|Naruto FanFictions - The Sting of Love
Name - The Sting of Love
Author - ocean-dreamer
The Sting of Love
“Hey, Sakura!” Naruto yelled as he sprinted up the street to the pink haired girl. He hesitated in front of her.
“Hi Naruto. What’s wrong?” she answered, pushing back her bangs behind her ears and stared questioningly into Naruto’s crystal blue eyes.
“Did you hear the news, Sakura?” he asked with anxiety in his tone. It wasn’t a surprise to Sakura. She was used to the blonde haired boy being excited all the time. Now that he was 21, he had actually matured since the time when he was 12 and a little pest. Sakura admired him for that though. He was strong and tall and actually had a since of maturity. “You’re never going to believe it! S-S-Sasuke. He’s come back to the village,” he gasped. He had been running all over Konoha it seemed like to find her.
“S-S-Sasuke’s come back? I-I-I don’t believe it. Naruto, have you talked to him? Why did he come back,” Sakura staggered.
“I just saw him at Granny Tsunade’s. He’s talking to her, now. Wait, Sakura!” she was sprinting toward her sensei’s tower. She had to see him now.
Please don’t leave! I love you so much! The night where the only one she actually loved left Konoha for good flashed back into her mind as she sprinted past the buildings of the Hidden Leaf Village.
“Hey Sakura, where are you…” Kakashi asked her as she completely ignored him and kept her mind focused on her destination. The cool air started to sting her lungs, but she wasn’t going to slow down now. The flights of stairs leading up to the Hokage’s office didn’t slow her down, either. She finally stopped outside the office door, panting. She raised her fist to knock and waited for a reply.
“Come in,” the stern voice of Lady Tsunade came and Sakura opened the door instantly. The Hokage was sitting at her desk with scattered paper thrown all over the desk, as usual. Beside her, Tsunade’s assistant Shizune was staring at the young kunoichi. “Sakura, there you are. I have a task for you…” Sakura wasn’t listening at all to a word the woman was saying. She had something far more important on her mind. Sasuke. He was leaning against the wall looking at her with surprise. His raven black hair was the exact same way as it was six years ago when she saw him. He almost killed Naruto that day and part of her hated him for that. The other part was happy to see him again. The shirt he wore exposed his chest that he wore the last time she saw him. The bow that Orochimaru possessed was still tied around his waist. Nine years ago, she would have run to hug him, but she had changed. She closed her eyes and sighed. Sakura turned to Lady Tsunade.
“I need you to go the outskirts of the village and gather herbs for an antidote. A patient has just arrived in the hospital with poison in his body. It was refined from plants and I need you to take care of him. I expect he will need another operation similar to the one you did a while back in the Sand village. Understand?”
“Yes ma’am,” Sakura replied as she gave a deep bow to her teacher. She quickly glanced at Sasuke before turning and leaving out the door. Sasuke was puzzled. Years ago, Sakura would have clobbered him with a huge hug. Instead, she hardly even looked at him. What happened to her? he wondered.
“There, the herbs are picked.” Sakura smiled as she put the last green plant into her pouch. “Now, all I have to do is mix them into an antidote.” As she walked toward the village, her mind began to wander. She remembered all the good times she had with Kakashi-sensei, Naruto, and Sasuke. She remembered the time when Naruto was tied to the stump and Sasuke offered his lunch to him. Sakura also reflected on the horrible day when he was given the cursed seal. That look in his eyes, she thought. When she entered through the gates, she moved toward the infirmary. She headed down a dark alley to get there faster. A blur crossed her path. Sakura gasped and dropped the pouch of herbs in fear. When her heart slowed, she looked over and saw Sasuke leaning against the wall of one of the houses.
“Oh, it’s you,” she remarked and leaned over to pick up the scattered herbs. “Don’t do that,” she added, irritated. “I can’t talk right now, Sasuke. I have to get to the hospital in case you didn’t hear before.”
“I’m not deaf,” he watched her pick up the fragile plants and gently place them back into the pouch. She paid no attention to her previous comrade and she walked ahead, her eyes straight forward. “If you’re trying to ignore me, it’s not working,” he said and walked behind her. Still, she kept on moving. He noted her tense movements and decided to play with her. “I’m surprised that I haven’t even received a hello from you. Of all people,” he smiled. He knew that she was getting frustrated because her pace quickened. Noticing that he was still behind her, she snapped around to face him.
“Leave me alone! I know what you’re trying to pull. You might see that I’m not the same as before, I can see that you haven’t changed a bit, though.” Sasuke’s smile quickly turned into a frown. When Sakura turned around she was surprised again. He blocked her path as her expression turned to anger and impatience. “Get out of my way.” she said. Sakura tried to walk around him, but he stubbornly put his arm up against the wall with a smirk on his face. “Do you want this man to die?” she asked. “Wait, I guess you don’t care, considering you’ve killed so many already.” This time she knew she had gone too far, but her face didn’t show it. Sasuke dropped his arm. His face went from a smirk to surprise, and anger from Sakura’s sudden behavior. She gave him a disapproving look and they stared in each other’s eyes before Sakura turned and ran past him.
“Get him to the operating room, please,” Sakura ordered the other medical ninja.
“Yes, ma’am,” they said and obediently transported the patient. Sakura finished mixing the antidote and hurried off behind them. She was the finest medical ninja in the entire village. Some say she had surpassed her master, Lady Tsunade herself. Cleaning wounds, removing poison, and treating injuries were a second nature for Sakura. Every time she sent a patient into recovery, they returned healthy and normal within a few short days. As she was already removing poison Naruto entered the hospital with Sasuke beside him.
“See! I told you she was amazing. This guy will be back to normal in a few hours,” he told Sasuke. Sweat poured down the girl’s face as she drew out another few drops of poison out of the patient’s chest and dropped it into a bowl that lay beside the bed. She took a towel of the table and dabbed her face with it.
“There, done,” she smiled and removed her headband and the tie holding back her pink hair. She sighed with tire as the assistants took the patient away from the operating room. Sakura held a hand up to her forehead and slid down the wall until she was sitting on the floor.
“Hey Sakura, what’s wrong?” Naruto asked as he and Sasuke came toward her.
“Oh, it’s nothing. That man had a lot of poison in him and it took me forever to get it out. He should get better now, though. That operation used up a lot of my charka.” she replied.
“Oh. Hey, why don’t we all go get some ramen?” Naruto asked, enthusiastically.
“That sounds fine with me,” Sakura answered as she looked at Sasuke and their eyes met. She quickly looked away.
“Alright! Let’s do it!” Naruto yelled.
“Naruto, do you have to yell, we’re in a hospital,” Sakura told him.
Дата публикации: 17.01.2008
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