Chapter 2

Let's Get These Teen Hearts Beating Faster


"You know it will always just be me…"


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He didn't know how to describe it. It was like his body was on complete fire, yet at the same time overflowed with water. His throat scorched for moisture, and he could taste the metallic bitterness of bile. Regardless, the center of the pain had to be coming from his neck; it was literally burning a hole in his skin. Though nothing could compare to the crippling pain of the newer cursed mark he had obtained, this pain was just fucking annoying. The only good thing he could possibly mention was that he could control this power. He could mold it, manipulate it to do whatever he pleased. As long as he maintained a strong grip on reality, he wouldn't become lost in the depths of cursed mark. But how could he determine reality, when he couldn't comprehend why the fuck he was here? How can he go to being asleep as a 12 year old and the next minute waking up 13? He thought this was his opportunity to get things right, how was he going to do that with random ass time skips? There has to be a particular trend that-

"Join me…Sasuke-kun…"

Sasuke eyes snapped open when he heard Orochimaru's eerie monotone voice starting to creep its way into his subconscious. He lay face down in the ground, dirt built in his mouth. He slowly got up, feeling a rush of hot energy. He grasped onto the grass before him, making sure to take a hold of some piece of reality. He cautiously lifted his head, and focused his dark eyes on the spot in front of him. His eyes landed on looming trees which easily identified where he was. The Forest of Death. Sasuke could vaguely remember what had happened the first time he had gone through this experience and now he had to run through it again?

Abruptly, he heard a soft snore besides him and noticed Naruto sleeping peacefully. Sasuke grunted, annoyed that the dobe thought that this was an appropriate time to take a fucking nap. He started to move over to nudge the idiot awake, when his hair stood up straight on the back of his neck. In Naruto's headband he caught a quick reflection of a fucking battle scene that seemed to have been going on while he had been unconscious. He immediately turned his body around, and his eyes instantly turned red when he saw what was going on.

Off to the distance he quickly recognized Nara's team struggling to stay alive, while three random ass punks were assaulting them with extremely strong offensive attacks. But that's not what really concerned him; he could care less of the lives of the Team 10 members. It was Sakura.

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"Between how it is and how it should be…"


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"Sakura, who did this to you?"

It were the only words that he could properly manage to formulate into verbal communication. What he really wanted to ask was, "What the fuck is going on!"

How the hell is he asleep while Sakura gets the shit beating out of her and ends up looking like a pair of worn and abused tennis shoes? And how the fuck does he not remember any of this? All he remembered was waking up, the cursed mark leaving him slightly scared, and seeing Sakura's horrid hair cut. That's all he could fucking remember, and rest was a big white sheet of emptiness. But apparently a lot more had gone down that he somehow managed to overlook.

"Sasuke-kun, your arm…" Sakura looked at him, fully concerned over the weirdness of his body, meanwhile she was the one that looked atrocious.

Sasuke looked down at his arm dismissively, if she only knew how bad it gets later on… "It's nothing." He quickly changed the focus of the conversation, "Who fucking did this to you?" He said through a clenched jaw. He was trying really hard not to lose his temper. Sakura had a tendency to put people before her, and it was really freaking annoying. He knelt down beside her and touched her arm tenderly, and observed her visibly flinch.

Sasuke inhaled sharply and looked at her directly in her eyes. "Who touched you?" He watched her observe him carefully, and she quickly averted her eyes.

"It was me!" The said boy called out. Sasuke slowly turned around to face him. "What you going to do about it?"

Sasuke stood up from the ground and balled his fist. "Do not fucking tempt me."

The dirty looking teen scrunched his up his nose and snickered cockily. "What can you do pretty boy?"

"Zaku!" The said teen turned his head to acknowledge an uglier team member than himself. "Do not mess with him. He's a Uchiha! Lord Or-"

"Shut up!" Zaku cut him off angrily. "Dosu, who the fuck cares what this loser's last name is? I can handle it."

