notes: Sorry this is later than I anticipated. I got into some trouble and was banished from my computer for a while.

But, like I said, I wanted to update this one more time before getting to work on Just a Little Bit and Sugar Cube. This story is really fun to write and a good way to get my muse going for my other stories.

I'm so glad everyone is liking this so far! More Saku-pairings should begin to form from here on.

Slowly, but surely.

Be patient my lovelies~


Oh, and guys, remember, when I write full names for characters, I always go surname first. So, keep that in mind. I'll be calling some of the characters by their surnames up until the point that they become better acquainted by the Naru-babies, then switch to the less formal first names. I hope no one gets too confused.

Now, how about we start off the chapter with a little Aidou since every seemed to enjoy him last chapter?


See you at the bottom~



-Chapter Three-

In which first impressions are everything


Aidou hummed under his breath as he rested his chin in his hand, eyes following the five distant forms. From his view from the window in his room, he could look out across the water to the other bridge which led to the Sun Dorms. He watched the three more distinct colors of the group with idle curiosity, fingers tapping on the windowsill.

His gaze followed the pastel pink, bright gold, and dark navy-blue heads as he pursed his lips, thinking back to a few minutes prior. Something sparked in his half-lidded, icy blue eyes and he ignored the sound of Kain entering the room.

There was something strange about those three. The girl, those two boys. There was some sort of weird aura around them. Different. Powerful. A delicious aroma that he'd never quite come across before.

It had made him hungry.

He found himself imagining what their blood would taste like. That powerful feel. He imagined that it ran though their veins as well. He'd never had such an urge for a taste before.

Aidou subconsciously licked his lips, eyes on the bit of pink that quickly disappeared out of sight.

He'd had quite a bit of trouble controlling himself from taking a bite of that girl. She'd been right there.

But, that powerful aura had kept him at bay.

He had been able to feel it so well. The way it spiked from the two boys when he touched the girl. The way it settled when she was near them. The way it grew and raged when the girl met his eye.

Like some sort of powerful and dangerous storm.

Yet so enticing.

He was both captivated and worried by that feeling.

Who were these people?

"What are you staring at so intensely, Hanabusa?"

Aidou was snapped out of his thoughts and he looked over to his cousin with a grin. Kain sent him a raised eyebrow and crossed his arms. The blonde laughed and turned away from the window.

"Oh, I'm just thinking to myself. I had the pleasure of meeting those Konoha representatives, the one's we had heard about, earlier. They're quite interesting."

Kain sent him a questioning look but merely sighed, not bothering to inquire further. He went about his business in the room and left Aidou to his thoughts.

Aidou grinned to himself and turned back to the window, hand cupping his chin. The three new faces flashed through his mind, pausing on the girl's.

Yes, very interesting.

Those boys would be an annoying nuisance, but he'd have to keep his word and get better acquainted with her.

He chuckled under his breath, feeling Kain's questioning glance. Lips quirking, his eyes momentarily flashed red.

This would be fun.


Yuuki was a pleasant hostess. The moment they had returned to the dorm rooms, she had made a point to let Sakura know where everything she could possible need was and had even pulled out a map of the school to point out various classrooms and other places of interest.

"I believe the Chairman put you, Sasuke-san, and Naruto-san in the same classes as Zero and I." Yuuki had said, handing her schedule list over. "Luckily, since tomorrow is the first official day of school, there should be plenty of other students getting lost around the campus."

She'd politely left her to unpack her belongings, occasionally asking if she needed any help. She gave her a brief rundown of breakfast time and when classes began and ended and wished her a goodnights sleep, curling up in her own bed.

However, Sakura was fully aware of Yuuki getting up and leaving the room when she thought that the rosette was asleep. She was also aware of the brunette returning to the room sometime around dawn the next morning. Sakura pretended to be asleep and, when Yuuki's alarm went off a couple hours later, she feigned confusion when Yuuki woke up with an irritated groan.

That had been strange.

But, she ignored it and went about her morning routine.

Which brought her to where she was now.

Staring in distaste at her reflection.

This uniform was ridiculous.

Sakura turned slightly to view herself at different angles and her scowl only darkened. Who on earth had designed this uniform? The jacket she had no problem with and she could tolerate the silly bow but the skirt.

Why was it so short?

