sakura’s story is most interesting when read as her rejecting men from her life as a necessity - ideally in reference to lesbianism but like, ill take “strong independent woman” or w/e lol it’s still a better option.
she starts out the series as clearly really really struggling w femininity. she does everything she can to be cute and likable and reserved - she’s a fucking ninja but she doesn’t feel like she’s allowed to show aggression
this is imo best illustrated by inner sakura - bc we can rly see all the personality she’s repressing in favor of being likable.
here’s the important part though, she’s most worried about being likable to boys. this is of course shown w her crush on sasuke, and how she always sizes herself down to try and not annoy him. but with her attempts to impress kakashi - a male authority figure, i’d say the same applies. don’t get me wrong, i don’t think that means theres a romantic element between her and kakashi. what im referencing here is the experience for pretty much all young girls and the different pressure we tend to feel from adult men. i won’t go too much more into it rn but. if ur a girl, im sure u know what i mean lol
she never shows this problem with ino, able to openly insult her and show her rough side. all references to femininity around ino are either 1. when theyre much younger children, and ino is supporting her in that even tho she might not meet conventional standards she’s still likable and adorable, and 2. when they’re playing up their attributes to appeal to boys.
and overall this is really really detrimental to sakura. her part 1 character is hurt by this insecurity, and internalized misogyny is really obviously to blame imo.
i think for this reason i like seeing her arc as breaking past that and not caring at all about the opinions of men - and this is rly relatable to me as a lesbian who’s had to work to not worry about the male gaze, and i think that extra layer gives her a lot of dimension!
obv im not a fan of rly any str8 sakura ship, but since sasusaku is the canon one, i do have an example from is specifically i wanna bring up.
i DONT like seeing sakura like this. its sad! she’s a confident rough and tumble girl and we never see her act like this in part 2 until sasuke comes back. to me this reads like he’s just opening up her insecurities again and its upsetting. :(
let sakura date girls! thanks for coming to my ted talk
random/your favorite Naruto characters and cool places they might take their s/o on a date? modern AU maybe?
Naruto would probably go for the simple movie date. Gives him a chance to pull the stretch and put my arm around you move. Or maybe an arcade date? Or maybe take them to a concert?
Sakura would like a cute little coffee shop date
Sasuke might pick a date that’s a bit unconventional, but comfortable for him given that he’s not at all the type to endure cutesy or intimate dates. Maybe some type of little food market/festival? Where they can try lots of foods and buy little trinkets. I feel like that’s an environment Sasuke would tolerate, as long as there’s not too much commotion
Kankuro would like a movie marathon at his house
Gaara doesn’t do well when it comes to picking dates, but he also might go for a simple movie date, or maybe a group date with his friends/his s/o’s friends? He doesn’t mind being in a group of people with his s/o, as long as they can focus on each other
Itachi might also settle for a simple little cafe/coffee shop date. Ooooo or a drive inn movie date. Those are cute
Shisui would take one for the team and go ice skating. He’s awful at it, so he regrets it. He’ll fall on his ass way too many times and might have to hold onto his s/o, but it’s still cute
OH BUT PAUSE: please consider Itachi and Shisui taking their s/os to the beach on a double date. Double date beach day. Sooooo cute
AMUSEMENT PARK/CARNIVAL DATE FOR HASHIRAMA YAY
Tobirama on the other hand is lost when it comes to dates. He’d probably settle for taking them to a nice restaurant
Another Uchiha with an unorthodox date agenda, Madara takes a sort of ‘nature walk’ approach. Near the forest, on a trail hidden in the deep woods. Getting lost in the wildlife type of deal. It’s peaceful and he hates being around lots of other people, so it’s convenient. He just wants peace and quiet time with his s/o
Kakashi is the type who picks his s/o up from their house and just takes them on a walk. And along the way if they find a nice park or restaurant or somewhere nice, he’ll stop and take his s/o there. He’s not a man with a plan most of the time
Genma would go for a late night date. Kind of an adventurous “risky” date. Like sneaking into the pool at night after it closes. He’ll jump the fence and let you in from the inside while assuring you “Babe trust me, trespassing is cool come on” Also, skinny dipping date night (((;
Neji might take his s/o to one of those festival of lights things. He doesn’t see the aesthetic himself, but if his s/o liked those sort of events, he’d go
Deidara, art museum anyone? He’s annoying though and just stands there slandering every piece of art he finds and talks about how he could do soOoOo much better
Shikamaru would also like a museum date, but he’s much more pleasant. Or an aquarium date, though he complains about the fish smell
Choji, bowling date?
