Beginnings Aren't So Simple.

Chapter One: Starts With Goodbye

Her hands shook as the small stick in her hands fell to the bathroom floor. She quickly gripped the edges of the counter trying to steady herself. No. This couldn't be happening. She bent forward a cold sweat took over her body as she emptied the contents of her stomach into the sink. Closing her eyes she tried to convince herself that this was all a bad dream. Taking in a deep breath she opened her eyes and looked down at the stick. Those two straight pink lines said it all. She was pregnant.

Her knees gave out from underneath her, causing her to crumble to the ground. She pulled her knees to her chest. She shook her head back and forth. No. No. No. This wasn't happening. She was barely eighteen. She was still a child herself. How could she have a child? She froze her jade orbs stared in horror. What would he say? This was supposed to be a secret. How could they keep their relationship a secret now? She closed her eyes and let the tears fall. How had this even begun?

[One Year Ago]

Cheers erupted through the battle field. Sakura looked up from the ninja she had been healing. Was it over? Was Sasuke really gone? Sakura's eyes widened as the cheers stopped nearly as fast as they had begun. Horror struck her. Where was Naruto's smiling face? Time slowed for her as she pushed off of her back foot and ran to the front line. She pushed her body through the pain, running as fast as she ever had. Her heart pounded in her chest. The sound echoed to her ears. She was almost sure that everyone else could hear it as well.

She froze. Her eyes widened at the amount of blood that surrounded her. She bent forward and threw up the stomach acid that was in her stomach. She gagged once more when the smell of burning flesh hit her nostrils. Looking up, fear over took her. Her eyes first landed on the Uchiha boy she had been so in love with years ago. Dead. She could tell from this far away. Her eyes darted around the clearing looking for the blonde she cared for.

Her eyes froze when they landed on Tsunade, who was in awful condition herself. Following Tsunade's arms to her hand, the woman's hand glowed green. "No," Sakura whispered. Tears began to pool around her eyes. Moving forward she ran until she got to the woman. She dropped to her knees. "Naruto? Naruto. Naruto!" Green eyes watched in horror as the healing energy was absorbed into his body but did nothing.

She let out a chocked sob as Naruto opened his eyes and looked at her. A smile on his face. "Sakura-chan... you're here. Where is Kakashi-sensei?" Sakura jumped when she felt a warm hand touch her shoulder. She looked up to see Kakashi. The eye that held his sharingan had a few streams of dried blood under it. His dark gray eyes stared at her. His mask was ripped in multiple areas almost making his face completely visible.

"Kakashi-sensei?" Naruto asked, breaking Sakura's eyes way from her sensei and back to her blonde teammate.

"We're here Naruto. Don't talk save your energy." Sakura cried. Sakura looked to Tsunade who had stopped healing him. Sakura stared in horror. Sakura moved forward her hands glowing. She froze when Naruto grabbed her arm.

"Don't." Sakura froze. She shook her head. Trying not to believe this was happening. "Tsunade-baa-chan? Am I... am I still Hokage? The war is over right?" she nodded trying to smile for the boy. His dream had come true, he would die Hokage. Saving his village.

"Yes... you're the seventh Hokage." she said. Sakura brought her hand up and covered her mouth trying to hold back the sounds of her sobs.

"Kakashi...?" Kakashi looked down at his student. "Before I die," Sakura let out a sob. "I appoint you as my successor."

"Naruto I-" Kakashi tried to protest.

"This is my dying wish. Give me that you old man." Naruto laughed. Kakashi closed his eyes tightly before nodding. Kakasi hated himself. Another one of his teammate would be dying. And it was his entire fault. "Kakashi... don't blame yourself. This was meant to be." Naruto coughed, blood covered his lips. "You haven't lost everyone. You aren't alone. Sakura-chan. She's gonna need you Kakashi. More than you think." Kakashi turned and looked at Sakura who indeed was bawling.

"Don't worry. I will. I'll protect her with my life." Kakashi assured him.

"Sakura-chan?" Naruto moved his hand up to touch her. Sakura quickly grasped his hand and brought it to her face. "Don't cry anymore. You're much to pretty." Sakura forced back a sob. "I'm sorry you got stuck in the middle of this," he laughed bitterly. "Sasuke and I really messed up your choices in men?" he tried to joke only to make Sakura cry more. "I want you to find someone who will make you the happiest woman in the world. Promise me you'll do this."

"I promise." Sakura cried into his hand.

"Sakura-chan... I love you..." he mumbled, he looked up at the sky. The sun shined on the ninja. Sakura watched as his eyes became lifeless and his hand went limp in her hand.

