Naruto (c) Masashi Kishimoto
"That's the kanji for cherry blossom!" Mio pointed out as she wrote her name. Sasuke looked at his daughter and nodded. "Rio-chan has it in her name too!" Mio declared. Her twin sister glared at her before going back to her homework.
"Yes," Sasuke nodded. "You're name means beautiful cherry blossom and your sister's name means village cherry blossom."
"Why did you name us that?" Mio asked, brushing her red hair out of her eyes. She and her sister were the only ones to have inherited their mother's red hair.
"Because you were born when the cherry blossoms were in bloom. Now, do you have any questions about your homework?" Sasuke asked, looking at his daughter's homework.
"It's pretty easy," Mio mumbled. She liked learning. She was good at memorizing things.
"I need help!" Rio interjected, leaning over her sister to show Sasuke the question on her homework.
"Hn," Sasuke took it and looked it over. Mio watched this silently. Rio may not have been book-smart but she was extremely talent. Mio was the opposite and she feared that was reflected in how their father treated them, despite him reassuring her that both she and Rio were his precious cherry blossoms.
"When the cherry blossoms were in bloom," Mio muttered, looking at the front gate of Konohagakure. It was the first time she ever been to this village. Kusagakure was rather small and not a lot of things happened there. Her mother told her the village was once destroyed but had been rebuilt shortly after the Fourth Ninja War, Madara's War, as her mother called it. She remembered when she asked who was Madara and her father told her never to utter that name again. She never brought up the question again.
Mio pushed her glasses up on her nose. Another thing she got from her mother: poor eyesight. But that was made up with her sensory ability which she and her elder brother, Keiichi, both possessed. Rio didn't have poor eyesight or sensory skills. She had the Sharingan, like her brothers did. Mio had the Sharingan too, but hers was only at two tomoe. Not that it really bothered her, she was a sensory type that specialized in medical ninjutsu. She was a valuable assist to her team.
"Yo, Mio! You okay?" the boy to her left asked. The sixteen-year-old gave a start.
"Erm, yes," she replied, looking at Yuuta. "I'm fine. Just lost in thought," she tucked some of her red hair out of her face. Her hair, which was her favorite feature, was long and she kept it tied back in a high ponytail that was braided.
"Thinking about what?" Yuuta asked, trying to keep the blush from coloring his cheeks.
"Uh..." Mio looked around, rubbing her cheek as if she had been slapped, her black eyes fell on the cherry blossoms, "cherry blossoms." She finally replied, with a quick sheepish smile.
"Oh," Yuuta's shoulders slumped. "Oi, Masahiro, don't give me that look!"
"What look?" Masahiro smirked, as he adjusted his Kusa forehead protector. Yuuta just gave the boy a sullen look before it vanished from his face.
"Well, let's continue! We are after all three of the finest chuunin in Kusagakure!" Yuuta marched through the gates of the Village Hidden in the Leaves. Mio looked at Masahiro and the two of them shrugged before following their teammate.
Mio was rather taken aback by the sheer size of Konoha. It made her village feel small and inadequate. The marketplace alone could've fit her village inside it and then some. It was also loud and choked with people. The mass of humanity was pressing in around and Mio felt a wave of panic rise up in her throat. She never did well in crowds. She didn't like the fact that there were so many people pressing in around her, she felt suffocated in crowds. "Mio," Yuuta placed a hand on her shoulder, steadying her. "Gonna be okay?" he asked, blue eyes bright as they peered at her.
"Yeah," Mio nodded, swallowing. She frowned as she tasted bile on the back of her tongue.
"Do you know where the Hokage Tower is?" Masahiro asked Yuuta, since the blue-eyed black-haired shinobi declared himself self-appointed leader. Regardless, Mio knew she and Masahiro would both vote for Yuuta.
"Uuh, no clue," Yuuta folded his hands behind his head and began rocking on the balls of his feet. "I was hoping Mio-chan can find it," he said. Masahiro rolled his eyes and muttered something that vaguely sounded like typical but Mio chose not to comment. "Well, Mio-chan?"
"I can find it," Mio nodded, as she pushed her glasses up on her nose with a gloved hand. She made the sign of the Ram and closed her eyes, opening her senses. She knew the Hokage was a jinchuuriki, so she sought out his bijuu's chakra. It only took a moment before she located it. "Found it," she smiled.
"Awesome!" Yuuta whooped, "That was faster than before!"
"Good job, Mio," Masahiro gave her a small nod. "Lead the way," he gestured towards the large crowd. Mio balked and had to fight to keep her breakfast in her belly.
