Unusual inheritance prompts; #1? (and as a side note can I just say your work is amazing? Like I wish I could use my words better to describe how much I love your writing)
Sakura was really good with kids, like, it was somewhat unusual how skilled she was at worming her way into their hearts and gaining their trust. It was one of the things she was know among the older crowds for.
Still…that wasn’t a good enough excuse for what Tajima pulled with this, ‘I leave all my children in the caring hands of my sister at heart, Haruno Sakura.’ Yeah, it was cute he called her his sister at heart, because they were best buds, but really? Her? Mother children?
“I’m still allowed to drink, right?” Sakura asked, looking sideways at her friend who was already one kid in. Ino smirked.
“As long as you’re not cooking anything in the oven, drinking is a necessary evil. I don’t know how Sai does it.”
Sakura moaned, grabbing at her face and turning back on her heel, away from the front gates to the Uchiha estate. “There are so many other Uchiha he could have asked, though. An-and Madara is like, sixteen. They don’t need me.”
“You really want another Uchiha raising those Uchiha boys? They’re emotionally neglected enough as it is. They didn’t even seem phased at the funeral.”
Sakura remembered back to the funeral she had attended only a handful of days ago, and how upset she had been. Just because the boys weren’t bawling into their tissues didn’t mean they weren’t grieving in their own way. He was their dad!
“I don’t know how to do this,” Sakura admitted, even as she rang the bell and stepped back.
Beside her, Ino smiled to herself. Even if she was scared, Sakura never stepped away from doing the right thing.
A maid led both girls in and took their coats. A manservant came up and introduced himself as the head caretaker of the house. He would be taking care of the needs to the manor, which would go to Madara as soon as he turned eighteen along with a bulk of the properties.
Sakura didn’t get to see any of that, but a stipulation of the will provided that she be given shelter for as long as she asked in any of the properties. Failure to accommodate her request would result in the loss of that property. This didn’t sit well with a few of the other Uchiha who inherited property, but Sakura wasn’t planning on mooching off anyone or staying anywhere she wasn’t welcomed.
“The boys will see you now.”
Sakura looked behind her to Ino, eyes wide with fear. Ino just waved goodbye and let herself out. Sakura would be on her own from that point forward.
Tajima had two natural sons, but had taken in three other boys before passing. Madara was the oldest at sixteen, his brother Izuna was fifteen, then there was Kagami, Shisui, and little Obito. From what she heard the two oldest were very traditional while the two in the middle were uncharacteristically energetic and loud, leaving Obito too little to see how he turned out.
The doors to the library opened and Sakura caught her breath, bracing for the first impression.
40) exes meeting again after not speaking for years,
for anon bb
ino’s wedding is as beautiful, and extravagant, and infuriating as sakura had always imagined it. she looks stunning, all in white with little accents of lilac, her silver blond hair trailing after her. sai is as handsome as ever, a true smile on his face. sakura almost regrets ever having introduced them, it’s so fucking perfect. at least there’s an open bar.
she’s on her third gin and tonic by the time she starts sifting through tinder in search of a distraction. med school isn’t an ideal time for someone as wary as she is of the male specimen to be in search of a mate; days are eat, sleep, repeat. not to mention every man in her clinicals seems to be under the impression he’s the future of cancer research. but these hypothetical men, right at her fingertips, there’s something empowering (amusing) about it. she inspects one prospect intently, swishing her drink in circles.
“tch, try again.”
the sound of his voice is so clear even against the clamor of music and laughter in the room. she smiles at him, against her better judgment, “like you’d know a good guy if you saw one.” he comes to sit at the stool just beside hers, a permanent look of disinterest etched into his pristine face. he was as beautiful as she remembered, just less annoyed. “what are you doing here?” she remarks, unable to shake the look of pure humor from her smirk.
he orders a glass of water with lemon, before glancing at her, “you got fat.”
“no i didn’t,” she retorts, unbothered. this is a game she can play.
he snorts, taking a sip from his glass, “no, you didn’t.”
steps forward, taking her bundle of waivers and nondisclosures with her. She
glances down at the seated attendant, nervously pressing the papers into his
hands. He begins to flip through them and Sakura glances around, filled with
is the first time she has been to Suna since becoming a ninja. She remembers,
vaguely, that she came here with her parents on a business trip when she was
quite young, maybe four or five. The memories are hazy, but the way the sun
beats down upon her is as familiar as it is abrasive.
seems to be in order here,” the chunin says, stamping the packet. “Take this
pass; it’ll be keyed to your chakra. You’ll be staying in the Konohagakure
suite. The exams begin in three days’ time.”
you,” Sakura says, taking the card from him.
eyes her before smirking. “You might want to purchase a cloak of some sort.