She groaned and tried to pull down the end of the much-too-short skirt without fully pulling it off of her hips. But she had no luck. The black, pleated skirt only reached about mid-thigh and even the knee-high stockings left her feeling incredibly exposed.

Konoha Academy didn't have a set uniform considering some teacher tended to surprise the students with sudden survival training. Most students wore semi-loose clothes that were comfortable and easy to move around in. Clothing that didn't get in the way or leave too much skin exposed.

This skirt was impractical.

Sakura sighed and adjusted the red tie, giving the skirt in the reflection one last irritated look before turning and grabbing her belongings. Yuuki soon returned from the bathroom, dressed in her own uniform, and led Sakura out of the dorm room with a smile.

There were a few other girls in the hallway and Sakura could feel them glancing and staring at her. Noticing her discomfort, Yuuki struck up a conversation about the school's cafeteria and food and they were soon at the cafeteria, their breakfast in hand.

Again and again, Sakura could feel eyes on her and she was greatly relieved when Naruto and Sasuke entered the cafeteria. The blond was grinning and talking enthusiastically while Sasuke looked ahead indifferently, saying a few things to Zero occasionally as they both ignored Naruto.

Yuuki noticed them and waved the three over after they had gotten their own breakfast and all five were seated at the table as more and more students entered the large room. Upon closer inspection, Sakura noticed how good Sasuke and Naruto looked in the boys' uniform. It really suited the two, she realized.

She felt her cheeks heat up and she quickly looked away as Sasuke looked up at her, a slice of toast in his hand. She pretended to look around and noticed that quite a few other students were staring in their general direction. Most of everyone seemed to avoid the table and Sakura wasn't so sure if it was because of them or the Prefects.

Inwardly shaking her head, she turned her attention back to the table and put on a happy smile.

"So, how'd everyone sleep last night?"

As if on cue, both Yuuki and Zero yawned, the latter trying to hold it in more than the former. Sakura raised an eyebrow at the two and guessed that wherever Yuuki had gone last night, Zero must have been there as well.

Naruto grinned and stuffed a muffin into his mouth, quickly washing it down with a glass of milk. "The beds here feel just like the ones back home, but the rooms seem a little bigger."

Sasuke grunted and tore the crust off his toast, nodding in agreement. Sakura smiled and tapped her foot, excited to get the first day at the school started.

They made idle conversation until breakfast was finished and they headed off to their classroom. Unlike Konoha Academy, a majority of the classes were held in one room for each class of students, only changing rooms for certain subjects. Sakura was more used to going from room to room during each period and didn't really look forward to staying in one place for so long.

They walked through the hallways of the main building, following after Yuuki and Zero. As Second Years, most of the students would all know each other which left her, Sasuke, and Naruto completely unknown and obvious.

The five entered the classroom and Yuuki paused to speak with the teacher who was rearranging papers on his desk. Sakura waited at the steps to the seats (the classrooms were modeled much like University classrooms) and was vaguely aware of Naruto talking about how huge the school was. She noticed the teacher glance over at her and her boys when Yuuki was done speaking with him and she felt a bit of apprehension wash over her.

'Please, please, please, don't single us out. We'd rather just blend in with the crowd. I've no idea how much these students might hate us for being from K.A.' she thought to herself, forcing a smile at Yuuki as they ascended the stairs to the upper rows.

She noticed Sasuke, Zero, and Naruto sitting together in the highest row (though the blond was being thoroughly ignored, not that he really cared). Sasuke was watching the students enter the room with narrowed, calculating eyes, his arms folded over his chest. Zero's eyes were closed with this arms crossed behind his head.

Sakura smiled to herself, happy that Sasuke had a brooding-buddy.

"Yo, Sakura-chan!" Naruto called making the rosette jump and grimace at the many pairs of eyes that looked over to her. "Come sit by me! Teme's being a teme and ignoring me!"

Sasuke's narrowed gaze traveled to the blond next to him and he elbowed Naruto in the side, muttering something to him.

"We're here to socialize with other students. Leave Sakura be."

Naruto pouted and him and huffed, sending Sakura a longing look. She laughed under her breath and sat down beside Yuuki, right in front of Naruto as a way to make amends. Taking Sasuke's advice, she greeted the shyly smiling girl that sat down next to her and started idle conversation until the teacher called for everyone's attention.

