Rokudaime Hokage: Uchiha Sasuke
Those words rang in my ear. I, Uchiha Sasuke, now have the entire Konoha in my grasp. I have Naruto's dream crushed. I have control over everyone around me. I have everything….everything but her.
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Chapter 1: The Sixth Hokage
Sasuke as Hokage….who would have thought?
I strolled around the streets of Konoha as usual, watching the re-rebuilding of the village by the hardworking villagers.
It was just 5 months ago Akatsuki Pain invaded Konoha and destroyed the village. Soon after that, the war broke out and further destroyed the rebuilding process.
I sighed and took a better look at the villagers. Last time, even though we lost our village, everyone was still cheerful and enthusiastic to return Konoha to its previous state. This time, however….
"Shikamaru!" I turned around and saw Ino waving at me.
She ran over and had a frantic look over her bang-covered face.
"Di…Did you hear…? They picked….Sa…" she hesitated, trying to choose her words. Honestly, she's terrible at it. "They picked Sasu-"
"I know. I heard." I quickly interrupted. Watching her being all freaked out irritated me somehow.
"What? You mean you already know about it?"
"Yeah. I heard my dad talking about it."
Ino remained silent for a brief moment, patiently waiting to see my reaction to the news.
I sighed again. It's such a pain to have to deal with her.
"I'm shocked." I shrugged.
"Oh, are you now?" she rolled her eyes. I hate it when she's being sarcastic.
"No matter how we feel like or what our reactions may be, it can't be worse than theirs…" My voice trailed off as the both of us turned to the Hokage's office.
Four figures stood in the Hokage's office.
Kakashi eyed his students and turned to the door.
"I'll leave it to you then, Sasuke-" He paused and corrected himself. "-I mean, Rokudaime."
With a simple wave and his usual ignorant yet carefree demeanor, Kakashi took his leave, leaving his three Team 7 students to talk. Leaning against the door on the other side of the room, he sighed and shut his eyes tightly.
I'm sorry, Naruto… Sakura….This is probably the worst thing I've ever done in my life.
Kakashi made his way down the hallways of the building.
This is the least I could do for Obito after that incident.
A memory of the old days with a young Obito and Rin with their sensei Minato gave Kakashi a cold shudder and a guilty smile.
I don't even deserve to be alive…
Two young teens stood in the room, staring at their black-haired friend in the Hokage seat.
Naruto balled his hands into fists, but loosened them in a short while.
"Ha…haha…" The blond ninja bursted out in a depressing laugh.
"Naruto…" Sakura turned to Naruto, concerned about her friend who was at his breaking point.
Sasuke too, raised an eyebrow at him.
"Who would have thought you'd beat me again? After all these years of cold, hard training, you still beat me to it!" Naruto forced a grin.
Sakura caught his shuddering shoulder and made him face her.
"Naruto, that's not even funny." It hurts to see her friend like that. "Stop it. Don't lie to yourself anymore."
Naruto avoided eye contact with her and lost his grin. Now solemn and lifeless, he quietly left the room.
The kunoichi watched his leaving back and began to tear up.
"How pathetic." Sasuke scoffed with a triumph grin. "I thought he might have changed and matured, but who knew he'd still be so gullible?"
"You won't be able to act that way anymore." Sakura gritted her teeth.
"What did you say?" Sasuke glared at her.
Turning to face him, Sakura's death glare pierced through his black orbs.
"I will get Naruto his position. He is the one who truly deserves to be the Sixth Hokage, not a bastard like you!"
Sasuke was slightly taken aback by the murderous intent shrouded beneath her eyes, but showed no such fear.
"You'll see soon." Sakura turned to reach for the doorknob. "Naruto has everyone in this village to support him, while you'd be able to gleam in attaining the power and solitary life you've always wanted!"
Sakura slammed the door and stormed out of the building.
I, Uchiha Sasuke now have the entire Konoha in my grasp.
I have Naruto's dream crushed.
I have control over everyone around me.
I have the Jonins bowing down before me.
I can finally help the Uchihas get our revenge.
This is what I always wanted, wasn't it?
And now, I have everything.
I turned to the door, from which three people just gotten out simultaneously in less than 10 minutes.
I stood up and looked at the lifeless Hokage office.
I thought I had everything….everything I ever wanted.
But now, I've lost the one thing I always had but never accepted.
Sakura slowly walked up to Naruto, who buried his face in his hands.
Sitting down next to him, she looked up into the sky.
"Nice weather, isn't it?"
Naruto didn't reply.