You’re bound to be sunburned like this.”
flushes but nods in thanks before stepping away. She weaves her way through the
crush of people, taking her time to examine the tough materials used to build
the buildings around her. Most are made in curving angles, smoothed by the
harsh weather. It is alien to her, the unforgiving sunlight, the earthy
buildings, and the stinging sand, but it is not necessarily unwelcomed.
some ways, it feels like a cleaning, a scourging of her soul.
hello! May I ask for an ItaSaku fic where Sakura is a model, & Itachi's her assistant? Thanks~ >u<
title Model Behavior summaryThe pay is nice but, like…. there’s so much butt glue… pairingitasaku (duh-doy)
“Read me my schedule?”
“You’ve got that jeans shoot at 10 today. An interview with Nylon at 2 plus the cover shoot. And then there’s that meeting with the CEO at 7.”
As she listened, Sakura drew a sweeping line above her lashes. She rubbed at a smudge with her thumb. When she looked up, she saw Itachi’s reflection in the doorway.
“Is that last meeting for dinner?” she asked. Itachi didn’t respond, so she wrinkled her nose. Sighing, she picked up her jacket. Draping it over her shoulders, she glanced down at her smartwatch.
“Did you remember to-”
“I scheduled your facial for 11 tomorrow,” Itachi confirmed. He glanced up from his tablet, leaning against the doorframe.
“Don’t forget to pick up my dry cleaning today,” she then said. Itachi pointed. Her dress hung from the doorknob, ensconced in the plastic bag. The ticket from the cleaners was still stapled to the corner.
“I also called a car. It should be here in two minutes,” Itachi added, not looking up from his tablet.
Puckering her lips, she blew him a kiss.
“You’re my hero, Itachi. Pick me up from the shoot!” she sang, already running out the door. Without looking up, Itachi caught the kiss thrown his way.
“Uh-huh,” he replied, still sorting through her emails.
Thank you to the lovely lovely @gaara-nara for giving me this idea!
Sasuke had finally made the journey home. There was a small gathering at the gate when he arrived mid afternoon with the sun beating down on him. He had sent word to Kakashi that he was returning. After he received Naruto’s letter along with Kakashi’s usual messages, he had the strong urge to return home, but planned on only staying a short while.
Seeing the familiar faces of the people that he grew up with, Sasuke felt his chest warm up at the smiles and waves he saw from the ninja Naruto called their “friends”. In Sasuke’s mind there was only room for a three people to call his precious people, and he did not want that number to grow. Seeing one particular pink haired person made the warm feeling in his chest become more intense. Not wanting to fully acknowledge this sensation, Sasuke shook off the feeling and quickened his pace to meet the small crowd, so Naruto would stop screaming his name so that the whole village would know of his return.
I can understand why some may not like Sasuke and Sakura having a romantic relationship - which is fine, that’s your personal opinion. However, to say that Sasuke never cared for Sakura- you couldn’t be more wrong
It’s frustrating that people do not take the time to fully look at a character and break them down to fully study why they are the way they are. Sasuke is my favorite character due to his complexity- so I can imagine his relationships are bound to require the same analytical skills and mind to comprehend. Nothing with Sasuke is ever easy, haha.
So please, enjoy, and keep in mind that Sasuke’s character is far more than his cold actions driven by the insanity of revenge, years of manipulation, and the heritage of Uchiha.
(also, concerning the abuse allegations- that will be covered in a separate post)
Let’s begin with the databooks which contain detailed profiles… These are meant to give us the most knowledge about a character so we can better understand the story.
DATABOOK 1 (Uchiha Sasuke’s Profile):
“Though until then he had taken no notice of either love or friendship, after meeting with Naruto and Sakura, Sasuke begins to accept them as nakama, even if only little by little… and also, when his heart was about to be swallowed by Orochimaru’s wicked cursed seal again, he was rescued by Sakura…”
ANALYSIS: What is said here is pretty easy to understand, and this alone should debunk any claim that Sasuke never cared for Sakura when it clearly says, “Sasuke begins to accept them as nakama.” For someone as distant as Sasuke, he must truly care about someone to consider them as nakama.
It is also crucial to note that “he was rescued by Sakura.”
It would seem that a lot of people like to make the claim that Sakura was the only one being rescued; she was helpless. While she may not have rescued Sasuke physically, she rescued him in a way much more meaningful and intimate way: to help relieve the hatred inside of himself.
"Sakura willingly and bravely calms the rampaging Sasuke under the influence of the cursed seal. Sakura’s heart, thinking of Sasuke, devours the wicked power.”
ANALYSIS: Like previously mention above, there is an emphasis on Sakura rescuing Sasuke from the cursed seal. Yet, this excerpt mentions Sakura’s heart- or love.Overall, it is her love that is able to “devour” the “wicked power” of the seal, which is meant to fuel Sasuke’s hatred.
Sasuke was clearly deeply affected by this love as it was able to suppress his own desire for power. It shocked him and after the affair was confused as to what happened. I also consider this as Sakura helping Sasuke’s characrer. She causes Sasuke to really look at his actions.
