And now for the actual first chapter...
Disclaimer:Naruto is Kishimoto's toy, I'm just playing with it.
Warning: Language darlings. No, seriously. Language.
But, before you read I want to make something perfectly clear-I am not anti-Sakura. As I said before this story was mostly written for the readers to giggle at. And all my other fellow Sakura fans, I assure you the bashing does not last. One or two chapters max.
I squeezed Sakura's—I mean, my—cheek. Well, it was official. This wasn't a dream and I was somehow Sakura.
I licked my dry lips. My hair was long. I must not be too far in the story line. Or I might be at the very beginning.
So now what?
I gave a startled shout and whirled around the room, eyes scanning for any impossible intruder.
No you idiot, it's me. Your inner self.
"Oh," I stated aloud, turning back to face the mirror. Why the hell do I need an inner? I'm already crude and perverted.
Exactly. You need someone to keep you company and help you work through some shit. Besides... are you really that surprised to have a voice in your head... given your past life?
Aw, thanks, so you'll help me?
Sure. Why the hell not. But, back to my original question, what now?
I frowned. Good question. I could a.) go along with the story line and act like a complete love-sick beeyotch in first series 'til Shippuden. b.) make minor changes, just enough so I tolerate being Sakura. Or c.) Completely eff up the storyline for Sakura and live up this new life to its fullest.
Inner. I think the choice is clear.
Indeed it is, Outer.
LET'S EFF UP THE STORYLINE!
Hells yes. I like the way you think.
Right back at you. We died once, and damn it, that was a fail death. It was all your fault, too.
Completely fail, and no it wasn't.
So this time, let's die an epic death.
Yes. Completely epic.
I was grinning into the mirror like some sort of madman. Then stopped. But... wait. I don't want to completely ruin the storyline. 'Cause you know… it's actually kind of interesting and stuff. And... you know... if I change it too much, too fast, then I won't be able to predict what happens when the important shit comes into play!
I refuse to act like a violent beeyotch towards Naruto. And if you do, I swear I will so haunt your dreams.
I'm with you there. But, we can be violent towards Duck-Ass, right?
Good. And we are so going to help Hinata kick ass, right?
Good, good. Alright, enough with this chit-chat! Let's get this party started~
With a grin plastered on my face, I set the work to getting ready.
When I was done, I headed down stairs, only to find the house empty. I glanced around the kitchen, before I noticed a note stuck on the fridge. I headed over to it and examined it closely.
Your mother and I are on our vacation, we won't be back for a while. We just want you to know we love you so much and we're so sorry we couldn't stay with you. Please be sure to eat healthy and don't act too reckless. Make sure you don't stay up late and your father wants to make sure you don't have any boys over. We'll be sure to write to you every chance we get. We love you.
Lots of love,
Mom and Papa
I felt myself smiling at the letter. They both had signed it. Damn Sakura—I mean I—had nice parents. Shame they weren't there and all, but whatever. I grabbed an apple and headed out the door. Making my way down the path, I absently chewed on the apple. I decided to head towards the academy (don't ask me how I knew where it was... it was just there, like a buzzing memory in the back of my head) I mean, I think I had to go there.
Then again I could have been completely wrong and have already teamed up with Sasuke and Naruto. But, for whatever reason, I just don't think I was.
That's when I was about to pass the flower shop. I saw Ino come out.
Ah, I thought, so that's where I am in the storyline. Episode 3.
And here came the first muck up in 'Sakura's' life.
Now, Ino wasn't my favorite kunoichi, but in all honesty, I always thought it was so stupid how they ruined a friendship over some guy. No, not some guy, over Sasuke.
Acting like complete bimbos for him… it just ticked me off. Now, don't get me wrong. I completely support SasuSaku. I just do not support SasuOC, with me being the OC. So, there is no way I was going to continue to act as Ino's hated rival. We could be friendly rivals instead, if she wanted. But, not over some guy. We could be rivals as kunoichis.
You go girl. And don't come back.
"Ino!" I called out.
That's when Ino stopped and glared at me as I stepped over to her.
"I want to talk to you," I said.
"So talk," Ino replied, her glare not leaving her face.
Wait. So how exactly are we going to get her to be friends again?
Way ahead of you.
