I laughed as Naruto and I walked down to our favorite ramen place. Nowadays the only people I was close to where Naruto, Kakashi, Tsunade, Ino, and maybe a few others. I had started to feel weaker and weaker after we failed to save Sasuke, I definitely wasn't as bright and cheery as I used to be.
Naruto, my brother in almost every sense of the word, and Kakashi, my beloved adopted father, have always been there for me and I was very grateful for that. Yet, sometimes I still felt weak even though I had pretty much surpassed Tsunade, passed the ANBU exams, and was one of the best kunoichi of my time, at least that's what the Bingo Book says. I undoubtedly still felt out of place though. After all that hard work I had still failed to save him, he was still out here somewhere.
This, plus that little nagging thought in my head reminding me that I had no memory of anything up until the age of seven.
The loss of memory baffled me and everyone because no one could find anything that would have caused it. All I could remember is being in the middle of the woods and being found by Kakashi, from then on he had taken care of me. I wanted to know what my life was like before I was seven, and why someone would just leave me out in the middle of the woods. Did my real parents hate me? Did they do it for my own good, or theirs?
Were they dead? It ran through my head every day, though the constant energy of Naruto often kept it away.
"Hello! Earth to Sakura-chan!" I jumped unconsciously, it was Naruto with the unbounded energy.
"Geez don't yell at me, baka. Sorry I wasn't paying attention, I was just thinking about my memory loss again..." I trailed off.
Naruto's face instantly softened and he hugged me and let me go after a good thirty seconds.
"Hey, you know that I'm here for you no matter what," Naruto said while rubbing the back of his head.
He has always been able to read me like a book. I should fix that so he won't worry so much.
"Thank you. Now if I am ever in need of your oh-so-philosophical advice I will be sure to ask," I said smirking.
Naruto smiled playfully at that. "Aww Sakura-chan, you're so mean!"
I laughed, "I have to humble you sometimes or you get out of hand. Anyways everyone knows that I'm way sma-"
I was interrupted by a monkey masked ANBU who kneeled down in front of me.
"The Hokage requests your presence immediately. Your sensei, Kakashi Hatake, is already there." The ANBU poofed away before we could reply
Naruto put his arms behind his head, a very common gesture for him. "I guess Baa-chan has another mission to give us, I wonder why Sai isn't coming, he's a part of team Kakashi too…and I'm actually starting to take a liking to the guy."
"You know you aren't supposed to call Lady Tsunade that. It's disrespectful!" I punched him playfully on the head. "I knew you two were starting to warm up to each other, but I still don't know why he has that nickname for you though...dickless," I muttered the last part under her breath.
"Hey what did you say?!"
"Oh nothing," I smiled sweetly "Come on, let's go." Naruto followed behind muttering under his breath something that sounded suspiciously like; "It isn't even that small…"
I wonder what kind of mission Tsunade has for us. I bet it's not going to be that much fun though, probably just escorting someone again.
Little did I know that this mission would change my life forever...