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Shattered - A NaruSaku StoryPROLOGUEShattered - A NaruSaku Story in Romance
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"Sasuke! Sasuke, wait!" Karin held her right hand out in a plea for him to stop. Her other hand rested on her knee as she fought to catch her breath, exhausted from her sprint. "Whwhere are you going?" Sasuke didn't even turn to look at her.
"Karin. I thought I told you to wait with Jugo and Suigetsu. This is a personal matter I have to attend to."
"Butbut Sasuke, I just don't get it." She straightened and pushed her glasses further up the brim of her nose. "What matter would you want us to stay away for? Besides, your only other goal besides destroying the Leaf is, well... you know..."
"To restore my clan?" A cold wind swept through the forest, tossing up leaves. They fluttered before resting on the ground once more.
"Well, yes," she said. Sasuke finally looked over his shoulder at Karin; the bitterness that consumed those dark eyes bit at the chilly air in front of him.
"Then if you must know, yes, that is what I'm going to do." Karin
Shattered - A NaruSaku StoryCHAPTER 7Shattered - A NaruSaku Story in Romance
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Sakura couldn't help but smile as she walked along the hike's descending path. Somehow, Naruto had known exactly what she neededsomething to prove to herself that she was still able and competent in spite of the child inside of her. This hike had given her a chance to stretch her legs, get some fresh air, and move around instead of moping. In fact, she now felt like an entirely different person.
"Naruto?" He looked at her and smiled.
"Well, I want to thank you for today. It really helped me feel a lot better, and..." she trailed off, watching as the hokage faces became smaller as they walked further away. "...well, the next time we go on this hike, I expect to see your face up there next to Lady Tsunade's." Naruto's surprised expression quickly gave way to a grin.
"Of course, Sakura! You know that'll happen. And hopefully it's soon, because I'm already looking forward to a fourth date!" Sakura grimaced, though it was quite forced.
"How did I get ro
Shattered - A NaruSaku StoryCHAPTER 5Shattered - A NaruSaku Story in Romance
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The sun was beginning to set in the distance, bathing the Leaf Village in a warm glow of dusky oranges and reds. The streets of the village were emptying as dinners began being served and children were called indoors. Shopkeepers, who had been so busy during the day, were finally able to relax as the rush of customers thinned.
Naruto, however, had no one to return to and no jobs to complete. Lately, training had become nearly impossible because every time he'd start, he'd begin thinking about Sakura, and once that happened, he simply could not focus on the task at hand. So he resorted to wandering throughout the village, debating with himself whether or not enough time had passed since his last visit to Sakura to be able to visit her again.
He glanced up, immediately recognizing the polished white fence to his right and the deep green leaves hanging over it. He'd gone on this road at least twice today in his meanderings. He sighed and turned around t