Also, pay attention to the fact that Sakura asks Sasuke to stop. As a result, Sasuke abides by her wishes. He did what she asked, because he cares.
Databook 2 (Uchiha Sasuke’s Profile):
"Growing distant, towards darkness.. the one to appear before him as he began to leave was Sakura… The one who filled his lonely existence with the emotion called love was Sakura... Sasuke was only able to leave a single word of thanks as a parting.”
ANALYSIS: Now this is HUGE. This shows what a CRUCIAL role Sakura plays in his life:
“The one who filled his lonely existence with the emotion called love was Sakura.”
I can’t even imagine why this would even need analysis.
And above all, Sasuke thanks her, another huge moment shared between these characters. Sasuke thanked her for giving him something that he had been missing: genuine love.
This is also a large development for Sasuke’s character in general (which many claim Sakura does not help Sasuke with his Charactar development). His gratefulness- as sense of humbleness in his normally prideful character. Unfortunately, twisted by revenge, he denies himself any sort of happiness until he avenges his clan- a decision he actually struggles with after his discussion with Kakashi thinking of Naruto AND Sakura
"Friendship and love, a future filled with warmth. But as long as he is there, he cannot make his dream come true. This is why he throws away a future with his friends.”
ANALYSIS: This re-affirms my previous analysis. Because of revenge he throws away his own his happiness.
Sasuke to Sakura about the Cursed Mark - Chapter 66
"Sakura.. I have told you before. I am an avenger. This isn’t just a test to me. I don’t care about the Chuunin or whatever. ‘Am I strong?’ I just want the answer to that. I can’t forgive even you.. If you take that away from me.”
ANALYSIS: Now, why is this so important? “forgive even you,” implies that Sakura was originally held at some exception above other people, however, in this situation she becomes equal.
This not only shows that Sasuke held her as an exception to others, but shows that despite this, his desire for vengeance is greater than anyone. A major aspect for Sasuke’s character and foreshadowing.
Sasuke to Naruto about Sakura - Chapter 133:
"Hey…Naruto. You have to save Sakura no matter what.. I know you can save her. Once you’ve got her, carry her, and run..as far…and as fast as you can.. Even if it’s just for a while.. I’ll be able to hold him in place. Never again. I’ve already lost everything once before. I don’t want to watch those precious/dear to me die before my eyes again.” (translations do vary between precious and dear to me)
ANALYSIS: Wow, again, is my analysis even necessary here? Sasuke says himself, IN HIS OWN WORDS, that he does care for Sakura. He never wants to lose her- or anyone he cares about- ever again. Also, another reference at his family (those dear to me die before my eyes again).
Sasuke to Pakku - Chapter 138:
"Take care of Sakura..”
ANALYSIS: Again, reinforcing his Sasuke’s care for Sakura.
I would also like to point out the troubled expression on his face, and the way he gently places Sakura down.
Sasuke to Kakashi about Sakura’s feelings - Chapter 693:
“Was she having fun in her little make-believe-fantasy of true love? As for me, I have absolutely no reason to love her and likewise, I can see no reason why she would love me. And that’s probably just.. chains from a failed past that she’s feeling..”
Now, let’s slow down and think a bit more beyond his words, because many seem to take this at face-value.
The first thing we must remember that Sasuke is trying to push away all bonds of love and care- he is trying to be hated. So why would he ever act sweet or receptive to any positive emotion? Not to mention, after this, he tried to kill Naruto (AGAIN) when he considers Naruto to be his best friend.
Another crucial part is the “chains from a failed past.”
When thinking of Sakura’s love he associates it with his own family. He is unable to accept love because it is something Sasuke feels he can no longer have. This denial he expresses depicts how lost Sasuke is and how lost he feels. This goes far beyond Sakura’s romantic feelings towards Sasuke, and more into his character.
ANALYSIS: This was the first major moment between Sasuke and Sakura.
Sasuke’s expression seems surprised at how much Sakura truly cares- which is new for him. Now, I don’t have any direct evidence of this, so his facial expression is up for open-interpretation. However, there was a reason why this moment has such an emphasis.
** ALSO - this sets the trend that whenever Sasuke expresses an emotion aside from indifference or rage- his eyes are concealed.
ANALYSIS: Man, this is one of my favorite moments in the manga. I also think this is a scene that a lot of people forget- especially those who say that Sasuke never cared or was interested of Sakura.
Sasuke notices Sakura’s insecurity and not only makes an effort to compliment her, but compliments her publicly.
Sakura even recognizes this and thanks him (in her thoughts). As Sakura regains her confidence, Sasuke Shown in the bottom right panel) smiles. When does Sasuke ever smile? He is happy for her- happy he could help. So clearly he cares about her mental well-being as well as physical.
Also going further into his character development, Sakura was able to draw out kindness from Sasuke. Sasuke- usually too cool to care- is making an effort to build someone up, instead of bringing them down. He is able to receive happiness by helping someone else instead of focusing on his personal vendetta.