"Welcome back students, I hope you all enjoyed your break." The teacher drawled, a bored tone in his voice. "As I'm sure you all know, we have three representatives from Konoha Academy who will be spending the school year here."

Sakura inwardly groaned, though she had expected as much.

He looked to each of them and adjusted his glasses, "Would you three please stand and introduce yourselves?"

The rosette was about to sigh and do so when she heard movement behind her and glanced over her shoulder just in time to see Sasuke stand. Pleasantly surprised, she inwardly applauded him and smiled.

"Ah," He began, posture lax and his hands stuffed into his pockets, "I'm Uchiha Sasuke." He bent slightly at the waist for a small bow and sat back down, a smirk appearing as the other students eyed him curiously.

Naruto was quick to introduce himself next, jumping up and planting his fists on his hips. "Alright! I'm Uzumaki Naruto, 'ttebayo! You guys seem pretty cool!"

Sakura laughed to herself, shaking her head fondly, and watched the various reactions around the room. Naruto sat back down, a wide grin on his face and Sakura took her turn.

She stood, hands clasped behind her back as she let her head bob to the side slightly. She smiled brightly, eyes closing. "And I'm Haruno Sakura! I hope we can all be friends."

She sat back down and quickly glanced back at Naruto and Sasuke, waiting for the other student's reactions.

It was silent in the room until one of the girls, it wasn't quite apparent who, suddenly squealed.

"Kyaa! They're so handsome!"

And then the room was buzzing with conversation, some hushed and some not, as the boys and girls all began discussing the three.

Sakura could pick out bits and pieces of the conversations and felt her eyebrow raise as a sheepish smile appeared.

"Those boys look like they could be in the Night Class, they're so attractive!"

"The girl too! She looks like a model!"

"Uchiha-san has such a smoldering look in his eyes!"

"Uzumaki-kun seems like such a happy person! He's so sunny!"

"Haruno-san has such pretty hair, such a strange color!"

"Maybe they're supposed to be in the Night Class?"

"I'm glad they're not!"

"I wonder if Haruno-san is dating anyone?"

"I wonder if Uchiha-kun is dating anyone!"

"Uzumaki-san is so much cuter!"

"Hehehe, five minutes and already fanclubs are forming!"

"Maybe Konoha Academy isn't so bad if such cool people go there!"

Sakura sat back dazedly, mouth slightly agape.

Well, this was going better than she had expected.


"So Haruno-san, what do you like to do?"

Sakura blinked in surprise as the girl in front of her grinned, resting her elbows on the edge of the table. The day had gone by surprisingly quickly and the teacher had left them with about ten minutes for themselves before classes ended. Everyone had been extremely pleasant and it left Sakura feeling very welcomed and at ease.

She paused and put a finger to her chin, thinking to herself before smiling.

"Well, I really enjoy reading and listening to music, but who doesn't?"

The girl giggled and the other two girls smiled, nodding in agreement. If Sakura remembered right, the two girls in front of her were Shashin Tobari and Terebi Kasai. The girl sitting next to her was Shindo Nadeshiko and she'd been quick to make friends with Sakura once class had begun, though she seemed rather shy at first.

"Do you like cute little boutiques and café shops?" Shashin asked, blowing a few light-blonde strands of hair out of her eyes.

Pink eyebrow raised, she gave her a crooked grin. "I suppose. I don't tend to go to them, but I guess it would be fun."

Shashin and Terebi squealed in delight, the latter playing with the ends of her charcoal-black hair as she spoke. "Oh, you must come with us into town this weekend! We'll show you to all our favorite shops and stores!"

Sakura smiled weakly and nodded in agreement, "Alright."

She glanced over to Yuuki, who had fallen asleep some time ago, and supposed that she didn't need to constantly rely on the Prefect while she was at the school. It would do her some good to make a few friends. Lips quirking, she glanced over her shoulder to see how Naruto and Sasuke were faring.

The blond was positively delighted with all the attention from the various students. The girls were fawning over his sunny disposition while a few guys were asking him what sort of sports he played and whatnot. Much like back at Konoha Academy, he seemed to brighten up the room.

Sasuke on the other hand was simply answering his mob with monosyllabic responses, not entirely at the peak of his annoyance. Most of the students surrounding him seemed to edge away from the apathetic Zero, occasionally sending the boy worried glances.

