Hello V is back!

It's been forever and I'm really sorry! I've been working on bits and pieces through the last, what was it, three months? So a lot has happened over the last couple of months in my life, like my birthday, (yeah nothing really special so don't wish me a belated happy birthday since it's been a really long time since it happaned and it would just feel weird to hear it from people that I don't actually know).

I'm pretty sure I had an especially long rant that I was going to spill on here but it's completely escaped me.

So this has an OC and I adore this OC. I (and Raven who I think I've mentioned before and if I haven't then oh well) have full rights to use her and if you guys like her than yay me! This is going to be one of the main chapter she appears in and won't come back for quite some time.

Madame Butterfly (or MB for short, I'm pretty sure I've mentioned her before) had asked me the other day if i was anywhere close to finishing my story. I laughed pretty hard because from what I could see, there were definitely going to be several other chapters to come. How fast they will get here though is a different matter all together. I have a really busy schedule, like really busy, I haven't even been able to keep up with my favorite shows like Castle or Criminal Minds. Don't you just hate school? It doesn't matter if your in middle school (or junior high like some people like to call it) high school, college or any type that helps you into your career (like law or med). School is an all consuming thing.

So without further ado I give you the new chapter.

I do not own Naruto, but I do own Saya.


Chapter 16 The Mysterious Black Rose

Sakura thought she might have an anxiety attack. She was really excited about the weekend which was only a day away. It had been awhile since she had seen her coming visitor. But there was the fact that her two friends would meet each other and that would bring up unnecessary questions and long drawn out conversations and not to mention if the others saw. Especially if the others met her. That would just bring up more unnecessary questions.

It's not like she was hiding her visitor, it was just that she didn't want to go through the awkward conversations that would come. So that's why she knew she had to get out of class really quickly tomorrow.

She was thinking all this during Iruka's class of History and then she realized that people were staring at her. Turning away from the window she saw the whole class looking at her and Iruka staring intently down at her.

"Having a pleasant day dream Haruno?" he asked.

"Actually I wasn't daydreaming."

"Well since you weren't daydreaming, why don't you answer the question."

Sakura was thinking about what could be the answer. She looked over at Sasuke who was sitting directly next to her and was writing. He looked up at her and they seemed to stare at each other for a moment.

"Haruno I don't think the answer is on Sasuke's face."

"You're right. The answer is Winfield Scott was the one who proposed the famous Anaconda Plan that created a blockade to the Southern Army and suffocated them from supplies. This in the end hurt the South and helped the North greatly."

Iruka stared dumbfounded.

"That's correct Haruno. Please face forward."

"Of course Iruka sensei."

Everybody was staring at her.


After class Naruto went directly to her side.

"Wow, Saku! How did you know the answer?"

"Well I am very smart. But to tell you the truth, Sasuke was the one who gave me the answer."

"Wait a minute I saw you and Sasuke just stare at each other. There was no talking or even a clever note passing."

"I hope so because none of that happened."

Naruto stopped walking.

"WAIT I figured it out!"

Sakura and Sasuke stopped walking and looked back at their blonde friend.

"Well spit it out. How did Sasuke tell me?"

"You developed mind talky powers and never told me!"

They sighed in unison.

"You're an idiot," said Sasuke as he started walking to his next class.

"The power is called Telepathy, Naruto," said Sakura and she started walking after Sasuke.

"Hey wait! Then how did you do it?"

"First another test of your skills of observation."

"Fine what?"

"Do you remember Sasuke writing something down on a piece of paper?"

"Yeah."

"Well when I looked at him and looked away, I glanced at the paper and he had written down the answer for me."

"Wow sneaky ninja skills guys! But I never heard of you being so nice and to Saku of all people!"

"What do you mean, 'of all people'?"

"Oh come on you know I didn't mean it like that."

"Actually you did," said Sasuke.

"You're not helping teme."

"Don't worry. I'm not going to hurt you yet," said Sakura.

