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i've been sooo busy, and this has just been sitting completed on my laptop and it's the long weekend (starting tomorrow) so i was like WHOA, CRAP I HAVE FANFICS TO UPLOAD?!

yeah..
school's a bitch.
as usual.
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Black Sky

Chapter 4: The Tide of Sadness

A lose is to gain, a gain is to lose. The world must retain equilibrium.

It was a peaceful morning. The wind was blowing, but it was so gentle that it almost felt like a tickle to the skin and the cherry blossoms agreed to waltz with it for such lovely music was playing. The sky was cloudless and as endless as human kind could think. Staring into the blue sky, a boy saw it with his own clear blue eyes.

His face relaxed, but there was a saddened feel to it. His eyes were sore and heavy but he refused to lose. He turned to his side and watched a ladybird climb up a strand of green grass. There was a ghost of a smile on his face and he watched it steadily climb with kind eyes. But a petrified look suddenly took over his face and his face scrunched up, his lips parted and pulled downwards. He shut his eyes to try control himself and when he reopened his eyes, they were red.

His gaze was so feral that he hardly seemed human. He let out a low growl from his throat and shot his arm out towards the ladybird.

A silent cry of pain could be heard only to those who could hear voices without bodies.

He opened his fist and saw a small splodge of dark red on his palm. He suddenly remembered who he was and his eyes tore up. The ground was hit with a splash of liquid and miniature creatures jumped as they hit the ground with such tremor.

"Ugh... Ugh... Uhn..." the boy whimpered as he shook and cried to himself. He curled up in the grass and stared at it as more and more tears continued to pour out of his eyes. "I didn't mean to... I- I had to... So everyone w-will... everyone will..."

"...Hey, Naruto!"

His eyes widened in alert and he jolted up to a sitting position, with his back to the new comer. His blonde hair and his uniform could only be seen.

"Hey, where have you been?" Sasuke panted. "Everyone's been looking for you everywhere."

Naruto said nothing but kept silent. He suddenly stood up. "Everyone shouldn't bother. It's just a waste of time and effort. There's no use in trying for something so useless and stupid. Everyone should just leave me alone," he said harshly.

Sasuke couldn't say anything and Naruto had started walking away. His spiky blonde hair disappeared on the other side of the hill.

Sasuke gritted his teeth.

"Stupid idiot," he muttered.

Meanwhile, animated chatter filled the hallways and liveliness floated in the air as everyone was excited: today, there was going to be a new girl coming to town.

But no one really cared much until they would see her and label her as one of the stereotypes in the school and everyone continued on with their usual typical daily routine. The boys with uncreased shirts and pants sat with the girls with terribly long skirts in the corner talking about the game they placed last night – either that, or their faces were stuck behind books. The boys with thick rimmed glasses and spiky dark hair and the girls with heavy makeup stood in a silent group, as if being in a tight group would protect one another from everyone else and make them seem invisible so they wouldn't trouble them. The girls with even more makeup but with more attention and care leaned against the lockers as fit boys loomed over them with a smirk, and would lean in for a teasing kiss or two everyone now or then – often the kisses resorted into something more private. The rest all seemed to wander aimlessly or with little direction as they didn't fit into any of those groups and seemed to just like to be themselves, however they really only had one or two few true friends.

But a blonde girl walked the hallways and shook her head at the people at her. She was popular and she was pretty, but she was not making out with the guys every two seconds. No, she was different. She was in the 'Zero' category, along with many of her great friends. Those who shared the category with her were all different in personality, so they couldn't exactly be given a stereotype, but they all shared one thing: they were different.

They didn't meet the full expectations of the other stereotypes, so they were just known as 'Category Zero' because they were just that: zero. At being able to be the other stereotypes, that is. But they were usually very popular because they were all very good looking and most were very nice. They were friends with most people, and didn't have wars like the 'popular kids' and the 'losers'.

"Hey Ino-san!" a girl called out to the blonde. She was surrounded by other pretty girls with short skirts and they were waving to her to come over.

Ino grinned back but something pink caught her eye and she half-heartedly apologized to her friends behind her as she walked towards the unusual colour.

"Oi forehead-girl!"

"What, Ino pig?!" the pink haired girl instantly snapped back without thinking before turning around to look at Ino.

Anyone passing by would stop to look at Ino, the popular girl in the year, and the new girl glaring at each other with such intensity that it was hard to look away as they were overwhelmed by the feeling that the fires of hell were burning brightly behind them. They looked as if they had been enemies for years and as if being reunited meant that a bloodshed far worse than the Uchiha massacre would occur between the two and anyone who dared to interfere.