"Th-Through the crowd?" Mio felt her skin grow cold. "C-Can't we just jump on the roofs, it'll be faster."
"Yes, but they may send ANBU at us," Yuuta pointed out. Mio grimaced, swaying a bit as a wave of nausea hit her. "You going to be okay Mio?" Yuuta asked.
"I'll be fine," Mio nodded. She could hear Rio laughing at her right now. Her twin never had a problem with crowds.
"You look pale," Masahiro was staring at her with concerned eyes.
"I'm fine," Mio insisted, her cheeks felt flushed yet she felt clammy. "Let's just go. We don't want to keep the Hokage waiting," Mio forced a smile. Her lips were bloodless.
"If you insist," Yuuta shrugged. Mio nodded and headed off into the crowd, but she only took a few steps before her legs gave out.
"MIO!" Yuuta and Masahiro were at her side in a moment but a woman with pink hair was holding their teammate. The two boys walked up to Mio and the strange woman.
"She your teammate?" the woman's jade green eyes pierced them sharply.
"Yeah," Yuuta felt his throat go dry.
"She's going to be okay, right?" Masahiro looked at Mio, who groaned, black eyes fluttering open. Yuuta stooped and picked up Mio's glasses.
"She's going to be fine, let's get her to the hospital. Get her some water and food," the woman said. The two Kusa ninja nodded and followed the woman that supported Mio. They watched their teammate take unsteady steps as she was lead away.
Mio sipped the cold ice water slowly. She looked around the stark white walls of the hospital. It smelled clean. Sterile was a better description of the smell actually. Mio smoothed her skort and adjusted her three-quarter sleeved shirt. She felt off. Not weak per se but off her game. Yuuta and Masahiro were staring at her. Like two overly large owls. "What?" she made a face.
"Are you okay?" Yuuta asked after a moment's pause.
"I told you, I'm fine," Mio sipped her water, sucking in an ice cube and playing with it in her mouth.
"You said that before going into the crowd and then you collapsed." Masahiro pointed out with a frown on his lips.
"I guess the heat got to me, but I'm okay."
The pink-haired woman came in a few seconds after she said that and gave a frown at Mio. "What's your name?" she asked. The woman was holding a clipboard and a pen. She had a very authoritative air about her. Mio could sense that this woman meant business.
"Uchiha Mio," the redhead girl said. The pink-haired woman faltered.
"Pardon?" the woman blinked her startling green eyes. Mio thought they reminded her of the fresh spring grass of her village.
"Uchiha Mio," Mio repeated.
"Who's your father?" the woman asked, taking a few hesitant steps towards Mio.
"Uchiha Sasuke. Why?" Mio arched a brow. "My mother is Karin, is wife."
"Karin..." the woman's green eyes widen. "Did she have red hair and wore glasses?"
"Yes... why?" Mio was getting wary of this woman.
"I remember her," the woman said. "Your father nearly killed her."
"I know," Mio said, she sat up straight and stared at the woman. "I know all about my father's past and his association with Uchiha Madara, Orochimaru and the Akatsuki."
The woman flinched upon hearing those names. The woman nodded.
"Are you saying I should love my father less because of it?" Mio wondered why she was getting so defensive.
"No," the woman smiled. It was warm and inviting, "I was just surprised that's all. Surprised that he reconciled with your mother."
"Love is a powerful thing."
"Yes... very powerful." The woman seemed distracted. "I'm Hyuga Sakura."
"You don't have the Byakugan eyes like a Hyuga," Yuuta pointed out. His voice sounded extremely loud, like nails on a chalkboard. Mio shot him a glare. Sakura chuckled softly.
"My husband's Hyuga. I'm Hyuga via marriage," Sakura said. She wrote down Mio's name. "You have a lovely name."
"My father named me and my twin sister."
"Oh, you have a sister."
"Yes," Mio nodded, "Uchiha Rio is my sister."
Again the woman faltered.
"Is there something wrong?" Mio asked.
"Interesting that your father would name his daughters after cherry blossoms."
"We were born in March, when the cherry blossoms were in bloom," Mio pointed out matter-of-factly.
"Aa." A sad smile lingered on Sakura's lips. "Well, you seem physically fine. I think you just had an anxiety attack."
"I don't like large crowds."
"That probably did it. You probably just worked yourself up."
"Probably. I normally have better control over it. There aren't that many crowds in Kusagakure."
"What brings you to Konoha?" Sakura asked. Mio frowned.