The blonde groaned.


After school Sakura went out to the same tree that she was laying in the first day she came back. Dropping her stuff she grabbed hold of the tree and started climbing it. She rested on one of the branches again and began thinking about how tomorrow would go. In an earlier text message conversation she learned that her visitor was going to come pick her up from school and that they would go into town afterwards.

"What's up with you today?"

Sakura stopped her train of thought. Was someone talking to her? She looked down and saw Sasuke.

"How did you know I was here?"

"You're bag is right here." He motioned to the foot of the tree.

"Oh."

"Well?"

"What?"

"Answer my question."

"I don't know what you're talking about."

"I asked you…"

"I know. That was my answer."

"You seem off today."

"Have you stepped in for Naruto today."

"I'm not an idiot."

"Since when did you care so much?"

"I don't."

"Then why ask?"

"Hn."

"I'd like to remind you that's not an answer."

"Hn."

Sakura rolled her eyes.

"Well since we are in a mood of asking questions, are going with the rests of the guys to town this weekend?"

"Probably."

There was another moment of silence between the two.

"Are you still not coming with us?" he asked

"Probably not. I have things that I need to attend to."

Sasuke was wondering what could be so important that the pinkette would not come with them this weekend. Seriously. But he knew that 'he' would never open up to him. Still it did not stop him from thinking.

Naruto came running up to the tree.

"Hey Sasuke! Do you want to do homework with me?"

"I'm not going to give you the answers, dobe."

"What? I only wanted to do homework with you!"

"You mean you only want to cheat off of me."

"Oh come on. I thought you were in a better mood today especially because you helped Saku. Plus this stuff is really hard!"

"Then why don't you get Haruno to tutor you again."

"I don't even know where he is."

Sakura jumped out of the tree and right behind Naruto.

"I'm here."

Naruto jumped forward practically colliding onto Sasuke but the raven haired boy was quick and shoved Naruto away and onto the ground.

"Wow Saku. You really are the sneaky ninja."

"The best."

"Well were you listening to our conversation?"

"Yes."

"Well then are you going to tutor me?"

"Sure. I didn't go through all this trouble to come to this school and be with you only for you to be flunked out and I'm alone here."

"You're right. I can't leave you with teme and others like Sai and Kiba."

"Wait are you saying that for my protection?"

"What? No. You can handle yourself just fine. I'm saying that I couldn't possibly endanger the lives of my other friends by leaving you here to murder them."

She punched his arm.

Naruto said Ow and held his arm but he was laughing.


The clock was ticking. Five minutes left. Five minutes left until she would have to sprint out the doors. She had warned Naruto and the rest of the group that she would be gone immediately after school today. She said that they would not be able to reach her.

She was upset that her class was the farthest away from the front of the school. She was currently in Asuma's Latin class and she was about to kill him. He was a very good teacher and he was very smart but he did spend a good deal of his time smoking. Today was one of his review days and it consisted of him giving them five pages of things they needed to translate, while he was close to the opened window smoking. These pages were front and back and extremely complicated and long.

Finally the bell rang and she hurried out the door barely hearing the beginning of Asuma's goodbye to the class. She ran back to her dorm room quickly changing and dropping off her other things and she started running out. She was in such a rush that she barely had enough time to dodge Neji as she ran out the doors of the dorms. But because she dodged Neji she almost ran into Shikamaru and had to do a backward flip.

"Is that your natural reflexes?" asked Neji.

"Yes."

He raised an eyebrow.

"What type of life did you lead before this?"

"Why don't you ask Naruto? He can tell you tons of stories were my skills and quick reflexes saved us."

Then she ran off going back to the front of the school.

Reaching the school's gates she smiled as she saw a black Porsche waiting there. She went to the side door and got into the car.

Unbeknownst to Sakura was the fact that the Ino, Hinata, and TenTen had seen her smile and enter the car.

Ino went running into the boy's school ground and was looking madly for the guys.