"We're shinobi now," I began. Ino snorted, "and I don't want us to fight anymore."
Her glare faded for a moment to be replaced with a confused look before it returned, full force. "What are you talking about, Forehead?"
"I give up on Sasuke."
She blanched. "Wh-What?"
"I give up on Sasuke. You can have him."
She gave me an incredulous look. "You're joking right? What, did you hit your giant forehead on something this morning?"
"I have a big head because I have a big brain," I retorted. "I realized this whole thing is so stupid."
Her glare returned. "What are you talking about?"
"We're going to be kunoichi's. Our lives are going to be on the line, Ino. I don't…" I sighed. "I don't want anything to happen to you."
Which is true. I really don't want anything to happen to the Rookie 9. Except maybe Sasuke.
Her glare slowly faded. "Sakura… I mean... Forehead, what are you going on about?"
"I mean we really could get hurt—or worse—and I don't think I could really forgive myself if something happened to you and I could have stopped it." Could anyone ever really forgive themselves if they allowed someone to get hurt? Who knows? I sure wasn't going to risk it. "We were friends once. And we gave up that awesome friendship for some guy. I'm saying it's not worth it now. I want us to be friends again. You can have Sasuke."
"And how do I know this isn't some kind of trick?"
"You don't," I admitted, "but it doesn't change the fact that the offer still stands. If you want it to, that is."
She was silent for a moment. Her eyes trailed down as she chewed on her bottom lip. Then, as if making up her mind, she looked back up at me. "Okay Fore—Sakura. I accept your defeat and… I also want us to be friends again."
I grinned. "Thanks… Ino. Can I hug you?"
Ino smiled slowly. "Sure F—Sakura."
We hugged. I tried my best to contain the inner fangirl squeal of triumphant for hugging my very first character from Naruto. Though, I guess they weren't characters anymore. Still. This was too cool.
Even though I would have much preferred being in Hinata's body. She's just so cute… And wow, I sound really…
Disturbing? Pedophilic? Creepy? Obsessive Fangirl-ish? Because you are all those things and more.
Just doing my job.
Ino and I pulled apart. "So you ready to head off to the academy?"
Ino grinned. "Yeah. I hope I'm going to be on Sasuke-kun's team."
I laughed. "I hope Kakashi-san is going to be my sensei."
As we walked, she shot me a curious look. "Kakashi-san?"
"A super awesome shinobi who used to be an ANBU Captain," I explained. "He's really cool."
We entered the classroom, both of us grinning. I scanned the classroom and found Naruto sitting next to Sasuke. Then, I found Hinata sitting by some random guy. I frowned at how my chances of sitting next to her were dashed. Damn it.
I turned to Ino who was frowning at how Naruto had taken the seat next to Sasuke. I saw Naruto looking at me and grinned at him. "Good morning, Naruto!"
Naruto's face turned beat red and he rushed up from his seat to hurry over to me. "Good morning, Sakura-chan!"
Ino gave me an incredulous look before she smirked. I stared at Naruto.
Holy tamoli he's so adorable! He really does have whiskers. Aw man, now I really want to hug him. Really, really bad. He's like an adorable brat that just needs to be hugged. How the hell could Sakura have resisted hugging this fox?
Not to mention how could anyone resist hugging Hinata or Akamaru?
"Naruto?" I asked.
"Yes, Sakura-chan?" he asked eagerly.
"Can I hug you?"
"Wh-What?" Naruto stammered, his face bright red. I gestured to him.
"You're adorable. I must hug adorable things. Ino, I'm hugging you next."
Ino laughed. "Ne, ne, Sakura, you sure are in a good mood today."
"I'll be in an even better mood if I get to hug somebody. So what do you say Naruto?"
"S-Sure, S-Sakura chan," he stuttered, grinning madly. I grinned wickedly right back at him before throwing my arms around his neck, and hugging him. He squeezed me back, giggling.
HELLS YES! I JUST GOT HUGGED BY THE MAIN CHARACTER! SUCK IT FANGIRLS!
Oooh. Nice touch with the evil laugh.
Thanks. I was quite proud of it myself.
I pulled back and ruffled his hair. "Ino?"
Ino matched my grin with one of her own before she opened her arms, and we hugged again.