Sasuke scoffed, and started contemplating what he should do to this bastard. If he could remember what he did the first time, he would have just repeated that same action. He looked over to Sakura from the corner of his eye; he needed to finish this dumb exam so that she could get medical attention. Not that he cared or anything, just…she was freaking bleeding. That's kind of serious.

"Are you even fucking listening to me!" Zaku snapped Sasuke out of his thoughts. Sasuke just blinked, which pissed Zaku off even more. "You think that just because your last name means something you're tougher shit than everyone here?" He started to pull off his gloves and shoved his hands in front of him. There were tiny tubes coming out of them.

"You think you're the shit? You think you're so fucking special?" Zaku spat angrily. "Well take this!" Sasuke's eyes slightly widened as Zaku released a rush of deadly airwaves directly at him and his teammates. He heard Sakura gasp behind him, but Sasuke wasn't worried. Maybe the former 13 year old version of himself would have found it somewhat difficult to dodge this attack, but now he was well above the level of an ANBU. Sasuke easily maneuvered out of the way, grabbed his teammates, and moved them out of harm's way. He tossed Naruto on the floor, and carefully placed Sakura on the ground, even though she was gripping onto his forearms for dear life.

"Oh my gosh…" Sakura whispered, looking at the destruction that Zaku's attack just caused. "Sasuke-kun, how'd you-"

"It doesn't matter," Sasuke replied, cutting her off. "Just stay out of the way."

Sakura pursed her lips, and nodded meekly.

"HEY!" Zaku shouted again. "Don't you dare fucking ignore me!" Sasuke growled under his breath, he didn't even know why he was humoring the fool. He could take him out using his bare pinky if he wanted to.

Sasuke calmly walked over to the brat and stood a little less than an arm length away. He was planning to just reach over, knock the kid out, and steal the scroll. That's all he wanted to do, that's all he planned to do. Until the bastard spoke.

"She's soft you know?" Zaku mocked under his breath. Sasuke froze. His eyes narrowed dangerously as he could feel the dark aroma around his body intensify. Zaku noticed he hit a sensitive spot on the prodigy and continued. "When she was on top of me, trying to 'attack' me…I felt her up." He rose his eyebrow and smirked arrogantly. "If you know what I mean."

Sasuke had planned not to lose his temper. He had planned to remain 'undercover' and not draw extra attention to himself. He had planned to stop giving a shit about Sakura, because she's the most toxic poison on this planet. But by the time Zaku got the last word out, Sasuke had destroyed his mental plans, and lost a grip on his reality.

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"I can't remember what was said or what you threw at me…"


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Sakura's hand flew over her mouth as she witnessed the scene unfold before her. One minute Zaku was saying something so hushed, that no one could really hear him, and the next second Sasuke had his foot pressed against his back and had Zaku's two arms in his. Sasuke pressed down on Zaku's back with enough force that there was an obnoxious sickening crack.

"GYAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

Sakura felt tears form in her eyes instantly. She knew she shouldn't feel sorry for him, especially since he brutally assaulted her earlier, but it was just the way in which Sasuke retaliated. It was way too intense, too evil.

"Uchiha-sama! Please leave him alone!" Dosu shouted. He eyed Sakura and threw the scroll at her feet. "Take it. We don't want it. You win. Just get him to give me back teammate." Sakura gently picked up the scroll and caressed it, just to ensure its authenticity. She then looked up at Sasuke.

"Sasuke-kun, they gave us our scroll." Her voice was so soft that she wasn't even quite sure she said it. She then felt something surge within her, something she really couldn't explain. But this wasn't the Sasuke-kun she knew. It wasn't. "You can stop!" But Sasuke just slowly looked at her, and smirked sardonically. While his eyes remained connected with hers he placed his foot on Zaku's neck. He then turned away from her and looked down at Zaku with the same evil glare.

