*I DON'T OWN NARUTO*
It was late a late summer night in Konoha and Sakura was alone in her apartment. The young medic shinobi was silent; one could tell just by her face that something was wrong. She sat motionlessly on the corner of her bed in deep thought. The sound of passing people outside yapping away finally snapped her back into reality. She wasn't too sure how long she had been sitting there but it had to have been sometime. Her face was pale and there were clear visible streaks of long dried tears on her face. She clenched the sheets on her bed and tried to calm down.
"Breathe Sakura, breathe, things aren't going to get any better if you rip your bed sheets up."
Sakura sighed as she stared at her feet as they dangled freely below her. Suddenly her stomach churned and the young kunoichi did her best not lose her lunch on her bedroom floor. The feeling had come so sudden that her head began to spin. After a few moments the sudden wave of nausea had disappeared. Sakura slowly got up from her bed and made her way towards the kitchen. Her stomach was still sensitive so food wasn't an option. However some nice hot chamomile would be a great way to help settle her stomach. Sakura fumbled around the cabinets looking for her tea kettle. She finally found it behind some bento boxes and pans. She placed it in the sink and began to rinse it out with warm water. She then turned on the stove and went to her room to get her cell phone.
"I really need to talk to someone, and there's only one person out there that can help me out."
Sakura flipped her cell phone open. She went through her contacts until she found the desired one. There on her cell phone screen was Ino's contact picture. It wasn't a picture of her blonde friend at all; instead it was one of Tonton she had taken last summer. Just thinking how mad Ino would get if she knew Sakura had Tonton as her contact picture brought a smirk to Sakura's face.
"Ino would flip if she saw this. Well at least I got her good side," giggled Sakura
She continued to laugh softly to herself but she stopped when something on her bed caught her attention. It was the pregnancy test she had taken earlier in the day, and it was positive.
Sakura turned off the flame on the stove to let the tea cool down a bit. She took out two cups from one of her cabinets and placed them by the tea pot. She then walked towards her kitchen table and pulled a chair out. She was about to sit down when someone started banging on her front door. Sakura paused for a moment and rolled her eyes.
"Good god Ino hold on!" Yelled Sakura, as she walked to the door. She opened it to find a flustered Ino on the other side.
"Alright forehead this had better be something really important or remotely amusing because I was gonna go out with Tenten tonight!" Yelled Ino as she stormed into Sakura's apartment.
Normally Sakura would have challenge Ino's sarcasm but tonight she just didn't care; she had much more to deal with then Ino's snobbish temper.
"Look Ino I called you over because you're my best friend and I don't think anyone else can help me out but you. I'd call Tsunade-sama but it's too much of a personal situation. I'd feel really awkward," said Sakura in a shaky voice.
Ino was a bit shocked, this was serious. She looked Sakura over and noticed the dry tears on her face.
"Sakura what's wrong?"
Ino didn't get an answer; instead Sakura threw herself into Ino's arms and cried. The blonde haired kunoichi had the wind knocked out of her; sometimes Sakura forgot just how strong she really was. Ino slowly looked down at Sakura and saw her trembling. She embraced her best friend and held her close.
"Oh my god Ino I don't know what I'm going to do," sobbed Sakura.
Ino's face was frozen with confusion, she had no idea what would cause Sakura to behave in such a way.
"Sakura talk to me, what's the matter?
Sakura simply sobbed and mumble a few incoherent words into Ino chest. Needless to say Ino couldn't make anything out. She gently pulled Sakura away from her and grabbed her shoulders.
"Listen Sakura I'm right here. I'm sorry I was such a bitch earlier. I didn't know this was a real serious matter," said Ino as she lead Sakura to the kitchen.
"Is that chamomile tea I smell? Come on why don't we have some while you explain to me what's going on."
Sakura wiped her fresh tears and followed Ino. She regained some of her composer and poured herself and Ino some warm tea. She added a few tablespoons of sugar to each cup and then she joined her best friend at her small kitchen table. The two Kunoichi's sat silently as each of them took small sips of their warm tea.
"So," Ino started.
Sakura looked up at her friend sighed heavily.