Finally she found Neji and Shikamaru still in front of the dorms.

"Do you guys have any idea what I just saw!"

The boys looked at each other with expressionless faces.

"No Ino," said Shikamaru.

"Oh this is too good. I can't just tell you. Where's the rest of the guys?"

"How am I supposed to know, troublesome woman?"

"Well help me find them and then I'll tell you one of the juiciest bits of information that I've ever discovered."

Neji looked at his cousin to see if this was just another of Ino's exaggerations or if they should actually help her out to find out what she knows. By Hinata's appearance it appeared that it was interesting enough.

Finally the whole gang was assembled, including Temari.

"So why did you bring us all together Ino?" asked Naruto.

"It's about Haruno!"

This grabbed their attention.

"Well spill it."

"I saw him getting into a black porshe and he was smiling!."

"What?"

But before Naruto could continue his series of questions, Ino continued.

"But that's not even the best part!" They all stared intently at her. "He got into a car… with a GIRL!"

"WHAT?" they all screamed in unison.

"Did you get a good look at the girl?" asked Kiba.

"Unfortunately no. All I was able to hear was her voice."

"Well Naruto?" aksed Temari.

"What?" he replied.

"You are Haruno's best friend and not to mention the only person that really knows him."

"Saku has never talked to me about a girl. I'm as clueless as you are."

"It has to be his girlfriend!" exclaimed Ino.

"What are you talking about?" said Sai.

"Remember the first time we all went to town, he was hoping to get a text message from an important person."

They slowly nodded their heads.

"But even then Saku never said that he had a girlfriend."

"Well then how do you explain it?"

There was a silence.

"Hey maybe Haruno's one of those escorts on the side," said Kiba.

"I don't think so. With Haruno's pride and moral value, he wouldn't be a male escort," said Neji.

"Plus those people have to be really good looking," added Sai.

"Well then what is it?" asked Ino.

Naruto was not going to stand the conversation anymore.

"I don't want to hear you wild crazy accusations anymore. Saku is a decent and great friend. He would never lower himself to those standards and whatever he's doing is his business."

Sasuke to say the least was amazed at what Naruto had said. He thought his friend's curiosity would get the better of him and that he would want to go into town to see what Haruno was doing. But he did have to agree that it wasn't their place to snoop into what the pinkette was doing. Though it still didn't stop him from asking what was going on.


In town Sakura was wearing a shirt and jeans with her hat on.

"So you got a new car," she said.

Her friend had long extremely dark black hair. Her eyes were golden color, like topaz. Her name was Saya.

"Yes."

"Do I dare ask what happened?"

"Nothing big this time. Just some very unlucky people decided to key my car."

Sakura chuckled.

"Ow. I feel very sorry for them."

"How's school been for you?"

"Well I knew once I got back with hanging out with Naruto that things were bound to start happening to me again."

"Which consists of what?"

"Helping him with tests. Meeting new people that you want to kill. Playing a lot of sports challenges. Being kidnapped. "

She slightly raised her eye brow at Sakura.

"You got kidnapped? That's slightly different than usual."

"Slightly? Well that's honestly not a surprising statement with all the things I've been through and even more now."

"So who is the one that's been causing you all the trouble at school?"

"Urgh! This ice cube of a guy! He's a complete a stuck up. He acts all superior and gets on my nerves."

"So besides you disliking his personality, what else has he done to incur your wrath?"

Sakura turned her head away. She was slightly annoyed that Saya could always see right through her.

"He… kissed me."

Saya seemed slightly more interested.

"How did this happen?"

"Well Naruto was being and idiot and Sasuke was being a jerk."

"That's not clear even slightly."

Sakura sighed.

"We were playing a basketball game and then we began arguing. Then Naruto trying to show off, aka being an idiot, sends the basketball flying, hitting Sasuke's head and forcing him to kiss me."

"Sounds like an accident."

The way Saya said it was not defending Sasuke at all but a simple observation.