I pulled back then marched over to Hinata.
"Hinata-san?" I asked.
She glanced up at me, her cheeks slightly red. "Y-Yes, S-Sakura-s-san?"
"May I hug you?"
I did a slight victory dance in my head before throwing my arms around her neck and hugging her. She returned the hug hesitantly before I pulled back, smiling happily.
"Okay. Now I just need to hug Akamaru…"
Sadly, though, that's when I noticed the time. Ah… damn Iruka-sensei would be there any minute. I glanced around the room before noting an empty spot, two seats away from Sasuke and hurried over to grab it. Naruto rushed back over to his seat next to Sasuke, leaving a slightly annoyed Ino to grab her seat in the back.
It's different than the episode, I thought. But, I really don't wanna sit next to Sasuke.
I don't blame you. I think emo-ness might be contagious.
"A-Ah Sakura-chan, s-so that hug…?" Naruto prompted, still slightly red.
I grinned. "Sorry. You're just really cute and I absolutely have to hug cute things."
"That's okay, Sakura-chan! You're welcome to hug me anytime!" Naruto exclaimed.
"Awesome. Hey, why did you want to sit next to Duck-Ass—I mean Sasuke?"
"Eh?" Naruto asked, staring at me oddly. That's when I noticed Sasuke slightly turned his head in my direction at the mention of his name.
I gestured. "You were sitting next to him when Ino and I came in, I just thought you didn't like him."
"I don't!" Naruto exclaimed. "But…Sakura-chan, why aren't you calling him kun or whatever?"
"Why should I?" I asked bluntly. "There's nothing special about him. I was insane to have even liked him in the first place. I don't now because I realized how much of an idiot I was."
"Aw, Sakura-chan, you're not an idiot."
"Not anymore," I agreed. "But, I was to let some guy ruin my friendship with Ino."
Naruto gave me a sheepish grin.
"And anyway… now isn't the time to worry about romance," I said. At this, Naruto's face fell slightly. "I want to become stronger so I can reach my goal."
"Goal?" Naruto asked. But just before I could reply, the door slid open and in came in Iruka.
"Good morning students!" He greeted, as he made his way to the classroom.
He then began his impossibly boring speech on which I completely zoned out on. Instead, I reflected on my goal.
This, I thought, is my chance to extract my revenge.
Yep. On Kabuto.
The Akatsuki were one of my favorite things about Naruto, I mused, and when they died, they deserved to rest in peace. Instead, Kabuto forced them to into his servitude and enslaved them during the war. Something of which, I absolutely loathed. Not only them, but Zabuzu and Haku, as well.
Not to mention, he's just my least favorite person over all. I don't mind Orochimaru. He actually has a mind of his own, but, Kabuto is just some obsessive little prick who needs to be taken down. He ruined some of my favorite character's lives and didn't even have the balls to be upfront about it. He's more of an ass than Tobi.
Wait. I thought we liked Tobi. I know I do—he has a sexy dubbed voice. Mmm.
We do, I agreed while choosing not to comment on that last part. As an antagonist. You don't find good antagonists that are as evil and cunning as Tobi or Madara. He makes something as silly as world domination seem probable. But, he's still an ass. Kabuto is just even more so of an ass.
A creepy ass.
Definitely. Damn, I think he's creepier than Orochimaru.
No one is creepy than he is.
I call bullshit to that. Orochimaru was only obsessed with the Sharingan. And the only reason he was obsessed with the Sharingan was so he could master every justu and thus become super powerful, or whatever. Kabuto was obsessed with Orochimaru 'cause he's just that much of a creeper. Then he became obsessed with Sasuke 'cause he's also that much of a creeper. Not to mention nothing Kabuto ever does is original.
Oh. So you really don't like him?
I really, really, don't like him. I'd rather be BFFs with Danzō, than locked in a room with Kabuto in it for ten minutes. No. One minute.
Yep. So yes. My goal is take him down a few notches. I plan on doing so by becoming a far superior medic nin compared to him, and killing him.
"…Next, 7th group. Uzumaki Naruto… Haruno Sakura…"
At this, Naruto jumped up and exclaimed, "Yes!"
I laughed. "Looks like we're in the same group, Naruto."