Obito could go for a date at the park, or maybe the zoo? Oooo or some sporting event?
Ino would think a picnic date was super cute, or a trip to the mall
I think "rival" is a euphemism for "gay for" in the Naruto world. Examples: Gai is Kakashi's rival = Gai is gay for Kakashi Obito is Kakashi's rival = Obito is gay for Kakashi Sasuke is Naruto's rival = Sasuke is gay for Naruto Ino is Sakura's rival = Ino is gay for Sakura Orochimaru is Jiraiya's rival = Orochimaru is gay for Jiraiya Madara is Tobirama's rival = Madara is gay for Tobirama So on and so forth. Just a pattern I observed. Repeatedly. No one can tell me tell me otherwise.
I’m LATE! And I missed last week. Man, being home for the holidays does not make for a productive mouse. I mostly sit on the couch rereading favourite books and looking pathetically at whoever is currently in the kitchen until they take pity on me and make tea.
Sakura has a newly five year old sitting her in living room attempting to glare at her while simultaneously doing his best to not to drown in Naruto’s clothes. This can mean only one thing: shopping.
Sakura narrows her eyes.
Kakashi glares back.
This stare-off they’ve got going on is approaching absurd lengths, but Sakura refuses to break. She is not losing to a five year old. Especially not a five year old swathed in a much too large jounin shirt and a pair of frog boxers.
( Konoha 11+ Iruka we're all gathers at Naruto and hinata's house for the baby shower.)
Hinata you look so beautiful!!! And so round and huggable*squeal!!!*
( blushes slightly) t-thank you Ino-chan.
seriously you look like your gonna pop any moment!!. When's the due date?
Before she could answer Naruto cuts in.
Isn't my wife the most beautiful!!! And our baby is gonna be twice as beautiful!!
Hmmmm well as long as they don't look too much like you.
Oi what's that supposed to mean???
Everyone starts laughing while Naruto fumes.
But seriously just imagine if the baby being JUST like Naruto!!!
(dramatically) Oh the horror!!!
Hey Iam not that bad!!!
Of course you not dear! I'll be twice as happy if the baby is like you!!!
You say that now but just imagine raising a mini Naruto!! It'll be a nightmare controlling 2 of them!!
( star eyed)The power of youth of the baby's father shall run in their veins!!!!!
They'll be playing pranks all the time!!
They might even develop the nagging tendency to go search for trouble like dickless does.You might want to keep a leech on the baby till their like 17
( has sudden foreboding flashbacks of Naruto's past) *gulps*. l-lets just hope the baby's like his mother.
Amen to that.
( sulks)You guys suck. No one wants the baby to be like me.
( Talks for the first time) I honestly wish the baby to be just like Naruto.
Everyone stares at him, stunned
huh? You do Sasuke-kun???
( Teary eyed) S-Sasuke- teme!!! *Sobs* I-I knew you w-would be the o-only one to be b-by my side!! *Sobs loudly*
( Talks for the first time to casually remind people of his existence) Is their a reason why you want the baby to be like Naruto?
Of course. It's the perfect Karma you see.
Everyone looks at him, confused
W-What do you mean by Karma??
( smirks) Considering the amount of crap you put Lord third, Iruka, Kakashi and all the other adults in the Village when you were young, it seems fair for you to go through the same pain Don't you think so?
Everyone else starts laughing at Naruto's fuming face.
TEME!! AND TO THINK I WAS CONSIDERING MAKING YOU THE GOD-FATHER!! WELL YOU CAN FORGET ABOUT THAT!!!