Ino and Sakura continued glaring at each other before breaking into wide grins and laughing.

"Oh my god! I can't believe I'm seeing you again!" Ino squealed as she hugged the pink haired girl and jumped around in joy.

"Same here!" Sakura squealed. She pulled away with a grin on her face. "We have so much to catch up on."

"You got that right!"

"And you're going to have to help me around school" – Sakura lowered her tone to a cheeky tone – "and show me all the hot guys around here."

Ino smirked. "Not unless I get them first."

"Hah!" Sakura scoffed. "You wish, Ino pig!"

"What did you say billboard brow?! Huh? Huh?!" Ino yelled.

"Not only are you a pig, but you're deaf also!" Sakura yelled back.

The crowd disappeared as they soon realised that the two were always like that but their yells could be heard throughout the entire school. Even the principal had to rub his temples to try contain himself.

"Hey, he's pretty hot. Who's he?" Sakura giggled as she pointed at a certain boy. It was lunch time and Ino was taking Sakura with her to introduce her gang of friends.

Ino looked and rolled her eyes. "That, my dear friend, is our very own stuck-up Uchiha Sasuke. He's hot and all but he's really unsociable and downright rude. I suggest you keep thoughts about him locked up because you'll never have a chance with him. He's – "

"Okay, okay, I get it!" Sakura laughed. "What do you have against him? He doesn't seem that bad. It almost seems as if you...like him," Sakura hinted with wiggling eyebrows.

Ino rolled her eyes at her friend. "Puh-lease. He has all these girls practically kissing the ground he walks on, but I don't see what's so great about him. He has a seriously one messed up older brother, his whole family's dead and he's probably going mental. Oh, did I mention? His brother is part of this high school mafia like group. Besides, I have my own eyes set on someone else," she finished lightly to back herself up, but trying to keep the conversation from entering that certain area.

Sakura gasped. "No way!" Ino rolled her eyes at this. "Who?" Sakura demanded.

"You'll know soon enough. You'll know soon enough..." Ino trailed off as both she and Sakura headed with their lunch trays to a certain table.

"Hey, aren't we headed for the table with Uchiha-san?" Sakura pointed out.

Ino rolled her eyes. "Yeah, so what? Just because I badmouthed him doesn't mean I hate him or he's not my friend, you know."

"Then why did you?" Sakura asked quietly.

Ino was silent for awhile before she answered with a quiet voice of her own. "I don't want you to get involved in his world." She smiled brightly at the people at the table. "Guys! This is billboard brow! Be nice to her!"

Sakura frowned. "It's Haruno Sakura, Ino pig."

"Oh yeah?" Ino growled.

"Yeah!" Sakura bit back.

They were soon once again in one of their daily fights. Everyone else at the table laughed.

"Hey, hey, guys! I need your help with – "

Everyone, including Ino and Sakura, turned to the new arrival.

"Oh hey, what's up, Naruto?" Kiba, a rough looking teenage boy wearing a black hoodie and ripped jeans, grinned.

"Yeah, what did you need help with?" a boy (also known as Shikamaru) with a ponytail shaped like a pineapple asked lazily, not really caring. "It better not be troublesome." He yelped as a blonde girl jabbed him in the side quite hard. ("Temari! That hurts!" A scoff. "Like I care.")

Ino's lips tightened at the exchange before she turned back to Naruto with a forced smile. "What do you need help with?"

"Oh."

Sakura heard his voice was filled with disappointment as he glanced at her.

"I just remembered. Kakashi-sensei wanted to see me. I better go. See you guys later..."

"Huh," Ino sniffed. "That was weird."

"Too weird, if you ask me," Shikamaru muttered.

There was a thoughtful silence before Ino broke it with a grin. "Sakura! I haven't finished introducing you to everyone!"

Soon, Sakura had met Sasuke (the stuck-up ass, according to Ino), Kiba (the rough looking boy from before completely obsessed with dogs, but also a skater), Shino (a slightly creepy bug obsessed guy with slightly pedo-y looking glasses), Shikamaru (a guy of great intelligence but a lazy ass at that; Sakura saw Ino's face slightly blushed as she got to him so she decided that she would question it later), Chouji (a slightly chubby boy who loved to eat and was fairly cheerful natured unless someone were to comment about his weight and build), Rock Lee (an over enthusiast who had a terrible fashion sense), and Neji (a studious guy who also had a quite large ego and silent but rude attitude).