"It has to do with Naruto and I Ino."
Ino's eyes widened at Sakura's comment.
"Did that idiot leave you?! If so I'm gonna tear him apart! I mean after all those years he spent crushing over you he does something like this!?"
"No no Ino it's nothing like that, our relationship is doing just fine. I couldn't be happier."
"Well then you got me what the hell is wrong?"
"Come one Sakura what is it?!"
Sakura winced at how loud and blunt her confession was, but there was no taking it back now.
"You're what?!" Screamed Ino as she stood up from her chair. "Naruto knocked you up?!"
"Ino for the love of god could you please keep it down. I don't need the whole apartment complex hearing the news," scolded Sakura.
"Well I'm sorry but hearing my best friend has a bun in the oven is the last thing I expected to hear today."
"Yeah well it's the last thing I thought I'd find out myself," whispered Sakura.
"Well what about protection? I thought you were on the pill."
"I was on the pill, and Naruto always wears a condom. We're both really careful. I don't know what could have happened this time around."
Silence filled the kitchen; both kunoichi didn't know what to say to one another. After a few awkward moments Ino sat back down in her.
"So, are you going to keep it?"
"What?! Of course I am Ino! I wouldn't dream of… you know what I mean."
"So then what's the problem Sakura? You and Naruto love each other very much and you've been together for over a year now. I know that it's still way too soon for you two to have kids, but oh well, no undoing what's clearly already been done," said Ino as she pointed at Sakura's lower belly. "I'm sure Naruto will be happy to find out he's going to be a dad."
Sakura solemnly looked at her cup of tea. Ino was right, but doubt still filled her mind.
"What you're saying makes sense Ino, but I'm so scared to tell him. I know Naruto loves me but he's always talking about protecting Konoha, its villagers, and myself. Now I'm going to have to tell him that there's someone else he needs to protect. It's like that's all Naruto does. He saves the day and protects everyone, he never thinks about himself," whimpered Sakura as tears dropped from her face into her tea cup. "I always have a fear of losing him Ino, and now with a baby on the way that fear has tripped. I'm just so scared."
Ino placed both her arms on Sakura's shoulders. Sakura looked at Ino, and slowly wiped her tears away.
"Look you're in a difficult situation right now Sakura. No one ever said that this would be easy. However Naruto really loves you and he won't care that he needs to watch over someone else, because that someone will be a part of you and him."
"But what if I lose him?"
"Really Sakura? Your boyfriend is the man who personally brought an end to the 4th shinobi world. He took out Madera and saved the shinobi world! He's down right indestructible! Nothing in this world can take him away from you."
Sakura couldn't help but smile at Ino, she was right. Naruto had been the key to winning the 4th shinobi war. He put a stop to Madera tyranny and since then peace has reigned over the great shinobi nation.
"You know Ino I like you when you're compassionate. Maybe you should make a habit of it and not be a bitch all the time."
"Don't get use to it, this one's on the house forehead," said Ino.
Both girls left the kitchen and walked to Sakura's bedroom. Ino threw herself on Sakura's bed making herself right at home. Sakura sat next to Ino; she grabbed a pillow and held it tight.
"So where is Naruto anyway? I haven't seen him in a while."
"He's on a class S mission helping Suna with some kind of recon mission. I'm not too sure on the details though. Naruto couldn't tell me much about it. He's already been gone three weeks. I started feeling sick a few days after he left. I had already missed my period but I was just lying to myself. I was too scared to take a test until today."
"Oh so he's on the same mission as Shikamaru then. I didn't know who was on Shika's team since the mission was given to him on such notice. The details were slim, but his mission was also an S class that led him straight to Suna. So I'm sure they're together."
"Well at least they have one another as company," said Sakura.
"Yeah those two have become inseparable haven't they?"
"That they have."
"So then Sakura back on topic, how are you going to tell Naruto the news?"
Sakura's face went pale; she had done her best not to dwell on that thought.
"Oh god I'm not sure. Part of me just wants to blurt it out, but that might give him a heart attack," said Sakura as she fell back onto her bed.
She held a pillow over her face and let out a drawn out moan.