(In the end Naruto still made Sasuke the God-father. He also started to send silent apologies to the Sandaime, Iruka, Kakashi etc everyday. Karma sure is a bitch)
Lately, I’ve been thinking. I’ve been trying to understand why I feel as though SasuSaku doesn’t work for me. And I think I’ve found the answer. The answer to why I hate SasuSaku.
Normally, I’d just name the surface problems. SasuSaku is abusive. Both parties, Sasuke and Sakura, have tried to kill each other one too many times. That’s a good enough reason to dislike/hate a ship. But, here’s the thing. SasuSaku is not only physically abusive, but also emotionally abusive. And that is where I cross the line. Ships that are emotionally abusive like SasuSaku, AiHina (Aizen x Hinamori), and SangBum (Sangwoo x Yoon Bum), are absolutely horrible.
Both parties are guilty, with Sakura being the most guilty out of the two of them. I love Sakura as a character, but SasuSaku brings out the absolute worst of her. She’s a completely different person, and I find myself not being able to stand how she acts around Sasuke sometimes.
She’s selfish, emotionally manipulative, and so submissive it honestly hurts. The only time I could find myself shipping SasuSaku is this page
Only this. No other page.
Now, you might ask why I call Sakura emotionally manipulative and selfish, right? Well, let’s look at part 1 first.
This is what we call selfishness. Think about it. Who is important to Sakura? Her parents, Ino, Naruto, Kakashi, Lee… She offers to leave all of them to come with Sasuke? This is the epitome of hypocrisy. Sakura cries and begs Sasuke to stay. But what if he did take her with him? Would she even consider how the others felt when they saw her missing? If she doesn’t care about their feelings, why should Sasuke care about hers?
Once again, what about the people I just mentioned, Sakura? Kizashi and Mebuki seem like nice people… Ino is your best friend, you mean the world to Naruto and Lee, and Kakashi values you as a student.
And have you noticed the amount of “I”? Sakura only talks about herself during this scene. How it affects her, what she would do if Sasuke left, how she would feel. And then when all else fails, she pulls out the “I love you!” card as a last resort.
This is the emotionally manipulative part of her behavior. Her reasoning is that if she blurts out her feelings, he will feel guilty and stay. Her reasoning is wrong. It’s sad, really.
Oh, by the way, this
Is not a SasuSaku moment. It isn’t that Sasuke doesn’t mind her hugging, not at all. He fucking woke up from a coma from a brutal genjutsu from an S-rank Ninja. He’s mentally disoriented. Context is very important, people. Onto Part 2.
You know, SasuSaku shippers have no right to bash Karin. After all, if it weren’t for her, your ship would have been sunk. Actually, speaking of Karin, I wanted to adress something.
I ship SasuKarin because compared to Sakura, I feel as though Karin better for Sasuke. She has a good reason to love him, because he saved her life, and then there’s this scene
Anyways, the last major scene between Sasuke and Sakura is
It’s just like the first confession. Except this time, she doesn’t offer to betray her loved ones to get close to Sasuke. Even Naruto and Kakashi acknowledge the utter pitfulness of this whole scene. Once again, she makes it about her. I counted. There’s a total of 8 “I”s there.
And look at all these “moments”. Where Sasuke is completely apathetic towards Sakura’s life, feelings, and general being. Why is this popular, again? By the way, someone really said the top right panel was a SasuSaku moment, I’m not joking.
Forgive me. This post was a clusterfuck. Very unorganized. But in return I try and give the cold hard facts. My conclusion? SasuSaku is the worst popular Naruto ship, beating NaruHina, believe it or not. It brings out the worst in Sakura, and Sasuke is more of a dick than usual. Genin!SasuSaku I can kind of understand, but after that, no.
“Hey,” he says, his voice smoothed of its familiar edges, tapping at her cheek with the hand not occupied trying to keep her from bleeding out, “stay with me, you gotta stay with me. Don’t you dare close your eyes. Help is coming, I promise, my team is coming and we’ll take you back to Konoha with us. I think you’ll like it; I bet you’ve never seen trees so tall.”
Sakura tries not to think of the home she left behind, of the home she’ll never again see, because she hasn’t a drop of chakra left in her and she’s going to die so far away from home, even as right now another Sakura is safe and unknowing as she goes to school and giggles with Ino, not knowing that her future is bleeding out so far away and much too close.