He looked to be asleep as well.

A few minutes later, the bell signaling the end of the classes rang and, suddenly, the room was filled with the excited squeals of the girls. They all quickly gathered their belongings and flooded out of the room, sending farewells to the stragglers.

"Only two more hours!" one of the girls shouted from the hallway, "I've waited all break for this!"

Sakura's eyebrows furrowed and she turned to her new friends questioningly. They all broke into a round of giggles, their own belongings in hand. Shindo stood, adjusting her glasses, and took Sakura's hand.

"C'mon Haruno-san! We need to get good spots!" she tugged her along, pausing for her to grab her supplies, and led her down the steps. Shashin and Terebi skipped ahead, giggling to themselves, and Sakura looked back over her shoulder frantically.

"B-but Yuuki-san!"

"Oh, just leave Cross to sleep. She's such a spoil-sport anyways!"

She squeaked in surprise as they quickened their pace and she managed to send one last weak smile back at Naruto and Sasuke, who watched her disappear around the corner in shock.

"Eh? What was that all about, 'ttebayo?"

"...Stupid fangirls."



"So, what are we waiting for?" Sakura asked, rocking on her heels as she watched the large mob of girls swarm and squeal outside the gate to the Moon Dorm. Shashin giggled and batted at her shoulder playfully.

"The Night Class, of course, Haruno-san! None of us have seen them since before break!"

She raised an eyebrow at her three companions as they nodded and squealed enthusiastically. The thought back to the previous evening and felt her face twist up in distaste.

"What? That's all?"

Terebi gasped in surprise and Shashin managed a weak laugh while Shindo smiled at her, shaking her head as if talking to a child that had just said something very silly. Sakura huffed and crossed her arms, not liking the present situation.

"You'll see Haruno-san! It'll change your life."

Her pink eyebrows furrowed at the vague answer but she simply sighed, gaze darting about as she searched for Yuuki.

Was she still asleep?

As if on cue, the shrill sound of a whistle was heard and Yuuki suddenly appeared out of nowhere, clutching the metal-work at the top of the wooden gates as she crouched up on the brick ledge above the mob of girls.

"Alright! Everyone back!"

There was a loud collection of groans and whines from the girls and Sakura took this moment of confusion to back out of the crowd and into the open, feeling much too claustrophobic in such a large huddle. Once out of the cluster, she retreated to the outermost part of the mob, leaned against a lamppost, and sighed in relief, vaguely aware of hearing Yuuki shout to the girls gathered outside the gates.

Emerald eyes scanned the scene, gazing back towards the main building as she noticed Zero, Naruto, and Sasuke approaching. Her two separated from Zero as he unenthusiastically moved forward to help calm the riot of girls. She waved at Naruto and Sasuke from her place across the bridge but ended up laughing weakly when they were suddenly pulled into the horde by a few girls.

Taking a deep breath of the fresh air, she turned around to look out over the water and across to the other bridge. She leaned against the ledge, watching as the sky changed from warm reds, oranges, and yellows to the colder colors of evening. The lampposts came to life and bathed the bridge in its golden glow, creating a false daylight.

As if on cue, she heard the low whine of the large, double doors being opened. She didn't bother looking back, much more inclined to watch the ripples in the water shimmer. There was a flurry of footsteps and she was aware of the mob of girls changing shape behind her. She could hear muffled conversation and Yuuki's distinct voice, but she stayed where she was, closing her eyes as she let her other senses sharpen and focus.

After a few minutes, she became bored with eavesdropping (someone was welcoming someone else and others were exchanging greetings) and started to walk back towards the main building, planning to return to the Sun Dorms. Her hand trailed over the high edge of the bridge, committing the feel of the stone to memory. She hadn't realized how large the bridges were; it was at least twenty feet across and seemed to support so many people just fine.

Her eyebrows furrowed as she heard a collective gasp from behind her and the sound of someone calling her name.


She hadn't even managed to glance over her shoulder before she suddenly felt someone wrap their arms around her shoulders, hovering over her from behind.

It purely was out of instinct that she grabbed their arm and leaned forward, flipping the person over her and slamming them into the ground with a loud "Chaaa!"