Sakura laid her head down on the table, face down. Just remembering the incident was embarrassing.

Saya was completely sympathetic with the fact that Sakura's first kiss was accidental and given to the guy she says she hates. But for now she needed to console Sakura.

"You know…" she began, getting Sakura too look up from the table, "a kiss, a first true kiss is only considered a first kiss if both are willing participants."

"What?"

"You have to both want to kiss each other for it to work. Accidents like this don't count as a first kiss."

Truthfully Saya's words made her feel better.

"So what have you been doing lately?" asked Sakura.

"I've been doing the same kind of work. There's not been anything really interesting since I last saw you."

"Well there was the car."

"I did like my last car."

"What did you do for break?"

"You forget that I don't have break."

"Well maybe you should take my path and enroll in my school."

Saya grinned at the statement.

"I'm too fond of my hair at this length and I'm not particularly liking the idea of going to that school."

"Would you prefer to go to the girl's school?"

"Hmph, I dislike the idea of wearing a skirt even more."

Sakura laughed.

"As do I."

"What happened over your break?"

Sakura smiled.

"I kicked some ass."

""Very Nice."

"But I did lose a tournament of five hundred dollars."

"What type of game?"

"Volleyball."

"Who did you lose to?"

"Sasuke's older brother Itachi, and a couple of his friends."

Saya stopped moving for a little bit.

"You stayed at Sasuke's house right? What's his last name?"

"Uchiha and yes I did stay at their house."

Saya became less rigid.

"About the tournament, I didn't know you needed money?"

"I don't. But it would've been nice to shove it into the Akatsuki's faces again."

"Again?"

"Well Sasuke, Naruto and me totally destroyed the others in Call of Duty."

"That must've wounded their pride quite a bit."

"You have no idea."

Finally the food they had ordered arrived and they began eating.

It was late when Saya pulled up to the gates of the school.

"So how long will you be staying?" asked Sakura.

"At least the weekend. Probably nothing more."

"Ah alright. What time are you going to pick me up?"

"What time would you be willing to get ready really early."

"I still take my early morning jogs. I just haven't done it in a couple of weeks because of break. But my internal clock is getting back on schedule. So I say anywhere from nine to ten."

"Fine. Have a goodnight."

"Goodnight.

Sakura closed the door of the car and went into her dorm. In her room she saw a note was put under her door. Picking it up she saw that it was from Naruto.

Saku,

Are you coming with us tomorrow?

I miss our times together.

You should really pick up your phone too.

Naruto

She smiled at the note. She would say hi to him tomorrow and leave a note since he wouldn't be awake.

Little did she know that the others had a plan about tomorrow.


The next morning she put on her hat and jeans and a shirt, she walked over to Naruto's room to slip him a note but then she put her ear on the door. Something was wrong, she didn't hear any snoring. Is Naruto dead? No not possible. Sasuke couldn't be so upset at him to kill him. I mean if he's able to stand him for this long then he wouldn't kill Naruto now. If Sasuke ever got mad at Naruto he would pummel him senseless, not kill him. Well if he's not dead than that means he's awake. But why is he awake? Especially this early? Where is he then?

Sakura was slightly worried. She walked outside. There was the car, waiting outside the gates but then there were the others.

What are they doing here? She thought with much alarm.

Sakura went to the car, somewhat cautiously.

"Saku, good morning!"

"Hey Naruto. Why are you up so early?"

"Well hehe,"

"We wanted to see what you were doing today," said Ino.

"Uh," but before she could make an actual reply, Ino interrupted again.

"Well more like who you are hanging out with."

Sakura was about to glare at her but then thought better of it and kept a blank expression.

There seemed to be an awkward silence.

"Well where are you going?" inquired Sai.

"Out."

"That is clear but where to? Ino says that you're on a date."

Sakura couldn't hide the shock that was on her face.

"Wha wha what are you talking about?" she exclaimed.

