Second Bite at the Cherry @sakinthra
Act Two Prologue

Act Two: Roots


Dear Mom and Dad,

I guess, first and foremost, I want you to know that I'm okay.

I don't expect you to understand why I had to leave. I've kept a lot of my shinobi life from you in the past, some of it because I had to, but some of it because I wasn't sure you'd want to know what it meant for your daughter to be a shinobi.

The world is a dangerous place. Our people have been at war since before the founding of our villages. Since I've left home, I've come to see that unless someone acts, this trend of death and destruction will not cease. I know it may be hard to believe, but where I am right now, I'm working to make things a better place for everybody. If all goes well, I'll be helping forge a peace treaty that might prevent war from ever happening again.

It might seem optimistic, but I have to hold out hope that one day nobody I care for will ever have to be caught up in violence ever again. I'm doing this for you, for Konoha, for everyone.

I miss you both, and I hope you're well. If everything goes as planned, I'll be visiting Konoha sometime in the future, and I can explain everything further then. Until then…

Love you,

Sakura


Ino,

I know you probably have a lot of questions for me. And maybe a lot of yelling. But I promise, I have an explanation for everything. What I'm working on is sensitive, but I'm hoping it will set the foundation for an era of peace in the shinobi world.

Maybe that's a little heavy. I promise I'll explain everything more when I get to Konoha, which should be soon.

More importantly, I wanted to let you know that I'm okay. I'd been thinking about you, recently. More specifically, I was thinking about when we were little. I still have that ribbon you gave me to hold up my hair. I've been using it, since I left my forehead protector behind. It's funny, thinking about how I used to be back then. I was so shy and timid, but since I've left I've been to three different countries, and I've even been training under the Tsuchikage! I've been learning some awesome jutsu that'll even show up your Mind Transfer!

I'll show you when I get to Konoha. I've got so many amazing things to tell you about.

I heard Naruto's been spending time with your team from Kakashi-sensei. I know he can be a bit much at times, but he's strong and reliable. He'll also eat nothing but ramen if you let him, so make sure he eats something healthy every now and then! And if he gets distracted or unruly, you can motivate him by telling him that whatever you're doing will help him get stronger.

I miss you. And I promise, I'll see you soon.

Sakura


Lee,

I know this might seem out of the blue, but ever since I've left the village, I've wanted to talk with you. I don't know what the village has said about me or why I've left, but all you need to know is that I had to leave, in order to get stronger. One day, I hope I'll be strong enough to keep the people I love safe. I figured you of all people would be able to understand that. I will come back to Konoha soon, but for now, just know that I'm training to be a better shinobi.

I actually wanted to thank you. I've been keeping up the training routine you taught me ever since I left! It was really difficult at first, but every day I could feel myself getting stronger. And now, I've got a new routine that I've been working on, and I bet it'll even blow you away! Next time I'm in Konoha, I'll show you what I've been up to, and maybe we can even spar together!

You're in my thoughts, Lee,

Sakura


Naruto,

There's a lot I need to tell you, about why I left. I know it must have hurt you, especially so soon after…

I heard you went back to Konoha. I think that's for the best. How can you hope to become the best Hokage if you leave and the village forgets about you? I know you can still train while you're there, and if you keep doing missions, you'll be a jounin by the time I'm back! And I will come back, I promise. And when I do, I'll be stronger too. We'll be able to take down Orochimaru together and make sure Sasuke's safe, and if what I've been working on comes to fruition, we'll be able to take down Akatsuki too. I know I'm being vague right now but...I'm not sure who might get ahold of this, and I'm not sure who we can trust.

Naruto, Kakashi told me you've been apprenticing with Lady Tsunade. That's really great! But promise me...if you see a man named Danzo, promise me you'll keep your guard up? He's worked for the village for a really long time, but that doesn't mean he can be trusted.

Stay safe, Naruto. I'm always thinking of you. When I get back to Konoha, I'll tell you everything I've been up to, and we'll fix everything together.

Sakura


Sasuke,

I don't know if this will even reach you. But if it does, I just want you to know…

I think I understand now why you had to leave the village. In the past few months, I've learned so much about how the world is, and...it's not great. Of course, you already know that. You've lived through the worst possible tragedy this world has to offer. I understand why you think that Orochimaru is the only one that will help you get strong enough to defeat Itachi. I understand why you couldn't accept Konoha as your home.

I understand, but...in some things, I think, you were wrong. But words aren't going to show you that, are they?

I'm getting stronger, Sasuke. And I'm getting stronger because of my bonds, not in spite of them.

I'm going to find you, Sasuke. And I'm going to show you.

Sakura

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