Sleeping with the telephone, alternate ending...

Picks up where Tsunade gives her the rest of the week off, I recommend reading the first part over to understand again what is going on. Lol, I had to.

Standard Disclaimer applies...

Sakura's P.O.V.

"Sakura, you aren't looking so well. Maybe you should take the rest of the week off." Tsunade said, as I clocked out that evening. "I haven't been doing well Shishou. Is there any news on his squad?" I ask, desperation in my voice, twenty months have gone by. We've finally won the war, but a few squads were unaccounted for, and Itachi's squad was one of them. So while most of our Shinobi were returning home to their families, some were still out there somewhere. Missing.

Tsunade frowns and shakes her head. "But you can't give up Sakura. They'll be home." She said, trying to comfort me. I nod dumbly and begin walking home once more. On the way I stop by the Yamanaka flower shop, but as I peered in the window, I saw Shikamaru down on one knee in front of Ino, and started for home again. While seeing Shikamaru propose was a happy sight, I couldn't help the fact that my heart twisted in agony, and I got flash backs of when Itachi had proposed to me. I finish my walk home with tears in my eyes. I once again skip dinner, no longer having an appetite, opting instead to just shower, and go to bed. Hours later I am in a deep sleep.

Suddenly I was awakened by a feeling coming from Itachi's side of the bed, but as soon as I reached for him, the telephone rang. I reached over and answered it, my voice cracking on the 'hello'. I was greeted by the very solemn voice of Tsunade. "Sakura, its Tsunade. I think you should come to my office immediately, there's news." And then she hung up. To be perfectly honest, I don't remember hanging up the phone, getting dressed, or leaving the house. But I had apparently done all of that as I found myself fully clothed and walking painstakingly towards the Hokage tower that was a few meters in front of me now. Something in Tsunade's voice had sounded so dreadfully off. And with every step I took towards her office, my heart cracked a little more. Was he lost? Was he captured? Was he hurt? Is he… I couldn't finish it, I couldn't even think it. I belatedly realized I had reached Tsunade's door, and I knocked timidly.

"Come in Sakura." I walked in and was greeted with the saddened and apologetic faces of the people before me. Standing with their faces to me, were Tsunade-shishou, Shizune, and Naruto. But facing the wall, tears falling from his face, and clutching something, was Sasuke. 'No..' "Sakura, what I'm about to tell you isn't easy..." Tsunade's voice became distant from me as Sasuke turned around and slowly, so slowly as if time had stopped, walked toward me. "The team was captured..." Each step took longer for Sasuke to approach me, "In order to save his comrades..." 'Don't say it Shishou', my mind was screaming. "Your Husband Itachi stayed behind.." 'no.. No. NO.' "I'm so sorry I couldn't save him Sakura." Sasuke said as he handed me the fabric he had been clutching so tightly up till now, 'No!' My mind yelled once more. For the fabric I now held, was Itachi's ANBU vest, and Mask... "We're very sorry Sakura, Itachi is gone." Tsunade looked away as she said the words that would kill me.


I burst into tears as my world went black.



The End.



A/N: Don't hate on the tear jerkers! If we don't cry once in awhile, we aren't human!

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