"Oh don't try to hide it," said Ino with a sly smile, "I saw you with a girl yesterday."

What? There is no way Ino saw me with Saya yesterday.

"It's not what you think."

"Well what are we supposed to think."

Sakura narrowed her eyes. Then the car door opened and Saya walked towards the group.

She was wearing an outfit similar to the one yesterday only because she was still wearing her black trench coat and her sunglasses were on. Black jeans could barely be seen and only because they slightly covered her black shoes. Her shirt could not be seen though.

Everybody was quiet and staring at her as she walked up to Saya.

Well there was no hiding it now.

"Everybody," began Sakura,"this is Saya."

Saya did a polite nod to the entire group.

"So you're Haruno's girlfriend?"asked Ino.

The guys all had the same thought in their head. Haruno can get a girl like this?

Saya didn't respond right away.

"I am not Haruno's girlfriend."

"Well who are you then and how did you meet Saku?" asked Naruto.

There was an air of hostility and it felt like it was an interrogation.

Sakura decided that she shouldn't start freaking out.

"I met Saya a couple of months after you left for here."

"You never talked about her."

"I never needed to."

Awkward silence ensued.

"So what's she doing here then?" asked Ino.

"I came to visit," answered Saya.

Saya could see Naruto's face. It was riddled with confusion and a little bit of hurt.

"Well I'm Naruto," said the blonde as he walked up to Saya.

"Yes I know."

Naruto paused.

"You do?""

"Yes, Haruno speaks often about you. I feel like I've known you for the majority of the time Haruno has."

Naruto smiled at hearing that.

Sakura grinned slightly. Saya knew how to work people. But what she said was true. She did speak about Naruto a lot to Saya.

"Why don't we all go to town together," said Temari.

"Alright," said Sakura.

Well since they all met each other already things really couldn't get much worse.

"This is great we can learn even more about Haruno mysterious girlfriend," said Ino.

"She's not my girlfriend," said Sakura.

"Well I meant it as a friend that is a girl."

Sure you did.

"Well I'm afraid my car can only fit five people and there are clearly more of you," said Saya.

"That's alright we can all take the bus," said Ino.

"She can't leave her car out in front of the gates," stated Shikamaru.

"I'll take Haruno and if you want a few others and the rest must take the bus, I'm sorry for the slight inconvenience."

The gang looked at each other, deciding on who would ride in the extremely nice looking car. Then they realized the slight glare that they were getting from the pinkette.

"How about we just go on the bus and then Haruno and Saya can just go in the car," said Shikamaru.

The group nodded their heads despite several really wanting to ride in the car.

Sakura took a deep sigh while she was in the passenger seat of Saya's car.

"Do you think this can get any worst?" asked Sakura.

"Anything can get worst."

"True."

"But if you're asking me if things are going to get slightly uncomfortable, I would have to say yes. But it is nice to see that they are all interested in you."

"I think that is possibly one of the worst things you've ever said to me."

"They all seem to be treating you nicely. It's also nice to see Naruto, face to face."

"You've seen him before."

"In the very rare pictures that you have of you later childhood."

"I'm not a picture kind of person."

"Yet you most prized possession is a picture."

Sakura smirked at this comment. It was true.

"So what are we going to do with all of them."

"Do you plan on ditching them?"

Despite Saya showing no emotion, Sakura could hear the amusement in her voice.

"No, I mean are we going to eat or what?"

"I know you are not use to having a lot of friends but I think that you've observed and been around these people long enough to know how to just hang out with friends."

Sakura sighed.

"I know but it's just so weird that they met you. I mean, you were the only one to ever know straight away I was a girl and the only friend who…" she trailed off a little bit. "I do admit that it is mostly due to me but.."

"It doesn't matter. These people really like you and it's been awhile I think since you have had this much serenity in your life."

Sakura laughed.

"Serenity? Well compared to how my life was back there I guess. But I don't consider serenity, getting kidnapped and having to deal with that infuriating Uchiha."

