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She was sitting on the bench, swinging her legs back and forth and letting the rays of the sun hit her face. She wasn't in the usual jounin attire. Instead she had skin tight spandex shorts that came to mid-thigh, a tight tank top and her shinobi boots. Her hair was still its same, vibrant pink and still cut to her shoulders. It had been tied up an hour or so ago but that was for training with Naruto and the rest of the Konoha 11. It was the Autumn festival tonight and she had promised Ino she would go. And Ino had also told them that she would make life a living hell for Hinata, Tenten and Sakura if they didn't appear with dates for it.

This wasn't a problem for Hinata and Tenten. Hinata had Naruto. Tenten had Neji. Ino had...the entire male population up to Genma's age. Sakura had...nobody.

At least she had her outfit and all the likes sorted. But she needed to find someone to go with otherwise she'd be in for a month (at the least) of shopping everyday with and for Ino. Sakura let out a huge sigh as her head drooped and her chin came to rest on her chest.

She kicked the ground with a foot and stubbed her toe in the process, "Shit! Son of a-" She brought her foot up and brought the index finger, surrounded with a green glow, to her toe to heal it.

This day was already turning into a disaster. Training had gone perfectly; never a good sign in her books.

"Yo." Came a laid-back voice from her side.

She swivelled round and came face-to-book with the man who had...sort of...taught her in her earlier years. She stared at his lackadaisical stance and aloof manner to everyone/thing around him. She wondered when she saw him last. It must have been at the ANBU meeting about seven months back.

She frowned, "Can't have been that long,"

"Hmm? What was that, Sakura-chan?" Kakashi lowered his book a fraction to where he could just make her out over the top of the book.

"N-nothing," Sakura shook her head before smiling up at him, "Haven't seen you around in a while. Been busy?"

"Depends on your definition of 'busy'" he answered slyly before jumping up onto the branch of the tree above and reclining on it.

"Wh-Kakashi! God!" Sakura flustered and turned as red as some of the autumn leaves carpeting the ground.

"Now now, You can't knock it or say it till you've tried it, Sakura," Kakashi grinned evilly behind his book.

"...ugh!" she groaned in frustration.

"I think you're in too public an area to be making those kind of sounds, Haruno-san,"

Sakura stomped her foot and was about to go off on a rant before she came up short, "...Haruno-san?"


"Seriously? Haruno-san?"


She was about to question him again but thought the better of it. Kakashi was never going to answer her if he didn't want to. The ass. So, instead, she decided to head back to her apartment where she could mull over who she could ask to the festival. She was halfway down the street before she heard Kakashi voice trail off as he ran the roofs above her.

"Everyone's taken. Including Lee."


She twirled one way then the other in front of her floor-length mirror. The kimono was perfect and so was her make-up and hair.

The Kimono was white with gold, red, orange and a few green leaves embroidered all over in random places. The obi was a forest-green colour and her hair was tied up in a simple bun with a headpiece attached. Her eye-shadow was a pale dusty pink and she had fore-gone any lip applications. The arms of the kimono were bat-winged and fell to her abdomen if she held her hands together in front of her.

"You remind me of one of the characters out of my book. She-"

"Don't want to know, Kakashi,"

"You're so mean, Sakura-chan." Kakashi whined.

"Hmph," She flattened the front of her Kimono.

Kakashi sighed and came to stand behind her. He tucked a stray bit of hair behind her ear and put his other hand on her lower back.

He leant down and whispered in her ear, "Whoever got you the kimono has impeccable taste," And just as her eyes rose to meet his, she could have sworn she saw him smile and...possibly wink. He was gone before she could respond.


A whoosh of wind was felt before something hard crashed into her. Then she felt herself being lifted off the ground and twirled around. She would have laughed if it weren't for the problem of not being able to breathe.

"Air, Naruto, air.." she managed to gasp out.

"Wh-oh! Sorry, Sakura-chan!" he set her down and gave her an apologetic smile while he rubbed the back of his head.

