So...we survived. Mostly.
Naruto: -knocked out-
Sasuke: -rigid with terror-
Sakura: -smiling- Hello everyone! ^.^
-clears throat- S-So...f-feeling better?
Sakura: Of course! I just needed to let off some steam.
-looks out the window at all the destruction- S-Sure...some steam. That was a lot of steam, there.
Sakura: -raises eyebrow- What do you mean?
N-Nothing! I mean nothing at all! TO THE CHAP! -mumbles- before we all face armageddon again.
Sakura: What was that? -twitches-
I SAID TO THE CHAP!
Sasuke sat across the table from a red haired woman. Mei Terumi. He had known her for a while, the woman having done business with his father before. She was an older woman though her features did not indicate so. Her face was young and as he figured a woman running a matchmaking business would be, she gave off an air of flirtatiousness and dressed a bit provocatively, though it was still professional. Either way, Sasuke wasn't particularly interested in the woman who eyed him up and down when seeing him for the first time.
He was still reeling from what happened between him and Sakura just half an hour ago.
"Thank you for meeting me Uchiha-san. You've grown quite a lot in the recent years." She said, keeping professionalism though with a sly smile on her face and still eyeing him suggestively. He grunted, grabbing his wine.
"Hn. It has been some time Terumi-san. I've heard about your growing popularity. Considering Father also made deals with you as well, I figured it wouldn't be too time wasting to hear you out." Sasuke complimented before sipping.
"Sasuke-kun…" He closed his eyes. Her moaning voice was still ringing in his ears. He was still feeling her hands brushing against him. He cursed himself into remaining focused. He couldn't let his growing desire blind him. This was business. Work came before everything. He had to remember that.
"I'm honored to hear that from you. By the way...maybe I can find a nice match for a handsome man like yourself." She suggested, wriggling her eyebrows, though he could only see one of them. Her hair was styled, a split in her hair to one side, covering her eye rather elegantly. The rest of her red hair was long and straight down. Sasuke's eyes opened, shooting her a respectfully declining look.
"I'm not looking for anyone Terumi-san." He stated bluntly. Her green eyes, only slightly darker than Sakura's, widened slightly, before she gained a grin.
"Well, well, well, I don't believe I've read in the tabloids that you found someone special. Looks like I'm getting some exclusive information. Who's the lucky lady? Or lucky guy if that floats your boat?" She questioned, grinning. Sasuke was glaring this time. He choose to ignore that little comment.
"I don't think that's relevant to why we are meeting here Terumi-san. Besides, what makes you think I've found someone? I'm not interested in romantics. Only my work." Sasuke stated out loud but saying so, he himself couldn't believe it. Before meeting Sakura this would have been true. He never had interests in dating women or love before he met her. He still wasn't all too sure if he was willing to go through with it, even with the amount of fondness he had for her. Nevertheless, it troubled him just slightly, to suddenly not find work all that important. He was brought from his thoughts with Terumi giggling at him, a knowing look in her eye.
"Uchiha-san, there's only two reasons for a man such as yourself, with all the success in the world, to not be looking for a special someone." She started. Sasuke's eyebrows furrowed.
"That would be?" He questioned. She giggled and lifted her index finger.
"The first is that someone has broken your heart pretty badly in the past and you fear getting into relationships." She said. Sasuke scoffed. He hadn't even dated a woman in his life. Moreover, many of the women tended to fawn and obsess over him more than spur his interest. He eyed Terumi as she smirked, as if catching something he didn't and for some reason, he felt like he just got read into. He knew all he did about Terumi and the woman was smart and successful. She knew her business and she knew her business well. However, for her to read into him of all people he was not expecting in the slightest. Maybe he underestimated her. She lifted her second finger.
"The second reason, for a man like yourself to "not be interested in romantics" is because he has already caught his eye on a certain someone." Sasuke glared. She did read him. She somehow caught on. He sipped his wine, to try and remain nonchalant.
"And if you're mistaken, Terumi-san?" He questioned, trying to divert her from his affairs. She chuckled, drinking her wine.
"Well then, I suppose it is as you say and you only have the success of your business on your mind." She shrugged. Sasuke grunted.
"However…" Her starting sentence stopped him from bringing his glass to his lips.
"Please, take no offense to this Uchiha-san, but I find it pretty hard to believe that a young man like yourself is unconcerned with love." She ended. Sasuke grunted, drinking his wine.
"Hn. I have no need for romance." He grumbled. When did this get so off topic? They were supposed to be talking about possibly making a partnership.
"All men need romance, Uchiha-san." Terumi said smugly. Sasuke stared at her.
"In fact, did you know that the want for love and affection, comes more so from men than it does women? It is quite a large statistic, found even in my numbers." She continued on. Sasuke looked away.
"Well, it is not in my interest." He tried to steer.
"Or is it that you've already found it?" Terumi blocked him. He glared at her.
"I don't believe that is any of your concern." Sasuke growled, getting annoyed now. This woman was pushing her boundaries. He hated tabloids. He hated people in his life and business. What did it matter if he was seeing someone or not? It was all irrelevant.
"You're right. It's none of my business. Sorry for prying." She shrugged, closing her eyes. She gave a small chuckle and sipped her wine glass. Sasuke closed his eyes in gratitude doing the same.
"Now about the partnership, I'll be happy to sign the four year contract with you." She changed topics. Sasuke gave a curt nod.
"Very well. As stated in the terms, I will give a notice to my investors about your company as well, for a possible growth in use of your services. I will also give your company the backing of the Uchiha name." He furthered. Terumi smiled pleasantly.
"Yes and in return, I will forward a twelfth of the earnings to Uchiha Corporations." She confirmed. It would be a nice increase in revenue for him, especially considering he was in a bit of a need to replace the grand check of one point three billion to be given to Kiriu in the morning. While there was never a shortage of money for him, he had always been one to ensure all his expenses were put back just as fast as they were made. The contract with Terumi would help with that, rather than having to wait a few months for the money to be made with the addition of Kiriu's company. There was still of bit of money he needed back as well, from Danzo's embezzlement, to the spending of the aftermath of his building's shooting. Sasuke gave another curt nod, pleased. Looking to Terumi, he found himself, suddenly uneased. She was giving a smirk, one he didn't necessarily like.
"Well, there is just one request I have, before we make such a deal." Terumi said softly. Sasuke's eyebrows furrowed.
"That's not part of our agreement, Terumi." He growled lightly. She chuckled.
"Oh, come on now. You know I'll make good on our partnership and you'll be bathing in even more success than you already are. I just want to know one simple thing. That's all and I expect you to be honest. If I think you're lying, I won't sign the contract." She provided her ultimatum. He glared.
"Why would you do that? Doing so could cost you more than it would benefit you to just sign the papers." Sasuke grumbled sipping his wine.
"Curiosity. Nothing more." Terumi chuckled.
"Curiosity killed the cat." He shot. The woman shrugged.
"Well, good thing cats have nine lives and I haven't lost any of mine yet." She winked, twirling her wine absently.
"That's a common misconception." He scoffed. Terumi smiled.
"It's a matter of perspective really. You can choose to take it literally or figuratively." Sasuke rolled his eyes, sighing in tiredness. This woman was playing games and he honestly wasn't in the mood for this ring around. He had dealt with too much in the last couple of days.
Sakura being on the back of his mind wasn't helping either.
"What do you want to know Terumi?" He grumbled in defeat. She grinned.
"Tell me, Uchiha-san…" She trailed, sipping her wine glass again and smiling gently.
"Are you in love?" She asked and he stiffened. He turned rigid. He looked down at his wine glass glaring.
"Why the hell are you so interested in my love life? It's not—"
"I guess you don't need my revenue then, Uchiha-san?" She asked. Sasuke glared. Technically, he didn't, but if he wanted to make his money back in order to keep his business in a surplus of funds as it was, he did. Despite this, she was angering him. Why was she so nosy about his relationships and lack thereof? He sighed.
