Location: In the forest on the top of a tree watching the sunsetTime: Post time-skip but before everything happensRecap: Naruto is alone at the top of the tree watching the sunset feeling lonley and insecure. Even after all the years of training he still feels guilty everytime he looks into her eyes seeing the pain and her jade eyes waver at he mention of Sasuke. He feels that perhaps he didn't try hard enough.Warnings: Possible SwearingAnd I'm good, good, good to go I got to get away Get away from all of my mistakes So here I sit looking at the traffic lights The red extinguishes the hope that the green ignites I want to run away I want to ditch my life Cause all of my mistakes keep me awake at night And after all of my alibis desert me I just want to get by I don't want nothing to hurt me I had no idea where my head was at But if my heart says I'm sorry can we leave it at that Because I just want for all of this to end And I so hate consequences And running from you is what my best defense is Consequences Oh God, don't make me face up to this And I so hate consequences And running from you is what my best defense is Cause I know that I let you down And I don't want to deal with thatIt just now hit me this is more than just a set back And when you spelled it out, well, I guess I didn't get that And every trace of momentum is gone And this isn't turning out the way I want And after all of my alibis desert me I just want to get by I don't want nothing to hurt me I had no idea where my head was at But if my heart says I'm sorry can we leave it at that Because I just want for all of this to end And I spent all last night Tearing down Every stoplight And stop sign in this town Now I think there might Be no way to stop me now I'll get away despite The fact I'm so weighed down All of my escapes have been exhausted I thought I had a way but then I lost it And my resistance was once much stronger And I know I can't go on like this much longer When I got tired of running from you I stopped right there to catch my breath There your words they caught my ears You said, "I miss you. Come home" And my sins, they watched me leave And in my heart I so believed The love you felt for me was mine The love I'd wished for all this time And when the doors were closed I heard no I told so I said the words I knew you knew*********************************Sitting at the top of a pine he looked upon the golden sun that now set in the horizon the sky turning a tired color of dark orange. He needed to be alone for a moment, it was only about month since he'd gotten back but he couldn't help feeling a bit of pressure. He was always saying that he wanted to become Hokage but he was starting to have some actual doubts. Now that he was older some of the naivete of his 12th year was wearing off and he matured, but he also realized that his goal required that he retrieve Sasuke first. Placing his own dream on hold to fulfill the promise of the only one he'd ever loved. The promise of a lifetime.He knew how much she wanted to see him, it almost hurt him to think about. He and Sakura had indeed grown closer over the past few months and he enjoyed every moment he spent with her. But somehow he could tell her mind was elsewhere still stuck on him, just as she had been since Academy days. He'd failed her the first time... the second time... was there going to be a third? A fourth? How long would it be before he gave up? How long...?"Ah...Sakura-chan..." He muttered sitting on the tree branck leaning against the upper part of the tree. "I'm sorry...so sorry...."
The air was warm, unatural for nights in Konoha, but it saved her from wearing heaving clothing or freezing in her sleeveless red dress. Night like this everything looked the same and a deep frown had edged onto Sakura's soft pink lips. The depressed look filled her eyes and she felt lost.'Annoying.'Her head shot up at the low voice she could never forget; a gasp escaping as she looked ahead, but once again her surroundings where just an empty landscape. She couldn't even remember his face these days...and she'd said she'd loved him. How pathetic could she be, sure she was training as THE Hokage's apprentice but how far was she getting? Would she ever be enough for anyone? Depressed again with her thoughts she sighed and looked down at the ground, irking suddenly at a sudden presence. She drew her kunai slightly nervous, but ready though wondering why the chakra was so non-existant...A light brown bird spread it's wings and flew over her head, taking flight into the night sky.Was that?She watched the bird get farther away and memory came to her, the one morning where Naruto had stood by her side and 'ahh-ed' at her healing ability. He always seemed to believe in her, and Sasuke-kun he was always saying he'd find Sasuke and even breaking out of the hospital to train and fulfil that promise."Naruto..."The briefest smile graced her lips. Naruto was all she had left now, and he cared about her so much...She'd never really noticed just how amazing naruto could be. She wanted to be amazing too. Natuto, was always such an idiot but...he had a heart of gold didn't he?She suddenly blinked up at a voice, hearing her name murmured ovehead."Eh? Naruto is that you!"The -chan wasn't to hard to decipher.
"Eh? Naruto is that you!""GACK!" Startled out of his thought process falling from the tree branch hitting every single one before landing on the ground at her feet on his head. "Ittai...!" He whined before his body fell completly thumping on the ground lightly before he looked up at her green eyes with his pure blue with a sheepish grin, "Ah... Sakura-chan, you startled me 'ttbayo..." He stood up brushing himself off hoping she didn't hear him to much, that was embarassing. "So what brings you around here? I figure you'd be..." He scratched his head a fox like expression, "Somewhere else."She was honestly the last person he wanted to see, he was afraid of her dissapointment. Since she was what mattered to him more than the title of hokage...
It WAS Naruto and as he smashed literaly smashed into ever branch on the way down she started to worry about his condition, only to see him brush it off with a sheepish grin. He really was an entergetic idiot...She sighed and walked over to him, checking him over for injuries of that fall; sure he had amazing healing power but that didn't mean he had to be so reckless! "Oi, Naruto-baka can't you ever take care of yourself?" She gave a great sigh, a hand on his shoulder. "Are you hurt anywhere?"
"Oi, Naruto-baka can't you ever take care of yourself?"As she yelled at him like she always did placing her hand on his shoulder, he scratched the back of his head with the grin still on his face his brows upturned in defeat. "Are you hurt anywhere?"He was tempted to point at his lips and see if it'd work but he knew as well as her that she'd never fall for such a thing. She's punch him and make it REALLY hurt. "Iie, I'm alright, just my pride 'ttebayo."
She shook her head and let her hand rest on his messy blonde locks, the smallest smile of relief showing. "That's good-be more careful Naruto. You can't keep up such a perky attitude with broken bones, y'know?" She let her hand slip back to her side and looked up at the tree. "So what were you doing anyway to get so distracted?" She gave a playful smirk to her teammate. "You weren't doing anything you'd feel guilty of riight?"