Prompt: Genin!SasuSaku - Sasuke tries to cheer up an uncharacteristically depressed Sakura.
For summer-ai. short-ish and sweet. unedited. enjoy!
Something was off about her.
Sakura barely spoke since their last mission. She rarely smiled—really smiled, not the half-smiles she’d crack whenever anyone asked her how her day was. She’d blink and she’d say fine, her reaction almost delayed, but then there it was, the piece de resistance, the smile that never reached her eyes. And no one seemed to notice.
But he did.
Granted, Sasuke didn’t think anything of it at first—just as imperceptive as Naruto and Kakashi were—but as another day passed and another and another, without any change in her attitude, he couldn’t help but feel concerned. It was just so unlike her, he thought. He hadn’t realized how accustomed he’d become of her voice and her laughter until it stopped, without warning, without perceivable cause.
The next time he saw her, two days after their last team training, she was sitting atop of the hill that overlooked the Academy, knees to her chest, vacantly staring into the void before her. She didn’t even notice when he walked up to her.
He waited for a few moments to see if she’d finally turn. She never did. He cleared his throat. “Hey.”
A/N: I’ve been working on this story for a while now. What I wanted to write about and what the story tells you are a bit different, since the plot has changed significantly from what I had had in mind when I’ve started writing it. It’s still a family-centred, post-manga piece that is made out of angst, tears, laughter, some humour and a lot of family feels. The prologue you’re about to read is probably the shortest chapter in this story, because I didn’t want to give you too much information. After all it’s no fun to know the entire plot at the very beginning, right? Just for the record, I want to say that this chapter is the only truly sad one and that the rest will be (hopefully) way more fun to read. Anyway, I hope you’ll like it. If you do, please reblog, like and comment (you can PM me too, if you want!)~
Also I would like to dedicate this entire story to sasusakuparadise, who is simply awesome. She is my tumblr friend and she always listens to my babbling with an astounding amount of patience.Thank you for being here! <3
WHERE YOU HIDE
“Now hush little baby, don’t you cry Everything’s gonna be alright Stiffen that upper lip up little lady, I told ya Daddy’s here to hold ya through the night” -Eminem, “Mockingbird”
“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” -David Ogden Stiers
“I’ll find the places where you hide I’ll be the dawn on your worst night Only thing left in our life” -One Republic, “What you wanted”
Otose talking with the neighborhood moms and they’re complaining about their children and grandchildren and then they turn to her and say, “Oh, but Otose, you don’t have kids, right? You’re so lucky you don’t have to go through all of this.”
Otose just smiles.
Kagura finding out that Mutsu is a Yato like her and asking her for advice on how to fight better and how to better control her Yato nature
Kagura asking Mutsu about Umibouzu
Kagura asking Mutsu what space travel is like: “Do you like it? Can you still get a lot of sukonbu? Do letters travel fast?”
Kagura and Gintoki riding Sadaharu (who’s running and jumping across roofs and wreaking havoc all over the place) and Gintoki is hanging onto Kagura for dear life because, “KagURA, I FEEL IT! MY SOUL IS COMING OUT! MY B*LLS ARE COMING OUT TOO!! KAGURAAAA“
Gintoki stopping by the Shimura dojo and just watching Shinpachi try his hardest to train the homeless
Gintoki giving Shinpachi advice on how to run the dojo based on his memories of Shoyou-sensei running the Shouka Sonjuku
Shinpachi feeling proud of his “students”. They may be here for the macadamia nuts, but they are still putting their all in.
Shinpachi feeling proud of himself. A year ago, he never would have been able to seen himself as a “sensei”.