Hey guys. Here's the 6th chapter. Enjoy!
"NO!" Sakura shrieked as Hikari grinned wickedly and hit the 'end' button. Karin came from behind Hikari and slapped Sakura across the face.
"Stupid bitch! I told you to stay away from Sasuke-kun and now you're serenading him!"
Hikari stepped forward and pulled her daughter away, "Enough Karin," She said. She then looked at Sakura. "I have underestimated you."
Sakura glared at them, "How did you find out?"
"Simple," Karin said. "I saw you and that Hyuuga girl talking to Naruto-kun and Sasuke-kun and heard what you said. I found your conversation a little fishy and told mother."
"You were eavesdropping?" Sakura snapped glaring furiously at Karin.
Karin snorted, "Don't argue with me you little lying bitch!"
"I didn't lie about anything!" Sakura yelled. Her tears were daring to spill. 'I will not cry. I will not cry.' She thought to herself.
"Quiet!" Hikari commanded. She grinned devilishly at Sakura, "I heard rumors that you are going to perform at the concert. Is this true?"
Sakura remained silent. Hikari smirked, "Thought so. Well, for the stunt you pulled today. You're going to do what I say. You will sing for Karin."
"What?" Karin exclaimed. Sakura stared at Hikari, confused. Hikari smiled sweetly at Karin, "Honey, you have a terrible voice and by the looks of it Sasuke loves Sakura's voice. We're going to record Sakura's voice and you will lip sing/sync." (A/N: I don't know if it's sync or sing. ehehehe. :P)
"Why don't let forehead sing if you like her so much?" Karin exclaimed. Hikari looked at Karin, "Because, honey look at you! You are a star and that is what Uchiha Fugaku needs. A star!"
Karin nodded, "I'm a star. A bright gassy star!"
"Uchiha Fugaku?" Sakura whispered. Hikari heard her, "Yes. Didn't you know? Sasuke's father is the famous record dealer! And you, Sakura, will sing for Karin and get her fame and fortune not to mention win the heart of Sasuke!"
Sakura glared at her, "What if I don't want to?"
"Don't you try to get smart with me you ungrateful child," Hikari said. "I can't do anything to that Hyuuga girl but I know about your friendship with those Aburame and Inuzuka boys. If you don't do what I say, I will have them expelled. Their future will be destroyed and it'll all be your fault. Oh pity!" she exclaimed in a fake sympathetic voice.
Sakura's eyes widened, "You wouldn't . . ."
Hikari gave a fake smile, "Oh sweetie, I will."
Sakura didn't know what to do. She didn't want to help Hikari to help Karin win Sasuke's heart and become a star. But if she didn't, Kiba and Shino's future would be ruined. They had big dreams and it would be destroyed if Hikari expelled them.
"I'll sing for Karin," Sakura said shakily. "But leave Shino and Kiba out of this."
Hikari smirked, "You got yourself a deal." She used Sakura's phone and dialed a number. She handed the phone to Sakura, "Tell Sasuke that it was Karin who was singing earlier."
"Hello Sasuke?" she said.
"Hey." Sasuke said on the other end.
"Sorry, my phone battery died that time so I couldn't tell you who I was." She paused. Sakura felt her tears in the corner of her eyes.
"So who are you?" Sasuke asked softly.
"I'm . . . Karin." Sakura answered. She felt a wet drop on her lap. She realized that her tears were starting to fall. There was a silence on the other end of the phone.
Finally Sasuke said, "Wow. I thought you were . . . somebody else. You sound different."
"Probably because we're talking on the phone." Sakura said meekly.
After another long silence Sasuke spoke, "So I'll see you tomorrow?"
"Yeah." Sakura whispered and pressed the 'end' button. Hikari snatched the phone away from her, "Good girl."
Hikari then threw the phone to Karin, "That'll be your phone from today." Karin grumbled and left the apartment. Hikari headed out but stopped at the door and turned around, "If you tell Sasuke, I'll make sure you're the reason for Inuzuka and Aburame being expelled." She slammed the door behind her and left.