"Before...I answer...give me your honest reply to my question. Why do you want to know about that? What concern is it of yours whether or not I'm in love?" He interrogated, glaring at her suspiciously. She could also be some kind of leak to Danzo, not that he was aware of any kind of relation between them at all. Her company headquarters were in Mist City, a full fifteen hour drive, or four hour flight from Konoha City. Where Danzo was managing, the Kyoto branch was even further than that. Furthermore, she had contacted him directly. They had set up this meeting about three weeks ago, which was a couple of weeks after Danzo's supposed payout to have him killed initially. It retrospect, it was almost quite certain that they were of no relation whatsoever. That didn't mean Sasuke would let his guard down for anything.
"Well, isn't it obvious, me being a Matchmaker and all? I'm always interested in love and how it can bring waves of change and happiness into one's life and to be frank, you have always been quite the enigma to me, Uchiha-san." She admitted.
"Like I said, there have been no tabloids or news about you sharing anything with a special someone. I had always wondered why such a handsome and successful bachelor like yourself never seemed to even have a girlfriend. I was even beginning to question on whether or not it was just your sexuality and maybe you didn't want to be known as Sasuke Uchiha, gay successful billionaire." She laughed out as he gave her a harsh glare.
"Relax, no need to give me that look. I have pretty good gaydar. I know you're not. To answer your second question…" Sasuke eyed her.
"I know for a fact there is no one on this Earth who can live happily without love." She proclaimed softly, her eyes lowering. Sasuke stared, shifting his eyes.
"Life is not always so kind." Sasuke stated quietly. She chuckled.
"No. Life may not be kind, but there is no one on Earth who does not know love in some way shape or form. It doesn't have to be romantic, but any form of love is needed for complete happiness—the one thing money can't buy." Sasuke listened, suddenly being brought back to a time before he met Sakura. He had worked and worked so much. He was rich. He was powerful. He didn't care for many other people. It was only until after he met Sakura, after he learned about her and became accustomed to her and her little gimmicks here and there that he came to appreciate someone. She had brought out a peace and ease of mind that he didn't know he could ever have. She had even managed to get him to celebrate his birthday, something he hadn't done since losing his parents all those years ago.
While he hated to admit it and he wouldn't have admitted it before, she was right. Love, if it was even that belonging to family, was a key component for peace...for happiness.
"I'm sorry to bring this up, but I was rather heartbroken for you and your brother when hearing of your parent's passing in that dreadful car accident. It was a terrible tragedy, one I was certain would tear away love from your still young life." Her only revealed eye shimmered with sadness and Sasuke drank his wine glass, staying silent. She wasn't wrong. He took his parent's death hard. He had only steeled himself of it and simply continued on to be sure to succeed his father.
"Despite that, oddly enough, you seem a bit more laid back compared to when I last saw you at their funeral." Sasuke looked up to her, slightly surprised. Did he really? She chuckled at his reaction.
"It's true. Yeah sure, you got that business poker face of yours, but everything about you, even the air around you is a bit relaxed. So...I couldn't help but wonder if you had finally found love again." Mei ended, smiling joyfully.
"So...are you going to answer my question? Are you in love? Don't forget, you have to be honest." She asked again. Sasuke sighed, eyes lowering. The image of Sakura flashed in his mind. He wasn't sure he knew what love was. He had never been in love before.
If it was the millions of things Sakura made him feel, then...
"...I…" He started slowly, his lowered eyes shifting to the sides to see if anyone else was listening. They were in a secluded part of the restaurant but they were still around the other patrons as well. He'd be damned if some spying reporter or someone caught wind of what he and the woman were talking about. Suddenly she laughed, stopping him in his tracks. He glared up at her.
"No need to give a verbal answer...your face says it all. I'll sign the contract." She waved her hand in dismissal. Sasuke gave a look of exasperation, his eyebrow twitching.
"For crying out loud, Terumi." He grumbled, reaching for his suitcase to pull out the documents needed. Mei laughed.
The two left the restaurant and as they turned to depart ways, Mei smiled.
"I'm happy for you Uchiha-san." She said as he was walking away. He paused, turning just slightly and eyeing her with a weary look.
"Terumi…" He said, his voice a slight warning, though it was also a slight plea. She chuckled.
"No need to worry. I won't tell anyone. You just make sure you find happiness." She said softly, walking away herself. Sasuke watched, turning to go to his car. He dialed Suigetsu.
"Yeah boss." The head of his security answered, his tone sounded tired. Sasuke drove.
"Everything okay over there?" Sasuke questioned. Suigetsu should have been by her door inside the building. He had half a mind to do a driveby around her block to be sure he didn't find anything suspicious outside.
"Everything's quite. I've been doing a few checks outside too. Doesn't seem like there's much to worry about in a neighborhood like this." Suigetsu informed. Sasuke's eyebrows furrowed, still tense.
"Good. Just keep guard, at least for another hour or so. I know it's late." Sasuke said. He heard Suigetsu chuckle.
"Don't worry. I'll keep her safe." Sasuke's eyes narrowed. He hung up the call not bothering to respond to that. Put only slightly at ease, he set a course for home.
He was sitting in his office, typing up an email; the contents of it he had no true care for. He was a bit tired and he could feel the rocks in his shoulders. He ran a hand through his hair. Today felt so slow he could feel time itself taunting him. There was a knock at his door. He glared. Who could that be? He wasn't scheduled for anything, at least not yet.
"Enter." He grumbled. The door opened and his eyes flew into surprise at the person coming in.
"Sakura? What are you doing here?" He asked incredulously, raising his eyebrow. She was dressed in a black office skirt, a cream white button down tucked into it, a black blazer over it. She said nothing but the steamy look in her eyes gave him wonder. She was staring at him with a majority of intent, but what that intent was, he couldn't read. He eyed her when she locked his door.
"Sakura, what is it? Is something wrong?" He questioned her. Again she said nothing, only walked towards him, taking off her blazer. His eyes widened when she neared him and began unbuttoning her shirt. There was a burning on his cheeks and his heart began racing.
"S-Sakura, what are you—!" He was cut off when she straddled him in his office chair, her cleavage revealed with the unfinished buttoning. She gave him a gentle and lusting smile, caressing his face with one hand.
"You look so stressed, Sasuke-sama." She whispered to him, her other hand rubbing against his chest and into his hair. He gave a soft groan, as the hand caressing his face moved to rub up and down his chest, gently massaging one of his shoulders and repeating. He stared up at her.
"Sakura…" He mumbled huskily, their lips just centimeters apart. He found his hands rubbing up her thighs, the office skirt already risen just a bit because of her position on top of him. He slouched back, feeling relaxation and a want for her to be on him more. Her eyes gleamed, her seductive smile never wavering.
"Do you want me to ease your stress, Sasuke-sama?" She questioned. His eyes glinted on her, holding in them lust and need. She was fueling him with desire. One of his hands grazed up her abdomen, moving closer to her one of her breast. The other was wrapping around her hip towards her rear.
"Sakura...I…" She hushed him, placing her finger against his lips. It dragged down towards his tie with his silence.
"Just relax, Sasuke-sama." She whispered, kissing his cheek and moving to nip at his earlobe. The sensations she was wracking his body with were enticing him to act on instinct and impulse. He felt one her hand pull down on his tie, undoing it with a slowness he almost cursed her. She moved, claiming his lips and Sasuke instantly fought her for dominance, even though she was on top. He won and she was now moaning in his mouth against his tongue, further pushing him towards the edge. They pulled away, she biting his bottom lip as they separated for air, panting. He wanted more. His hand wrapping around into her hair, he pulled her back into another makeout session. Her moans drugged him further into the cravings she was giving him and his other hand ripped apart the rest of the buttons of her blouse, growing impatient. She gasped in his mouth as he felt her skin. She was so soft. Her lips were so sweet. He could feel a few buttons of his being undone. His other hand squeezing on her rear and pulling her against him, he heard her give an even more desperate moan and his small bit of restraint snapped like a twig.
