"Let's go to Ichiraku!" Naruto shouted, grinning wildly and windmilling his arms. He took his teammates by the hand and tugged them in the direction of the ramen stand.

Sasuke snorted. "Fine, you idiot."

"HEY! Don't call me that, you teme!"

Sakura hated it. She hated how everyone acted like everything was still the same. Like Sasuke hadn't been gone for three years, hadn't gone missing-nin and joined Orochimaru, hadn't tried to kill them.

"-kura-chan? Sakura-chan!"

"What?" She looked up. Naruto's hand was flashing back and forth in front of her face.

"Aren't you gonna sit down?"

"Oh-" she started to say, realizing that they were at Ichiraku already, and quickly perched on a stool. It was then that she noticed that the seat she had chosen was next to Sasuke, and his eyes were boring holes into the side of her face. Sakura fought the urge to flee.

He's not that person anymore, she thought. Maybe he's changed.

Or maybe he didn't, another voice spoke up. He's still dangerous.

"What do you want, Sakura?" Sasuke's voice broke through her thoughts.

Once again caught off guard, Sakura flinched. Plastering an easy smile onto her face, she said, "Oh, I'll have the pork ramen, I suppose."

"I thought you were on a diet," Sasuke said, raising an eyebrow.

Sakura bit her lip, and it was a few seconds before she could talk. "Th-that was three years ago, S-sasuke." It was a painfully conspicuous length of time.

Naruto laughed, missing the undertones of the exchange. "Wow, Sasuke-teme!"

"Hn," was the reply.

Their ramen came, and they ate in silence- well, silence, apart from Naruto. When they finished, Sasuke spoke up.

"I'll pay."

Naruto looked at him funny. "Really?!" he exclaimed. "You never do that?"

"Shut up, dobe," Sasuke drawled. "If you keep on yelling, you'll be the one footing the bill."

Naruto snapped his mouth shut with an audible clack.

"Um," Sakura began, her two companions turning to watch her, "it's getting late, so I should- I should get going."
"I'll walk you home, Sakura-chan!" Naruto offered, grinning widely.


"There's no need," Sasuke butt in. "I'll do it."

"You really don't have to…" She trailed off as dark eyes landed on her. "So, um, bye."

Sakura walked quickly away from the two boys, breaking into a run as soon as she was out of their line of sight. She couldn't stand the normality, the way Naruto was bantering with the former traitor as if he'd never left. Because he had, he'd done everything they were forgetting he'd done, and it wasn't all right! Why, why were they ignoring it?

She wiped away the tears she hadn't even noticed welling up, and entered her house, slamming the door shut behind her.