Just like it was. Rated K.
“You know… sometimes, I never thought we could be like this again,” Sakura murmured, as they lied quietly beneath a sheet of bright stars with bottles is sake and balled up rice at their feet.
She smiled a bit nostalgically. “I mean, when things weren’t going well… when for a while, Sasuke-kun was lost to us…” Her fingers twisted with the green grass blades, eyes slipping shut softly. “I thought about moments like these a lot, and how we’d never have them again.”
A calloused hand brushed along the back of her own, and she fluttered her eyes open again, tipping her head to her left to look at Sasuke. His gaze held muted regrets, touch gentle like a silent apology, and she couldn’t help but to smile for that, twining her pinkie with his in a manner that could only be reassuring and forgiving.
Her head shifted back to look up at the sky. “Of course, I should have just known you’d drag his ass back like you promised,” she went on, nudging her elbow to Naruto’s side.
Naruto laughed and nudged her back, before he moved to jump to his feet. “Yeah, you should have, Sakura-chan! Come on, you know I don’t ever go back on my word!”
Sakura laughed, too. “Stubborn as you are, I don’t know how I ever doubted it,” she said, as she pushed herself up as well. She offered Sasuke a hand after she’d straightened her back and stretched, grinning as he didn’t hesitate to accept it.
When Naruto skipped to her side and offered his hand as well, she couldn’t help but to laugh as Sasuke scowled and slapped his away, muttering, “What am I, an invalid? I don’t need two people to lift me up, idiot.”
“You’re such a bastard, bastard!”
“Couldn’t come up with a better comeback, knucklehead?”
Something in Sakura’s belly warmed at the familiarity of it all, and she grinned, reaching forward to clasp both of her hands around the quarreling men’s.
“Alright, alright,” she acquiesced, giving them both a softly chiding glance. “You can both stop your idiocy. We came here to celebrate our first six months back together as a team, not to encourage another one of your pissing contests!” She locked their fingers together tightly, squeezing. “And once Kakashi-sensei gets here, we can start on the sake and the onigri!”
“That’s Kakashi-sama to you, thank you.”
The three whipped their heads around, fingers still intertwined.
“Yo,” he greeted, eyes crinkling as he shut his book and took the steps to join them. “You three look cozy.”
Ignoring the remark, Sakura giggled and said, “You’re two hours late, Kaka-sensei.”
“Sorry,” he replied, scratching the back of his head. The sight was so familiar that it sent a whole new wave of warmth through her. “I got lost on the road of life.”
She glanced at her two remaining teammates. Sasuke smirked at her, and Naruto grinned. A teasing smile slipped to her lips, and she laughed again.
“Liar!” they all chorused.