FINAL CHAPPIE :D
When my mind finally wandered back to consciousness I immediately assumed I was dead. I felt no pain – it's like I was lying on a cloud and everything was light. However, as soon as I began to twitch my muscles I knew death was too good to be true, for my body started to ache once again.
Groaning, I forced my eyes open and stared at the white ceiling above me. It took me a minute to realize the white ceiling was wasn't that of a cold, damp cave, and I instantly shot up, eyes flying around the room.
A bed, a chair, a table with a vase of flowers…my mind started to register the setting.
"I'm in a hospital…," I realized, my voice horse, and shifted my eyes to the window. The outside world was sunny and I could easily spot the roof tops of crowded buildings littered everywhere. As the familiar scene began to register within the workings of my mind there was a sound on the other end of the room, and I turned just in time to see the wooden door slide open.
"Well, Taylor-san it seems you're walking just fine! With the progress you're making you should be able to be discharge by the end of the day or early tomorrow."
There was laughing and Taylor stepped into the room. She adorned a typical hospital rob, which was way too big for her, and a pair of slippers. Her short blonde hair was messy, but despite it all she still held a bright smile.
"Thank you – that's great news! Maybe this means my boyfriend will finally stop buying me so many flowers!"
Following her into the room was a nurse I didn't recognize, but she laughed along with Taylor and folded her clipboard under her arms. "He's so good to you though! I wish I had a man who would…" The woman suddenly paused, and I realized it was because she was looking at me.
Confused to why the nurse had stopped, Taylor turned to look back at her and then followed her wide-eyed gaze to me. The blondes jaw instantly went slack, but only for a moment because in the next she was on top of me, arms around my neck as she wailed happily.
"Lauren! You're awake! Oh thank god, I didn't know – I wasn't sure when – nurse!" She said suddenly and looked up at the lady still frozen in shock. "Let Tsunade know Lauren's awake!"
"R-right!" The nurse quickly agreed and turned, running from the room in a flurry.
"Taylor," I finally interrupted, and the blonde loosened her grip on me, sitting back onto my lap as she blinked innocently. "What's going on?" I questioned. "Where's Orochimaru? Where's Kabuto? What about the Akatsuki? I—"
Taylor lunged forwards and leached onto me once again, tears falling from her eyes as she smiled.
"It's all over," she told me. "Orochimaru is dead."
Taylor pulled back and wiped the tears from her eyes before cupping my face with her hands, bringing our foreheads together. "We made it, Lauren. It's over."
At that my mind finally processed her words and I shoved my head into her shoulder, wrapping my arms around her tiny frame tightly as tears pooled in my eyes.
We had made it – Taylor and I had survived the poison and been rescued. It was all over.
There were no words to describe the sudden happiness I felt.
The moment was ruined a few seconds later when the door to the room was slammed open once again and Tsunade charged in. Taylor quickly jumped back and started rubbing her eyes furiously; trying to rid her face of tears, and Tsunade pointed a hand to Taylor's bed.
"Why are you sitting on her?! We haven't even checked to see if she can walk yet!"
Taylor squeaked and quickly hopped off of my legs, diving into her own bed. While she did so I took the chance to wipe my own tears, but Tsunade had already noticed and was smiled at the two of us sentimentally.
"Eh?" Taylor said after a moment, glancing around. "Where are Sakura and Tess? Didn't they come with you?"
Tsunade chuckled, folding her arms. "Of course not! The moment the two of them got wind that Lauren-san was awake they ran off to notify everyone."
Taylor laughed. "Yeah…"
"With that being said…," Tsunade continued, reaching for a chart nearby. "We should get this over with before they all barge in…So," she locked eyes with me. "How do you feel?"
I shrugged. "I'm a little sore, but shit – compared to what I felt yesterday this is nothing."
Tsunade creased her eyebrows. "Were you in pain yesterday?"
I blinked, but before I could answer Taylor quickly interrupted.
"Lauren," she said slowly, a small smile on her lips. "We've been in the hospital for a week now – you've been asleep for 7 days…"
"What?!" I said in shock, my jaw slack. I looked over to the Hokage for confirmation and she nodded.