"Look Sakura you just can't tell him like that. Give him some time to get back into his normal routine, once that happens you can tell him."
"You think that will work Ino? I mean can it really be that simple?" Asked Sakura as she peeked from her pillow sanctuary.
Ino had managed to braid one of her locks during their conversation, she smiled at Sakura.
"Of course it is silly. You have to remember that men are creatures of habit. You need to let him get back into his groove before you tell him. Blurting it out will terrify him."
"I guess that makes sense," said Sakura as she removed her pillow from her face.
She looked up at her ceiling in silence. Before she knew it she was running possible scenarios of confronting Naruto in her head.
"So," Ino began. "Was that bun in the oven made here or was it at conceived at Naruto's?"
Sakura saw Ino patting her hand on Sakura's bed with a devilish grin on her face. The next thing Ino knew Sakura's pillow slammed right into her face.
"Hey," scuffed Ino.
"You're horrible you know that," laughed Sakura.
"Why am I horrible? We talk about this kind of stuff all the time. Why are you deciding to be a prude now?"
"Ino you're asking me where Naruto and I conceived this child."
"Ah come on Sakura we're best friends. We're supposed to share stuff like this with each other. So come on where was it?" Asked Ino as she drew closer towards Sakura.
"No I'm not telling. You might as well just give up because I'm not spilling the beans," teased Sakura.
"What? Why not? I always tell you the details with Shikamaru and I."
"Yeah but I never ask to hear it," giggled Sakura as she playfully pushed Ino away.
"It was here wasn't it," snickered Ino.
Sakura blushed with embarrassment. She covered her face which caused Ino to fall back onto her bed giggling at her expense.
"Oh my god Sakura that is hilarious."
"Cut it out Ino, you're embarrassing me. Besides being pregnant is no joke," huffed Sakura.
"Awe come on now I'm just messing with you Sakura. Besides everyone knows that you and Naruto have been intimate, and if they haven't they'll know for sure once they find out your preggers."
"Oh my god Ino just stop. I don't wait hear this," whined Sakura as she covered her ears.
"I mean honestly Sakura the first day I saw Naruto's bite marks on your neck was the day I knew you guys finally did it."
"Alright, no need to get all bent out of shape," Ino teased. "But Sakura honestly let me just say I commend you. Getting bitten must really hurt, but its well worth it right? I mean Naruto is one with the Kyuubi now so he must be a beast in bed."
"You have no idea Ino," giggled Sakura.
"Well that's not my fault now is it miss purdy pie."
Sakura laughed, she felt so much better now, but she knew that her feelings were only momentary. Ino provided comfort, support, and company, but the moment she'd leave Sakura would be left alone with her fears, and thoughts. For now she didn't want to think about that. She wanted to end the night on a good note. Tomorrow would be another day and she would deal with it one step at a time. Ino made another witty remark and both girls laughed. They continued to chatter and gossip late into the night.
Sakura opened her eyes and rolled over in her bed. For whatever reason she half expected to see Naruto asleep right next to her, but the other side of her bed was empty. She sighed softly and crawled out of bed. She walked to her window and opened it to let the fresh morning air fill her apartment. Everything seemed brighter and Sakura was determined to get use to the fact that she was pregnant with Naruto's child. Ino had stayed over pretty late last night but refused to sleep over since she had to get up early and open the flower shop the next day. Sakura was a bit frustrated that Ino wasn't able to spend the night but she was happy that she was there for her in her time of need. Ino's advice had really helped her out, and for that Sakura was thankful. She and Ino had a complex relationship. Some would think that they weren't friends at all sometimes what with their bickering and arguments, but that happened due to their strong personalities. It wasn't as if they hated each other. They were the closest of friends, best friends.
Before Ino had left for the night she promised Sakura that should would keep her pregnancy a secret. Gossip had a way of traveling and the last thing Sakura wanted was for Naruto to come home to a village that knew some very important personal news before he did. Sakura walked to her bathroom and began to undress so that she could take a soothing shower. She glanced at herself in the mirror and placed her hands on her bare belly.
