DISCLAIMER: I do not own Naruto.

CHAPTER 1: Intervention

"We were too young."

"You talk too much."

"We're too different."

"It was never going to work out."

"I love someone else."

It seems like the world hated Haruno Sakura. Well, at least she thinks it does.

"I don't know, Ino. Maybe I'm destined to be single forever." Sakura leaned her head on the table in front of her.

Ino raises her eyebrow and glances at woman beside her. "Or maybe you just suck at picking men. And they say third times the charm, you always have to be so annoyingly special all the time cause it took you five failed relationships to approach me about your non-existent love life."

"OUCH!" Ino screeched, as Sakura pinches her arm with her head still on the table. "Seriously, forehead?! Back to pinching now, are we?"

Sakura sighs, and lifts her head. "You know I hate it when you're right."

"Which is why, half of the time we've known each other, you've hated me."

"OW! Stop it already!" Ino rubs her sore arm.

"You know forehead, the trick is, to not wait for the guy. This destiny shit person, loves surprises. So you have to stop looking and just preoccupy yourself with whatever it is you're doing." Ino said, as she leans back on the cheap wooden stool in her kitchen. "Might as well enjoy what you have now. If you haven't noticed, you're a renowned doctor and fucking rich. Reap the rewards."

Sakura turns her head towards her best friend of fifteen years. "So you're asking me to spend an absurd amount of money for the sake of temporary pleasure?"

Ino rolls her eyes and flicks Sakura's forehead. "I was trying to be nice, but since you're so smart, I'll give you the hard painful truth. You look 10 years older, you dress like you suddenly went on a crash diet¾cause god knows that everything you wear is a size bigger, you wear your hair like an old widowed woman who has only cats to keep her company, you look like your dad taught you how to apply on make-up and your confidence is as dry as your sex life." Ino lets out a big breath. "That felt good! I've been holding on to that thought for years!"

Sakura stared at Ino, eyes and mouth wide open. "But of course, forehead, I'm telling you this cause I love you to death. If you want Mr. Right to notice you, you better be worth searching for amongst the sea of people we call the world. And before this soul mate of yours learns to love you, you better start learning to love yourself first."

Sakura knows she should be insulted, but instead she feels drained. Dead tired. "Oh Ino."

Ino opened her mouth to say a biting comment again, but saw Sakura's slumped form. A frown forms on her red lips, and wraps her arms around her desolate best friend.

"It's never too late, of course. So we better bring out that inner Sakura you've kept hidden far too long. You've got the inner beauty going already, let's work on the other half."

Sakura wraps her arms around Ino's arm and says in a defeated voice, "I'm all yours."

Ino grins.

note. Sooooo. A little intro.

As everyone already knows, Ino is an acquired taste. You either love her, or you hate her.

She's the kind of friend who sees right through your bullshit and isn't afraid to slap it back to your face, if she has to. Would love to have a friend like her. Wouldn't you?

Anyway, let me know what you guys think! Hit me up with some reviews. As a graduation present. YES. I'm graduating from college! Finally! So please. It would make this extremely happy year, even happier!

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