Foot locked under their jaw and pressing lightly against their throat, Sakura seemed to realize what had just happened and quickly looked down at the shocked blond laying sprawled on the ground before her, icy-blue eyes wide and surprised.

His name and face registered in her mind (Aidou Hanabusa, that weirdo from yesterday) and she quickly jumped back, all too aware that the bridge had become unsettling silent.

"A-ah! I'm so sorry!" She quickly leaned forward and took his wrist, easily pulling him to his feet. "Don't startle me like that, Aidou-san." As much as the guy had peeved her off yesterday, she was supposed to be polite and nice while at Cross Academy.

And that flip must have hurt.

He was still staring at her and she stepped back uneasily, looking away as she fidgeted.

She could feel the eyes boring into the back of her head.

Crap, she'd fucked up.

She was startled, however, to suddenly hear him begin to laugh. Eyes darting up to him, her eyebrows furrowed and she almost cringed unsurely.

"My, I've underestimated you, Haruno-chan."

Her eyes narrowed at the honorific.

Aidou grinned and brushed himself off, eyes glimmering at her from under much-too-full eyelashes. "I most certainly was not expecting that."

Her lips pursed and she crossed her arms, cordiality being pushed aside gracelessly. Something about this guy just irked her.

"Most people who underestimate me tend to find themselves on their back." she replied, chewing on the inside of her cheek. She was immensely irritated when he suddenly patted her on the head, chuckling to himself.

"I'll bet so."

She had to hold in her annoyed growl as he ruffled her hair slightly and joined the passing group of white-uniformed students. She took a moment to assess them, face scrunching up as she realized a few were watching her as well. They were all incredibly attractive, gracefully walking in their loose group towards the main building. They held themselves with a regal aura, looking like passing royalty.

She unexpectedly caught one of the boys' eyes as she watched them pass.

A tall, elegant young man with rusty-brown brown hair and garnet-colored eyes. For the split second they made eye contact, Sakura felt a very heavy presence wash over her. Pushing down on her. Suffocating her. Time seemed to slow to a cliché standstill and she felt like she would be crushed under his gaze.

But then he looked away and she could breathe again.

However, the dark aura behind her was just as overpowering.

She wearily glanced over her shoulder and realized she had most certainly fucked up. The previously giggly and squealing mob of girls now stood together in an intimidatingly foreboding group, their sinister gazes directed at the nervous (Kami, was she shaking?) Sakura.

Luckily, one of the girls pushed her way to the front of the crowd and shouted to Aidou, drawing the attention away from Sakura.

"I-Idol-senpai! Are you alright? Did she hurt you?"

Sakura actually flinched at the venomous glance several girls sent her.

Aidou looked over his shoulder at the crowd and turned to walk backwards, a wide grin stretched across his face.

"Ladies, ladies, please! Spare no ill-will towards Haruno-chan! It was completely my fault for surprising her so." His grin widened ever so slightly as his gaze traveled over to her. Sakura was pretty sure he winked at her but his attention was back on the girls before she was certain.

"Play nice, girls. After all, we're supposed to be the charming hosts for our Konoha friends."

And then he and the other Night Class students were gone, leaving Sakura to wonder whether the Day Class girls would take his advice or not. She was just about ready to make a run for it (fangirls were scary when pissed off, dammit), when someone from within the crowd spoke.

"Well, if Idol-senpai says so..."

Relief washed over Sakura as the dark-aura of the Day Class girls disappeared and they dispersed, heading back to the dorms. Some sent her glances of various expressions as they passed by her but she was too relieved to really notice. Her three new friends were soon at her side, though Terebi seemed a little peeved and Shashin was laughing sheepishly. Shindo rested a hand on her shoulder and sent her a semi-awed look.

"How did Idol-senpai know you, Haruno-san?"

Sakura sighed and rubbed the back of her neck, following after the three as they began to make their way back to the Dorms.

"I, ah, met him yesterday when Yuuki-san and Zero-san were giving us a tour of the school." She paused, glancing nervously to each. "Um, are you three angry with me as well?"

They all seemed a little taken aback by her question but Shashin and Shindo were quick to reassure her.

"Oh, no, no, no, no, no, Haruno-san. Idol-senpai said it was an accident! We've no need to be mad!"

"Of course not! I'm actually just a little jealous that he hugged you like that!"