"The poison Orochimaru injected you with really took a toll on your body," Tsunade explained, a hint of anger in her voice as she double checked the charts in front of her. "The poison acted as a virus and started attacking your white and red blood cells. When you arrived at the hospital we had to give you a multiple transfusions – your blood cells were being destroyed at an alarming rate and it took a team of highly skilled medical ninja around 6 hours to completely remove the poison from your system."
I remained silent, shocked. I could've easily died had it not been for Tsunade and the others…
"Hey now!" Taylor interjected, waving a hand in the air as if to swat away the shock I was suddenly feeling. "Don't worry about it, Lauren! You're all patched up, alright?"
"Says the girl who took 8 hours for the poison to be removed," Tsunade mumbled, and Taylor instantly began to pout.
"Wait," I said, glancing at the two. "8 hours? What was wrong with-?"
"We can discuss this later!" Tsunade quickly interrupted, eyes narrowing. "You said you feel alright?"
I nodded. "Yeah."
"No headaches? Bowel pains?"
She looked up from the clipboard. "Have you tried standing yet?"
I shook my head. "No, should I?"
"If you would…"
Nodding, I threw the covers off my body and scooted to the edge of the mattress, placing my bare feet on the tile floor. With ease, I pushed myself onto my feet and carefully trudged around in a circle.
"Good enough?" I questioned and Tsunade nodded looking pleased.
"Better than expected," she admitted. "Your body seems just to have been exhausted after everything it was put through, which explains why you slept for such a long period of time. You seem to be fully recovered – so if everything checks out later on hopefully both you and Taylor-san will be released…"
"Yes!" Taylor cheered, throwing her hands up in the air. "I can finally wear some real clothes!"
I snickered at that and Tsunade rolled her eyes, heading towards the door.
"I'll be back to check in on you both later," she said, lifting her hand in goodbye as she slid open the door. Taylor and I both said goodbye back, but before Tsunade could even completely shut the door it was smashed open again and Itachi, Sasuke, Sasori, and Deidara flew into the room.
Deidara was first to pounce, his priority of being my boyfriend more important than the rest, and immediately snuck his arms around my back, hugging me tightly. He didn't say anything, but breathed an audible sigh of relief, and I hugged him back instantly.
We stayed like that for a moment before the blonde pulled back and I tenderly brushed his bangs to the side of his face.
"I don't even know what to say, yeah," he admitted, and I smirked.
"You don't gotta say anything, Dei – I understand."
Deidara grinned and kissed me on the lips before scooting off the bed, letting Sasuke and Itachi approach its side. Itachi kissed my forehead and then followed up with a hug. He sighed tiredly and I couldn't help but laugh.
"You need to stop doing this to me," he said and I patted him on the back.
"Sorry, bro. I just can't help it."
"You better be sorry," Sasuke butted in, giving me a hug of his own briefly. "I dislocated my arm for you," he said, motioning to his sling. I suddenly felt terrible.
"Shit – please tell me you guys didn't get seriously injured. No one died right?"
Sasori shook his head, stepping to the other side of the bed. "No one died. Almost all of us returned with some type of injury but none that were life threatening." The puppet master placed his hand on my hand and ruffled my already not so perfect hair. "Though everyone was more worried about you and Taylor," he admitted.
"Aww," I cooed, trying to keep the moment from getting too serious. "But what happened with Orochimaru? What's going on now?"
The ninja in the room all shared a look.
I smiled and looked up from the book in my hands, taking in the bright blue sky overhead. Spring was on its way to the Leaf Village and while the air was cold the breeze was warm.
Currently I was lounging on a swing on the porch of Dei and I's house.
Stretching my arms above my head I placed a bookmark on my current page in the novel and then stood, heading inside the house.
Nowadays Deidara and I lived in the Uchiha district along with Taylor and Itachi, Sasuke, Danna, Kisame, Kakuzu, and Hidan and Tess. With Tsunade's approval the Uchiha district had been reopened and now served as a home to remaining Uchiha and anyone they chose to invite to live there – aka the previous Akatsuki members (and Juugo and Suigetsu).
Pein and Konan did not live in the district, for they returned to Ame. Tsunade and Gaara currently held a truce with the small country, but with my and Tess's recommendation were also trying to get the other Kage's in on it.
After getting released from the hospital I had been informed that the Akatsuki had been disband and that Tobi had taken off. Zetsu was never heard from again prior to the rescue mission and it was clear he must've returned to Tobi's side.