“Kakashi,” Sakura gasps, blood bubbling at her lips, ignoring him as he tries to shush her, tries to keep that precious blood in her veins (it’s much too late now, the world blurring as it darkens at the edges), “I know it would be a lie, but please, just say you love me,” she asks of the prelude to the man who will one day know her and who she’ll never again see, and she knows that he’s answering her, but the world is rushing around her, and maybe it’s him screaming or her screaming or just the screaming of a future that will never be.
“Yeah, but it’s not a literal marriage, right? That’s insane, and probably illegal,” Sakura asked over the speakerphone while lining her eyes with black liquid until they were perfect wings.
“You’ll have to clear that up with the family in question. Those were the only lines pertaining to you in the will,” Kakashi droned on, likely reading something while he also spoke over speaker phone. “You’re meeting with them today, correct?”
“As soon as I hang up I’m heading on over there.”
Sakura pulled away from the mirror and blinked a few times. She liked the ritual of painting herself up if it was before something that made her nervous. A test was less stressful with the right lipstick. A job interview turned into a cakewalk with enough mascara. It was at times like these she missed Ino most.
“You need an escort?”
“You think I need one?” she laughed.
She looked like a princess but she knew no amount of make up would make her right hook any less lethal. Her phone slipped off the side of the vanity and started to fall. Before it could fall halfway she grabbed it also pinned the wet rollers that were starting to tip over the ledge. Her speed wasn’t anything to sneer at either. If she was one of Kakashi’s top students that should count for enough.
She heard his sigh on the other end and set her phone back down, making sure it was flat on the table top this time. “You’ll call after your meeting, otherwise I’ll show up on my own and make sure my favorite student’s not being forced into a literal child bride contract.”
“I’m hardly a child anymore.”
“Same difference to me.”
She changed out her studs for dangling earrings, almost finished. “Hey, you never know. I might end up taking advantage of the inheritance if they are cute.”
“You don’t even know who they are, or what they are.”
Sakura checked her hair once more in the mirror. It looked light and fluffy, perfect for a night in sock rolls. “Doesn’t matter to me. I’m heading out now. I’ll text you when I get more information.”
Kakashi sounded like he wanted to say more but she cut off the call and dumped her phone into her purse, keys already in hand.
The Uzumaki clan’s compound was actually pretty far north, up in the mountains where the hot springs were famous and roads were thin. The clan was pretty traditional from the sounds of it. They ran an inn famed for its own private hot springs that made it a local jewel for the village.
It took her over an hour to make it driving the way she did. Halfway there she knew she could never move so far north, she was too used to multi lane highways and plenty of space to speed on straight roadways.
She pushed her sunglasses up onto her head, pinning back her hair. She whistled low at the sight of the sprawling manor. Not bad if this was what she got to marry into. The idea still made her laugh. All her friends thought it was laughable as well, but a few had been concerned, taking it seriously.
‘If they’re really traditional they may stick to it,’ Hinata told her, speaking from personal experience.
Sakura’s plan had been to look as prissy as possible and be her usual self. That was sure to scare them off and make them want out of the deal as much as her. She wasn’t this old and still single without a reason.
On the first level there were stairs down to the restaurant part of the inn and stairs up to the rooms. A hallway led back to the springs. Sakura stopped at the receptionists desk and waved to the girl impeccably dressed like a woman straight out of history. ‘Cute.’
“Hello,” Sakura greeted, still cheerful and excited to see more of the inn before going back. “I’m Sakura Haruno. I have an appointment here I believe with Kushina Uzumaki.”
The woman nodded, wordless and opened the book to scan the list of names. She found one and glanced up at Sakura before reading whatever note had been beside the name. Sakura watched the girl swallow and stiffly raise her eyes again. “One moment, madam. I shall phone them now.”
Sakura grinned when she saw the old fashioned rotary phone that looked like it belonged back at the turn of the century. It was perfectly elegant, like so much of the inn. Sakura took a step back and entertained herself with the wall art to give the girl the feeling of privacy while on the phone.
