A Peck on the Cheek to Remember for Weeks
Sasuke didn’t really understand why the entire village needed to be there to see him off. He was perfectly content with just seeing Sakura before he left. He was fine if Kakashi and Naruto also wanted to show up as well. But did the rest of Rookie 9 along with Team Gai and people he can’t recall have to show up as well. It was awkward as he felt all the gazes land directly on him.
It made him uncomfortable because he had planned for a long time in his head of how he would say goodbye to Sakura. He was going to say something short and sweet and leave her with a parting kiss. It was his second time leaving since he had only stopped by to “attend” Naruto’s wedding by watching from afar and letting Naruto know he was there so that Naruto wouldn’t hold it over his head for the next ten decades.
Sasuke had refused to be in the wedding photo and had opted to just take the picture for them instead because pictures weren’t his thing and he wanted to keep it that way.
So now here he was, about to leave for another year or so yet all he can feel are curious looks staring at him and Sakura. He gulped. He couldn’t let them get to him. It was his last chance to do this so he better do it right.
“I’ll see you when I’m back,” he said softly as he poked her on the forehead once again with a smile. She seemed unfazed this time as she stared back lovingly up at him. Bending down lower, he gave her a soft kiss on the cheek. He wanted to linger there longer and even kiss her on the lips but the burning intensity of the gazes on them was too much. He pulled away quickly with an embarrassed face as he turned and begin to walk away.
Sakura brought a hand to her cheek and touched the spot where Sasuke had just kissed her. It still felt warm to the touch or perhaps that was just her face heating up at the thought of it again. With a warm smile, she smiled in deep contentment as Ino ran up and threw her arms around her.
“Oooh, I saw that Sakura,” Ino teased.
Sakura knew that everyone saw and that she would be the subject of a week’s worth of teasing from her friends. But she didn’t care. The constant reminder that Sasuke had kissed her was music to her ears.