Sakura could no longer hold back her tears. She sobbed bitterly.
'Why on earth did I think that just for once, things would go my way?' She thought miserably.
She climbed into bed and cried herself to sleep.
The next day in school, Karin was clinging to Sasuke's arm. Sasuke's face was emotionless. Sakura sighed and walked towards the building when a hand on her shoulder stopped her. She turned around to face Hinata, who looked worried.
"Saki-chan, you look terrible! Are you okay?" She asked. Sakura's emerald green eyes were red from crying. Sakura forced a smile, "I'm fine Hinata. Just tired."
"Saki-chan, you're hiding something. I'm your friend right? You can tell me," Hinata said softly. "Did something go wrong between you and Sasuke-san?"
Sakura sighed. They walked to the music room and there, Sakura told Hinata everything. Hinata gasped and hugged Sakura, "Oh Saki-chan . . ."
Sakura felt her traitor tears roll down her cheeks but she quickly brushed them away.
"Please don't tell the guys okay?" Sakura said placing her hand on Hinata's upper arm. Hinata shook her head, "This isn't fair! You should tell them! Please Saki-chan I can't bear to see you like this."
"Just don't tell them. For me okay Hinata. For Kiba and Shino's sake. They'll tell me that I shouldn't worry about them and that I should tell the truth. I don't want that to happen because I can't stand the thought of my two best friends being expelled. They've stuck with me even if I was nobody and I owe it to them." said Sakura.
She took a deep breath. "Also, please don't tell Naruto. He may tell Sasuke; intentionally or accidently." Hinata reluctantly nodded her head. Sakura gave a small smile and hugged her, "Thank you Hinata."
In the afternoon, Hikari gave off periods to everyone. During that time, Hikari, Karin and Sakura were in the music room recording Sakura's voice for Karin. Sakura sighed and started to sing.
Plug in the mic
Open the curtain
Turn on the lights
I'm through rehearsing'
The feeling ignites
I'm in control
The crowd's in the palm of -
The music had stopped. "That was terrible. Sing properly, like your life depends on it!" Hikari ordered. Sakura gave a fake smile in return.
Sasuke was still shocked that it was Karin. 'I never thought it would be her.' He had told Naruto who was also very shocked.
"I never thought she could sing." Naruto said.
"Me neither." Sasuke muttered.
They walked in silence when finally Naruto said, "Who'd you expect it to be?"
Sasuke sighed. 'Who did I expect it to be?' he asked himself. Finally he said, "I don't know."
"Hey you should hang out with her more often," Naruto suggested. "Maybe you'll get to know her better." Sasuke didn't reply. Naruto walked off and Sasuke walked to the music room. He could hear Karin singing from inside.
I got nothing to lose
I've been exposed
I'm paying my dues
Playing the role
'She may be fan girlish but Naruto's right. Maybe I should give her a chance.' he thought.
He opened the door. Principal Fujiwara was also there and she waved at him as he walked in. Sakura looked at who Hikari was waving at and saw Sasuke. Her heart skipped a beat at the sight of him. Through the recording booth's glass, Sasuke saw Karin singing.
I'll make you believe in me
I can be what you want me to be
Tonight is the night
Where I'll make you see
That I can be anything, anything, anything
The music stopped and Karin stopped singing. Karin went and hugged Sasuke. Sakura thought he would push her away but he just stood there. He didn't hug back nor did he push her away.
"Sasuke-kun," Karin said. "What's up?"
"Nothing." Sasuke replied. Karin grabbed the hem of his skinny jeans and smiled seductively, "I love your skinny jeans." Sakura rolled her eyes at the scene.
'Cha! Let me at her! Let me at her!' Her inner yelled as she cracked her knuckles.
"Will you be performing at the concert?" Sasuke asked.
"Of course!" exclaimed Karin. Sasuke nodded, "I think you'll do great." Karin blushed at the compliment.
"I was wondering if . . ." Sasuke started to say. "You'd like me to drive you home today."