Sakura's heart pounded with such ferocity that she actually believed it would burst out of her chest. She couldn't explain what compelled her to get up and start sprinting towards him like she did. But she couldn't let him kill Zaku. She couldn't just sit there and stare. She couldn't. Sasuke may have a hardcore exterior, but he was such a sensitive guy on the inside. She knew it, she just knew –

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CRACK.


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She stopped in mid stride, and sharply inhaled her breath. Sasuke had actually crushed Zaku's neck. He used so much force that if Zaku didn't die instantly, he would be eternally paralyzed.

"Oh no…" Sakura murmured softly under her breath. She looked up at Sasuke in total horror, but he didn't catch her stare. He was too busy smiling at the destruction he had just caused.

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"So unwanted like I've lost all my value…"


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Sasuke casually lay on the ground next to Sakura as she redressed her wound. The atmosphere between the two of them had become extremely awkward, so awkward that Sasuke couldn't even stand it anymore. In fact if it wasn't for the comic relief of their team, Naruto, he would have probably stepped out of his comfort zone and asked her what her issue was.

"One more scroll and we're done! I can't wait to be out of this forest!" Naruto, who had finally awoken, exclaimed. "It's so freaking scary!"

"You were unconscious for the scariest parts Naruto-kun," Sakura chimed. She eyed him from the corner of his eyes and smiled softly. "You're so lame."

Naruto grinned bashfully, which caused Sakura to softly giggle and shake her head dismissively. She continued wrapping a bandage around her arm; meanwhile Sasuke could feel his heart tighten a little. It wasn't weird that she and Naruto were flirting, okay so it was kind of weird. But not terribly distracting. What threw him was that she called Naruto, Naruto-kun. He couldn't remember a day in his life when she had ever used that suffix for anyone but him. It left a bad taste in his mouth, however it was all cool. He wanted this.

"Oi, are you listening Teme?" Naruto blurted. Sasuke turned to him and sighed tiredly.

"What?"

"We're thinking about all going out for dinner as soon as we get out of here! You know, just to chill."

Sasuke paused, "You're personally inviting me?"

"Psh, no." Naruto scoffed. "Sakura-chan brought up the idea for you to come. Me and her usually always go together."

Sasuke looked at Sakura quickly, and saw her staring at him questionably. The look she was given him gave him the impression that she was judging his entire soul based on the answer he chose. Sasuke looked back at the blonde.

"No."

Naruto gasped melodramatically, "No? What's your problem? It's not like we just freaking asked you to a giant social gathering. It's just dinner. I know you have nothing better to do!"

"Che." Sasuke scoffed. "I already gave you my answer. So fuck off."

"You freaking-" Naruto started, but Sakura placed her hand on Naruto's chest restraining him.

"If he doesn't want to go, he doesn't have to go Naruto-kun. It's not that serious."

Sasuke stared at her as she said those words, but noticed that she chose to say them directly at Naruto, not even acknowledging his existence. Sasuke's nose flared annoyingly, but dismissed it. He was tired and cold and just wanted to sleep. So he lay back against the tree bark and closed his eyes.

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"But secretly I always wanna see you cry…"


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Sasuke opened his eyes to obnoxiously bright lights in an overly pastel painted room. He sat up quickly and noticed that he was in the hospital.

"What the fuck?" He exclaimed under his breath. How the hell did he fall asleep in the Forest of Death, and wake up in a hospital? Were they attacked? Ambushed? Did he pass out? But when Sasuke looked down at his arms and his body, there were no visible wounds. In fact his arms looked a bit more toned and muscular than they did when he went to sleep. "Fuck…"

"Oh, hi Sasuke!" Sasuke turned to his side, and saw Sakura entering the room. She suddenly looked magically healed. Her hair transformed itself from being horrendous to somewhat cute and lively. She even looked a tad older than she did yesterday. "I didn't know you were up yet."

Sasuke eyebrows furrowed. "Sakura, what's going on?"