ANALYSIS: Here Sakura motivates Sasuke to take action. Sakura’s words make an impression on Sasuke, and clearly he listens to what she has to say.
This also attributes to the argument that Sakura does help Sasuke’s character; she is able to give him courage when he was losing it.
ANALYSIS: Man, what an awesome subtle moment, and extremely overlooked!
Of course, everyone knows, but Naruto, about Sakura cutting her own hair to protect her friends… But what is most important in this is the facial expressions that Ino and Sasuke share…
Ino, Sakura’s best friend, and Sasuke are looking at Sakura the same way: concerned, troubled, and maybe a little annoyed by Naruto’s obliviousness.
But for Sasuke to be placed in a similar mind set as her best friend, shows he cares about her and her feelings very much Like Ino
ANALYSIS: For this moment, you really need to pay attention to Sasuke’s facial expressions (as usual).
Sasuke is clearly troubled be Sakura’s tears and emotions. So I have to ask… If Sasuke doesn’t care about her, why would he be so affected by what she has to say??
ANALYSIS : Yet another powerful scene- which is quite underrated as well.
There are three things I would like to point out.
First, Sasuke’s expression. I can’t directly say what he is thinking, but he is clearly touched by the amount of Sakura’s concern and, like her reaction in the land of waves, shocked by her emotions. This is an expression the audience has never seen.
Second, this stopped naruto in mid-sentence. Whatever he was about to say was interrupted because of the intensity of this moment.
Third, Naruto’s expression. Notice he smiles? It’s a touching moment for Naruto as well…. To see love- no matter the form- has a true impact on Naruto. And Naruto knows Sasuke’s pain of loneliness, so it must be bitter-sweet to see this scene: Sasuke receiving love - something he and Naruto have been deprived of.
Naruto’s smile is also interpreted by some as more anguished, rather than bitter-sweet. While he may be happy for Sasuke, he may be conflicted because of the feelings he had for Sakura at the time.
ANALYSIS: This is yet another important look into Sasuke’s mind and character!
We all know this is when Sasuke really started to spiral down the path of darkness. In this we see Sasuke’s pained expression in being unable to protect someone dear to him (sakura)- much like he was unable to save his real family. This is really throwing salt in an open-wound. The already growing obsession over power, is only worsened as he had failed to protect someone special to him again- something he vowed to never do.
This emphasises that Sakura is not only someone he wants to protect, but he projects this self-disappointment and jealousy towards Naruto. This only fueled Sasuke’s feelings of not being powerful enough.
(Sorry, not english)
ANALYSIS: Honestly, I don’t even have an analysis for this, haha. It’s just a powerful moment beyond words- hence that lack of dialogue and taking up a large portion of the page ;-)
ANALYSIS: Oh yes, the apology. A lot of fans were not happy with this- they thought Sakura deserved more. Granted, I myself wouldn’t have minded a more elaborate apology, but is that really Sasuke’s personality? Let’s be real- he didn’t even give naruto an apology once, so this is MONUMENTAL for Sasuke’s character. Again, he is humbled.
Analysis:Of course, the most famous Sasuke-Sakura moment: the fforeheadd tap (which we all know was shared between Sasuke and his brother).
Here he shares with Sakura something that is so intimate to him. It shows that he definitely cares about her, but is also setting a slight distance because he is leaving for redemption. Itach did this act out of love, but he did distance himself at the same time. I think this gesture was perfect for their budding relationship- he care about her deeply, but he has things he needs to take care of first.
Itachi loved sasuke beyond measure (we all know this) and this was something he always did, a bitter-sweet gesture.
Now, I know many anti-ss fans are enraged that he could share something with Sakura so soon (or at all), but we must realize that Sasuke has already stated in Konoha after the war for a considerable amount of time. We know this by the health of the village, Tsunade was close to finishing making artificial arms, and Sakura’s hair has grown. I do believe they spent a good amount of time with one another.
And no- I don’t think this places sakura in the “little sister” category- and it clearly doesn’t seeing they later get married and have a child…
ANALYSIS: I wanted to make this separate from the head tap scene, despite being on the same page.
This was obviously referring to the first time he thanked her- but their are MAJOR differences that reflect his character.
This time Sasuke is facing Sakura as he thanks her, rather than her back. He has replaced knocking her out with a soft gesture to her forehead. And, as always, Kishimoto has decided not to show his eyes, but by Sakura’s expression I can only imagine it was something wonderful to see!
Normally she would be at the hospital at this time of day,but after receiving an email from Shino about Sarada’s recent behavior and a parent teacher meeting she has to attend next week,she came home early to see what Sarada did.
The girl wasn’t a troublemaker,but she had a sharp tongue,courtesy of Sasuke,and she wasn’t the most patient kid in the academy.
‘‘Yes mama?’‘ The 8 year old said as her head appeared through the crack in the door,the girl had a very innocent expression on her face,a tell tale sign that she did something.