"We are here to see your Hokage." Masahiro replied and Mio gave him a relieved smile.
"Oh? For what?"
"We have matters to discuss with the Hokage." Mio didn't like how Sakura was prying. The pink-haired woman smiled and nodded.
"I'll go get him. He's a friend of mine," Sakura offered a smile. Mio blinked cat-like at the medical kunoichi. "I'll be right back then," Sakura licked her lips before leaving. Mio felt Yuuta and Masahiro's gazes on her.
"Could there be another reason why Sasuke-sama named you and Rio the way he did?" Yuuta asked Mio. The sensory ninja flopped back onto the bed.
"Maybe." Mio stared at the ceiling. She felt the need to activate her Sharingan. With a thought her kekkei genkai appeared in her eyes, she began tracing patterns in the ceiling. She wondered if she could place herself in a genjutsu by looking in the mirror. She felt weird for some reason.
Sakura tapped on the door to Naruto's office. "Kuff eem!" came a voice. Sakura pushed the door open to see Naruto slurping down some instant ramen.
"Cheating on Hinata's cooking again, I see," a light smirk played on Sakura's lips. Naruto's sky blue eyes grew wide as he hastily swallowed.
"Don't tell her!" Naruto gasped.
"I won't," Sakura shook her head, pink tresses dancing.
"Phew," Naruto breathed a sigh of relief. "So, what brings you to my office?" Naruto grabbed a piece of paper and pretended to be working. "Man, I never thought the Hokage had so much paperwork," he grumbled.
"Not what you dreamed it would be?"
Naruto looked up and grinned at Sakura, the years washing away from his face, making him younger. Making him appear once more then Naruto of her youth, the Naruto of the old Team Seven. "It's everything I dreamed it would be! Paperwork and all!" he laughed joviality. Sakura laughed along with him, the horrible events between Sasuke leaving and end of Madara's War vanishing like mist in the morning sun.
"Well, I'm glad," Sakura's warm smile still lingered on her lips. "Anyways, there are three Kusa shinobi here that want to speak with you."
"Kusa?" Naruto furrowed his brow. "Oh, yeah! They are going to be working with Hoshi's team."
"Oh." Sakura blinked. "Sasuke's daughter is one of them."
"Sasuke's... daughter?" Naruto stared at Sakura like a fish out of water. "When did he get married! Better yet, who would marry him!"
"Karin... you mean that four-eyed chick that was dying?"
"Yes, her." Sakura felt a bitter smile twist itself on her lips. "She loved him. He must've loved her too. Enough to reconcile with her and have a family with her."
"Jeez, I'm sorry Sakura-chan." Naruto gifted Sakura with a beaten puppy look.
"It's okay Naruto," she smiled. "I'm happy with Neji."
Naruto knew better, it was the smile she had worn when Sasuke had left the village. That pained smile she hid behind to make Naruto worry less about her. "If you say so."
Sakura nodded and looked out the window. "Sasuke."
Sasuke turned his head in the direction of his name. "Karin," a smile touched his lips when she saw his wife.
"What are you doing out here?" Karin asked.
"Watching the cherry blossoms," was his reply. He wrapped his arm around her waist and pulled her close to him. He nuzzled her neck, drinking in her scent.
"You're thinking about her again, aren't you?" Karin asked.
"It's you I love." Sasuke looked up and grabbed Karin's chin and held her gave. "You that haunted my dreams, you that stole my heart, you that I wed and you that bore my children." He pecked her lips lightly. "She's just a friend from my past. I'm also indebted to her," he traced the area around Karin's heart. "I would've lost you if it wasn't for her."
"Sasuke," Karin smiled softly at him.
"No, I wasn't thinking about her. I was thinking about our cherry blossoms," Sasuke smiled.
Sasuke smiled. "Yes, our cherry blossoms."
I know you guys are gonna yell at me for the SasuSaku tones in this, but they did have a past and chemistry together. There was still SasuKarin in this. Sasuke did choose Karin in the end.
I honestly like Mio. She's... awkward. Irunno, human is more like it. She is modeled a bit off of Sakura. Rio is, I guess you can say modeled off of Ino. Keiichi is Mio's elder brother and he's a sensory nin like Karin and Mio. All five of Sasuke's children possess Sharingan. Only Mio and Rio have red hair and Mio is the only one with bad vision.
I hope you enjoyed this story.
Mio means Beautiful Cherry Blossom
Rio means Village Cherry Blossom
Sasuke named his daughters because of the cherry blossoms present at their birth and to honor Sakura.
Hinata has fail cooking.