Sakura eyed him questionably, and pulled a stool next to his bed. She sat on it and started reaching for apples out of the basket that she had been holding when she came in. "You don't remember?"

"If I did, I wouldn't be asking you." Sasuke snapped. He watched her as her jaw visibly shifted. Sasuke knew that meant he was annoying her. He's known her for too long to not be able to notice the minor habits. "Were we attacked?"

Sakura looked up at him questionably. "…Yes. You don't remember?"

Sasuke shook his head and ran his hands through his hands tiredly, "Damn, fucking forest."

Sakura slowly placed the apple she was peeling down on her lap, "Sasuke, what forest?"

"The Forest of Death." Sasuke replied. But then he noticed the strange look Sakura was given him, "Chunnin Exams?"

"Sasuke…" she started off slowly, eyeing him cautiously, "We haven't been in the Forest for a good three months now."

Sasuke's arm twitched. "What the fuck are you saying?"

"That's been over for a while a now. Orochimaru killed the Third Hokage and started this entire battle. Then Itachi came and…" Sakura awkwardly cleared her throat. "…and here you are."

"Itachi was here?" Sasuke spat angrily. "He was here and I fucking missed it?"

Sakura looked at him nervously, "You didn't miss it! You tried to fight him, and you lost."

Sasuke stared at her apprehensively. "That's not possible." He spat. "How the hell is this possible?" Sasuke gripped the sheets heatedly. How in the world was he going to do this time traveling shit, and the one time he has the opportunity to finally put an end to his misery, to finally obliterate his brother, he fucking sleeps through it. Or whatever he did. It was like his body was on autopilot, while his mind was asleep. It was freaking annoying, and kind of defeated the point of travelling to the past. While he was mentally fuming, he saw an apple slice cross his line of vision.

"Here Sasuke, you should eat something." Sakura said with a sweet smile on her face. But Sasuke didn't want to eat a fucking apple. He didn't want to eat anything. He wanted answers. He wanted someone to explain this time skipping shit. He needed that. Not a fruit.

"Fuck off!" Sasuke growled at his pink haired teammate and angrily swapped the apple out of Sakura's hands, causing her to drop not only that, but actually scared her enough for her to fall off her stool.

And of course right when he knocked the Haruno to the ground, the blonde idiot appeared at the door way. He immediately rushed over to her side and glared at him.

"What's your problem!" He shouted, helping Sakura up. "You're now pushing girls off chairs!"

"Shut the fuck up you idiot." Sasuke snapped at him. "Just shut the fuck up!" He was frustrated, he was flustered. He couldn't handle this. He couldn't handle not having control of his life, of his destiny. He could have easily taken down Itachi, easily. He knew it. That was the whole point of this! To get his life right, but no. Someone up in the heavens had hit the damn fast forward button, and he was now awake to get his face shoved with a damn apple.

"Yo, you can take your anger up with me! But don't you dare lay a hand on Sakura-chan!" Naruto yelled angrily. "Don't you dare fucking touch her!"

Sakura gently touched Naruto's balled up fist and caressed it so he would loosen his grip. "Naruto-kun, calm down."

"CALM DOWN?" Naruto spewed in disbelief. "You could've cracked your head open on the floor!"

"No, Naruto-kun, I really couldn't I-"

"Get the fuck out!" Sasuke snapped. He pointed angrily to the door, and his eyebrows had formed a deep V shape. "Shut the fuck up, and get out. Both of you!" He could feel his cursed mark start to tingle from the raw anger he had but he couldn't take it. As he watched Sakura and Naruto walk away (Naruto fucking stomping like he was in a freaking marching band) he couldn't help being so furious. He was pissed that he had missed his opportunity with his brother, but he was even more pissed that Sakura had the fucking nerve to delete the suffix off his name and give it to the idiot. Of all the fucking people.

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"She's a mystery, she's too much for me…"


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Still confusing right? I know, but next chapters there shall be answers! I promise! It'll make sense!

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