They both started squealing and Terebi's lips tilted upwards slightly as crossed and uncrossed her arms.

"Everyone was so shocked when he suddenly took off after you!" Shashin said, hands at her face as she giggled, "It's not often that he – or anyone from the Night Class – single one of us out, much less hug!"

Shindo nodded enthusiastically in agreement and Sakura managed a weak smile.

"I-it wasn't really a hug..."

"That look of surprise on his face was so adorable." Terebi added with a giggle, "I don't think I've ever seen Idol-senpai so shocked."

All three squealed and Sakura couldn't help but smile, inwardly sighing in relief.

She'd have to be more careful, though. She couldn't afford to have over half of the school hate her for some silly mistake.

And avoiding the Night Class would probably help, as well.


"Geeze, Hanabusa, you didn't have to go and ruin the Konoha-girl's life. You know how crazy the Day Class girls are." Kain said, tossing a wadded up paper-ball at Aidou's head. The Night Class students were all lazing about the classroom, chatting idly with one another.

"Well, I wasn't expecting her to flip me onto my back!" The blonde countered, crossing his arms over his chest and huffing.

Kain was actually surprised to find that his cousin seemed genuinely upset.

"What?" Came Ruka's voice. They both looked up to see her, arms crossed over her chest as she sneered down at Aidou. "You expected her to swoon and faint like all those other pathetic humans? I'm actually pretty surprised she didn't."

Aidou simply pouted, doodling furiously onto a piece of paper.

Ruka laughed to herself and continued, ignoring the glares the blond sent her. "That was pretty impressive for a human. It's nice to know that they aren't all brainless little animals. And that look on your face was priceless."

"She just caught me off guard! How was I supposed to know she'd react like that?" Aidou whined, flustered from Ruka's teasing.

The conversations stopped and the room fell silent as Kaname entered, his expression indecipherable. They all moved to their seats, watching him with gazes filled with respect and slight apprehension.

He stopped at the front of the classroom and spoke, garnet-eyes traveling over each of them.

"I'm sure you are all aware that Cross Academy will be hosting three students from Konoha Academy. This is the first time Cross Academy has ever had someone from a different school stay for such a long period of time and I cannot stress the importance that we all be on our best behavior." Here, his gaze flickered to Aidou who nearly flinched and shrank into his seat.

"I suggest we keep our distance but if they approach you, I believe its obvious how you should act. Give them no reason to be wary of you or raise suspicions." He paused as Senri, resting on the desk with his arms crossed in front of his face, looked up.

"Konoha Academy is notorious for being extremely paranoid, I've heard."

Rima plucked a piece of lent from his shoulder and nodded in agreement. The others all murmured to each other, offering other knowledge they had of the other school. Kaname waited for them to settle down and continued, crossing his arms over his chest.

"Yes, and I have not yet confirmed with the Chairman if erasing their memories, should it be necessary, will be allowed."

His eyes flashed red for a moment as his gaze turned to the window, watching as the moon appeared from behind the clouds.

"Most of you have already felt it, haven't you? There's something strange about those three."


notes: Guys, guys. I did it. More AidouSaku. I thought it was going to be really hard to write it but I think I've figured out how I'm going to make it work. Also, a little bit of not-really-but-its-kind-of-implied-oh-my-gosh-I-might-actually-be-able-to-do-it KanaSaku. I've already got some plans on how I'm going to introduce the SenriSaku and that might happen in the next chapter if I don't come up with some other stuff to happen. I'm still working on figuring out the other pairings you guys asked for...

I don't think I have a very good grasp on Ruka's personality, it's been so long since I read/watched her. But, hey, I warned you there'd be OOCness...Other than her, most of the other characters are pretty easy to write.

Shashin Tobari and Terebi Kasai are OCs I created for this story but Shindo Nadeshiko is an actual canon character from the manga. I'd contemplated putting in my three OCs from JaLB, but I decided against it.

This chapter felt a lot longer than the others, didn't it?

But, wow, guys. This story has already hit 100 reviews and its only technically three chapters in. I kind of think that's actually faster than SC or JaLB but then there's that month-or-so long gap where I didn't update so that's kind of understandable.

But guys.

I love you.

Sugar Cube will be updated next, hopefully soon.

Also, a fanart for my soul?

Stay lovely, my friends.