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Naruto was holding Sakura's bag as she talked to the receptionist at the hospital's welcome desk. The receptionist kept on reaching under her desk and pulling out pamphlet after pamphlet, book after book until there was a good-sized pile on the desk. Sakura said something, gave a quick bow of the head in thanks, began piling the books up into her arms, then began heading towards Naruto. The receptionist glanced over at him and gave him a dirty look before shaking her head and turning away. He'd said he wouldn't mind pretending to be the baby's father, but seeing those eyes again was not something he'd ever really wanted.
"Can I put these in my bag?" Sakura asked him as she stopped beside him.
"Oh, right. Sure, Sakura." Naruto replied and held the bag open for her. With some difficulty, she began slipping the books inside. Naruto reached out his free hand to help her steady the pile of books and pamphlets, and she gave him a quick smile. As the books and pamphlets fell
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"Lady Tsunade!" Shizune rushed across the field hospital until she stopped, panting, in front of the hokage, a scroll squeezed in her hand. "You've got to read this."
"If you haven't noticed I'm a little busy at the moment!" Tsunade snapped. She turned her attention back to a medical ninja who was giving some sort of report.
"M'lady, it's about Sasuke. He was in the village" Tsunade suddenly turned and snatched the scroll from Shizune's hand.
"Sorry, this'll have to wait," she said to the medical ninja as she unrolled the scroll. While she read, her expression changed from irritated to horrified. Finally, she slowly looked up at Shizune.
"Get whatever essentials we'll need. We're heading back to the village immediately!" She held a hand against her forehead and closed her eyes. "To think he could get past our defenses so easily. And to think that happened to one of our best kunoichi! Sakura never should've left..."
"Sakura?" Ino said. She'd stopped next to them,
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Tsunade's hand slammed against the desk and she rose to her feet.
"No! I will not allow you to treat my student that way!" she yelled. The elderly man was completely unfazed.
"Tsunade, this issue has nothing to do with what is traditionally thought appropriate or not. If we don't act now, that girl's condition will serve as a threat to herself and the village." Tsunade bit her lip, glancing at Shizune. Her dark hair was covering her face as she stared sheepishly at the floor. Of course she was the one to tell the village elders of the issue in spite of Tsunade's direct orders not to. Of course.
"I don't care what you people saySakura was a victim, not a criminal! I agree that she needs extra protection, but locking her up in the anbu headquarters is"
"It's the best protection we can offer. Nobody can get through the black ops barriers, and even if they could, the guards are more than capable of protecting it," Koharu said. Her face was lined with dee
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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
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"I really appreciate the business, you two. It's been quite a while since Ichiraku's had any customers." The kindly ramen maker poured two bowls of noodles and broth, both steaming and heaping with egg, onions, and chicken. "The war has certainly taken its toll on everyone it seems, those involved with the fighting and those watching from a distance as well."
Naruto snatched the bowl as soon as it was set in front of him and began scooping the ramen into his mouth. "I still can't believe we were sent home like this!" he said through a mouthful of noodles. "I bet Grandma Tsunade just doesn't like being shown up all the time."
"Naruto, that's disgusting! Swallow before you start talking!" Sakura scolded, whacking the back of his head. He looked at her mournfully.
"I wish you wouldn't call me disgusting..."
She sighed. "Anyway, it's probably a good thing she gave us time off. My chakra levels never had enough time to fully recover before I had to use it again." She slurpe
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"S... Sasuke?" Her mind was reeling. What could he possibly want with her? Why was he in her room? Her grip on the kunai tightened, but he did not attack. He merely gave a slight beckon of his head and slung both legs out the window.
"Wait!" she yelled, but he was gone. Sakura ran to the window, and there, on the ground looking up at her, was Sasuke. Her eyes narrowed. What was he up to? He didn't seem to be hurting anyone, but this was her chance. She had to stop him. She flung herself from the window and landed soundlessly on her feet. When she straightened, Sasuke was looking directly at her.
"Sakura, we have to talk."
"Talk?" she repeated. "Talk? You abandoned us for Orochimaru, joined up with the Akatsuki, have tried to kill me twice, and you want to talk?" Sasuke seemed completely unaffected by her words.
"Yes, talk." He turned so his back was facing her. "Follow me."
"Like hell I will!" Her leg flew up and smashed into the ground. A huge rut split in the