Still kissing her and in his chair, his hand in her hair moved to swipe most of the things off his glass desk with indifference. His laptop knocking into his phone, a few files, all falling into the floor. He didn't give two damns if any of it broke, he'd just buy a new one. He lifted her, placing her down on it a little roughly with his haste. They pulled apart again, a string of saliva connected between their parted and breathless lips. Sakura staring up at him with a flushed look on her face, her lips bruised with his claim on her. Her hands were wrapped around his neck, her legs around his hips.
"I want you, Sasuke-sama." She panted breathlessly to him. His eyes stared into hers, lusting and enraptured by her. His eyes trailed up and down her partially exposed body.
"Do you, Sakura? How badly do you want me?" He asked huskily, his fingers grazing down her neck, chest and abdomen. To feel her silky skin beneath his hand, he was filled with a sudden feeling of possessiveness. This body, this skin, that look in her eyes, the moans from her lips; it was all his. She was his. She whined at his touch and his dark eyes moved from her black laced bra and the appetizing contents they held, to her hazed emerald eyes.
"Tell me." He commanded her, one of his hands squeezing her rear again. She gasped, moaning when he licked between her breast.
"Tell me Sakura." He murmured, licking up her chin.
"I need you, Sasuke-sama." She whimpered. Sasuke dipped his head down, kissing and licking her neck. She moaned, beginning to take of his blazer, which he gladly helped with, tossing it somewhere he didn't care about. She moaned and arched her body as he sucked on her neck, making his mark on her. He groaned, feeling her grind against his growing hard on.
"Sakura…" He mumbled against her skin. She continued unbuttoning his shirt and he felt her hands rubbing up and down his muscular chest and abs.
"Young Master!" He flinched at a man's voice cutting her off.
"Young Master, it's time to wake up!"
Sasuke shot up in his bed with a start. Beside him was Sebastian, who had just finished shaking him awake. The older butler sighed tiredly.
"Honestly sir, it hasn't been this difficult to wake you since you were a child." Sebastian chastised shaking his head. Sasuke rubbed his eyes with his fingers groaning between frustrated gritted teeth. A damn dream? He dreamed of that?
"What time is it?" Sasuke grumbled, flipping out of his bed and dragging his hand down his face.
"Four thirty, sir. I was surprised you slept passed your first alarm. Now, go and shower. Sabaku-san called and said he would be here within the hour." Sebastian answered, pulling open Sasuke's wardrobe and beginning to pick out his attire. Sasuke scoffed, standing and walking into his bathroom. He splashed water on his face, bringing his eyes to look himself in the mirror Sasuke glared at himself, images of his just interrupted dream flashing in his mind.
"Sasuke-sama…" He scoffed, though there was no stopping the burning in his cheeks. How could he be so lewd? What the hell was wrong with him? Sakura was a respectable woman...and she wouldn't do such a thing. Damn it, going back to his office was now gonna be an immense struggle against his imagination. He was still thinking of it for goodness sake. He stepped in the shower, trying to focus his mind on his oncoming meeting with Gaara.
Gaara stepped into Sasuke's study, watching as the man was typing up something. Sasuke's hard gaze looked up to meet Gaara's and he stopped typing.
"Uchiha." Gaara greeted.
"Hn. Sabaku." Sasuke grunted, filling his glass with scotch. He eyed the bottle with slight disdain. It was almost three quarters done. He was going to have to go get more. Gaara gave a perplexed face.
"It's five thirty in the morning. Isn't it too early to be drinking?" Gaara questioned. While he didn't care much for the Uchiha's health, he was a bit curious as to why he was drinking so early? Was this what he did when he worked from home? Sasuke chugged. It was really the only way he had been able to relax after the dream he had earlier. In the shower he couldn't stop thinking about it and throughout starting his work, she was plaguing him constantly. His unending experience of the dream had even changed just slightly to being here in his study on one of the lounge chairs.
He could only drink to keep the thought of way and while working, it did help somewhat, he could still faintly feel her hands on him.
"Mind your business, Sabaku." Sasuke grumbled, pulling out the documents Gaara was here for.
"Here's the evaluations of the documents you gave to my resources. I should also inform you, I closed that deal with Terumi last night. As agreed, you will receive three percent of the revenue I make from her." Sasuke said, handing them to him. Gaara nodded in approval.
"And Sabaku industries will reward both our investors for using her services." Gaara confirmed. Sasuke gave a curt nod, drinking again. Gaara stared.
"Are you doing alright?" Gaara asked. Sasuke placed down his glass, moving to type at his laptop again.
"I'm fine." Sasuke ended all inquiry. Gaara's nonexistent eyebrows furrowed.
"Is it about Sakura? Is she recovering alright?" Gaara asked, the woman's name causing Sasuke to flinch, his body tensing. Sasuke frowned. In one fell swoop, there went his bit of focus on work that he had managed to conjure. All of it, just right out the window and he was already hearing her moaning his name.
"It's nothing and it has nothing to do with her." Sasuke mumbled, chugging his glass again, emptying it. Gaara snorted as Sasuke refilled it.
"You expect me to believe you?" Gaara asked.
"I don't care if you believe me or not." Sasuke said glaring. Gaara sighed.
"Listen Uchiha, I'm only concerned because I don't need you faltering off business for a reason that wasn't your fault." Gaara explained. Sasuke instantly caught on that Gaara was talking about the shooting, however that was long gone from Sasuke's mind. No, he had bigger problems plaguing him than that already handled event. He never thought anything would be worse to his focus than that event. But no, ever since having that encounter with Sakura last night and that dream he was woken from, he was beyond losing his mind. A few months ago, he would have snorted at even the mention of having such thoughts for a woman, but now...now he was completely caught off guard. He was a man of insane self control, it had been drilled into him from childhood, yet at this moment, each and every second that passed and his thoughts filled with Sakura, all those years of restraint and control was slipping from his fingers. He was all of a sudden, susceptible to all kinds of emotion, from anger to embarrassment, jealousy and now, lust. It was all new and foreign to him. He ran a hand through his hair.
"Get off my back Sabaku. You have nothing to b about." Sasuke grumbled, turning back to his laptop and typing away. Gaara sighed turning.
"If you say so, Uchiha. Whatever's going on with you is not my problem." Gaara said, leaving. Sasuke scowled, face palming himself and mumbling incoherently as he got another flash of Sakura's pleading eyes, those desperate sounds she was making echoing in his ears.
Today was going to be a long, long day.
"Narutoooo! Shut up! Stop laughing, idiot!" Sakura growled, clutching her head which was against her kitchen table. Naruto sat across from her, laughing hard and loudly. Too loudly. Everything was loud. She groaned.
"Sorry Sakura-Chan! It's been ages since I've seen you get a hangover! I—pppfffff—I can't h-help it! I haven't seen you like this s-since Temari's—hahah—twenty-first birthday!" Naruto laughed out, clutching at his stomach. The current bar owner had a pretty legendary party, which after words turned into bar hopping. Sakura kept up of course, but was piss drunk by the end of the night. She could barely hold anything down the next day, not even water. No one who went on that drinking spree could really. True to his current form, Naruto had actually gotten even more drunk than any of them but it didn't really matter. They all ended up at his place; he, Sakura, Shikamaru, Temari, Hinata, Gaara, Temari's other brother Kankuro, Tenten and Ino all passed out in different areas of the house. Sakura had somehow ended up sleeping on top of his kitchen table, an arm and a leg dangling. When she awakened, she fell off,falling onto Shikamaru who was just below her for a reason none of them remembered.
Everything got even more hilarious when Sakura stood, walking out and headbutted into Temari and the two cringed with a shared headache.
Sakura glared dangerously at the blond, her green eyes fueling with a fire of anger and irritation.