“Yes….yes, she is….is she-oh, um….yes, I think so. Of course. Yes.”
Sakura heard the ending of the call as the hand piece was returned to the cradle with a click. Sakura turned back around and waited to be addressed, noting a vein of nervousness in the woman’s posture now.
“Kushina Uzumaki is expecting you in the gardens. Follow this hallway out and turn left away from the springs.” The girl gave further instructs and Sakura thanked her for them before going off.
The hall seemed to go on forever. Sakura swore she saw that same ink painting on the wall before. It was so odd, because she knew she hadn’t turned left or right. There was something off about the hall.
She forced herself to stop and concentrate on her breathing. She felt her mental spirit mount with the determination to break through any spiritual barrier or illusion and opened her eyes again. She could see the end of the hallway but didn’t walk towards it. Cautiously, she turned on her heel and saw behind her a red fox.
Let me just get this out because this is the only episode where I have no complains. So far this is my favorite episode out of all the blank period episodes that were released. It was just oozing with purity.
I love how Gaara is just so innocent when it comes to weddings. I love how he values his friendship with Naruto. I love how he and Lee, along with Kankuro and Tenten, just stroll around Konoha as pals despite what happened between them in the past. I love how Lee is like ‘Gaara, bro i missed you. Been a long time. Sake? No? I won’t get drunk. Still no? Okay. Let’s go get em golden barbells" lol. They are just soooooo close. I love how Gaara and his siblings just get along and act just like normal siblings (e.g blaming the other sibling for this and that, teasing each other, bluntly saying what’s on your mind). And I just love his haircut.
I hope that everyone noticed what Teuchi has been doing. He was low key worrying of what to give to Naruto. And that scene when the card showed All You Can Eat Forever, I just got teary eyes. I mean dude, like you’ve been doing that the entire time. It was just touching. For me, he was the father-like figure to Naruto. And Iruka is like an older to Naruto IMO.
Did anyone else notice that Tenten just gets prettier and prettier each time she’s on screen? Am I right or am i right?
Kakashi sure knows how to treat his guests. I mean look at those accommodations he had for the Kages! I wish Kakashi had dated. I wanna see how he treats his girlfriend/wife.
It was nice seeing and hearing Killer Bee again. God, I miss his annoying rap. Hahahaha it was refreshing to see his ideas of the Hidden Cloud’s wedding gifts. He sure know how to throw an extravagant partyyyyy!!! (And Kankuro too!)
ShikaTema moments?? Alrightieee, we got them again! This time, we get to see them dining together. Plus, Ino and Choji lurking and stalking them. I love Team 10’s supportive nature. Damn I like how we get to see all these ShikaTema moments. If only one major couple gets these too… hm……(Sp? Nah don’t even think about it). I mean next week’s episode we’ll see KibaTamaki moments.. le sigh…
This episode is just refreshing. We get to see everyone’s pure intentions. 😊😊😊
Last but not the least: I still want to see that Hidden Sand Samba and Hidden Cloud Dance!!! Lol
Summary: Kakashi never expected to babysits an anbu captain, but it seems that the anbu captain in question is going through puberty.
Anbu captains are known to be very powerful, they have an authority that equals the clan leaders and nobody can tell them what to do except the current hokage and Sai, who is in charge of anbu.
Kakashi, albeit being retired from active duty for 15 years, still has the respect from most of the anbu captains, and a lot of them don’t just respect him but admire him, not just as a former hokage, but a former anbu captain who was known across the five ninja villages as one of Konoha’s most dangerous.
The place of anbu captain isn’t something to take lightly of, cause even the youngest anbu captain can defeat jonin.
The youngest anbu member of his time was Itachi Uchiha, and he could defeat jonin with ease, he was a true prodigy, in mind and in ninja skills.
The youngest anbu captain of this time is Itachi Uchiha’s niece, who happens to be going through puberty, which is why Kakashi finds himself in his current predicament.
“I think you two have gone overboard.” The sixth hokage told his two former students.
Sasuke and Sakura Uchiha were standing in their doorway, giving Kakashi instruction on how to watch their daughter.