"This is really going to kill my figure," sighed Sakura as she continued to look at her firm flat tummy. She gently rubbed her stomach, this was all real, it hadn't been a dream.
"You really are in there aren't you?"
Sakura couldn't help but smile. She wondered what she was having, and what the baby would look like. The combinations were endless and the thought of a mini Naruto or Sakura made her heart flutter. Now that her head was more clear Sakura realized that Ino was right. Naruto wouldn't be upset, nor would he not want the pregnancy. Naruto was a sweetheart, he loved Sakura with all his heart and more. She thought about the way Naruto would cuddle with her when they were watching tv, or how he'd watched over her when she was sick. He was always there for her and she knew that all his amazing characteristic would be amplified now that he was going to be a father.
"Just wait until you meet your dad, he's the best," whispered Sakura.
It was a gorgeous morning. The sky was a vibrant shade of baby blue and a light summer breeze blew through Sakura's pink locks. The weather was indeed perfect but Sakura couldn't help but dread her walk towards Hokage Tower. She had made a decision once she had exited the shower, she had to tell Tsunade. Her mentor was someone who needed to know about Sakura's condition. Not only because she was Sakura's teacher but also because she was the one that would naturally over see Sakura's medical health.
The young kunoichi sighed heavily. She wasn't afraid of Tsunade despite her sharp tone and strong personality. Sakura admired and respect her, and it was those feelings that made confronting her even harder. The fear that Tsunade would be disappointed in her is what sent chills down Sakura's back. She began climbing the many stairs to reach Tsunade's office and all the while Sakura's mind and heart raced.
"Maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all. Maybe I should take Ino's advice and wait for Naruto to get back home. Once he gets back into his normal routine he and I can tell Tsunade-sama together," whispered Sakura.
The idea did sound enticing but Sakura knew that she needed to be checked out as soon as possible by Tsunade. She has procrastinated enough what with waiting so long to take a pregnancy test. She had no idea when Naruto would be back and it was in the her and her child's best interests to just come clean with Tsunade. Besides Tsunade would flip if Sakura went to the clinic without letting her know first. Sakura couldn't help but argue with herself as she aimlessly made her way to her master's office. Before she knew it she had reached the top of the stairs. Sakura walked down the hallway slowly and after a few minutes Sakura reached the door to Tsunade's office. She stood there silently as she did her best to muster the courage to open the door.
"Come in," said Tsunade from inside her office.
Sakura's eyes opened wide, she hadn't knocked nor had she made a sound. Well how could she be surprised, this was Tsunade after all. Sakura walked in to find the 5th Hokage buried in paper work. She nervously approached her desk and waited patiently for her master to say something.
"Sakura why you're here in my office when it's your day off?"
Sakura fidgeted, she began to doubt coming, but there was no turning back now.
"Well Tsunade-sama I figured maybe you needed some extra help since Shizune is out sick."
Tsunade looked up at Sakura from her endless mounds of paperwork on her desk.
"That's really thoughtful of you Sakura. You know how unorganized I am without Shizune, but I thought you were here to talk to me about something else."
"Yes something life changing, like a baby."
"I…um…how did you know?!" Sakura blurted out.
"Well I know for sure now don't I," replied Tsunade.
Sakura's mouth dropped, she felt so embarrassed. Tsunade pushed her chair away from her desk and stood up. She turned around and made her way towards her offices windows. She looked down at the view outside.
"Did you really think you could hide something medical from me Sakura? I've noticed little changes that perhaps you yourself didn't notice. Your heart rate has become faster and I've noticed that you've been losing your breath when doing simple tasks. I added that to your complaining about nausea a few days ago and I put them all together. These three symptoms are classic signs of pregnancy. Your body is starting to work double time since it's now supporting two people."
Sakura winced and looked down at the floor. She was beyond impressed that Tsunade was able to see all of these little changes in her body, but at the same time she was mortified.
"I'm so sorry I've disappointed you Tsunade-sama. That's the last thing I'd ever want to do, honestly," said Sakura as she bowed down as low as she could in front of Tsunade.