"Ah yes, Sasuke Uchiha. The man who is your new rival."

"Urgh, the only redeemable quality he has is his loyalty."

"So there is no other quality which you think is good."

Sakura gave her a questioning look.

"Where are you taking this? If you're saying I'm in love with Sasuke then…"

"No, I'm not saying that in the slightest. I've known all aspects of your personality and I think there is a different reason why you act like you despise Sasuke Uchiha."

"Act?"

But before they could continue the conversation they finally arrived to town.


It wasn't so bad. In all honesty the day could've gone much worse. The only thing that was bad was the looks that they were giving Saya and the comments that they made from time to time, trying to extract more information.

They ended up going to watch a movie and were currently at dinner which they ended up eating at a nice place for dinner.

"Why didn't anyone tell me that we are going to eat at a fancy restaurant?" exclaimed Ino.

"I had told all off you that we would be eating out later," replied Saya. "and you even bought a new outfit which you had changed into."

"But I would've gotten something much more formal!"

"Don't panic Ino. All of us aren't dressed formally," said Sai, trying to comfort his girlfriend.

Ino merely pouted.

Though it was true that they were all mostly underdressed at such a nice place, Sakura didn't seem to mind.

"So Saya," began Temari, "were do you go to school?"

"I don't attend a school."

There was a pause.

"So are you home schooled then?"

"No."

They all were staring at her.

"So what do you do then, since you do not attend school?"

Sakura smirked at this comment.

"I do a number of things."

"Such as?"

"Often I am commissioned for some of my abilities but I do a lot of self interests."

They started to take the hint that Saya would not give them a straight answer.

"How did you guys exactly meet?" asked Naruto.

Sakura answered instead.

"It was a couple of months after you left. I happened to run into that bastard Kaoru."Naruto's eyes narrowed. Sasuke noticed. "Well as usual he had his little gang and they tried to corner me but of course I could beat them. Still they decided to play dirty and one of them brought out a chain. The knife I could deal with but I was unprepared for the chain." They were all greatly intrigued. "But before they could do any serious damage, Saya intervened."

"Knowing you, a not so serious injury is actually a very serious one," said Sasuke.

"What makes you say that?"

"Because when ever Naruto is seriously hurt like he also plays it off either much less or exaggerate it."

"Sakura only had a leg injury from the chain striking it," said Saya.

Sakura remembered that time.

Flashback

Sakura was wearing one of her many baggy shirts and jeans when she heard several heavy footsteps heading in her direction and she just knew that her perfectly quiet day wasn't going to be so perfect or quiet anymore. Then she saw a group stop in front of her.

"Well look who we have here guys," snickered the leader of the group.

Sakura stopped walking since the group was completely blocking her way.

"I'm not in the mood to deal with you today Kaoru," said Sakura.

"Well it's just not your day than is it?"

The group chuckled at this comment. Then they started to surround her.

Sakura didn't make a single move and just watched them with observing eyes. There were four of them.

"Not so tough now that you're all alone, huh Haruno," said the second in command Aidou.

"I'm still able of kicking all your asses without Naruto," she replied coolly.

They glared at her. Then the only female of the group tried to punch her. She simply dodged it. This set everything in motion.

Sakura wasn't in the mood to beat any one up but they certainly were testing her patience.

She punched Kaoru straight in the face causing him to fall flat on his butt.

"I said leave me alone already so do it before I give you more then a broken nose."

"I wouldn't be worrying about him if I were you," said Aidou.

She heard the rattling of the chain and cursed herself for forgetting that Aidou's favorite choice of weapon was the chain. Looking at it, she saw that there was a metal hook at the end of the chain.

The other members of the gang were all laughing at Sakura. The obscure poses she had to take to avoid the chain were awkward and she couldn't even run away even if she wanted to. Also they were closing in on her to finally beat her to a bloody pulp.