He watched S-class criminals for days, and the Uchiha couple is worried that he can’t watch their daughter.
“No we’re not, she’s been sneaking out pinte middle of the night and neither of us sensed her.”
Sasuke nodded, to affirm his wife’s words.
“Maybe you two were busy with other activities?”
“Like burning your signed porn books?” Sakura retorted.
“It’s not porn but art.”
“Like the dobe’s sexy jutsu?”
“You mean the jutsu that worked on you when Naruto used a certain version involving pink haired women clad in only an apron?” Kakashi countered.
“What !?” Sakura asked her husband, who’s face turned into his favorite fruit.
Kakashi smirked in triumph, he always got pleasure from winning a squabble with Sasuke.
“It’s getting late, let’s go.”
Sakura narrowed her eyes slightly at her husband, before sighing, but it was clear that the matter will not be forgotten, too Kakashi’s joy.
“Yeah, Ino will have my head if I show up late.”
The couple turned to leave when Kakashi made a noise in the back of his throat.
“Oh,your books are behind the cookie jar in the kitchen.”
Did you really think Kakashi would agree to babaysit a teenager for free?
“Thank you.” He said sarcastically.
“Your welcome” she responded and winked at him before turning away and heading to the fundraiser in the children’s hospital, which she is forced to go, and Sasuke ’s presence as second in command of Konoha, is important in events like these.
Kakashi sighted and went into the kitchen to retrieve his stolen books.
He got them and set them on the couch, where he sat and started reading for the 123rd time, yes he counted, the first book of the series.
Kakashi liked reading his books in peace, something h rarely got the chance to do, because peace and quiet are the perfect combinations to read his erotic art books.
But like always, something has to ruin it, and if it isn’t Guy with his training or shizune with the never ending paperwork, it’s teenagers with annoying hormones and anbu level skills at escaping.
After an hour, Kakashi decided to check up on the teenager he is watching, he knew there is no way she can sneak up on him, but years in the ninja business had taught him to expect the unexpected, plus he missed talking to his goddaughter.
He knocked twice and waited for an answer,which he never got.
He contemplated if he should just barge in or continue knocking, a moment later he decided that barging into a teen girls room with super strength and a sharingan might be a bad idea, so he opted for a third option.
He came down stairs and dialed Sarada’s number, he waited while the phone rang until he heard a click signaling that she hung up.
The sixth hokage calls and she doesn’t even pick up? How he misses a time when she would be too polite to call him uncle, calling him Rokudaime instead despite his insistence to be called uncle.
He was about to poof in because of her rudeness when he heard her coming down stairs.
“What?” She said with a tone.
“I just wanted to say hello.”
This generation has terrible fashion sense, kakashi thought as he looked at Sarada’s tight ripped black pants, he remembered a time where Kunoichi would sow their clothing for hours in order to look proper.
The girl rolled her eyes, put her headphones back on and moved to sit on the couch.
Kakashi could hear the music from her headphones clearly, a jumble of loud music and words a sixteen-year-old from his generation would turn red upon hearing them, no wonder she didn’t answer the door, she probably didn’t even hear it.
He sat in his former place on the couch, so he was facing Sarada and continued reading the book.
He stole a glance at her every few minutes, and every time he looked at her she would be typing on her phone until the sixth time he looked at her.
She was staring at him intently as if contemplating something highly important.
A moment later, the girl sighed and decided to try her luck.
“Can I go to Uncle Naruto’s?”
“Why?” He prompted, he knew where this is going.
“I have a mission tomorrow and I need to ask him something about my troop.”
“Is that so?” he said “Well he’s at a fundraiser with your parents, why don’t you there?”
“Seriously?” the girl said before letting out a sigh.
“Besides.” He began, “Your parents made it clear I not let you out tonight.”
“But you’re former hokage, that means you can let me out?”
“Yes but that means Sakura’s wrath.”
“Why doesn’t Boruto come over?”
“What does Boru have anything to do with it?”
“Boru?” He said as he smirked, his smirk turned into a smile when the girl’s face turned red, “Sasuke told me that Boruto is grounded and that Hinata is watching him so there is no way he can get out.”