"Naruto? Naruto! Naruto!" Sakura screamed. Kakashi grabbed her arm and pulled her into his chest. Her tears quickly began to soak his flak jacket. His own tears mixed in with the blood on his face. He pulled the sobbing girl closer to him. He hated to admit it, but Naruto was right. They needed each other. She was all he had left and he clung to the sobbing girl.

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Sakura opened her eyes, she closed them tightly. They stung from the tears she had cried. After a few moments she opened the again. She found herself on the back of Kakashi as they walked through the forest. She let out a groan feeling the effects of not having eaten in a few days. "Sakura?" the back she laid against vibrated against her chest as he spoke.

"Hmmm?" she mumbled lazily. Her throat hurt from her sobbing. She wanted to cry remembering what had happened but found that she was out of tears.

"We're stopping." Kakashi said, and before Sakura knew what was happening she was removed from the man's back and was laid against a tree's base. "Here," Kakashi said, his voice came out light and smooth. Sakura shivered from the lack of body heat. It was then that she realized that it was already dark out. She looked up to find Kakashi handing her a canteen. "It's water." she nodded and took it from him before gulping down the water. It refreshed her, somehow making her feel clean.

Kakashi turned away but what stopped when Sakura grabbed his hand. "Is he...?" she couldn't bring herself to say it out loud. If she did it would make it real. Kakashi looked away from her before nodding. Sakura gulped back the sob and forced the tears back. Naruto had said she wasn't allowed to cry anymore. So she would try her hardest not to.

"Alright," Kakashi said standing up from his kneeling position and facing the nin who were in his squad. "We're going to set up camp her tonight and head back to Konoha tomorrow."

"Hai, Hokage-sama." three people chimed in. Sakura's eyes widened. That was right. Kakashi was their Hokage. Looking past Kakashi she found their team consisted of Iruka, Genma, and Inuzuka Hana. Kiba's older sister. Kakashi turned back around and looked down at Sakura.

"Are you hurt at all?" Kakashi asked, bending down at her level. It was strange seeing him like this. He had always watched over her, but now things were different. He was more caring. It was like he wanted to watch her. Take care of her. Be there for her.

"No..." she whispered. "Is there... is there any water nearby." Kakashi looked around trying to pin point the exact location in the forest circling Konoha they were in.

"Yes, there is a river nearby."

"Can you take me there?" Sakura asked, pushing herself up using the tree that sat behind her. Her body was so stiff. How long had she been on his back? She took a step forward before falling only to be caught in Kakashi's arms. She gasped. She had never been this close to the copycat ninja. His arms were much thicker and stronger than she had though. She looked up at him and blushed embarrassed to even be thinking about the man like that.

"Can you walk?"

"I'll be fine." Sakura said, forcing herself to stand up.

"Sakura and I are going to get the water. Get a fire started and find some food." Kakashi said, collecting all the canteens. Sakura stood and waited for him before following him from the tiny clearing if you could even call it that and walking further into the dense forest. Sakura sighed in relief when the river came into view. Kakashi quickly walked to it and began to refill the canteens.

Sakura stared at the water. Water. It was so cleansing. So renewing. She wanted to be renewed. She needed to be renewed. She felt tears coming at her. No. She couldn't cry. She closed her eyes before un zipping her top. The cold night air rushed at her hot skin. She then made quick work of the rest of her clothes and slowly walked to the water. She came to a stop next to where Kakashi was kneeling. He froze what he was doing before looking over. He stared wide eyed at her bare legs before slowly taking in her naked form.

Sakura held her hands to her chest as she slowly walked into the cold water. She shivered as her body became covered in goose bumps. Once she was in waist deep she dropped down immersing herself in the water. She could feel her hot tears come from her closed eyes. She wasn't crying though she was covered by water. Running out of air she came back up to the surface. The cold night air attacked her body once more. Kakashi stood at the bank staring at her. His mouth wide. She lowered her arms revealing her well-formed breasts. Kakashi clinched his fists trying to keep thoughts at bay as his pants became tighter. Sakura slowly walked to the shore before standing up.

"Are you crazy? That water is freezing." Kakashi said as he took his flak jacket off. He then stripped his first outer shirt, he quickly pulled it down over her head, and she slipped her hands through the arms holes. Kakashi than began to rub her arms trying to warm the pink haired kunoichi whose lips had already turned blue.

"I couldn't cry..." Sakura whispered before she moved forward. Her arms wrapped around the man. Kakashi stood frozen. Here he stood with just a thin layer of clothing between him and one of the most beautiful woman he had ever laid eyes on. He pulled her close. She was broken. And it seemed that he... he was the only one who could put her back together.

A/N

This is going to be a pretty long fic considering I'm starting with what happened one year before where she is now. I hope you guys liked the chapter. I know it's super sad that Naruto died... :( Well this is a trial to see how many like this and will review. If not a lot review I probably won't update again until I've finished one of my other in progress fics.