Karin squealed and latched onto his arm. She opened her mouth to say something but was interrupted.
"Karin, what about your car?" Sakura cut in. Karin gave her an annoyed look. Sasuke looked at her, "Haruno, what are you doing here?"
"Oh nothing. Just minding my own business." Sakura replied promptly.
"Sakura, you may leave now." Hikari said giving Sakura a fake smile. Sakura faked a smile in return, "Goodbye. Enjoy your little date." She spat out the word date.
Sakura went to the girls' bathroom and washed her face. 'I can't believe Sasuke would ask her out.'
'Cha! Stupid slut! Sasuke would have asked us out if he knew the truth!' her inner shouted.
Sakura was on her way to the locker when Hikari came and pulled her to a corner. "What was that back there?" She said sternly. Sakura bit her lower lip.
"This is your last chance," Hikari said, her voice dripping with malice. "Do you want to see Kiba and Shino expelled hm? Do you want to be their dream crusher?"
"No." Sakura replied.
"Then focus!" Hikari snapped. "Sasuke is falling for Karin not you! You know what, as a bonus, I'll tell Sasuke that you love him. Since he thinks your voice is Karin's, he'll reject you and break your little heart."
"I'll sing for Karin. Don't worry." Sakura said. Hikari patted her head, "Good girl." She clicked her tongue and walked off.
"You're doing what she says for us?" a voice behind her said.
Sakura cursed under her breath and turned around to face Kiba and Shino. Kiba had tears running down his cheeks and Shino's expression was a mixture of guilt and pain.
Kiba hugged Sakura tightly. Akamaru, who was on his head, whined softly and licked Sakura's face, and Sakura hugged Kiba with one arm and patted Akamaru with the other.
Kiba pulled away and wiped his tears, "You don't have to do this Saki."
"I do. I owe it to you guys." Sakura replied softly.
"Why didn't you tell us Saki?" Shino asked. Sakura sighed, "Because if I did, I knew you would tell me to forget about you two and stop doing what Hikari said."
"That's right," Kiba said. "You don't need to worry about Shino and me. Seeing you happy makes us happy right Akamaru? Shino?" Shino nodded and Akamaru barked in agreement.
Sakura felt her tears in the corner of her eyes but wiped them away before they could fall. "You guys are my best friends," Sakura said. "I'd do anything for you guys." She stepped forward and gave them both a hug. They hugged back.
After they pulled away from their awkward group hug, Sakura gave a small smile, "In a way, I'm a star right?"
"Does Hinata know?" Shino asked.
Sakura nodded, "She's the first person I told. But don't be hard on her, I told her not to tell you guys."
Kiba punched the wall next to him, "I blame Uchiha! If Saki had never met him-"
"Kiba," Sakura said softly. "Don't blame Sasuke. I'm glad I met him."
"Our Saki's all grown up," Shino said with a small smile. "You've fallen in love with Uchiha."
Sakura blushed, "I guess so."
Kiba forced a smile, "Wow Saki. I thought you were going to die single." The two of them laughed dryly and Shino smirked.
"Let things be the way they are now," said Sakura. "Don't make it worse than it already is."
Kiba started to protest, "But-"
"Kiba," Sakura said in a more serious tone. "For me."
Kiba sighed and reluctantly agreed. So did Shino.
"Thanks guys." Sakura said as she walked off.
Once she was gone, Kiba smirked. Shino looked at him, "You're planning something aren't you?"
"Shino, you know me too well." Kiba said as he grinned.
"But Saki told us not to tell anyone." said Shino.
"Saki told us not to tell anyone. She didn't tell us not to do something about it."
Shino smirked, "I'm listening."
Kiba's grin grew wider, "I have a plan and I'm gonna need you to help me Akamaru." Kiba looked at his dog who barked excitedly.
"Okay," Kiba said. "Here's the plan . . ."
Another cliffie. Plus, I know Sasuke is really OOC. Please bear it. Stay tuned.
Ja Ne! :D