"It's alright. I'm used to it," she smiled back and gave his arm a pat. She looked past him at the others. All of Konoaha 11 were there with their respective others as were their old sensei's bar Asuma, along with their friends, "Wow...big turn out,"

Naruto glanced at them and then smiled down at her, "It's best this way. Everyone's together and can be happy and spend a relaxing evening with each other...if only S-" he was cut off as Sakura's foot slammed on his own, "Ouch! Sakuraaa-chaaaan!"

His whine caught the attention of the group who turned to face a hopping Naruto and an irked off Sakura.

Sakure breathed deeply before grabbing Naruto's arm and turning him to face her, "Don't, Naruto. Not tonight. He's gone and that's it. The only way he's coming back is if somebody went all Orochimaru or Kabuto and resurrected him in that inhumane, vile way. He's at rest now and that's what matters; don't try and spoil this night by talking about the 'what if's' and 'if only's'."

Naruto looked into Sakura's intense eyes and nodded. It was still too painful and fresh for her too even if it only happened three/four years ago. Sasuke's death would always feel like that to them. It would never get better.

"Oi! Forehead!" Sakura cringed and turned slowly to see Ino barge her way through their friends to her, "Where's your date?"

Sakura smiled tightly and didn't reply.

"Well?" Ino stopped in front of her, hands on hips and tapped her toe on the ground.

"Ahaha, well, you see-"

"I knew it! You don't have one!" Ino crowed.

"I did. Until half an hour ago. He bailed on me. Said he had a sudden mission."

"Oh yeah? And who was it?"

"...Kotetsu," Sakura mumbled.

"Huh? Speak up! I can't hear you!"


Ino straightened and stared at her best friend, "Seriously?"

"She's not lying. I had to send him on a mission. It came in suddenly and needed a response urgently. Sorry, Sakura." Tsunade apologised.

"No worries," Sakura smiled and then headed off with the three blondes back to the group to join in on the banter.

"You look stunning, tonight,"


Silence encompassed them as they watched the candles in paper boats float down the river. The moons reflection bouncing off the surface of water.

"I thought you didn't like these things?"

"I don't."

"Then why-"

"Because you asked."

"You came because I asked?"



She turned to face him and saw him staring at her through his one eye. And then all the pieces from the past year's actions, words and silences, fell into place. And the question was there in his eye, all she had to do was give an answer.

"Yes, Kakashi. Most definitely yes,"

"And that was how your grandmother and father came to be a couple. He had been after her for a good two years before that. Had dropped soo many hints but she was clueless up until that point," the silver haired woman stroked her nephew's hair.

"They were the best shinobi team, weren't they? And their group was unstoppable, right? Team Seven and Team Kakashi?"

"Right, but I'll let your father tell you about that part of their history."

"I'll tell you tomorrow, if you behave at your cousin's coronation of becoming Hokage." A male voice came from the doorway.

"I will, daddy!"

The woman kissed her nephew on the forehead and exited his room.

"How many times have you told the story of mum and dad?" Sakumo asked.

"I've lost track but the kids love hearing it." she replied and nudged her pink-haired brother, "Mum and dad deserve to have their story told. They were great shinobi and wonderful parents. I was named Nadeshiko due to the fact they got together in Autumn,"

"I know. I can't believe they've been gone ten years now."

"Hn. They lived and died together. They protected each other to the very end and they had a long and happy time together, that's all that matters."

Contest entry for KakaSakuFC's Autumn competition.

Word count: 1499

Pairing: KakaSaku

Sakura: 22

Kakashi: 36

Disclaimer: I, Lady Sassy Sas, do hereby disclaim all rights to the wonderful world that is Naruto. And the title picture is a random one I found on google. I shall remove it if there are any problems.

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TheLostCherryBlossom Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016
awwwwwwwwww so cute! But NO SASUKE!!!!!! T^T
Sassy-Sas Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you ^.^ And no...Sasuke rarely has a feature in my fictions. There is one where he'll be a secondary role, that's over on my fanfiction account called An Assassin's Error but for the most part I don't include him in my fictions.
ahhhhhhhhhh I see...ima go check out An Assasin's Error ^_^
Sassy-Sas Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I hope you enjoy what's there ^.^ I haven't been able to update my fictions in a while ^^"
DirectionOfTime Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Lol I have to say that this story was the inspiration for my 'Five Weeks...' story just now - that little bit with Naru and Saku in the middle where he picks her up gave me the sudden flash of inspiration for it strangely enough, tho our two stories are so different! @.@ haha! I was half way through reading this when I just has to drop everything and write down my inspiration lol

