Hey, everyone! I'm new at Fanfiction, but I don't think I'm completely inexperienced, for a newbie. Hopefully, you'll give me a nice welcome XD! By the way, I don't really dig writing the disclaimer like a hundred times, so I'll just say it right here for the whole shebang: I do not own Naruto. Shocking, right? Anyways, this is the first chapter, and I would absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE you all if you reviewed and told me what you liked and didn't like. But that's for later…now…you must read, my friends! Anyyyyywayyys, I hope ya'll bitches love it ;).
I unzipped the opening to the tent, my body aching all over. I slipped in with about the gracefulness of an overweight elephant and shrugged off my favorite leather boots. Listening to the footsteps approaching outside, most likely Tenten, I stretched out my body as hard as I could and collapsed into my sleeping bag. A few seconds later, I heard the entrance to the small little tent unzip again, and the cold night air wafted in. I remained motionless, confident of my advanced deceiving skills.
"So, Sakura. Tell me everything, and no holding back." Tenten said, and I could just tell she was grinning down at my balled figure.
"Aah, she caught me." I rolled over to face her, not surprised at all. We'd gotten to know each other quite well over the past few months, since we started getting placed on the same missions. This time we were ordered to, yes, capture Sasuke Uchiha, ex-teammate, long time bastard. I didn't even have enough fingers to count how many times I'd been on this same exact mission. But that sure as hell didn't mean I wasn't determined to get it done.
"Yeah, well, I heard you lovely entrance not too long ago." She laughed, and settled down into her sleeping bag next to mine. I rolled my eyes.
"And what exactly do you mean, everything?" I asked, raising an eyebrow. She looked innocent. To the untrained eye, at least. I gave her a knowing look.
"Okay, okay. I just thought tonight would be nice for a little girl talk about you-know-who." she propped her chin on her hand, and returned my knowing look.
"Whaaat?" I laughed, scratching my head. I bet our male teammates next door were getting a load of this. She gave me a serious look.
"Oh, come one, they're not even there! I checked. They went out to the river, for only god knows why."
"For some male-bonding skinny-dipping, maybe?" I grinned, trying unsuccessfully to erase the disturbing image from my mind. We both shivered.
"Wait, wait, wait! Nice try, but no changing the subject! Please, just some one-on-one girl talk?" she pleaded earnestly. I let the next several seconds pass silently, determining whether I should give in. She tilted her head at me, wiggling her eyebrows.
"Shouldn't we be more focused on the mission? We should rest up, right? We have to bring Sasuke back to Konoha, you know." I tried uselessly one last time. She didn't respond, only stared at me. I sighed, already knowing what she was going to bring up.
"Oh, jeez. Fine." I consented, already knowing that this conversation was headed down the one-way road of ultimate pointlessness. She smiled at me.
"Okay, soo…" she started, looking for a place to start.
"Naruto." she smirked.
"Whaaat?" I said for the second time, staring at her like she was nuts. Where was she going with this?
"You heard me. But just to confirm a double check, I'll say it again: NARUTO. I'd even give you a third che-"
"No, no, no, I heard you alright. What I did not hear was the warning me that you're totally crazy." I exclaimed, rolling over to my back and gazing at the ceiling of our tent. She edged closer, persistent in that oh-so-endearing way of hers.
"Don't hide it. I've seen how you guys act around each other, and let me tell you, it's obvious." She pointed a finger at me, looking frighteningly determined.
"You look at him when he's not looking-"
"No, I don't!" I protested.
"He looks at you when you're not looking…"
"Really?" I asked curiously.
"Duhhh. He's been in love with you since we were kids, for God's sake! And I know that you like him, even if you haven't realized it yet." She sounded exasperated. I frowned at her.
"I think I would know if I was madly in love with my best male friend."
"But you don't." Tenten wiggled her index finger in front of my face. I stared at her, almost speechless.
"Listen, Ten. I've known Naruto for a really long time, and I don't want to ruin our friendship. And I know that he's liked me for just as long, but what if he's already over me? It's been four years. That's a long time to love someone, someone who's too ignorant to realize they should be giving that same love back. I would have given up, and you know me. There's no justice in giving your heart to someone who doesn't even want it." I finished, realizing the truth of my words and what it must have sounded like. I wished I hadn't spoken at all.
The conversation grew silent. I found Tenten staring at me, concerned.
"Maybe I shouldn't have gone on this mission? Not a chance. I'd never pass up the opportunity to kick that guy's ass." I chuckled humorlessly.
"But are you still in love with him?" she asked, eyebrows furrowed. I turned my head and looked her straight in the eyes.
"I'm over Sasuke. I have been for a really long time. And I'll be damned if I ever go into that pathetic state again." My gaze was hard and meaningful. And I meant every bit of it.
I glanced off into the distance for a few moments, and then turned back to Tenten. She had a smile on her face, and I gave a similar smile back.
"That's good, Sakura. Really good."
It was silent once again. I inhaled deeply.
"Okay, I'm afraid this is way too melodramatic. Back to what we were talking about, please." I gave a small laugh that to me, sounded like it tried too hard. Thankfully, she didn't notice.
