DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN NARUTO.
Chapter 5: Are You Lost?
Putting on his backpack, Sasuke walked out of his room and locked the door. Dressed in khaki's and a simple dark blue shirt, he walked towards the bus stop.
"Thank you. I'll be back soon"
With the door half open, and him halfway out the door, Sasuke stopped in his tracks, he turned around. "How do I get there again?" He asked.
The owner smiled, "There's a bus that you can take. You can check the bus schedule."
Sasuke nodded and walked out.
With his hands inside his pockets, he waited. He began humming the song he heard the night before. Minutes later, the bus made a full stop in front of him, the doors sliding open. Dropping some coins, he made his way to the farthest seat and sat down. Placing his bag beside him, he leaned his head on the headrest and closed his eyes.
"Mou. Where are we going again, Sasuke-kun?"
Opening his eyes suddenly, he looked beside him and found no one there.
Sakura looked up and through her tears, she turned towards Naruto and lifted her hand to rest on his cheek.
Naruto sat there, staring shocked at the pink haired woman beside him. With his eyes softening, Naruto felt this numbness in the back of his eyes and placed his hand on top of hers. "Welcome home, Sakura-chan."
Sakura lunged herself at Naruto and for the first time in a while, she cried because she was happy. For a few minutes they sat there, in each other's arms crying while laughing.
The moment was cut short when the album fell from Sakura's lap and on the floor. Sakura pulled back and saw obsidian eyes staring at her. Her eyes widening, she looked at Naruto with hopeful eyes. "Where is he, Naruto?"
The smile on Naruto's face was wiped out, and the happiness in his eyes was replaced with deep sadness.
"Sakura, after your accident..."
Sakura's eyes widened, "Accident?"
Suddenly, memories of water engulfing her, the tightness of her chest and a numb pain throughout her body, she stumbled. Sakura opened her mouth to speak but instead she felt her body become cold, her knees weakening. Then suddenly her eyes rolled back and she fell. The last thing she remembered was bright blue eyes and someone calling out her name.
Stepping out of the bus, Sasuke was greeted with a view of a quaint old looking school and beach beside it. Walking down the sidewalk, Sasuke was greeted with a sign,
"Munakata?" Sasuke asked himself.
Seeing a few steps going down to the beach, Sasuke decided to walk down. Taking slow easy steps, he decided to enjoy the view in front of him. He wondered if this was the place the man from the photo shop was saying. As he reached the bottom, he felt his shoes sink into the sand. As he walked further, he began to slowly reach the shoreline. Oddly, Sasuke noticed a small bench situated at the right hand of the shoreline near the rocks.
"An odd place to place a bench." Sasuke thought.
Walking slowly, Sasuke felt the wind blow through his ebony hair. With his hand on the side of his head, to keep the hair from his face, Sasuke began the slow approach to the bench. Sasuke, being so close to the edge, he took of his shoes and held them in one hand. With the water now in contact with his feet, Sasuke walked with his eyes looking down at his feet and the other hand in his trousers. Suddenly, Sasuke felt his mind being pulled back and he zoned out.
"I've always wanted to go back here, you know? This is where we first met, contrary to what people to know."
"Hn. We met way before school started."
"So I guess that means, I'm your very first fan girl, isn't that right Sasuke-kun?"
"Tch. If you say so."
Sasuke sucked in his breath, as his vision began to return. He wasn't able to see the woman in his visions-as he called them. All he saw was the small dainty hands he was holding on to, which was wrapped around his torso from behind and the view of the blue ocean in front of him. He must have been sitting down, as the water was close to his view than normal.
"Are you lost, son?"
Sasuke was shocked at the voice that spoke to him that he failed to notice the bench already in front of him and hit his knee.
"Damn it!" Sasuke said as he sat on the bench and held on to his knee.
He looked up and saw a woman with beautiful long black hair and dark almost black eyes. "Who are you?" Sasuke asked, rudely.
"I asked you a question first. Besides, you're on my property, are you not?" The woman asked.
Sasuke scrunched his eyebrows and turned his head to the side. "I didn't know anyone owned this place." He muttered.
The woman smiled, and chuckled. "I have been meaning to place a sign that says no trespassing, but I keep on forgetting. My husband has been busy too. But no matter, it was my fault too, I guess."
The woman sat beside Sasuke and placed her hands on her lap and intertwined them. "So what brings you to such an isolated area? You seem like the city boy type."
Sasuke turned his head and saw the woman looking at him, with gentle smile on her face. "To take pictures." And to get answers
"Hmm. I see. You're a photographer then?" She asked, still smiling.
"Yes I am." Sasuke said curtly.
The woman chuckled and turned to look at the view in front of her, "You remind so much of my youngest son. He told me he wanted to be photographer too. I haven't seen him in quite awhile, ever since he moved to the city to attend elementary."
Sasuke raised his eyebrow, "Why would you send a child to a city all alone?" Sasuke suddenly felt the need to keep the conversation going, maybe to pass the time.
"Well, he stayed with uncle, so I wasn't worried. But I would give anything, just to be able to hold him in my arms again. We all miss him; me, my husband and his brother." She said. "Enough about me, though, tell me about yourself, dear."
It was weird, Sasuke knew that he shouldn't be talking to strangers, but he felt somehow comfortable around this woman.
"Well, obviously I'm a photographer. I went to the city too, much like your son when I was young to study. And here I am, finding things to take pictures of." Sasuke said as he held on to the straps of his backpack.
"I hope you don't mind, but may I see some of your pictures? I'm sure you take great pictures." She asked.
Sasuke nodded and began to shrug off his backpack and placed it on his lap. Taking out his portfolio, some of the cords in his backpack got tangled in them and some of his stuff fell.
"Damn." Sasuke said as he placed the bag on the bench and began to pick up the cords and a few portfolios.
The woman had also leaned forward to help Sasuke with his stuff when the woman spoke, "What is this, if I may ask."
Sasuke looked up and saw her holding a black album with a silver spine. He immediately recognized it as the album he found amongst his stuff. "I…"
"I…I don't know. You might think it's weird, but part of the reason why I'm here is because of that." Sasuke began slowly.
The woman smiled and handed Sasuke the album, "Well, dear, whatever it is, I hope that you find what you're looking for. But take it from me, whatever you're looking for, you won't find it here. I don't think you're supposed to be here yet. You should go home." The woman replied, cryptically as she stood up.
Sasuke began to wonder what this woman's deal was. "Look, I don't even think it's any of your business anyway. You're not my mother. I'm not leaving here, despite what you think." He said uncouthly.
The woman simply smiled, and before she turned to walk away. "No need to be rude, Sasuke-kun."
Before Sasuke could respond, a man had called out to her from the distance,
"Okaa-san! Dinner's ready!"
note. Sorry, short chapter! and again sorry I wasn't able to update in quite awhile! School has been hectic. Thesis. Intership. Make-up duties. But I'm officially graduating in a month! So hurray! Anyway, I'll try to update as soon as possible!
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