Finally when Sakura tried to jump to the side and perhaps climb up the wall that lined across the sidewalk, the chain struck hard, tearing her jeans. She grunted in pain at the slash and lost her balance. Then the chain wrapped around her leg and started pulling her towards Aidou. Sakura was cursing herself. She was hoping to come out of this fight mostly unscathed. Then the third male and the other girl lifted Sakura up by her arms and forced her up to an almost standing position. Kaoru came up to her and smiled.

"I'm going to take great pleasure in messing up that face of yours," he said.

"Funny because I don't get that feeling every time I mess up yours," she replied with a smile.

Then she jabbed the girl in the stomach and used that released arm's hand to punch Kaoru. Shoving the other guy she tried to see if she could get the chain off but aidou quickly jerked it causing her to fall back hitting her head hard on the concrete, disorienting her. He released her of the chain only to bring it back down on her hoping to strike her down on the head. Sakura closed her eyes at the same time moving her arms up so that her head wouldn't have the full impact. Then after a couple of seconds she didn't feel anything and heard Aidou growl. Opening her eyes she saw her savior.

The girl had long black hair, like that of a raven's feather or the night sky. She was wearing a black trench coat and she could see combat boots at the very bottom. The girl had used what looked like a rod to force the chain to the ground before it hit her and she had the head of it under her foot, keeping Aidou from bringing it back to him.

"Let go, this isn't your fight," seethed Aidou.

By now the others had finally collected themselves from their dazes. Sakura didn't waste anytime and rose, turning around to the other three, while her savior pulled on the chain causing Aidou to stumble forward himself.

Sakura having come to the end of her rope for the day and made short work of the group. She turned to see that Aidou was in the same condition as his friends.

She looked at the girl who saved her only to see her wear sunglasses.

"Thank you," said Sakura.

"Your welcome."

There was a pause.

"You will want to treat your leg," replied the black haired girl.

Sakura looked down at her leg to seen the torn fabric and the blood sliding down it.

"You know, I don't see a lot of single girls taking on others," said Sakura.

"Are you really that surprised?"

"Well yeah."

"But you yourself are one."

Sakura widened her eyes a little bit.

"Why did you say that?" she said with a somewhat nervous voice.

"Because it is the truth."

Sakura was about to say something that would sound like she was denying being a girl, since she didn't like to out right lie to someone about it sometimes but she got interrupted by the black haired girl.

"I don't mind if you want others to believe that you are a boy and I won't tell them because it is none of my business but I do not like being lied to."

Sakura had a strange feeling come over her. She felt like she could really trust this girl. Sakura held out her hand.

"I'm Sakura Haruno, but I make everyone call me Haruno, well except Naruto but he calls me Saku and he also thinks I'm a boy."

The girl took her hand.

"I'm Saya."

End of Flashback

Sakura told them the story but of course left out the part of her actually being a girl and the little conversation she had with Saya but besides that everyone knew most of their first encounter.

"So what happened to your leg?" asked Naruto.

"Well obviously it healed," replied Sakura.

Silence ensued.

"So how long do you plan on staying here Saya?" asked Ino.

"Just for the weekend, I only wanted to check in on Sakura."

"That's an awfully short time. Do you have something to hurry back to?"

"Yes I have another job I have to take care of."

Sakura raised her eyebrow slightly. She wondered who employed Saya for one of her many amazing talents. She had a couple of ideas but nothing was certain.

The food came out and they all ate. It was really quite delicious and Sakura tried to enjoy just having all of her favorite people surround her.

Saya paid for the meal and they all drove back to the school.

"So what time are you leaving tomorrow?" asked Sakura.

"By noon," replied Saya.

"Will you come and say goodbye?"

"Of course."

Sakura got out of the car and waved to Saya goodbye. The girls had already gone back to their dorms and the guys were all waiting for her to come.

"So she doesn't seem so bad," said Kiba.

"It is questionable why you would want to hide her from us, especially if you're not dating her," added Sai.

"I'm definitely not dating her."