"Ugh. If you're gonna spend the entire evening laughing at me, get out." She growled, shielding her eyes again in her arms. Naruto chuckled, stifling his giggles and rubbing Sakura's back in circles. He had come by just fifteen minutes ago, the time now nine forty in the evening, having dropped off Hinata after an evening out with her. Sakura had apparently just woken up about two hours ago and at the time her room was still spinning.
"I'm sorry again, Sakura-Chan. Say, how about I make you some ramen, neh? I bet it will help calm the headache." Naruto offered, smiling. Sakura hummed in acceptance and Naruto stood to get to work. Sakura sat in thought. She didn't remember much about last night. It was bits of blurs and slight blackouts. She remembered Sasuke came by. She remembered him saying something. She remembered being lifted and put to bed. That was about it. Her eyes lowered. She prayed she didn't make an ass of herself. She didn't even want to ask him if she did. She just wanted to disappear and stay invisible. That or for the rest of the world to disappear.
She didn't care which happened first. Her head was killing her and she wanted everything and everyone gone.
She closed her eyes, only for a moment before there was the ringing of a phone. A loud ringing of a phone. Her eyes opened again, glaring at the table. In another life, she probably would have slammed her fist into the table, shattering it. Maybe even shattering her entire apartment building. She felt a vein burst at her throbbing temple.
"Hello?" Naruto answered his phone.
"Hello there, young Naruto, this is Sebastian, the butler of the Uchiha residence." Answered on the other line. Naruto raised a blond eyebrow, stirring the boiling noodles in the pot.
"Huh? Old man? Is everything okay? What's going on?" Naruto questioned ignorantly. The butler cleared his throat.
"Is the Young Master with you?" Sebastian questioned. Naruto's look of bewilderment increased.
"Huh? No, Sasuke's not with me. Is he alright?" Naruto asked. Sakura's head lifted and turned, looking into Naruto's back at the mention of Sasuke. Her eyes grew concerned.
"I see. Well, abruptly, the Young Master asked me to reschedule his last meeting and stormed out the house. I tried to keep him here considering he was quite intoxicated but he was already out the door before I could even grab him. A car came to pick him up. I'm a bit worried." Sebastian said over the line. Naruto's eyebrows knitted together, his eyes becoming serious and confused. What was going on with Sasuke? He had never behaved like this before.
"I'll see if I can find him Sebastian. I'll give you a call." Naruto promised.
"Thank you, Naruto." After Sebastian's words of gratitude, Naruto hung up sighing. Now he was worried.
"What's going on?" Sakura asked. Naruto looked back at her, giving her a smile with his eyes closed. He didn't want her to worry. She was still recovering with that wound of hers, healing fast or not.
"Don't worry Sakura-Chan. It's nothing to worry about. Teme apparently stormed out his house. Probably throwing one of his fits. I'll handle it after I finish your ramen, alright?" He said, continuing to give her a grin of diversion. Sakura glared.
"Don't give me that bull." Her snarl broke his facade and his face snapped back to neutral concern. He looked into Sakura's eyes watching her already standing.
"I know that look. Something's wrong. I know it. So don't lie to me." Sakura growled, stepping to Naruto. Naruto stared into her eyes for a moment before sighing.
"Sebastian said Sasuke ordered him to reschedule his last meeting of the night. He was apparently really drunk and then, like I said, he stormed out the house. Sebastian says a car came to pick him up." Naruto admitted quietly, avoiding her gaze. Sakura's eyes grew wide in shock. Why was Sasuke drunk? Then to reschedule a meeting? For what? What was going on.
"I'm gonna find him. But first, I'll make your rame—"
"I'm coming with you." Sakura cut him off, walking over to her bedroom. Naruto's eyebrows furrowed.
"No Sakura-Chan, you should stay here!" He yelled out knowing she heard him. He knew she was getting dressed hastily. She already walked back, wearing jeans and throwing on a sweater over the cropped tank top she wore from yesterday.
"You really expect me to stay here, while something could possibly be happening to him?" Sakura questioned with a challenging tone.
"Sakura, please. You're still recovering and on top of that, you're hungover. We don't know what kind of state Sasuke is in and—"
"Exactly. We don't know what state he's in! Let's both go! If we both go, he won't have to get hostile or whatever he's feeling!" Sakura said grabbing her keys.
"You don't know that Sakura-Chan!" Naruto yelled.
"Sasuke-kun would never hurt me and I know that for a fact!" Sakura yelled back, worsening her own headache but it didn't matter to her. Naruto froze in place eyes widening. In her eyes was the determination Sakura had always had as a young child, her will that of fire. She would go above and beyond for the people she cared about, even innocent strangers if she could help. Her tenacity knew no bounds and for as long as he could remember, Sakura was a fighter, for her beliefs and the ones she loved. She had done it for him countless of times. A knowing smile came upon his face and he dropped his head chuckling.
"Well, you have that look in your eye. I'm obviously not going to change your mind." Naruto sighed out, turning off the stove. Sakura smirked triumphantly.
"Alright. Let's find him." Naruto said and the two left Sakura's apartment.
An empty glass slammed onto the bar.
"Give me another." A slurred voice mumbled. A silver long haired bartender eyed the younger dark haired drunk man, seeing he had too much to drink.
"Are you sure? You've had quite a lot to drin—" He was met with a deadly glare from obsidian eyes.
"I said give. Me. Another." Sasuke growled. The bartender raised an eyebrow before sighing, taking the glass and filling it straight with whiskey, as requested by the man.
"You have a way to get home right? I hope you're not driving in this state." The bartender commented. Putting down his already half finished glass, Sasuke clicked his tongue.
"Tsk. Never heard of a fucking Uber?" Sasuke snarled, chugging his drink again. The bartender sighed. This dive bar had its fair share of drunks and alcoholics. This guy wasn't the first and wasn't going to be the last to stumble in here hoping to shut down their livers. The older bartender closed his eyes sighing.
"Alright. If you need anything just shout me out. I'll get your Uber for ya." He offered and Sasuke glared, slamming his already finished shot down onto the table.
"Whatever." Sasuke mumbled. The bartender refilled him, before a scream was heard down the bar.
"JIRAIYA!" A female yelled. The bartender sighed before giving a chuckle. He looked back to Sasuke.
"Women, huh? Can't live with them. Can't live without them. Am I right?" He shrugged. Sasuke stiffened. Women. No, it was a woman. One, annoying woman. One woman taking over his mind. His waking moments and his sleeping ones. Damn it she was on his mind right now. He needed to focus on his work. He needed to focus on his business. How was he supposed to do that if she was on his mind? How was he supposed focus on his life when she was penetrating it? He could barely understand what it was he was feeling. He couldn't understand why he was feeling it. Screw Itachi's advice about controlling his emotions and whatever else it was that he had forgot. It didn't change all of these intruding thoughts. It didn't change his confusion.
"Tch. Annoying…" Sasuke mumbled. Jiraiya laughed.
"Hey, kid." Sasuke lifted his gaze.
"I don't know you or your story, but don't block out your life from women. They may be a little irritating in our lives but it's like I always say," Jiraiya started, giving a cheeky grin that kind of reminded Sasuke of Naruto.
"JIRAIYA YOU NO GOOD LAZY PERVERT! GIVE ME ANOTHER DRINK!" The same woman yelled again. Jiraiya chuckled, turning back to Sasuke.
"We men go crazy over women. They scatter our brains and take over our very hearts. But a woman that's worth it, is a blessing. There is no love, like that of a woman's. So, if it's a girl that's got you like this and she's worth it, don't give up pal. You won't regret it in the future." Jiraiya said softly. Sasuke looked back down at his drink, his drunken thoughts trying to process what the man was saying.
"JIRAIYAAA!" The same woman screamed. The bartender chuckled and walked over.
"Coming my sweet!" He called over. Sasuke stared down at his drink.
"A woman...that's worth it." Sasuke mumbled to himself. Sakura flashed in his mind again, smiling at him and laughing. He chuckled to himself.