However, on the bright side Orochimaru would never be a problem again. Itachi had informed me that with the power of his Susanoo he was able to thoroughly seal the snake sannin away, and Taylor made sure to let Sasuke know the consequences of overusing his curse mark. Sasuke promised he'd try his best never to do so.
On the down side, in Taylor's exhausted state, she forgot to mention to the ninja not to let Kabuto get away either – and he did. All of the Leaf and Sand village were now on lookout for the silver haired man.
But back on the bright side, Taylor, Tess and I were now official ninja of the Leaf Village. The three of us were only of Genin rank, even though everyone who knew us understood we had the skill to be ranked higher, but Tsunade assured us that Chunnin exams were coming up soon, so we'd be able to make our mark there.
Sasuke and the rest of the Akatsuki on the other hand were all Chunnin or Jonin. Since the Akatsuki members had been above genin level in their previous villages the ranks returned to them. And with Tsunade's exception Sasuke had been promoted to a Chunnin – apparently because he had taken the Chunnin exams before and displayed exemplary skill, so he did not need to do it again.
Speaking of ranking, almost all of the ninja living on the Uchiha compound were out on missions. Deidara had been requested to return to the Rock village by Tsunade, in order to mend up some things with the Tsuchikage, and Itachi and Sasuke were out on a mission to retrieve a stolen scroll. Tess and Sakura were also out on a mission of their own in the Sand village, helping out with a recent virus that had spread because of the changing season.
Despite the fact that Tess was still a genin Tsunade still sent her on higher rank missions because of her medical skill.
Unfair to Taylor and I, but understandable.
Oh, and Hidan and Kakuzu were back out hunting bounties again – but this time for the side of good.
Smiling to myself I skipped up the stairs and into Dei and me's room. It was a large room with a king size bed, walk in closet, and attached bathroom. Like the rest of the Uchiha houses, this residence was very spacious and open. Beside the room Deidara and I occupied there were two other rooms on the second floor and a spare room on the main floor. Both of us were very happy with the house and I was grateful that Itachi had suggested this be the one we move into.
Stepping up to the bed I grabbed the sweatshirt I had set out earlier on in the day and shoved it over my head, pushing my arms through the baggy sleeves. With the evening beginning to set in sweatshirts were almost always necessary when one wanted to go out.
So with that taken care of I hoped back downstairs and slipped my shoes on at the door before heading outside. Turning right I started heading towards Itachi and Taylor's house.
When Itachi got deployed on missions Taylor and I would usually make plans for dinner. Taylor never really liked being alone at home, so I figured since we weren't living together anymore the least I could do would be to go and keep her company.
Shuffling down the street I paused in front of Sasuke's place. Sasuke's house was directly in-between Taylor's house and mine. It was a simple house – not very big but not too small – and worked well for him. In his front window I could spot a small black cat and smiled, deciding to head inside just for a moment.
"Hey Kuro," I greeted when the cat hoped down from the windowsill to greet me. He purred contently and followed me as snuck into Sasuke's kitchen nook. When I looked in the cat's bowl I was glad to see it still had some food left but put some more in, just in case Itachi and Sasuke's mission took longer than expected.
"Bye Kuro," I whispered as I snuck back out the front door, shuffling back to the street and towards Taylor's house.
I walked for another minute or two before stepping onto the property of Taylor and Itachi's home. The two lived in the original house Itachi, Sasuke, our family and I had grown up in. According to Taylor when the two first moved in it was hard for Itachi to forgive himself from his memories, but with the blondes help he was able to get over them and now enjoyed his house once again.
"Tay!" I called, sliding open the front door. "I'm here! You wanna go out for dinner?"
There was no reply, so I stepped into the house, slipping my shoes off at the door.
"Tay?" I called again, wandering into the family room. There I found the blonde curled up on the couch, blanket curled around her small body.
"Tay," I said again, crouching down in front of her. "What's up? Why are you sleeping?"
The blonde groggily blinked her eyes and then glanced over at me.
"Oh, hey Laur, we're supposed to go out right?"
I nodded, my eyebrows creasing. "Yeah, we are, but, are you alright?"
Taylor nodded and smiled, but I could tell it was forced.