But I still really enjoyed this one! Good progression and a cute ending! :squee: Gotta love it where Kaka loves from behind the scenes XD

(Wow so late in commenting for this! I've been so out-of-touch with the KakaSaku community at large for so long :cries: I feel so bad! But I'll be around more often to comment and love the works lol :))
Sassy-Sas Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Seriously? o.o Wow...I'm actually very touched by that. I think this is the first time any of my works has actually inspired another writer....I actually am at a loss for words.

Thank you very very much! You have no idea how thrilled I am that my story has inspired you =)

Don't worry about it! I know that feeling all too well when life creeps up on you and puts a halt on things you'd rather pay attention to than the things you'd rather not exams.


:glomp: Thank you again!
DirectionOfTime Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:D Uh-huh! Lol it really is awesome to start getting back into KakaSaku fandom after so long and find stuff so inspiring! B-)

Ahaha and I'm especially pleased that you like it, too! Yay for a double win! Haha :iconpervykakashiplz:

Yea, exams are usually the primary culprit but sometimes weeks or months seem to rush past before you've even had chance to think about them @.@! Lol being off work ill for the past week has really been a blessing in disguise - aside from 2 chaps for SC, I managed to return to a neglected fandom! Haha

Sassy-Sas Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:iconkakashithumbsupplz: Indeed! :highfive:

Awk! I'm sorry to hear you've been ill but I'm sure some KakaSaku goodness will make you feel much better!

I saw =D! I've been reading it avidly. I love Kakashi's granny XD She's awesome. The last chapter made me giggle a lot.

And yay for returns! They are the best, for you always re-remember how much you love something!
DirectionOfTime Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yea, it wasn't particularly fun times, but a break is a break I guess lol >.>

Haha thanks lol and yea, I though it was time for a spot of comic-relief :p

I know! I love the feeling of remembering how much I loved something! :happybounce:
Sassy-Sas Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
^.^ Comic-relief is always good (Y)

It's a pleasant feeling =)

I'm just glad I have the summer to spend writing! There's nothing more frustrating than not being able to write an idea down and let it flow b/c life gets in the way .
serenitytouched Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really liked your incorporation at the end with their children on how they met. I usually don't see too many KakaSaku fics that use that.

I can understand the challenge you had with the word limit. They can be really tough. I was doing 500 word drabble everyday for a contest awhile back and ugh, I wanted to bang my head against my desk, but! I guess that's what makes it a challenge. ^_^

Ty for entering the contest! I hope to see you in more in the future!
Sassy-Sas Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you ^.^ I just thought I'd try a different avenue. I think I'll use that line of writing sometime in the near future. It's interesting to get the whole KakaSaku story from their children's perspective and there aren't my fics like that.

500 word drabble? Holy...I couldn't cope. I took out soo much for that comp entry to get it just below the word limit which is why it doesn't make a whole lot of sense XD But as you say, that is the challenge.

No problem! Thank you for holding it and rest assured I shall be entering more in the future. They may be frustrating at times but they are a lot of fun ^T^
Sakura-Ex Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Writer
I'm a bit confused. @_@
Sassy-Sas Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Can't say I blame ya XD

I'm not good when it comes to word limits. You have no idea how much I had to take out in order to keep within the limit and I did (/just/). It's why I'm not particularly fond of them, I can never get what I mean across, well enough.

Basically, Kakashi's been dropping hints via words/gestures etc. to Sakura about his feelings for her for two years. She only realised this during the autumn festival.

Their children (both of whom are in their 30's), Nadeshiko and Sakumo were telling /their/ children of how Sakura and Kakashi became a couple.

Sakura and Kakashi have been dead 10 years in this story.
theFudgy94 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
awww so romantic :happybounce: :heart:
Sassy-Sas Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haha! Thanks! ^.^ I think it's a bit choppy and I know it doesn't flow as well as it should but I'm not good when I have word limits. You have no idea how much I had to take out just to get it within the limit and only just managed X_X
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