"A-Are your wounds better?" she spoke hesitantly. "Let me check."
Naruto reacted like a toy doll as Sakura took his hands and examined the injuries.
"Seems better from last week." Sakura smiled at him.
Naruto looked at her, still moody and solemn, as he slowly leaned against her shoulder.
"Naruto…?" Sakura was dumbfounded.
"Just….stay like this for a little while." Naruto whispered.
Sakura's shocked eyes softened as she pulled him closer to her.
"It's okay, Naruto. I'm here for you. The whole village is here for you too." Sakura stroked his hair gently.
Naruto nodded. "…it must be ridiculous to see me like this, huh…"
Sakura sighed and pulled him up to face her.
"No, it's not, Naruto. You're the one who deserves to be Hokage, not him."
Naruto turned away, feeling as dejected as ever. "What's the point in saying that now? He's already…"
Leaving his sentence unfinished, a tensed up Naruto was taken aback by Sakura's sudden embrace.
"S-Sakura-chan…" He hesitated as to whether or not he should return it.
"Naruto. You are the strongest, bravest, toughest ninja anyone has ever met. Konoha believes in you. You won't lose your fighting spirit just by this obstacle. We'll face it…together."
Naruto put his arms around her waist and buried his face in her shoulder.
"Sakura-chan. I vowed to protect you no matter what. And I will, no matter who your heart belongs to."
The kunoichi narrowed her eyes. "From now on, Naruto, I will learn to love only you."
From afar, a certain black-haired teen watched them silently and left.
Sasuke remained emotionless as the servants got him ready for his coronation.
"After the public viewing, you will then greet the villagers, and- Rokudaime-sama, may I please humbly request for your attention? This is a very important coronation procedure, and should things go out of hand-"
"I'll take care of it." Sasuke eyed the attendant coldly and stood up.
"Wh-Where are you going, Rokudaime-sama? The coronation will begin in an hour!"
"I'll be back before then." Sasuke assured.
After he left, the attendant slumped down warily. The other servants sighed. "Why wasn't it Naruto-kun or Hatake Kakashi who became the Rokudaime? Instead..."
"Hush, ladies. It is our duty to serve the current Rokudaime, no matter who he may be. Besides, he may hear you, so be quiet."
"So, you two are officially going out?" Ino asked, still surprised by the news.
"Yup!" Naruto gave them a huge, wide grin and pulled Sakura closer to him. "Isn't it awesome!?"
Sakura blushed and secretly eyed Hinata. The shy blue-haired girl seems saddened by the news, but nevertheless congratulated the couple.
"Haih, it's been such a long time since the Konoha 11 got together, eh?" said Tenten.
"Well, everyone's been taking their time having their wounds healed from the war." Shino said monotonously.
"Hey, would someone stop Choji from chugging down all the food!? This restaurant doesn't provide free meals, y'know!" Kiba grunted as a dejected Shino got himself some 'alone time' for being ignored...again.
Shikamaru watched the commotion in a bored manner. Everyone sitting around in the usual restaurant they hung out at, Kiba trying to stop Choji from hogging all the food, Naruto and Sakura pummeled by questions about their relationship by Tenten and Ino, Hinata and Lee both showing signs of sadness over the issue in their own way, Shino getting depressed again over who-knows-what, and Neji drinking tea quietly.
As he put down his teacup, Neji cleared his throat. "Come to think of it, isn't it Uchiha Sasuke's coronation today?"
Everyone fell silent. Even Choji stopped chewing.
Tenten nudged him lightly. "It's not a very good topic to talk about, is it?" she whispered.
Ignoring her, Neji turned to the others. "Well, isn't it?"
"It is, but..." Ino's voice trailed off as she glanced at Naruto and Sakura. The others followed suit.
"Ah, it's okay guys!" Naruto beamed. "I mean, I was never the Hokage and look how great I've been! As long as I have Sakura-chan, everything's gonna be okay!"
The couple smiled at each other.
"Urgh, can you guys bring your lovey-dovey stuff somewhere else? I'm getting goosebumps." Kiba rolled his eyes.
The others laughed and thus, the commotion ensues.
A waitress approached their table and motioned someone to come over. "Right this way, Sir."
"I don't know. It might be Shino."
"I'm right here..."
"...wait, if you're already here, then..."
A figure walked over to their table. Someone they knew too well to mistake.
"Uchiha Sasuke." Neji frowned.
The rest of the gang were equally mortified, but the Sixth Hokage only had his eyes on one person. Someone who was leaning a little too close to the blond ninja.