"Tay, what's up?" I questioned again. "Tell me what's wrong."
The blonde sighed and rested her forearm on her head. "I'm just scared to eat…"
I blinked in surprise. How could food ever be scary?
"I've been throwing up the past few mornings," Taylor admitted finally. "I don't wanna throw up again so I've been playing it safe and eating minimal amounts of food…"
"Taylor!" I scolded. "Tsunade told you that if you started to feel sick to get back into the hospital because it could be lasting side-effects of the poison!"
The blonde rolled her eyes at me. "That was two months ago Lauren, I doubt that long lasting side-effects would be popping up now."
I sighed, rubbing my temples. "C'mon Taylor, we gotta go to the hospital."
Taylor responded my rolling the other way, burying her face into the couch cushions.
"Fine," I relinquished, heading back towards the front door. "If you won't go to the hospital I'm going to get Sasori."
Taylor whined incoherently from the other room, but I ignored her and slipped my shoes back on, sprinting over to Sasori's house.
Danna lived a little ways away from everyone else because he liked the peace and quiet he got, but not so far that it be incontinent to go and visit him.
Like Sasuke, the puppet master lived in a standard sized house, perfect for one person alone.
"Danna!" I called, barging through the front door. I walked into the main room and found the red head sitting in the middle of the floor, one of his puppets positioned in his lap and tools scattered everywhere. He didn't seem amused to see me.
"What is it, brat?" He questioned, hazel eyes turning back to his work.
"I need you to come with me," I replied and he paused once again, looking back to me with quizzical eyes.
"Taylor hasn't been feeling good and refuses to go to the hospital. I was hoping you'd at least come and check her out…"
Sighing, Sasori set is tools down and pushed his puppet aside, standing. He quickly stepped over to the couch to grab his jacket and then swept past me towards the door, slipping his shoes on.
"Let's go," he said as he stepped out the door, holding it open for me.
The two of us jumped across the rooftops back to Taylor's house and trudged inside. When we arrived in the family room the blonde was still curled up on the couch.
"That was fast," she commented, peeking her eyes out from the top of the blanket, and Sasori knelt down beside her.
"What's wrong, Taylor?"
"I've been throwing up the past few mornings," she admitted sheepishly. Sasori sighed.
"You need to let someone know when you're feeling bad – especially when Itachi isn't home."
"I know…," she pouted and Sasori patted her head.
"Sit up – let's see if anything's wrong."
Taylor complied and heaved herself up, sitting on the edge of the couch. Sasori then got to work and placed a glowing green had on her forehead. After a moment his eyebrows furrowed.
"What is it?" I questioned, concerned for my friend, but the puppet master didn't answer – instead he took his hand off her forehead and placed it above her chest, soon moving it lower to her abdomen. When Sasori scanned his hand over Taylor's lower abdomen however, he froze and leaned back slightly, eyes wide in shock.
Taylor immediately looked worried.
"Oh shit, am I dying? Should I have gone to the hospital?"
Sasori slowly shook his head and removed his hand from her stomach, looking her directly in the eye.
"Taylor, you're not ill…you're pregnant."
Now you all know the third installment is going to be about! XD Kids! There will be kids!
And sorry to any of you who were expecting a battle scene - I never planned to have one. Too much work - too many people.
Anyway, this story is over! This is the 40th and final chapter! Hopefully you all enjoyed reading this story! I had a great time writing it (clearly because shit it's only been two days since I posted the last chapter) and will hopefully enjoy writing the next one!
Also, I'm pretty sure that at some point in the future I will be putting up another story pertaining to this one that has all the outakes! (aka all the stuff I wanted to happen but didn't do for sake of the storyline) So keep your eye out for that as well.
*whispers* I still want to make that one story happen when I send the girls into different anime (Snk, Bleach, etc) but idk when it's gonna happen.
I'm gonna be busy this year. With life, babysitting, NHS, homework, and other shit that's gonna get in the way hopefully I'll still have the motive to update frequently!
Oh, and I finally got my schedule today! (our school is stupid and has decided to put the schedules up 2 days before school starts)
I got (from beginning of the day to end) Pre-calc, Drawing/Painting, Japanese 4, Symphony Orchestra, and AP English. All the good classes are in the middle of the day but I won't complain because shit it's a 3:2 good class ratio.
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