SSM 2012: 7. TeacherTeacher"Alright, try againhis name is Sasuke. Say it with me. Sasuke.""O-kay!" Itachi's two-year-old daughter burst into a fit of giggles at the way her uncle raised his eyebrow at her. Sakura laughed with her, and Sasuke sighed before walking over to where Yasuko sat by the swing in front of the school where he and Sakura brought her to play.He kneels down beside her and messes up her jet-black hair. "It's okay, Sakura. She's always called me thatand I don't really mind."Yasuko laughed again. "Okay's okay!"Sasuke broke into a grin. "Oh, aren't you a clever little one? Hear that, Sakura? She's joking with us." He reached out and poked her in the forehead and watched in strange, sad amusement as her eyes widenedjust like he knows his used to when Itachi did the same to him."Huh?" Yasuko asked, looking up at Sasuke in confusion.Sakura watched as
SSM 2012: 6. QuarantineQuarantineFor the first several weeks after Tobi's defeat, Sasuke could hardly even move. His injuries had been extremely badeven Sakura's medical skills had barely saved him.His memories faded in and out during that time, but the most vivid ones among them were the times that he had awakened for brief moments to see her standing there, beside him, healing him with her gentle hands. Her hands felt warm even if her eyes were cold toward him.Once, he had even woken up to see her sleeping in the chair beside his bed. She looked more at peace than he'd seen her for a while. He didn't wake her upjust being able to watch her sleep was enough to make him feel happy. She never usually stayed with him longer than she had towhich made that moment all the more precious while it lasted.Even after his wounds had healed enough for him to move aroundon crutches first, then with a little help, and finally on his own aga
SSM 2012: 5. HarvestHarvestSasuke smiled at the little pink-haired bundle sleeping soundly in his wife's arms. The idea that he was actually a father now was still sinking in even though he'd had nine months to think about it.Sasuke had never really liked childrenhe'd never given much thought to having a family of his own until after the war. Even then, he'd still had doubtsbut all that was forgotten when he held his child for the first time.Even his niece hadn't awakened so many feelings within him, though he'd certainly felt more comfortable spending time with her than other children.No, it was completely different when it was his own child.Looking at this baby now, all he felt was joy and pridetheir child was nothing short of perfection. A most precious harvest they had yielded together.The birth of his first child marked the beginning of a newand hopefully happierchapter of his life.
You Never KnowYou Never Know"C'mon, Riku... I know you like Xion, but""I don't just like her, Lea. I love her. We've been together for years""Yeah, but you're still so young""Living together, Lea. Even if we're young, we're of age...""Only if you count her as""Shut up already!" Riku yells a little too loudly, slamming down his glass on the counter of the bar. All eyes suddenly turn to the duo, and Riku silences himself and blushes furiously. He stares into the empty glass and wonders if coming here with Lea was really such a good idea. He's not so used to drinking and is already feeling the effects despite having only had that one glass so far.Lea lifts his third glass to his mouth and swallows the last of it, setting it down with a smirk as if challenging Riku to drink another. Riku knows better than to tryhe doesn't want
SSM 2012: 3. RebelRebel"I'd do anything for you, Sasuke! Just don't leave me!"...Anything, huh?Sasuke would have been lying if he'd said that he hadn't thought of things he could make her do for hima thousand thoughts had run though his mind in the span of that instant, some of them rather dirty. Over the next two and a half years, he often found his mind drifting back to those thoughtsto all of the things that could have happened.He'd left her behind, of course... but what if he hadn't? What if he'd taken her with him like she'd so tearfully pleaded?Would she really have been able to turn her back on her family, her friends, everyone she cared about... for him? Did she really love him more than all of them combined?Would she have been able to prove to Orochimaru that she was worthy of being allowed to live? To stand by Sasuke against everyone she'd once cared about as a traitor and rebel,