‘‘Come in I want to talk to you.’‘
‘‘You look kinda busy now how about later?’‘
‘‘No come in.’‘ she said with firmness in her voice that reminded her of her own mother.
‘I should really visit my mother more.’ the pink haired women remarked at the though of how exhausting parenthood is.
The girl gave up on her attempts to run from the confrontation and moved to sit in front of Sakura’s desk.
‘‘So how was school today?’‘
‘‘Shino emailed me.’‘
The girls expression fell,all hope of escaping this situation lost.
‘‘Fine I punched a girl.’‘
‘‘What!? why?’‘ Sakura faintly remembered a girl a little older than Sarada in the hospital with a broken nose.
‘‘She was bullying chou again.’‘
‘‘Chou-chou akimichi,and you always said that I should stand up for my friends so I did.’‘
Sakura felt a swell of pride.
‘‘But chou-chou can defend herself Sarada.’‘
She’s seen the Akimichi,and she wasn’t the type to be fazed by verbal bullying or even physical bullying since that girl was probably the strongest in her class besides Sarada.
‘‘Well she couldn’t,they cornered her,about four girls,they took her lunch and chips,she did try to defend herself,but the girl I punched was holding her back.’’
She was torn between congratulating her daughter or scolding her,cause she knew the feeling of being bullied and of having someone stand up for you.
‘‘what you did was good but maybe next time choose a different approach than breaking the poor girls nose.’‘
‘‘How did you know I-’‘
‘‘Come on Sarada,give some credit,I’m the head of the hospital.’‘
The Uchiha matriach couldn’t help but wonder on her daughter’s new friendship with the Akimichi heiress.
‘‘Since when are you friends with chou-chou?’‘
The girl was pretty much the opposite of Sarada except for the sassy attitude of course.
‘‘I don’t know,she’s always been nice to me.’‘ when none of the other kids spoke to me,she wanted to add, but thought better,since saying that will open a new discussion with her mother on a topic she really didn’t want to talk about.
‘‘You know it’s good to make friends is the academy,me and you’re aunt Ino met there, we used to bicker like kids about the last cookie.’‘ she neglected to mention that cookie was Sasuke.
‘‘You still do.’‘ the girl deadpanned.
Sakura giggled at her daughters remark.
‘‘Yeah we bicker now more than when we were kids, I think we’re becoming worse than Naruto and you’re father.’‘
Sarada’s bored expression change into an expression of interest.
‘‘Papa and Uncle Naruto used to bicker a lot?’‘
‘‘Yeah they make the smallest thing into an argument.’‘
Sakura often hesitated to talk to the girl about her father, just so her longing to meet him wouldn’t increase.
‘‘Are Papa and uncle friends?’‘
‘‘Yeah,best friends, like me and auntie Ino, just a lot more rude and childish.’‘
Sarada was about to ask another question when the phone on her mothers desk rang.
‘‘I don’t mind,hold on I’ll ask her.’‘
‘‘Hey honey, Chou-chou wants to invite you for dinner as thanks for what you did today,do you want to go.’‘
‘‘Yeah.’‘ the girl responded immediately,excited at the prospect of seeing her friend.
‘‘Then she’ll be right over.’‘
Sarada got up from her chair and headed towards the door.
‘‘Be back by eight!’‘
‘‘Yes mama.’‘ the girl said as she ran out of the house.
Sakura smiled as she talked to the man that was standing outside her office window for the last hour.
‘‘It’s good that she’s making friends,and I was starting to think that she was too much like you.’‘
‘‘Hn,I am not childish,as for the dobe…’‘
Sakura laughed at her husband’s attitude towards the current hokage.
‘‘You know he’s hokage now,he can arrest you for saying that.’‘
The tall man scoffed as he entered his house for the first time in about 8 months,it was 8 months since he last came to the village,8 months since he’s last seen his wife.
‘‘I’d like to see him try.’‘
‘‘Don’t you two dare start another fight, cause I swear I will kill you both myself if you’re still alive.’‘
‘‘I love you too honey.’‘ he said in a very unSasuke like tone.
Sakura laughed again before her expression turned serious.
Sasuke could see the pain in his wife’s eyes, he shook his head to answer her unasked question.
He wanted to tell her he was sorry he didn’t find anything yet,that he would search faster,but no words came out as his wife hugged him.
‘‘When was the last time you got a full nights sleep?’‘ he asked noticing the dark circles under her eyes.
Sakura smiled a sheepish smile as she answered.
‘‘About two weeks,the hospital has been busy lately.’‘
‘‘Is Sarada doing well at the academy? other than breaking a girls nose.’‘
A proud smirk formed on his lips,he hasn’t talked to his daugther in 3 years,since he started his mission,but he could tell that she is a lot like her mother.