"Yeah...she's worth it." He murmured, before he felt his phone vibrating in his pocket. He raised an eyebrow, taking it out. He almost dropped the damn thing, catching it luckily and looked at the phone. Naruto. Sasuke put his phone down with indifference.
"Sasuke-kun?!" He heard, turning his head. Sasuke's drunken eyes glared.
"Karin?" He grumbled. She squealed and he rolled his eyes, turning back to his drink. From the short glimpse he got, the woman was skimpily dressed. He didn't care for the details, only seeing a low hanging and revealing shirt and a miniskirt.
"This is amazing! I never thought I'd see you again, since you fired me!" She gushed, sitting beside him. Sasuke glared.
"Sasuke-kun…" Sakura's voice in his mind eased him, at least until he felt hands wrapping around his arm. His gaze shifted, seeing Karin wrap her arms around his. She was pressing her body against his arm as much as she could.
"Say, Sasuke-kun, since we're not working together anymore, maybe we can have some fun tonight?" She suggested flirtatiously, having lost her glasses. Sasuke glared at her.
"Back off, Karin." He warned, drinking. Her eyes widened, as if not expecting rejection for a reason that was beyond him. He never showed interest in her before. Why in the world did she think that even drunk he would as well.
"Oh, come on Sasuke-kun! Please? I heard about the shooting. You must be so stressed out." She said as he put down his drink, still clinging to him. As he remembered, this woman had no damn sense of boundaries.
"Don't you want me to ease your stress?" She asked, giving a coquettish smile. Sasuke's glare hardened, snatching his arm from her.
There was only one woman he wanted to hear say those words and so far she had only said them in his dreams.
"I said back off, Karin." Sasuke warned again. Karin stared incredulously. She had thought before that the only reason he was so callous with her was because they worked together— that and she figured maybe he hadn't been laid in a while or something. But Karin was a persistent woman. She had always had an eye for the rich CEO and she was determined to make him hers.
"You know, I may have had trouble working for you, but…" She reached her hand and caressed it.
"I can work other things for you." She whispered into his ear. Sasuke tried his hardest not to push her across the room.
"Karin." He snarled her name and it made her snap back. She was met with a glare that was harsher than death's gaze.
"Get. Away. From. Me." He enunciated, making sure it was clear. Karin suddenly giggled and Sasuke gritted his teeth in annoyance. To think, he had just finished calling Sakura annoying, he obviously had forgotten the nuisance that was Karin.
"I get it. You're not in the mood tonight." She guessed incorrectly. After that dream earlier he couldn't have been more in the mood. His phone vibrating on the bar caught his attention, taking a swig and picking it up, his eyes widened at the name appearing on his caller ID. Karin peeked, her own eyes growing shocked before they glared in suspicion.
He hesitated at first, staring as the phone vibrated in his hand. What was it that she wanted? Was she okay? Did she need something? His hand answered, placing the phone to his ear.
"Sakura…" The way he said her name was tender and soft, further shocking Karin. It was way different from the harsh tone she had received.
"Sasuke-kun!" His eyes lowered. She sounded worried.
"What's wrong?" He asked, albeit it came out a bit slurred.
"Sasuke-kun, where are you?" She asked. Sasuke grunted, not fully remembering the name of the bar. He just told the Uber to take him somewhere into the city and he walked until finding what he felt was an inconspicuous bar and walked in.
"I'm…" He looked around, catching his eye on the back of Jiraiya's vest. The Toad Sage, it read. He was about to respond, before his phone was snatched out his hand by Karin.
"Hello? Who's this?" Karin spoke and Sasuke eyes grew wild.
"Uh...who's this?" Sakura asked, sitting beside Naruto in his car.
"The name's Karin, sweety. I'm with my Sasuke-ku—" She was cut off from saying anymore before Sasuke snatched the phone from her hand.
"Don't ever touch my fucking phone again!" He snarled. On her end Sakura's eyes were wide with confusion. Naruto glanced at her worriedly.
"Sakura-Chan, what's going on?" Naruto asked her. Sakura glanced back, her eyebrows raised in what was confusion and concern.
"Sakura." Sasuke's voice came back on the phone. She stayed quiet for a minute, thinking back on the woman's words. She was about to say "my Sasuke-kun" and Sakura felt a pain in her heart. Her eyes lowered.
"Sakura?" His call reached her and she closed her eyes in composure.
"Can you tell me where you are?" She asked, her tone trying to stay the same, but it was in vain. She heard it herself, the pain that slipped through her voice and she cursed herself for not hiding her tone well enough.
"I'm at a bar called the Toad Sage." He answered. Sakura's eyes flew in surprise. She knew the place. She had been there a few times. She turned to Naruto.
"He's at Jiraiya's place." Naruto's eyes widened.
"EHHH?! The pervy old man's place?! How the hell—no, scratch that; why the hell did he go there?!" Naruto screeched. Sakura only shrugged.
"Sasuke-kun, don't go anywhere. We're coming to get you." She said.
"We?" He questioned. Sakura stayed quiet.
"Yeah. Me and Naruto. We'll be there soon." She said, waiting for his reply.
"Alright." She heard him about to say something else other than that but she hung up. Hearing the other woman on the line rattled her. She was confused and she felt hurt. It seemed so out of character for Sasuke to be like this, drunk and in a bar. Was he really with that woman? He sounded pretty angry with her, but was that just because she had touched his stuff? Sakura looked out the window, her heart aching.
"Everything alright, Sakura-Chan?" Naruto asked. Sakura stayed staring out the window.
"Yeah…" She said somberly. Naruto glanced at her again, his eyebrows knitting together. He couldn't see her eyes. He chose to just leave it be.
Sasuke was glaring at Karin menacingly, teeth gritted and damn near close to killing her.
"Karin…" He growled her name and Karin stared up at him, feigning sadness.
"Sasuke-kun, who was that girl?" She asked. Sasuke's eyes filled with even more rage and he stood.
"She...IS NONE OF YOUR FUCKING BUSINESS!" Sasuke screamed, startling her. Jiraiya came rushing over to Sasuke, an alarmed awareness in his eyes.
"Whoa, Whoa, Whoaaa! Easy there son!" Jiraiya said, grabbing Sasuke's wrist. He didn't get Sasuke's attention, so the bartender turned to where his aggression was towards only for his face to drop in complete understanding. He sighed in tiredness.
"Stirring up trouble again, Karin. Come on now, this happens almost every night you're here." Karin glared at Jiraiya, scoffing and flipping her hair.
"Hmph! He's just stressed, right Sasu—"
"Karin, you never gave been good at taking a hint but I'm pretty sure he's stressed because of you. Leave the man alone." Jiraiya shooed her. Karin looked back to Sasuke. Only to see him drinking. He was expecting her to leave. He wanted her to go. She glared back at Jiraiya, harrumphing.
"Whatever." She turned back to Sasuke, blushing and clasping her hands together.
"See you some other time, Sasuke-kun?" She asked. Jiraiya rolled his eyes. Sasuke ignored her.
"No he won't now get! Scatter! Shoo!" Jiraiya waved her off. Karin glared again, walking away and cursing under her breath. Waiting until Karin was out of earshot, Jiraiya laughed, leaning on the bar stand.
"Ha! Handsome young man like yourself must get that a lot!" He quipped. Sasuke rolled his eyes finishing his glass.
"It's annoying." He grumbled, pushing his glass towards the old man, signaling for another round. He was drunk enough. He figured there was no harm in getting drunker. Especially after the debauchery with Karin. He was angry. She spoke to Sakura, saying what she said. He could only hope Sakura didn't believe her in the slightest. If she did, he'd be sure to make things clear. She was the only woman he wanted to belong to. Jiraiya gave out another laugh.
"I can imagine, however if it was me, I'd be in paradise." Jiraiya said, drooling a bit. Sasuke's eyebrow twitched, that is until an empty sake bottle hit the bartender from across the bar. Then he was surprised.