"Hehehe," Naruto chuckled, giving me a sheepish grin.
"…And Uchiha Sasuke."
"Aw damn it," I grumbled along with Naruto. Sasuke spared us a sidelong glance before his gaze returned back to the front class room.
Iruka listed off the rest of the teams, and the moment he finished, Naruto decided to voice his disagreement.
"Iruka-sensei, why is a top student, like me, paired off in the same group with this guy?" he shouted, his finger jutting out and jabbing at Sasuke.
Iruka gave him a curious look before he explained, "Sasuke graduated with the best scores in the class. Naruto, you graduated with the worst. This happened because we wanted to evenly divide the abilities of the groups."
"Don't get in my way, Dobe," Sasuke drawled from his seat, not once giving Naruto a glance.
Naruto growled, "Teme, what did you just call me…?"
I shook my head as Naruto huffed and puffed at Sasuke, but simply could not blow him down. Iruka dismissed us and off I headed. I gave Ino a sympathetic smile as I left. She waited behind to properly introduce herself to her team mates—and by properly introduce I mean yell at them to make sure they didn't embarrass her in front of Sasuke.
Silly Ino. Sasuke's not worth it.
Once I was outside, Naruto called out to me from behind, "Sakura-chan!"
I turned around and grinned. "'Sup?"
"Let's eat together, now that we're in the same group," Naruto said.
"Sorry, Naruto," I apologized, "I wanted to head to the library and check out a few scrolls for training. Maybe we can eat later?"
"Ah… um, okay, Sakura-chan."
I waved my hand in a farewell before heading off.
A pile of books sat beside me as I sat on the stone bench. I let out a soft sigh and rubbed the temples of my head as I looked at the books. Who knew training to be a medic nin would have so much information? There were so many books I had to leave behind because I simply couldn't carry them all.
Bah. We can read those later. The librarian said these were all the basics and beginners. As soon as we master these, we can move on to that harder shit later.
You're right, I conceded. Still... I refuse to be some useless girl and I know Sakura has awesome chakra control. Until I can become apprenticed to Tsunade, I need to train harder than ever. Not to mention…
I don't know. I might be able to become a medic nin on my own somehow. Then I can be someone else's apprentice…
Wouldn't it be cool if I could be Kisame-sama's apprentice?
You'd have to be an ex-nin and that would definitely screw up the plot line.
Yeah… Still. Nice idea.
Why do you want to be apprenticed to Kisame anyway?
You mean aside from the fact that he's Kisame-sama? I always wanted to learn how to use a sword, I confessed. Gymnastics and Jujitsu just simply aren't quite so awesome with weapons.
They don't use weapons at all. Gymnastics was something you enjoyed to help your flexibility and relaxed you, and you used Jujitsu because your mom wanted you to learn self-defense. In the end you stuck with it because it helped you vent out your frustrations.
True, true. Still… Ah who knows.
Before Inner could reply, I noticed Sasuke leaning against a tree a little ways from me. I stared at him, he stared at me.
"You have a charming, wide forehead," Sasuke called out as he headed over to me.
Ooooh, this is that part!
"…It makes me want to kiss it," Sasuke continued. I continued to stare at him blankly. "…Not. Only Naruto would say something like that."
I quirked an eyebrow at him as he turned and sat down next to me. "I wanted to ask you something."
"What do you think of Naruto?"
I smirked. "He's adorable. It makes me want to hug him all the time, you know?"
He said nothing.
"But, it's more or less like a sibling affection. After all, someone else likes him," I continued, thinking of Hinata and smiling.
"What? Who likes m—Naruto?" Sasuke demanded.
I shook my head. "It's not my place to spread gossip. She's admired him for a very long time. Anyway… For whatever reason Naruto likes me. But, I don't like him in that manner. He's a very cute guy, and I'm looking forward to having him on my team, but… Now isn't the time for romance. Now, I want to train and become stronger so I can reach my goal."
Just as I finished that, Naru—I mean… Sasuke grabbed his stomach and lurched off the bench with a quick goodbye then hurried off. I chuckled as he left before grabbing my books and heading home. I'll drop those off before I head back to meet Kakashi-sensei.
Now then... Hope you enjoyed the beginning.
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