Neji also had a cousin in the group, Hinata. She was a very shy and timid girl but would easily stand up for her friends if they were in need. And, Ino cheekily whispered to Sakura, she has a major crush on Naruto – it was so bad that the poor girl fainted every time she got close to him!

Sakura felt sorry for her.

Then, there was Ten Ten. Ahh. Every story needs a girl who could seriously kick butt, no? Ten Ten was a serious lover of martial arts, learning every style she could, and mastering all at a high level. She was known as a tomboy, but even Ten Ten had a love of dresses and cute things.

The spunky looking blonde chick sitting next to Shikamaru was called Temari. She had a personality quite like a tomboy. She doesn't mind hurting a few guys here and there, and flirting was quite fun in her opinion, though she really only flirted with one guy in particular. She had two adopted brothers, Gaara (a Ranga with 'issues') and Kankuro (who has a rather unhealthy obsession with puppets which maybe the reason why his pick up lines don't exactly 'pick up' very many girls).

And of course, Sakura knew Ino as the fashion loving but friend caring friend who numerously gets into fights with her over the silliest and smallest things. Ino used to go to Sakura's school before transferring to their current school. After a lot of pleading, Sakura eventually moved as well.

"Hello everyone. I got some– whoa." Sai, a handsome boy with straight black hair, blinked at the girl with pink hair in front of him. "So you're the new girl," he smiled his usual smile. From previous experience, he has learnt that, when complimenting a girl, you are to always say the opposite of what you think of them. Sai looked closely at her soft white skin, her large green eyes, and her pink lips.

Hmm. She's alright I guess. That means I have to say...

"You're ugly," Sai smiled bluntly.

Sakura felt something stab her heart. No – she didn't like this guy one bit, so that wasn't why she felt so hurt – she felt so hurt because that was the first time someone had so bluntly stated that she was ugly. The inner demon inside of her was about to be released... Uh oh...

Ino saw this and quickly changed the topic. "Ahaha... So, Sai! How are you today?" she said nervously.

Sai smiled. "I am good. How are you, Ms. Beautiful?"

WHAT?! Sakura gasped in her mind. He calls me ugly, but Ino pig beautiful?!

But of course, if anyone ever knew how Sai's mind worked, they would realise that, in actual fact, Sai thought Ino was ugly.

Ino giggled. Ahh, it always felt so nice to be called beautiful. She glanced sideways to see if she got a reaction out of a certain boy. She frowned. None. His face was as fucking bored as ever!

Ino whipped around to the group and grabbed her stuff. "Well, I'm going ahead early," she said in a clipped tone. "Good bye."

"Bye," the rest chorused after she was far gone. A dead wind blew and they lifelessly swayed along with it.

"That was... weird..." Kiba coughed.

"Don't worry. She's always like that," Chouji smiled as he munched on a potato chip.

"Troublesome woman," Shikamaru muttered. "That's why I hate them all. They're all so troublesome."

"What did you say?!" Temari yelled into his ear.

"Nothing!" Shikamaru grumbled back. He looked up to the sky and watched the clouds float freely – I wish I was a cloud...

"Blah! Who cares about her!" Kiba grumbled. "Hey, Uchiha, you still coming over tomorrow to play video games?"

Sasuke shrugged. "Depends if the dobe is going. 'Nii-san might also have something in store for me..." he finished with a dark tone.

Kiba laughed nervously. "On a lighter note, everyone has to bring their own food if they're going to my place tomorrow – "

"WHAT?!"

"HOW IS THAT ON A LIGHTER NOTE?!"

"YOU STINGY BASTARD!"

"STOP CHASING ME!"

"Hey dobe, are you going to Kiba's tomorrow?" Sasuke asked Naruto silently, making sure their teacher couldn't hear them.

Naruto shrugged. "Who else is going?"

"The whole gang."

"Including the girl?"

Sasuke was silent. By 'the girl', Naruto obviously meant Haruno Sakura.

"Well?"

"...I guess so. She's best friends with Ino so I don't see why not."

"Oh. Huh. Whatever," Naruto muttered.

The bell went, signalling it was the end of the day.

"Well, I'll see you tomorrow," Naruto said as he walked out of the classroom in long strides.

Sasuke watched him carefully. He sighed – There's something wrong with him...

"Sooo... You coming over today Uchiha?" Kiba grinned as he put an arm around the stoic boy.

"Is Naruto?" Sasuke asked back.

"I have no idea. But seriously! Why are you only going if Naruto is?" Kiba grumbled.

Sasuke was silent. "Because I have to make sure that he doesn't get into any trouble," he said before rushing off.