"I SEE THAT PERVERTED FACE YOU NO GOOD BASTARD!" The same female voice yelled from down the bar. Out of curiosity Sasuke looked over seeing a fairly drunk blond woman, her hair tied back in low hanging pigtails and a purple diamond on her forehead. Her half lidded hazel eyes were annoyed, her eyebrow twitching as she drank. Jiraiya chuckled, rubbing the side of his head where the bottle had made impact. He laughed, giving a big grin. He turned back to Sasuke smiling.
"Sorry. That's my wife. See what I mean when I say it's worth the insanity if the woman is worth it?" He brought back the first topic. Sasuke raised an eyebrow.
"She's worth it to you?" Sasuke asked incredulously. While it was true that the woman was currently drunk, he couldn't help but think that she was a handful in general. He found a woman like that worth it? Then again, Sakura in herself was his own bit of handful. He had quite an insight into many of her antics, from her being forgetful to just plain stubborn. She could even be a bit childish at times. On top of that, there was a lot of the baggage she carried from her past, of which he was sure he had not even scratched the surface of yet. Jiraiya chuckled giving a smile of content.
"She's the woman of my dreams. May not really seem like it right now to you with the state she's in, but she really is the woman for me. I couldn't ask for a better woman even if God himself handed her to me." Jiraiya smiled. He snapped his fingers.
"Hey! That's a good line! I gotta right that down!" He exclaimed excitedly, bringing out a small notebook and pen. Sasuke raised an eyebrow. He was about to inquire about the book until a hand grabbed his shoulder.
"Teme! Thank God, you're alright!" Naruto said in relief. Sasuke turned raising an eyebrow.
"Naru—" His speech stopped, catching Sakura's eyes behind Naruto. He stared at her, waves upon waves of everything crashing down on him. Jiraiya watched, raising an observant eyebrow.
"PERVY OLD MAN! HOW COME YOU KEPT SERVING HIM?! YOU'RE WORSE THAN TSUNADE-BAA-CHAN!" Naruto screamed. Jiraiya gave out a booming laugh, placing his hands on his hips.
"Well, Naruto! I gotta produce some kind of revenue to promote my new book!" He stated proudly. Naruto pointed a shaking accusing finger at him.
"YOUR PERVY BOOKS DON'T NEED PROMOTION!" Jiraiya laughed, looking over to Sasuke. The young gentleman was paying them no mind, instead his gaze very attentive on something else. He followed his stare, eyes falling onto the beautiful, pink haired girl he had known for a long time. Jiraiya's smile warmed. So that was the woman who had supposedly taken over his mind. Jiraiya chuckled.
"Aah. Little Cherry Blossom, you've finally come to visit, eh?" He caught her attention. Her eyes shifted from Sasuke to the older man, walking to Sasuke's other side to be closer.
"It's been some time Jiraiya." She said smiling joyfully. Jiraiya smiled wholeheartedly.
"You're still as beautiful as I remember. My, how the years have flown since you and Naruto were children. I'm getting old." He chuckled reminiscently. Sakura gave a giggle. Jiraiya looked back to Sasuke, seeing his eyes never left the beauty. Jiraiya gave a knowing smile, closing his eyes.
"It has been some time since I've drank here. Sorry. I'll be sure to stop by a bit more." Sakura promised. Naruto shrieked.
"EEEH! SAKURA-CHAN!" Naruto whined. Sakura glared.
"Naruto! Stop being so rude!" Sakura chastised.
"DID I HEAR SAKURA?!" A woman screeched. Sakura perked, hearing and recognizing the voice. In a second, the blond woman was next to Sakura, grinning down at her.
"Oh my goodness…" She whispered, a loving and gentle look on her face. Sakura's eyes widened.
"T-Tsunade-Shishou…" Sakura regarded in surprise. The seemingly young and busty woman embraced Sakura tightly crying drunken tears of joy. Sakura sweatdropped, her face in between her own joy and embarrassment. Sasuke observed the interaction, unable to help but relate the scene to a mother embracing her long missed child.
"Please, Tsunade-Shishou! No need to cry." Sakura soothed, hugging the woman back. Tsunade's mood changed instantly, thrashing away from Sakura and gripping her shoulders. Her tears disappeared almost instantly and she grinned.
"You're absolutely right! We must celebrate! JIRAIYA!" She screamed though the man was right in front of her. Jiraiya chuckled.
"A bottle of sake coming up dear." He said already knowing. Sakura smiled.
"Actually, sorry you two. Not tonight. Naruto and I came to take Sasuke home." Sakura put them at pause. Tsunade raised a drunken eyebrow and Jiraiya nodded in approval.
"Very well." Jiraiya said in acceptance. Tsunade was not having it.
"Haaahhh?" She questioned without words only to eye the dark haired man still eyeing Sakura the entire time. Her eyes flew into shock before she grinned mischievously. Sasuke eyed her back drunkenly, taking another gulp of his drink as Tsunade put her lips to Sakura's ear.
"Well, well, well, you nailed yourself a hottie eehhh?" Tsunade questioned, her voice full of pride as Sakura's face turned entirely beet red.
"T-TSUNADE-SHISHOU!" Sakura yelped in horror. Tsunade chuckled nudging Sakura's shoulder and wriggling her eyebrows suggestively. Jiraiya chuckled. Naruto's face deadpanned. Sasuke was confused.
From across the way Karin watched, a glare behind the frames of her glasses. She noted mentally how Sasuke never removed his eyes from the pink haired girl ever since he realized she was in the bar. It must have been the woman on the phone and Karin couldn't help but scowl in disdain.
She was not about to give up on the handsome and rich CEO. Having him in her clutches, her future would be set. She wouldn't have to work for the rest of her life and having a jaw dropping man like him for a husband was an added bonus. Karin watched the pink haired girl with intent. In Karin's mind, only one sentence crossed it. 'You're not going to win.' With that, she flipped her hair and walked over.
Reaching them, she wrapped her arms around Sasuke from behind, smirking towards Sakura who noticed very clearly. Sasuke stiffened, his eyes glaring in irritation.
"Sasuke-kun! Who are your friends?" Karin cooed, rubbing her face against Sasuke's back. Sakura's eyes saddened. Tsunade glared about to say something but Sasuke beat her to it.
"Karin, get the hell off me." Sasuke growled. Karin giggled.
"No need to be shy!" Naruto rolled his blue eyes.
"Geez Karin. To think you'd even become more obsessed after getting fired." Naruto shot, crossing his arms. Karin placed her hands on her hips, turning her attention to Naruto.
"Shut up shit for brains." She scoffed at him. Sasuke stood, deciding not to stay any longer before he got into a really bad state, drunk. He placed money on the table for Jiraiya.
"I'm ready to leave." He grumbled. Sakura nodded and Naruto was already walking away.
"We'll see you two again soon." Sakura promised Jiraiya and Tsunade. Jiraiya gave her a grin.
"See you soon!" Jiraiya waved. Tsunade grabbed Sakura into another hug.
"Don't let that slut take your man." She whispered in Sakura's ear. Sakura blushed, looking away in insecurity. Sasuke wasn't hers, though, she'd be lying if she said she didn't want him to be.
"G-Goodnight, Tsunade-Shishou." Tsunade grinned, patting the girl on the head.
"Oi. If you can let's make time for a training session neh? For old times sake." Tsunade suggested. Sakura nodded, this time smiling with challenge.
"You're on! Shannaro!" She accepted excitedly, slamming one of her first into her other palm. Tsunade's hazel eyes lit with fire, smirking.
"That's my girl." She grinned, watching as Sakura walked away with Sasuke at her side, though he was wobbling just slightly. Tsunade's attentioned to Karin who was about to chase Sasuke.
"Wait! Sasuk—" Tsunade got in front of Karin, stopping her in her tracks as she smashed into the blond woman's chest.