‘‘Well,she’s top of her class but Boruto seems to be catching up to her.’‘
‘‘You just don’t like him cause he liked to pull you’re hair when he was little, by the way,Sarada has been calling him annoying lately,she reminds me of a certain handsome tsundere from my childhood.’‘
‘‘Good, someone else thought you were annoying.’‘
‘‘Baka!’‘ she said as she punched his shoulder.
Sasuke chuckled as his wife pouted.
A dangerous gleam appeared in Sakura’s eyes before she spoke again.
‘‘You know,Sarada won’t be home for at least two hours.’‘ she said as she started backing her husband into a corner.
‘‘What do you propose we do in this time.’‘ he said as he took his cape and sword off.
‘‘Well it’s been 8 months,and I’ve been thinking about this since I noticed you outside the window.’‘
Sasuke flipped her so she was the one with her back on the wall.
‘‘Well then we’ll see what we can do about that.’‘ he whispered in her ear as she started unbuttoning his shirt.
Summary: (Cannon – Blank Period) He ends his redemption journey, and makes way to his old teammate’s apartment. After all, he has a promise to fulfill.
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto
Prompt: SasuSakuFest Day 3 – Her Intimates
Comments: This was longer than I anticipated! It was actually pretty fun/easy to write this prompt. I feel like this could totally happen, to be honest. Anyways, as always, enjoy!
Sasuke’s mouth hangs open while his sole visible eye widens. His ever so emotionless façade is broken by the object hanging off the edge of the couch. It takes him a moment to regain his composure but definitely not enough to calm his red cheeks.
Sasuke stands in the middle of Sakura’s living room, where everything seems to be in place except for two glass empty glasses of water and a gift box on her coffee table… and the pieces of fabric he almost sat on when he planned to wait for Sakura to come back from wherever she went.
Usually, he is not a man who breaks and enter. But is it breaking and entering if Sakura has already offered him a when he came back to Konoha – telling him to feel free to enter whenever he came back from travel using the excuse that he must be tired from his journey.
Prompt: First Love Fandom: Naruto Pairing: SasuSaku Rating: K Summary: Sakura never wanted to be noticed. She would rather blend quietly into the background, but when a kind boy turns her awful day around, suddenly she doesn’t mind being noticed so much after all. (Academy era)
A/N: Koi No Yukan is the Japanese term for the sense one can have upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love. It differs from “love at first sight” as it does not imply that the feeling of love exists, only the knowledge that a future love is inevitable.
This is my first foray back into writing fan fiction in five years and my first SasuSaku piece. Unbeta-ed. [ao3] [fanfic]
Sakura Haruno had always been aware of Sasuke Uchiha the same way she was aware of all the kids in her class. He was somewhere in her periphery while she tried to keep her head down and avoid being noticed any more than absolutely necessary. He was lumped into the group of people she never made eye contact with, somewhere on the spectrum between the bullies she avoided at all costs and Ino who made her feel safe. The day she truly became aware of him though, he was given a category all to himself.
It was a day Ino missed school. Sakura remembered, because she always dreaded those days. Ami and her friends always used it as an excuse to pick on her. She knew that she should fight back and say something, just like Ino, but every times tried, she froze. All she could do was stand there and let her hair cover her eyes so they couldn’t see her cry. Harsh words of, “You’ve got no one to hide behind now, do you Sa-ku-ra?” “I think her forehead’s getting bigger,” and “Why are you trying to look nicer, Forehead Girl? It’ll never work,” still rung in her head from the last time they’d caught her alone.
Summary: Getting a friend’s opinion before she bought her new lingerie seemed like a good idea to Sakura. That is until Naruto got the pictures. [Inappropriate selfies sent to the wrong number AU]
“What’s wrong with them?”
“Well for starters, that one over there has teddy bears, this one has bows and little yellow stars on it, these three look like training bras and the rest are just plain boring.” Ino’s face twisted with a disgusted expression.
“They’re sports bras, Pig!” Sakura’s voice came out in a screech. Her face rapidly going red. “I need them for the gym.”
Ino just sighed and continued to look over the apparently lacking selection of underwear laid upon the bed. “Whatever, Forehead. What’s with all the pink?”
“What’s wrong with pink?” She folded her arms across her chest
“Nothing, but with your hair it kind of… clashes.”
“I thought you said it doesn’t matter what I wear or how I look.”
“Yeah, to me, Forehead. Otherwise you don’t stand a chance with these abominations. Come on, look at this!” She held up a pair of grey knickers with small pink kittens etched on the front. “This is what a fourteen year old would wear!”
Sakura huffed. A scowl painted her face and her shoulders slumped “Fine. I’ll go shopping next week.”
Nothing was ever perfect and nothing would ever be truly perfect, but sometimes Sakura started to believe things were as perfect as they could get. She didn’t need anything else but friends like family and quiet nights surrounded by a feeling of security. Stuff was growing more and more hectic with the allergy season ramping up and more people coming into the clinic to act like children about a runny nose, but Sakura still had the evenings to rest and unwind with friends closer than friends.