"H-Hey, wait! Oi, Uchiha! School is about to...start..." Kiba finished lamely as he realised that the raven-haired boy could no longer hear him.

"Stop talking to yourself and shut your mouth; I wouldn't want the boyfriend of my relative to be as stupid looking as you," came a cold voice from beside him.

"What did you say Hyuuga?" Something ticked in Kiba's head and his face went red. "A-AND WHA-WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT BEING THE B-B-BOYFRIEND OF – ?!"

"Oh do you ever shut up, Inuzuka."

"H-HEY! I-I'M NOT DONE WITH YOU, HYUUGA!"

"Huh? W-where is Naruto-kun?" Hinata stuttered, cheeks fairly rosy.

"Oh!" Ino gasped. "And Sasuke-kun too! They've disappeared."

The group of friends looked around the classroom and they couldn't see both of the boys.

"Maybe they're just sick..?" Chouji mused.

"Nah, man. I saw Uchiha this morning. He muttered something about Naruto and left," Kiba pointed out.

"Hmm...This is strange," Sakura said.

Shikamaru shrugged and placed his head on the desk. "How troublesome..." he muttered before falling asleep. Everyone sweat dropped at how quickly the lazy boy could get to sleep. They wondered if having a high IQ requires a lot of energy.

They thought about this.

Probably not.

"But this is terrible! Something might've happened to Naruto-kun if Sasuke-kun went after him!" Sakura frowned.

"Ooh, getting informal with honorifics, aye?" Ino hinted and nudged the blushing pinkette.

"Oh, shut up!" Sakura snapped back. "Ino pig."

"Billboard brow!"

"Dumb – "

"Haruno! Yamanaka! Is there something you would like to share?" demanded the teacher from up the front.

"No, sensei," they chorused together.

"Then stop talking."

"Hai," they chorused. When the teacher continued his lecture, they both sighed in relief. The group of friends went back to work all the while thinking about the two boys who had mysteriously disappeared.

"Hey!" Sasuke was tired, but he kept on running, willing his heavy legs to move faster. "Wait up! Dobe!" He kept pushing himself; he was getting closer – so close that he could touch Naruto's shoulder. "I said wait –!"

"Shut up!" Naruto growled as he whirled around and slapped Sasuke's hand away.

Sasuke stared at Naruto in shock, forgetting how tired he was and not realising how badly his legs were shaking from going over their limits.

"What?" he breathed.

"I said shut up," Naruto snapped. "Go away. I don't need you to protect me all the time. I'm not the same as I was years ago. I can take care of myself." Naruto's eyes saddened, knowing what he was about to say next would hurt Sasuke quite badly.

"...And I have Itachi-san..." Naruto's fist tightened. "So please... Don't follow me..." he said in a strangled whisper before running off.

I'm sorry, Sasuke. I'm sorry. But I had to say that to protect you. I can't let you know the truth... It would be best if you didn't know...

He arrived in front of a large warehouse. In front of the door stood the Akatsuki.

"Are you ready?" Itachi asked.

Of the things I'm about to do...

"Yes," Naruto said with strong determination in his eyes.

Sirens blared and bright lights flashed into the eyes of many and caught unneeded attention from dark houses on the street. The constant wails of babies deafened many as neighbours came to see what had happened. Murmurs and whispers hovered above the crowd shielded away by the police and the bright yellow tape that separated them from the house.

Unclear responses came from walkie talkies held in the policemen's hands as others went in to search the house for their priorities: living life forces, otherwise known as humans. They would search for evidence much later; that could wait.

But even as much as they stood in the scene, trying to help, it did not stop the ground seeping with blood from the lords of the mansion. Their bodies, blanketed under a deep red cloak, were asleep inside the building. And everyone knew that they would not be waking up any time soon. Red embers glowed brightly and retreated as their enemies came into contact with them; they were defeated. But they had fulfilled their purpose they were given when born: to destroy.

But nothing more could already destroy a certain girl's heart as she watched the scene in grief and despair.

"Sakura! T-They're... they're dead!" Ino cried. "They're gone! My p-parents... they're dead! And my house... it's destroyed! I've got nothing left, Sakura! I-I –"

"Shhh," Sakura cooed. "It's okay," she choked on her tears. "It'll be alright..."

But she could not be sure as she and her sobbing best friend stood in front of the burnt house swallowing many policemen and firemen who dared to enter and meet the ruins of many years of blood, sweat, and tears.

TBC...


Oh wowsies. Sakura has been added in and DUHN DUHN DUUUUHN, SHUSHPENSHEEEEH.

:DD

anways, until next time! ^^