She heard her mentors heels hitting the floor as she approached her. She knew her master was right next to her but she dared not moved. Tsunade placed her hand on Sakura's shoulder motioning her to stand up. Sakura obey and was face to face with Tsunade.
"Now what in the world are you babbling about Sakura? I'm not disappointed in you," said Tsunade softly.
Before Sakura could speak Tsunade embraced her lovingly.
"I remember what it's like to be young and in love. No matter how long you've been together you just can't seem to get enough of each other," replied Tsunade, her voice was filled with a hint of sorrow. "However these things happen when you choose to show your love in the bedroom Sakura. I would have expected you to be safe about taking that step with Naruto."
The pink haired kunoichi blushed profusely. She pulled herself a little away from Tsunade's embrace.
"We were careful Tsunade-sama, we both used protection. I never thought something like this could happen, especially when we used precautions."
Tsunade gripped Sakura's shoulder firmly.
"Well then you did what you could Sakura. If it's meant to be it's meant to be, there's no stopping that."
"I suppose you're right," replied Sakura. So you aren't disappointed?"
"No Sakura I'm not, but I do wish you were older. You're still so you young and both you and Naruto have such a bright future as shinobis. Now with a child on the way your shinobi duties will be on hold."
Sakura's heart sank, Tsunade was right. She wasn't worried about her shinobi duties, but she was when it came to Naruto's. All he ever wanted was to be Hokage and it was clear to everyone that he was Tsunade's successor, but a baby could change all of that for him.
"I've ruined everything for Naruto."
"Why would say something like that?"
"I don't want to hold him back from his dream of being Hokage. A baby changes everything, he won't be able to devote as much time towards his Hokage training."
"Oh Sakura, you know I'd make exceptions for Naruto. This child isn't going to change my mind when it comes to choosing him as my successor. We'll work something out alright?"
"You really mean that?"
"Of course I do."
"Thank you so much Tsunade-sama," replied Sakura as she wiped tears of relief from her face.
"It's going to be alright Sakura. I'll be here for you every step of the way. Now then, I need to make sure that baby is getting what it needs," said Tsunade as she walked to her desk.
Sakura quickly followed her master. Tsunade took out a pen and notepad from one of her desk drawers and quickly scribbled a few things. When she was done she tore the sheet of paper off and handed it to Sakura.
"Here I want you to take this to the pharmacy department in the hospital. I've written down a few things some of my patients need and I added some prenatal vitamins in there for you. Since it's your day off you won't be allowed behind the front desk so you'll have to get someone there to help you. With this list no one will suspect that everything on it is for you. It will simply look like you're running a short errand for me on your day off."
Sakura took the small piece of paper in her hand and nodded.
"Wow Tsunade-sama that's a really good idea."
"I figured you want to keep everything to yourself until Naruto comes back, which will be much sooner than you think Sakura."
"I received a messenger hawk from Naruto's team, he'll be home tonight."
Hello everyone and thank you for taking the time to read the first chapter of my story. I originally wrote this when I was a mother of one. My little boy had just turned a 1yr old and it was easier to keep updates current. Since then I've given birth to my second son. My kids are now 4 and 1 1/2 and I live in a town away from all my family. In short I'm always busy and I have no one else but me to watch my kids. So it's very hard to write. However this story will be finished so no worries there. Just keep in mind if you choose to follow this story updates may not be that often, but I'm working on it. Also I have revised this story because all my early chapters were my original uploads from 2011. I re read my fic in it's entirety a few days ago and I couldn't believe how horrible it was. There were typos everywhere, the chapters felt rushed to me, and the sentence structure was horrible. So I've gone back and redone everything. Note the plot isn't changing or anything like that but I am going back and adding more dialogue and things like that. Also keep in mind that the manga isn't where it is today when I first wrote this. I believe Naruto had just gained control of the kyuubi's chakra when I started this fic. So don't expect to see current events in this story. On a finally note this story starts off very sweet and cute but please don't let that fool you. The first few chapters are the only ones like this. You have to remember that there will be, gore, violence, adult language, adult situations, and lemons so please read with caution. The more you read the more you'll see Naruto's peaceful world fall into darkness.