"Hey! Out of my way, hag!" Karin spat about to move around Tsunade. Jiraiya brought his hand to his face, sighing in exhaustion.
"Oh dear." He mumbled as Tsunade's eyes flew into a rage and she gripped Karin's passing shoulder with a tightness that made Karin winced. It was almost enough to possibly crush her shoulder joint, though in an alternate universe, the bone was probably already disintegrated into dust.
"What. Did. You. Just. Call. Me. Girl?" Tsunade dared the opposing female to repeat herself, a grin of malevolence on her face, in her eyes alight with fire. Karin trembled in fear.
Sasuke was in the backseat, his vision blurry and dizzying. He stared blankly as Sakura turned back to him from her place in the passenger seat.
"Are you alright, Sasuke-kun?" She asked, worry laced in her voice.
They arrived at Sasuke's home, both Naruto and Sakura having wrapped Sasuke's arms over their shoulders considering he stumbled out the car. They managed to rather easily reach Sasuke's mansion doors and were let in and then led by Sebastian to put Sasuke to bed. After having Sasuke lay completely in his king sized bed, Naruto received thanks for both his and Sakura's help whilst the woman of the room sat at Sasuke's hip, watching over him. Sasuke's partially closed eyes stared up at her.
"Sakura…" He mumbled, his hand lifting. She grabbed it, smiling reassuringly to him.
"It's okay, Sasuke-kun. You're home. Like you told me, get plenty of rest." She urged softly. His drunken eyes stared at her, in them a mixture of collectiveness and unreadable intent. Sasuke lifted himself, sitting up only to flop into her chest. Sakura blushed a crimson red, eyes widening in surprise as Sasuke's arms wrapped around her. It caught Naruto's and Sebastian's attention instantly.
"Stay…" Sasuke murmured into her, eyes already closed and he nuzzled against her. Sakura's blush deepened, hands lifted and unsure of what to do. Naruto smirked and Sebastian chuckled.
"Well, it would seem Young Master does not wish for your departure. I suggest you two stay the night. It is indeed, already late. It would be terrible hosting to allow you to travel at such a time." Sebastian said bowing towards Sakura with his eyes closed in respect. Sakura's eyes stayed glued to Sasuke.
"B-But…" Sakura hesitated and was reluctant. Sasuke was her boss. Drunk or not it would be rude to assume he really wanted her here. It could have been easily so, that he was beyond his filter and in reality, he didn't want this at all. Sakura's hands lowered onto him, one hand resting on his bicep and the other wrapped around his shoulder. He was a little heavy, but there was something oddly soothing about having him in her arms. It was as though he belonged there. His arms, though loose and sloppily thrown, were around her waist, one of them she could feel, clutching the sweater she wore.
"Please madam. Do not feel apprehensive. Once the young master lets you out of his grasp I shall see to escort you to another guest room." The old butler offered with promise. Sakura looked back to Naruto, a very readable display of insecurity in her features. This was a bit out of her comfort zone, but the spiky haired blond only shrugged.
"It will be fine Sakura-Chan." He assured her. She shifted her attention back down to the man in her arms and Naruto watched as a look he never saw Sakura give anyone shined in her eyes. It was a gentle look, full of thought and care. With that look in her eye and the current position of Sasuke slumped into her, if Naruto didn't know any better, he would have assumed that she was already Sasuke's wife, if not his girlfriend or lover. A smile of knowing came upon Naruto's face. Sakura had always been considerate and caring of others, but this single look in her eyes offered more than her protection and refuge, as she always offered to those she loved. This gaze promised devotion. She was silently promising to bear all that he needed her to bear, along with an oath to forever be at his side. Again, Naruto couldn't help but feel a swell of happiness and bittersweet confidence about this. He had long waited for Sakura to find someone to make her happy. She worked so hard and didn't really concern herself with finding love. He had almost thought she had planned to live the rest of her days working towards her goal of a quiet life.
In that respect, she really was kind of like Sasuke. Always working to achieve more for herself and while she wasn't as bad as Sasuke who thought life was only about work and business, Naruto couldn't help but feel that she wasn't that far off from living a life that didn't involve more than her friendships and her work.
"I shall leave you. Young Naruto, I'm sure you will find your way to your usual guest room?" Sebastian inquired. Naruto grinned cheekily, chuckling.
"Of course! Goodnight old man." Sebastian twitched before sighing with resignation.
"Goodnight." He turned to Sakura, pulling out a card and handing it to her. She took it, eyeing the slip in her hand.
"My lady, whenever you are ready to be escorted, simply call me. I will be here in a moment's notice." He said, bowing to her. Sakura nodded.
"Thank you." She replied. Naruto turned only slightly, eyes looking back to her.
"You'll be okay here?" He asked, just to be sure. Sakura nodded, though she was a bit hesitant, she was starting to feel comfortable and easy with this closeness she felt. The light fanning of Sasuke's slumbering breathing was giving her small shivers throughout her body, but having him there was equally, if not more comforting than it was disconcerting.
"Y-Yeah…" She stuttered quietly, though it was only out of her own off putting more than it was nervousness or fear. She felt Sasuke shift just slightly, giving a soft groan. The hand that was gripping her sweater tightened and his face buried deeper towards her neck. Naruto chuckled.
"Looks like it's a good thing you slept all , Sakura-Chan." He laughed out, walking away to leave them. Sakura blushed lightly.
"Shut up." She mumbled. Naruto's final snicker was all she heard and then she was alone with Sasuke. She sat there like that for a moment in a welcomed and encompassing silence. This felt nice. This felt right, to Sakura. She had never felt this way about holding someone before and the realization of that brought a blush to her face. Maybe Sasuke wouldn't remember this, but Sakura could not deny that this would be a moment she would always cherish, even if it was just for one night. She would always remember the feel of him in her arms, the light brush of his breathing against her skin. This was a welcomed change to her nights spent alone. Even when nothing was being said between them, she couldn't help but feel a closeness with Sasuke in this state more than ever when he was awake. He was invulnerable to everybody awake. He was always on guard and so observant, she was certain he could plan any conversation several sentences ahead. Yet here he was, with her, defenseless. A man she had come to associate with power and control was now nothing more than just a man. Sakura now saw him, not as her employer, but someone who needed her, even if that assumption was false. For this feeling alone, even if Sasuke didn't want it, she would be sure to support him in anything she could.
Feeling him fall a bit more limp in her arms, she gently pushed Sasuke down, laying him down as softly as she could. She thought she was free only to still feel his grip in her sweater. His other hand dangled over her lap. With no means of escape, Sakura was resorted to sitting at his hip, looking down at his features. She had been right just a few moments ago. He was absolutely defenseless. His rigid face had softened and relaxed with his slumber. She traced, his perfect, long eyelashes and parted, thin lips. He was too handsome of a man. Sakura could only think that such beauty was made from the hands of God himself. It was almost not fair. She mentally sighed. She wondered if Sasuke had any idea what he did to her heart. She could only grimace at it however, full of the belief that Sasuke couldn't see her in anyway more than maybe a friend or comrade.
"Sakura…" His slurred call brought her from his thoughts. She jumped lightly, seeing Sasuke's dark and glossy eyes slightly open. She smiled nervously, trying to keep him eased and comfortable.
"Rest Sasuke-kun. I'm alright." She soothed, rubbing his forehead. It was when she moved to massage his temple in circles when he grabbed her hand. Taken aback, Sakura tended, worried she had maybe done more than she should have.
"S-Sorry, Sasuke-kun. I didn't mean to bother y—" Her apology was interrupted by her shriek as she was pulled to lay down, flipped over his body and plopped on her side next to him. He had turned on his side as well, moving to snuggle back into her neck again. He mumbled incoherently and grunted in contentment, his eyes shutting again with indifference. His arms were wrapped around her and with the way she had been pulled, one of her hands was wrapped beneath in his hair. She blushed again, her face turning red and her head spinning. What was she going to do now? How in the world was she going to get out of his grasp like this? She looked down, hearing his breathing deepen.