Behind her, Sai combs through her hair with his fingers, pulling apart strands into sections he would weave together later. He always took his time when she allowed him to play with her hair. Sakura readjusts her position on the floor, bumping one of Sai’s knees with her own before reaching to throw down a card atop one of Yamato’s.
Sakura groaned. “Are you going to say that every time? I messed up once, just once, and you need to remind me every chance you get. This is rummy, I got it, I know.”
Note: It’s time for another little fan fic. The beginning is somewhat similar to the short post I made last time. Anyway~~
The smell of Ino’s perfume lingered in the air as they walked past the dango shops and food houses - not that it was annoying or anything. Sai liked the subtlety of it, how it vanished and resurfaced like it was teasing him or something. The subtle, lingering perfume would be gone soon though, he thought as Ino led him into a cul-de-sac that would eventually end with him bading her goodbye at the gates of her house. Sai thought he knew how dates were supposed to go because he read about it in the books, but he forgot everything about them the moment Ino arrived at their meeting place.
Sai was usually calm, but today he wasn’t. What if he was being too tacky? Too stiff? Too casual? Too formal? The prologue was just him being a nervous wreck, but Ino saved him from embarrassment when she smiled and told him he was being cute. That was a good thing, right?
Ah, it was the second time her smile saved him.
“Today was definitely fun,” Ino said with a smile as they continued to walk. “Ah, thank you,” Sai uttered as he smiled back at her. “My house is just up ahead,” Ino said to him. Perhaps he was reading between the wrong lines, but he thought there was a sense of longing in her voice. Sai didn’t want this day to end so soon, but when she stopped in front of a house with a garden that he could only describe as an intricate work of art, his heart was forced to accept the fact that this was the last time he would see Ino today.
It was strange, really, how much he longed to spend more time with her. It was a new feeling for him - peculiar, even. He knew what it was like to miss somebody, but not this way. This was frighteningly intense. Ino turned around to meet his gaze. Today, they were both out of their mission gear. Sai didn’t know what to wear for the occassion, so he put on a gray shirt and a pair of pants that suit him pretty well. Ino, on the other hand, almost gave him a heart attack when she appeared in a bright yellow, knee-length dress with short sleeves and a hue that mingled really well with her goldspun hair. When he first met her, he was still stuck on the idea that nobody was worth liking or beautiful, but now she took his breath away with every time he looked at her. She was perfect.
“I guess this is where it ends,” Ino said with a sad smile. Sai smiled and rubbed the nape of his neck, “I had fun today, thank you,” he said. Just then, Ino smiled from ear-to-ear as her cheeks almost glowed with a pinkish-red tint. “Why does this feel so bittersweet?” she laughed. When Sai realized that she had a point, he laughed along with her.
When the laughter subsided, she looked him in the eye and held her gaze. Sai didn’t know what to do. He didn’t want to avoid her gaze, but he didn’t want to seem too smitten. She might think he’s being creepy, like a lot of people do when he holds his gaze for too long. When she lowered her gaze, she smiled. He almost let out a sigh of relief. “Hey, Sai,” she said as she reached out and tugged at the sleeve of his shirt.
“Hm?” he felt a strange warmth creep up his cheeks. “I like you,” she said, her sudden confession punctuated by a sweet little giggle. It was so random and out of the blue, like an ambush. Sai stood there, dumbfounded, wondering what she meant by that while trying to grasp the right words to say. Before he could muster anything, however, Ino handed him a dogwood flower and said, “Thanks again, I’ll see you around.”
Before he could even reply, she was gone. She ran into her house. Sai wondered if he angered her because of the fact that he didn’t give her a proper response. Either way, he was certainly flustered. And this flower? He asked himself as he held the small flower in the palm of his hand. He smiled at himself and headed home. I like you. What did she mean by that? More importantly, why was he starting to feel so giddy?
Ino’s words continued to dig a hole in his head as he walked, so he kept on thinking about what she possibly meant by it. She could mean that he liked him as a person, right? Somehow, that disappointed him. As someone she thinks of as a potential boyfriend? That intrigued him. They went on a date, and she said she had fun…so why not, right?
When he realized what kind of phantasmal world he had plunged himself into, Sai buried his face in his hands, ashamed of himself. “What am I even thinking?” he asked himself. Suddenly, he remembered how her embrace felt. It was only in his mind, but it felt real…like she was actually wrapping her arms around him and pressing her chest against his. He couldn’t feel her heartbeat at that time, but he sure wished that she didn’t feel his, because it was racing out of his ribcage the moment he felt her warmth pressed up against him. That was the first time she did that to him.
After she saved him from Gengo, his intentions were to ask her out. Although he looked cool on the outside, he was actually panicking on the inside. Instead of directly asking her out, he ended up telling her that he wanted to thank her if she’d let him. Fortunately, Ino was such a straightforward person. If she was the one who initiated the date, surely…she liked him…that way, right?