“Yes, it seems his aunt and uncle caught him with his hands under their daughter’s shirt, could you believe it?”
“And since when are his aunt and uncle such gossipers?” She said in a sardonic tone only a teenager could express.
“I don’t know, but finding multiple mouth shaped bruises on their daughter’s neck must have caught them so in shock to the point where they just had to tell the girl’s godfather, who coincidentally wanted to see her.”
“You mean the godparent my mother blackmailed with his porn books?”
“No I mean the god parent your mother blackmailed with his erotic books.”
The girl merely raised a brow in response.
If there was one person who could match her in sarcasm it was her uncle Kakashi.
“Can Chou come over then?”
“That also was something your parents warned me about.”
“Ughhh, but I’m so bored.”
Kakashi thought about taking the girl out to train, cause Sasuke and Sakura said nothing about him taking her out.
“How about we go train then?”
The girl jumped from her place on the couch.
“Then go get ready.”
A moment later they were on their way to team 7’s former training grounds.
“Wanna hear a story about team7?” He asked, reminiscing the little girl that loved hearing stories about her parents and uncle Naruto.
“Sure, make it an embarrassing story though.”
“But of course.”
It’s been nine years since he last babysat Sarada, but she’s still the same girl who was like a mini version of Sasuke with Sakura’s antics.
“Come on old man, you’d think a former anbu captain would be faster!”
Well maybe a little ruder and more annoying, she is after all Naruto’s apprentice.
Sakura did a double take as she passed by her window. There he was again. She stopped and leaned near the window, unable to stop herself from staring. He was just so…damn hot. No one would blame her for ogling her new neighbor. Really, it was his fault for never closing his curtains and then proceeding to strip in front of the window. She had the perfect view too. Her window was directly across from his, a happy coincidence because of the replica houses. The only difference was that her window was to her living room and his was to his bedroom.
The announcement he made about three months after the incident with the
descendants of the Okutsuki. It was neither loud nor obvious, it was just as
him, as quiet as possible, and just as straight forward, indirectly told by the
words in his mouth, and send through his heart and a gaze of his eyes.
And showed by that mocking smirk and smile he would only reserve for
those who were his dearest, his closest, his loved.
He told her on the road back home. The act was of a casual nature,
withholding nothing so much and many as a few words, a look at her, and an
answer that held a breathtaking smile and jade eyes and a little blush adorning
feminine cheeks. It was an answer of pure happiness and relief.
“I talked to Naruto. My mission is over. I´m going to stay in Konoha.”
“That´s great news, Sasuke-kun.”
But when the privacy of their home was finally reached, and shoes and
cloaks were taken off, and she stepped through the entrance, to go prepare a
dinner for celebration in the kitchen, he finally truly announced what his words from quite just before really meant.
That particular call for her name, in just as that particular
stimulation of his voice – so soft, caring and demanding – made her legs and
feet stop in their motion but her body and head and eyes turn to meet his own.
Obviously, the invisible seal on his mocking lips he put on them himself
refused to let go until she fully turned to face him. The message was clear to
her, since she knew what it meant well enough, and so she turned.
“Yes, Sasuke-kun?”, she repeated, to release his lips from them seals.
There was a moment of shared silence, to gather air in his lungs, to let
his lips quirk just the slightest bit upwards, to allow his eyes to shine and
crinkle in pure happiness he so badly wanted to share with her – his wife, his
lover, his dearest person who waited patiently for him, and for so long as more
than ten torturing years of absence.
He called her name again, for he longed to feel the taste of it on his
tongue once more, when she truly stood in front of him, so that his eyes that
had seen so much ugly would finally be able to see the most beautiful.
And then there were those words, so needed to say in their real meaning,
because the last time was about so many years before. When they were so young,
so at the very beginning of their journey together, before their real bonding
happened, when their connection just started to build up rapidly.
Time she needed to understand the meaning behind this state of his, and
time she did not need to immediately smile back, to make her eyes shine back at
him, to accept his announcement and to know the further words he did not speak
out, for he believed deeply that she would understand.
The smile maintained on her face, and it allowed without any force to
let out her answer to his announcement.