They gave her a little doubtful look. She just gave and exasperated sigh.

"I'm going to my room," she said.


Sakura was lying down on her bed when she heard a soft knock on her door.

Who on earth is it?

Opening the door she saw Naruto. Her eyes widened slightly in shock.

"Hey Saku can I com in for a little bit?" he asked.

She nodded and moved out of the way so he could enter.

"Is something wrong Naruto?" she asked.

"Well there's something that's been bothering me."

She didn't say anything. She knew already.

"Why didn't you say anything about Saya to me? You talk to her about me." he continued.

Sakura never said anything about Saya to him because Saya was different. She knew her more intimately despite the long relationship that she had with Naruto. But being with Naruto was also different. Being with Naruto she didn't have to think about her life back at home but also because he was a little oblivious it had caused her to keep the truth about her gender a secret but still it seemed so complicated with everything else. It was better that Naruto didn't know that she was a girl. If he did then their relationship would be different. It was really liberating when they first met how he treated her and accepted her as his friend. He didn't care about how she acted and even made her a better person, or so she believed. But she couldn't say all this to him. So instead she settled for something else.

"It's a little complicated Naruto. My relationship with her is different than with you. It's a little like it was two worlds and I'm sorry if I've hurt you Naruto. You must know that it is never my intention to do that. I can't really explain it." She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. "Do you understand?"

Naruto was staring at her with a thoughtful expression.

"No I don't," he started. Sakura dead panned. "But I think I get the gist of it. I'm not upset at you for being friends with her. It's understandable that you would have a new friend when I left. I just thought I left you all alone and it made me feel really guilty sometimes but I don't feel so bead because you did have somebody. But still I don't see why you had to hide it." There was a pause. "But we're still friends and best ones. So I guess I won't ask anymore questions."

Sakura gave a small smile.

"Thank you Naruto."

"But you know what will really make me let this go? Some ramen fully paid for by you would help," he said with a sly grin.

Sakura chuckled lightly punching him in the arm. "Naruto baka."

"Hey hehe that hurt," he said while rubbing his arm.

"Sure will go out for ramen sometime soon."

Naruto left and Sakura quickly went to sleep.


The next morning Sakura was outside with several others and they were all saying goodbye to Saya.

"I'll miss you and be safe," said Sakura.

"Of course. Don't get into to much trouble while I'm away."

Sakura chuckled.

"I'll try my best. "

Saya then turned to the rest of the group and shook their hands one by one.

"It was nice meeting all of you."

Then when she finally reached Sasuke she held his hand for a moment longer and leaned in a little.

"Please watch over Haruno and take care of him," she whispered. Letting go she put on her sun glasses and waved nodded her head.

Sakura watched as Saya drove away and sighed. It was really nice seeing Saya after so long. She began to walk back to the school.

"Hey guys why don't we play a game of basketball?" she said.

They guys agreed and started following Sakura while they began to decide teams and make sarcastic comments about each others playing abilities.

Sasuke was staring at where the car had driven off. He couldn't forget the look he was given from Saya's golden eyes.

He had a strange feeling.


Well Sasuke I think if you hang around Sakura you'll definitely have to watch each others backs. (possible future spoiler?)

How did you all like Saya?

Man I don't know if this chapter turned out right because i didn't do it all at once or in the same week. This was over six thousand words and I think is my longest chapter yet but I wanted everything about the weekend with Saya to happen all in one chapter and I did promise you last time that this would be a longer chapter than usual and also it's because I took so long in updating. I really hate it when someone doesn't update in forever.

I probably have a ton of grammatical mistakes. Should I get a Beta? I don't really know what they are for and I hear about them from time to time from reading other people's fanfictions but besides that i don't know if i should really get one.

Well I like to draw and i have this drawing of Sakura in her school uniform and I'm thinking about uploading it to deviant art but I don't know. I'll probably say by the next chapter (whenever that is) if I've uploaded it or not.

So please review!