"Oh, so want to talk more Naruto? Have my ears fooled me?" she gasped, her hand at her neck mockingly. A grin finally lit up her face.
"Oh, you shut up." I glared at her.
"But I know that he is still in love with you. Absolutely." She said, as a response to what I'd said earlier.
"Oh, and how did you find that? Your sixth sense, I suppose?" I answered sarcastically. I really didn't know why she was so persistent about this.
"You should stop giving him a hard time. Everyone's waiting for it, you know. All our friends, the villagers, the Hokage-"
"That is so not true! You're out of line." I scoffed at her.
"Well, if you don't do something, he will. Who knows, he might get a little aggressive on you, eh? That'd be fun to watch." She grinned, looking suggestively at me. I stared at her, an idea creeping into my mind.
"Well, how are you and Neji doing?" I smiled, leaning forward. She averted her eyes, a tint of pink on her cheeks.
"What does that have to do with anything?"
"We are having a girl talk, aren't we?" I shrugged, amused. She narrowed her eyes at me.
"We're doing a hell of a lot better than you and Naruto, I'd say!" she exclaimed. I jumped up, covering her mouth, my face red.
"What if they heard that?" I said, embarrassed.
"We are having a girl talk, aren't we?" she shrugged, trying not to smile. I glared at her.
"I despise you." I sat back down into my sleeping bag, stubborn.
"Hey, I love you too."
"If they heard any of that, I'll kill you, you know that?"
"Yeah, yeah, yeah." She said, completely ignoring my threat. Instead, she continued on. "So, if you supposedly "don't like Naruto", then are you saying that you're still looking for that special someone?"
"In a way, I guess. But I don't really think about things like that so much anymore. I'm always so busy." I shrugged, examining my fingernails.
"Well, there's a lot of handsome faces around, whether you notice them or not." Tenten noted, tapping her chin. I raised an eyebrow at her.
"There are a lot of cute guys in Konoha, but the most - dare I say – fetching ones are little bit out of reach." She hinted, expecting me to pick up.
"Elaborate, please." I said, and she sighed.
"Remember a few weeks ago when we had that impromptu sleepover at Ino's house? And what topic we unintentionally came across?..." she trailed off. I stared back at her, trying to recall. My eyes widened as I remembered.
"S-class criminals, Tenten? Are you serious?" I hissed at her, feeling the wave of stupidity wash over for even realizing we had talked about such things.
"Hey, I'm not saying you should ask one of 'em to stuff you in a couch and gorilla fuck you! Ino brought it up, I just wanted to take a second to establish that some of those guys are shockingly attractive!" she exclaimed, holding her hands up in the air.
"In the Akatsuki?" I lowered my voice, realizing we were increasing volume with each sentence.
"Yeah, but I was just saying. I'm not as nuts as Ino and her boy-crazed ideals!" she whispered. I calmed myself down with a deep breath.
"Sorry, Ten. But gosh, if anyone ever heard us, we'd be in deep shit." I apologized.
"Don't you agree with me though? That some of them are stunningly gorgeous? I'm sure the thought has crossed the minds of every girl at least once." She pointed out. I bit my lip.
"Well, maybe once or twice when I was looking through the Bingo books. But that doesn't mean I would ever consider being interested in one. I kind of like my body in one piece, if you know what I mean." I admitted, scratching my head.
"Agreed. I bet they get a lot of women, don't you think?"
"Why would they? They're S-class psycho's with probably mentally unstable minds."
"Well, there's the Uchiha who's always been popular with the ladies, younger or older. And that blonde guy with the mouths on his hands, you know he's not inexperienced." She explained. I pondered it for a moment.
"And that one guy with the silver hair, he has incredible movie-star good looks." She said, somewhat dreamily.
"The religious one? He's like borderline psychotic. Or never mind that, he's just plain psychotic." I cut in, remembering when I briefly met him in battle.
"True." It was silent for a few moments, until something dawned on me.
"Why are we even going so in-depth with this conversation?" I asked. She blinked.
"Well, hell. I don't know." She rubbed her eyes with a small chuckle. Outside our tent, I heard the rambunctious sounds of our male teammates coming back from the lake.
"Once again, if anyone heard this whole exchange of words, I'm going to kill you." I warned her. She smiled at me.
"We'll find out soon enough. We need to be rested up for tomorrow, so I'll let you off the hook for now. 'Night, Sakura." She yawned, stretching out her body. I switched of the tent lantern, and then did the same.
"Sweet dreams, Ten."
"At least I know what you'll be dreaming of. And I bet they'll be very sweet." She giggled into the darkness of our tent. I grimaced, then reached back and kicked her.
"Good night." I said sweetly.
Though it turned out, my dreams weren't sweet at all. Only a hell of a lot of chaos.
So, ya'll, how'd you like it? For those of you who did, thank you soooo much and I love you like a crazy chicken in a room full of rocking chairs! And well, for those of you who didn't…that just sucks. But this is only the first chapter, and there is so much room for improvement! It will get better, I promise. Any hoo, please review! Constructive criticism is very welcome! Later, bitches (And ya'll know I'm just kidding)!