Sakura whimpered in embarrassment. She hoped she would at least get out before Sasuke woke up.
All while being in her own horror of what might come next, Sakura couldn't help but think about how lucky she was.
Sasuke's eyes cringed open, blinking a few times as they adjusted to the sunlight's rays spilling into his room. He was about to move only a bit before he felt a small weight on him. His hands were wrapped around something soft and petite. Whatever this was against his body felt perfect. He wanted to hold it for ages. He could sleep with it soundly for the rest of his days if he had his hands on it. Slowly he looked down, his body tensing when he caught a glimpse of pink hair. He was on his back and the warm mass against his he could now see was her body. Her head was against his shoulder, head tilted slightly to the crook of his neck. He felt a burning at his cheeks, not knowing what to do right now. If he moved, she might wake up. What would she do or say when she woke up. He cursed himself for possibly ruining all chances he had with her. He only hoped he hadn't said or done anything too irreparable.
Maybe this was just another dream of his he was having. Maybe this was some other fantasy plaguing him like she had been doing for so long. With that thought, he relaxed and he found himself stroking her hair as softly as he could. He lost all thought doing so, only blankly concentrated on the rosette strands falling from his fingers. He heard her hum in appeasement, felt her nudge closer to him if that was possible. Sasuke found himself smiling, relishing in this feeling of her against it. He could certainly get used to this. His eyes lifted up to his navy blue ceiling. If this really was a dream, he didn't mind not waking up, ever. Screw work and all the other responsibilities of life. To be here like this with her was enough. He had never felt so calm and at peace before.
A chuckle caught his ears, and he turned rigid again. His eyes glared, head shifting to see Naruto standing at the doorway. Sasuke's eyebrow twitched. What the hell was Naruto doing in this dream. He wasn't there before. Sasuke scowled in irritation. Why couldn't he just have his way?
"You seem to be enjoying yourself." Naruto said softly in order not to disturb the sleeping Sakura. Sasuke's glare hardened. He'd move to his Naruto but he'd rather not interrupt Sakura's sleep.
"What the hell are you doing here?" Sasuke grumbled lowly. Naruto gave a snarky grin.
"Oh? Seems like you were drunker than I thought." Naruto shrugged. Sasuke's eyes widened, becoming rigid a sudden feeling of horror overcoming him. Small flashes of last night came to mind and now he realized, this wasn't a dream...not one bit. He had told Sakura to stay last night. He could barely contain the feeling of crimson burning on his face.
This was a nightmare. What did Sakura think of him now? He could only hope she knew he respected her greatly and that he had gone overboard.
"Fuck." Sasuke murmured. Naruto tried to stifle his snickers.
"You should have seen her face when you grabbed her. She was redder than you actually." Naruto laughed. Sasuke threw one of his hands over his eyes in mortification.
"She must think I'm some pervert." Sasuke mumbled. Naruto gave a taunting smirk.
"Naaah, maybe clingy though. You wouldn't let go of her all night." Naruto informed. Sasuke grimaced further, begging for this to be some sort of bad dream. A joking one sent to his subconscious by a teasing deity.
Life was not that kind.
"Kill me." He begged anyone or anything to do. Someone assassinate him, murder him. Let him fall victim to a poisonous plant in his diet or make him drown in the ocean. Strike him with lightning for crying out loud. He just wanted to die. Naruto laughed.
"Relax teme. I'm actually pretty sure she liked it. Maybe just as much, if not more, than you did." Naruto assured, winking. Sasuke's dismay only increased.
Why couldn't he at least remember what it was like to be in her arms? At least give him that to try and quell the ever prominent dread wracking his body. With nothing happening to him, he sighed, closing his eyes in annoyance. This was probably the most embarrassing thing to have ever happened to him.
"Can you help me out here?" Sasuke grumbled. Naruto raised an eyebrow.
"What? And miss the reaction between you two when she finally wakes up? No way. I should make some popcorn actually." Naruto stated, his foxy grin cheesing from ear to ear. Sasuke gave a glare of death.
"You asshole, if you don't help me get her off this instant I'll—" Sasuke's starting threat was halted by Naruto, with a smug smirk.
"Whatever it is, you won't be moving at all until after she wakes up." Naruto retorted cheekily. Sasuke's teeth gritted.
"I'll kill you." He seethed. Naruto chuckled.
"Alright. Alright. Geez. There's not much to worry about. She's a heavy sleeper really." Naruto waved off. He helped Sasuke turn her as gently as possible to laying in the bed and Sasuke shifted out from her, trying to stealthily leave the bed without waking her. The two succeeded, Sasuke standing next to Naruto as they both stared at the dormant woman.
"If you ever hurt her, I'll kill you ya know." Naruto suddenly said openly. Sasuke turned his gaze to Naruto, staring with seriousness in his gaze.
"Itachi told me you poked her forehead. You better mean it." Naruto threatened, his blue eyes shifting to Sasuke. Naruto did trust Sasuke with all his being. He'd blindly put his life in Sasuke's hands if it had to be. Despite that, Sakura was special. She was a dear treasure and where Naruto did hope she'd find happiness with Sasuke, he would always choose Sakura's goodwill over everyone's. He hardly had to worry about Hinata. Being an heiress to the Hyuuga company, which she currently had being run by her cousin Neji, she was similar to Sasuke in that she had pretty much anything she needed. She had always been well taken care of by her father and Neji. In order for her to succeed the company though, she still had about another two years of classes or so before she could claim what was technically already hers. Sakura was different. He and Sakura had grown up together and had fought beside each other. So long as Hinata was fine, he would do everything he could for Sakura and his navy haired girlfriend knew it strongly. There was no quarrel about it. Hinata knew what their bond was and how it could never be severed. Nevertheless, Hinata only embraced Sakura as family.
Sasuke, being his best friend was not going to take his priority of Sakura's well being. He would never forgive Sasuke if he hurt her in any way. He forgave no one who hurt Sakura in any way. That included her love life.
"I'll repeat what I told Itachi when he asked if I meant it or not." Sasuke started, looking Naruto in the eye. Naruto stayed silent.
"If I didn't mean it, I wouldn't have done it." Sasuke gruffed, before walking away. Naruto followed, a smile growing on his face.
"If you say so."
With no response, Sasuke walked. Tomorrow was Monday. Back to work. Back to business as usual. Back to the only thing he could fully grasp...hopefully. She was off for two weeks and that would give him the time and space of gather himself.
The thought of two weeks without any contact from her, spurred in him a feeling of dread that felt worse than the dread of embarrassment beforehand.
Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, SHIT! -running-
Sasuke: -dodges Sakura's punch- WHAT THE HELL DID YOU SAY TO HER LONE WOLF!
Uhh...that she had a lot of steam?
Naruto: NOT AGAIN!
Sakura: -breaks the ground- SHANNAROOOOOOO!
Sakura! Please! Spare me! I love you! I'm one of your biggest fans! Kill Naruto! He's the dumbass!
Naruto: WHAT THE HELL LONE WOLF!?
You'll probably survive!
Sakura: Naruto...-target acquired-
Naruto: NO! WAIT! SAKURA-CHAN! WHAT DID I DO?! HOW DO I FIX IT?! TELL ME WHAT TO DO!
Sakura: -cracks knuckles- Give. Me. Your. Soul.
Sasuke: S-Sakura, my love, please come back to me. -grabs her hands-
Sakura: -stares for a moment-
Sasuke: -eyes sparkle with hope- Tsuma?
Naruto: Thank goodness! It was only rampage level thirty seven! -sighs in relief-
Sakura: -eyes widen with rage- THAT WAS RAMPAGE LEVEL FORTY THREE! ARE YOU CALLING ME WEAK?!
Shit. See you guys next chap...again, if we survive...
Sasuke: DAMN IT IDIOT!
Naruto: I'M SORRY! I'M SORRY!
Sakura: -breathes fire-