“Ah, Ino,” he uttered her name unconsciously, almost immediately receiving a cough from whoever was standing behind him at that time. He turned around quickly, to see his former teammate, Sakura, towering before him despite the fact that he was taller than she was. Sakura and Sasuke seemed to have patched things up a bit, he thought, perhaps it was the start of something special. Suddenly, he wondered if he always thought like this. Something special, he repeated. It was odd for him to think of something like that.
“Sa-Sakura,” he stammered. Why am I stuttering? he scolded himself. Sakura grinned, almost deviously, and spoke: “Are my ears tricking me, or did I just hear you utter Ino’s name as you return from your date?”
Sai’s eyes widened a little, surprised by the fact that Sakura knew. Never mind, Ino probably told her. “Sakura, do you like me?” he asked, and wondered if Ino’s words were simply friendly. Sakura twitched as her face became drained of every ounce of color. “D-Do you want me to break every single bone in your body?” Sakura was furious.
“I guess not,” Sai shrugged his shoulders. Sakura sighed, “Why are you asking me that out of nowhere?” she aked. “Becuase…well…”
Sakura caught a glimpse of the dogwood flower in Sai’s hand, and she smiled. Ino had asked her about this before - lavender or dogwood? “I’ll wait for you” or “Accept my feelings”? She encouraged Ino to choose the latter.
“So she finally told him, huh?” she uttered to herself, mentally patting Ino on the back. “Did Ino tell you that she liked you?” Sakura asked. Sai’s pale face reddened a little, and Sakura was suddenly reminded of the face Ino made when she told Sakura of her feelings for Sai.
“Y-Yeah, but I didn’t know what she meant by that…”
Sakura heaved a heavy sigh. “You’re hopeless, Sai. She likes you…romantically. Do you understand that?”
“O-Oh. I thought she just liked me as a friend, so I asked you…”
Sakura laughed at her former teammate’s naivety. Sai was a beast in the battlefield, but not so much in the battlefield of love. “Why would she say ‘I like you’ right after a date if she only saw you as a friend? What did you say?” Sakura asked.
“Nothing,” Sai replied, suddenly feeling extremely queasy. Sakura’s eyes nearly popped out of their sockets when he said that. N-N-N-Nothing? she thought to herself as she tried her best to hold back the urge to punch this guy in the face.
“Why didn’t you say anything?” she raised her tone a little as Sai almost shrunk in his shirt, like a snail retreating into his shell. “B-Because she didn’t seem like she was expecting an answer.”
“You idiot!” Sakura said, landing a light punch on top of his head. “Even someone as straightforward as Ino would like to hear your answer! She’s probably wondering if she did something wrong for you to ignore her confession like that!”
“You better tell her how you feel tomorrow, or else I’m going to break you into a million pieces. For real,” Sakura warned as Sai swallowed the lump in his throat and nodded. “I-I’m not doing it tomorrow, though,” he said. Sakura’s cold glare nearly froze him.
“I’m doing it today,” he said as he quickly turned around and started to run towards Ino’s house. Before Sakura could retort or reply, he was already off. She only shook her head and smiled. You’re lucky, Ino. Sai’s just within your reach, she thought.
A boisterous garden and the Yamanaka clan crest on the gates. It was, undoubtedly, Ino Yamanaka’s house. He wondered if it would be rude to just enter the gates, but the doorbell was at the front door, so he invited himself inside their garden and looked around for a few moments. Dahlias, poppies and daisies popped up everywhere. The garden was beautiful, not so different from the person who tended it.
Before he could even realize how cold his hands were, he had already rung the doorbell and received a resounding, “Coming,” from Ino, whose voice was muffled by the thick wooden door. “Ino, I like you,” he said in an oddly monotonous voice. He shook his head at himself. “Ino, I like you,” he said with an inhumanely wide grin. No, too unnatural.
Before he could practice a third attempt, Ino opened the door. She had already gotten out of her yellow dress and was in her regular at-home clothes. It was the first time Sai had ever seen her dressed so casually and comfortably. Compared to her mission gear, Ino’s everyday clothes were very loose and seemed to allow a lot of room for movement. She was wearing an orange t-shirt and a pair of gray pants. She was surprised to see him, and almost tried to hide her outfit behind the door.
“S-Sai,” she gasped.
“Ino, do you have a mission tomorrow?” he asked. Ino looked confused for a moment, but she shook her head anyway. No, she was telling him.
“I-I think we should go on a date again tomorrow.”
Ino’s face was as as the roses that grew in Ino’s garden. “E-Eh?” she cried out, “Why?” she asked, obviously shocked.
Too weak, he told himself. He took a deep breath, and let it out.
Summary: Naruto never thought that he would miss the days of rescuing cats, but a month following the end of the Fourth Shinobi War, he learns a new appreciation for the word “boredom”. Which is why when the former members of Team 8 arrive one morning and announce they are taking him on an outing, he practically drags them out of the building before they get the words out.