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Sitting, waiting in a café for her perverted sensei wasn't how Sakura wanted to spend her morning. Granted she hadn't seen the guy in a few years and she did owe him an explanation for just vanishing, but still. Saturdays were usually spent sleeping through a good portion of the day. It was her time to catch up on some much-needed sleep. Forgetting to bring enough money to buy herself some coffee certainly had nothing to do with it.
She folded her arms on the table and let her head rest on them, closing her eyes as she did so. She was too tired for this. Not even a full minute had passed before she felt someone invade her personal space and whisper in her ear.
"Wakey wakey Hana-chan, or should I say Sakura-chan." Sakura groaned. Not even a minute of rest. She lifted her head and regarded the man sitting across from her, shaking his head in disappointment.
"Now is that any way to greet your old sensei?" Sakura rolled her eyes.
"It's too early. Buy me a coffee and then we'll talk." Jiraiya faked a hurt expression.
"Why Sakura-chan, you wound me! Choosing coffee before your own dear sensei!" Sakura rolled her eyes again.
"Just go Jiraiya."
20 minutes later and Sakura sat contentedly drinking her mocha frappuccino. She opened up the top and used the straw to collect some of the whipped cream on top before sticking it in her mouth again. Yum. Right behind cranberry juice, coffee was her second favorite drink.
"Anything else my lady? Perhaps a massage or a foot rub as well?" Sakura snorted.
"Hilarious. Nothing else, thank you."
"As you wish my lady." Jiraiya bowed and then slid into the seat across from her, his own cup of coffee in hand.
"I believe you have some questions for me? Ask away and I'll answer the best I can."
"Well since my entire database of who you really are is completely false, why don't you just start from the very beginning." Sakura nodded her head and took another sip. She at least owed him that. Now where to begin.
"When I was younger, people used to tease me about my pink hair. Called me a freak along with other things. I decided to dye my hair black and also changed my name. The next year I switched schools and entered Konoha Middle School. I made a few friends there, and all was well. Then came high school. That was when I discovered my talent with computers.
I'm not exactly sure why I joined your dojo, but I'm glad I did. Sparring helps clear my mind and I feel all my thoughts rearrange themselves and become more organized. Fighting also helped me out a few times when I was in a pinch. But I digress.
My life was pretty consistent until my last year in college. My parents used to do some espionage through computers. One mission something happened and they had been discovered. I came home and found that they had been murdered. I tried to find any information I could about their mission and mark, but everything was gone.
After graduation I got a job offer that could use my hacking skills. However I basically had to make Hana disappear. Cut all my ties with everyone. It's a good think I dyed my hair and changed my name. Who would have thought it would be useful in the future? Anyways, I made it so everyone thought I was dead before taking out the dye and doing the job. That also meant I couldn't come to the dojo anymore. Why reminds me. How did you know I was Hana?" Jiraiya smirked.
"Your eyes and how you held yourself tipped me off. Your tattoo on the back of your neck only solidified my speculation."
"My tattoo? I thought I hid that pretty well during training and everything else."
"Your hair slipped one time and I saw it. You weren't wearing your jacket when you went to talk with Tsunade-chan and I saw it then too." Tsunade-chan?
"Oh. I got that tattoo in commemoration of my parents."
"Ya. Well anyways, a few days ago Itachi came by my apartment and told me the FBI needed help. I've been working on the case ever since." Jiraiya was quiet for a while.
"You've had a pretty rough past, kid. I know it's not much, but you're still welcome in the dojo." Sakura smiled.
"Thanks Jiraiya." He grinned back at her.
"Which reminds me. Your sparring partners, Kazuki and Takeshi. They now work in the FBI." Sakura's eyes widened in surprise. No way!
"Really? When did they join, or get recruited or whatever?"
"Not long after you disappeared. Actually they came back from an assignment out of the country a few months ago. I'm sure they'll be pretty excited to spar with you again." Sakura thought about it. It would be nice to see them and spar with them again.
"Ya sure. I'll go look them up when I have a chance."
"Sounds like a plan. Well I've got to go meet an informant for Tsunade-chan now. Good luck with the case Sakura, and make sure to stop by at the dojo. The few newbies who joined need to have their egos kicked down a notch or two." Jiraiya winked and Sakura laughed in return.
"Haha, sure! If I have some free time I'll be more than happy to help." And thus concluded their little get together.
Finally back in her room, Sakura continued building a new virus. She thought back to what she had told Naruto and the Uchihas. It's true that she did work as a hacker for some, but she also needed to do some cracking. But she'd never share that, especially with the head of the Konoha Police Force. She definitely would have had to do some time if she told them. After all, what they don't know wont hurt them, right? She diligently continued her work until her cell phone started vibrating on the table next to her. She paused in her typing and looked at the unfamiliar number before answering.
"SAKURA-CHAN!" She could have sworn she just lost some of her hearing.
"Naruto! Quit yelling!"
"Sakura-chan! Come have lunch with me and teme!" Sakura considered for a moment before shrugging. Why not?
"Sure Naruto. Where and when? And no ramen."
"Hey Sasuke." She could hear Naruto in the background, screaming for his phone back.
"Meet us at the burger restaurant we used to go to in half an hour."
"Ok sure. See you guys soon." And then she hung up. She quickly saved all her data and then packed everything up before heading out. However once she opened the door, she bumped into a chest. She looked up and gasped.
'Kazuki! But how did he know I was Hana?' Sakura thought.
"Excuse me?" The man looking down at her grinned.
"Well since I don't know your name and your hair is pink, I thought Hana-chan would suit you." Ah. Got it.
"Um, hi. I'm Sakura Haruno, and you are?" She introduced, pretending she didn't know who he was. She didn't feel like revealing her secrets just yet. He bowed mockingly.
"Kazuki Hashima, at your service." Sakura giggled.
"How can I help you Kazuki-san?" He shook his head.
"Please, just Kazuki. And I heard that you fought with Hatake-san. I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sparring with me, perhaps now?" Well that was convenient. Now she didn't have to go looking for them. But she couldn't ditch Naruto and Sasuke.
"I'm sorry Kazuki, but I have some things to do at the moment. Perhaps later in the evening would be better?" Kazuki grinned.
"Not a problem. How about 7?" Sakura thought it over and then nodded.
"7 sounds great. I'll meet you in the practice rooms then." Kazuki picked up her hand and brought it up to his lips, gently placing a kiss on her knuckles while staring straight into her eyes as he did so. Sakura felt herself blush lightly.
"Until then, Sakura-chan." And then he left. Sakura held her cheeks, trying to get her blush under control. Still quite the charmer. She'd had a small crush on him before when they used to spar but she thought that those feelings had gone away. Maybe she just hadn't been shown that kind of attention in a while. She scurried off when she noticed the time. The boys wouldn't be happy if she was late.
A/N: hi everyone. I tried to get this one up ASAP. Sorry if it's a little short.
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