleenex because you may cry from the terrrible gut-wrenching sadness you are about to hear about. You see, ever since she was a little girl... Sakura has been cursed. She was tormented by her peers, and would often cry and curse the Kami for making her life so very very terrible. You see, Sakura had quite a large forehead. A tragically large forehead. The other children mocked her ceaselessly, calling her names such as "Forehead Girl" and "Billboard Brow" and the like. This made poor Sakura so very sad. But one day, Sakura made a friend. This friend's name was Yamanaka Ino. Little Miss Ino dealt with Sakura's tormentors, and cheered her up by telling her that she was jus a bud and and would only grow more beautiful with time. Little Miss Ino gave her a beautiful hair ribbon, encouraging her to show off her horribly, tragically, large forehead. Haruno Sakura had just made a good friend.
Sakura Becomes A Fangirl
Sakura enjoyed many years with Yamanaka Ino as her best friend. But one day, she woke up to realize something huge! Apparently, cooties didn't exist! *Le Gasp!* And suddenly, boys weren't so icky anymore. In fact... one of the boys in particular caught her eye. Uchiha Sasuke! He was just sooo cute! Kawaii!!!Kawaii kawaii kawaii!!! She rushes off to tell her best friend the news. Unforunately, Ino likes him too! Oh no, what is Sakura to do? Aha! They are no longer friends! They are RIVALS!!! Sakura then spends much of her time stalking...er, I mean...observing her "true love" with a group of fellow fangirls...er, I mean... admirers.
Sakura Joins Team Seven
Sakura, being the amazing goodie-goodie that she is, graduates the academy with perfect grades! Yatta! And she winds up on the same team as Sasuke-kun! Yatta! But wait, she's also on the same team as Naruto-baka! And her sensei is a chronically late pervert! Noooo! Why Kami-sama, why?! Why must her life be so terribly tragic! No one on her team understands her pain! Waaah haaa haaa haaaaaaa! Waaaaaaahhhh! *sob sob sniffle sob* Don't they understand how long it takes her to pick out her clothes in the morning?! --Never mind that she wears the same thing every day-- And how hard it is to get her hair just right?! And haw completely awful it is to have her parents nagging her all the time?! And how upsetting it is when everybody stares at her tragically large forehead?! *Sigh of Frustration and Self Pity* They simply don't understand how hard it is to be her.
My Thoughts On Sakura BEFORE the Timeskip
Sakura is...basically useless up until the Timeskip. All she does is worry about her tragically large forehead, worry about her wieght, hang over Sasuke-kun, yell at Naruto, and feel sorry for herself because her life is so terribly difficult.
Her obsession with Sasuke is pathetic. She hangs over him in the same pathetic manner as Naruto does. The very same pathetic manner that drives her bonkers. She worships him like he's some sort of god. She simply refuses to believe that her beloved Sasuke-kun isn't interested in someone as glamorous as she is. Unless...could it be? Oh no! Sasuke-kun won't date her because of her tragically large forehead! Nooooo! Why Kami-sama, why?!
Err, anyways, Sakura seems to have no interest in becoming a strong kunoichi. The pink-haired girl seems to believe that her awesome chakra control makes her better than her two teammates. Well, not Sasuke-kun, of course, but at least Naruto. Since she has such perfect chakra control, she must be a great kunoichi already! She doesn't need to train at all! And besides, training would just make her all sweaty, and there's no way Sasuke would ever date her if she was all sweaty and smelly and gross. Not that being all smelly and sweaty and gross was a bad thing, because dear Sasuke-kun always looked so hot when he was covered in sweat. His pale skin shone and his dark hair stuck to his face and his muscles bulged slightly and he was so... manly. But sweating wasn't ladylike, so she didn't train. After all, she didn't need to. She was perfect. A perfectly arrogant bitch.
Sakura thought her life was horrible because her forehead was so tragically large, and her best friend was now her rival for Sasuke-kun's affections, and her sensei was always late, and she had Naruto on her team, and her parents were always on her for stupid things, and she was fat and, and, and... Yeah. She's such a patheic asshole! She keeps whining about how awful her life is, and how it's all so tragic and so unfair and how nobody understands what she's going through. Meanwhile, her teammates actually do have shit going on that's worth complaining about, and they never say a word! That annoyed the crap out of me!
My Thoughts on Sakura AFTER the Timeskip
After the timeskip, Sakura seems to have undergone a personality change. (Read: She actually got one worth having.) Instead of being a stupid whiny bitch who always sits on the sidelines and cries as her teammates save her pathetic ass, she's actually capable of doing stuff. She knows incredible medic justus, has a newfound monstrous strength, and *Le Gasp* is actually a bit nice to Naruto! That's not to say she doesn't get pissed and bop him on the head in nearly every episode/chapter, but she doesn't complain about him so much. In fact, the complaining factor seems to have gone down considerably. And instead of boasting stupidly about her "superior chhakra control", she actually puts it to good use! She still seems to be slightly "in love" with her precious Sasuke-kun, but that fades more and more every day. She even --
SPOILER again! Do not read if'n ya don't follow the manga online! Stop! Cut it out! I said stop! The spoiler is coming up! This is here so you don't accidentally read it! Stop reading! You'll run into the spoiler soon! Your brain will fry if you read this. Very shocking. I said quit it! Could'ja please stop now? I'm asking nicely! C'mon, please? *Real Inuzuka Secret Clan Jutsu: Puppy Dog Pout no Jutsu!* Gaah, you're hopeless. I give up.
attempts to kill the bastard! Sadly, or perhaps luckily, she fails... --I really liked Sasuke, so I'm hoping maybe he only kills the elders and not all of Konoha.-- Don't read. Don't read. Don't read. Please don't read. Reading this could be hazardous to your health. Your eyes may pop out if you read this. Your skin could melt if you read this. Don't read this. DON'T.
--Spoiler over. Hope I made it easy to avoid. Please review and tell me if I didn't.
Sakura also reacted fairly well to the news that Naruto was the Kyuubi jinchuuriki. She tried to spare him the agony of knowing that he hurt her when he was in four-tails form. I like that. She's a much nicer person now. She doesn't ignore Naruto anymore. She doesn't act like she hates him. She isn't a snobby brat who believes she's all that. She's gotten over her petty arguement with Ino, though their rivalry continues. --Yay! It wouldn'ta been the same without it.-- She doesn't often accidentally hurt peoples feelings. She thinks before she speaks. And, miraculously, she seems to have gotten over the sheer tragedy of her tragically large forehead!
Sakura has become a great character, and I actually like her now. That's right, she's not just tolerable, she's now a favorite character! Yay for you Sakura!
KatrinaCrystal: Wow, finished the chapter in one night. Kinda short though. h well, the chapters are as long as I feel they should be, and not a word longer. I really hope you didn't read the spoiler by accident. If you did and I spoiled it for you, I'm very, very, very sorry. Feel free to flame me for it. I try to keep the spoilers to a minimum. (Read: I want to put in loads, but will try to limit myself to a maximum of one per chapter.) So, umm, tell me, is this format better than in the last chapter? Was any of it funny? I didn't put much effort into it. I think it came out mostly sarcastic... And before you ask, no this will not be a fic in which I bash the characters I hate relentlessly and praise the ones I love endlessly. I don't hate Sakura. Now. I did point out the good qualities she has now. And I will admit that I left out many of Naruto's faults last chapter, such as how he doesn't often think things through, he is obnoxioiusly loud at times, and doesn't know when to give up --On Sakura, that is. Oops, I said the last one. My bad. But I should've mentioned the others. I apologogize. I also apologize for my overly long author's notes. I had lots to say... Bye now!