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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

One Day at a Time

Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto or any of its characters and make no money from this.

Day Forty-Seven: Team 7

Well, now that he was here, he had no choice. There was no saying no to Tsunade when she was decided on doing something, like shoving you into a wheelchair and dragging you to Sakura's room. Kakashi had really wanted to wait for her to wake up or at least for a moment where he would be alone with her, but the Hokage thought otherwise. It seemed that his lack of visits was interpreted as aloofness. He wanted to see his teammate, he really did. What the jonin didn't want was to be surrounded with people when he had to see his ex-student.

Sasuke and Naruto were already there when the blonde pushed him in the room, slamming the door shut behind him. His sudden appearance startled the two young men. They were staring at him as if it was a miracle that he'd come to visit Sakura. He wasn't really that cold, was he?

"Kakashi-sensei, it's great that you finally came to visit!" The boisterous male let out, as cheerful as ever. "I'm Sakura missed you."

"She's asleep, dobe. She can't miss him." The Uchiha replied, crossing his arms over his chest as he turned to throw a glance at Sakura. Even if he was still quite cold, he'd become more talkative with time. Just a little.

"I'm sure she does anyway! Right, Sakura?" The broad grin he sported quickly disappeared when he turned to the girl, butreceived no answer. He sighed and slouched in his chair, supporting his chin in both his palms as his mood suddenly darkened.

Now that the mood was quieter, Kakashi went past the his two ex-students to the other side of his third's bed. The pinkette appeared calm, her breathing was even and not labored as he last remembered it to be. His eye lowered to her abdomen, finding it covered by a thin blanket. He wanted to pull it off, so he could see what state she really was in, but the presence of his friends stopped him. His action could be misinterpreted.

"She's doing good." Sasuke said, apparently noticing his hesitation. "They need to feed her through IV for the moment, because of the damage to her abdomen. It won't be that long before she can eat by herself though."

"I see." The older man replied, not taking his eyes off the sleeping girl.

"It's not your fault." Immediately, the silver-haired jonin's head shot up to look at the Uchiha, eye widened in surprise. "Don't give me that look, it's clear that you're blaming yourself for this."

"Is that true, Kakashi-sensei?" The blonde inquired, shocked that his teacher could believe such a thing.

"Why don't you two focus on something else than my psyche, hm?" Kakashi half-ordered in annoyance. The last thing he wanted was to discuss this mission with his team.

"I'm just saying, knowing Sakura, she's the one who decided to go through with it." Sasuke explained. "If she'd said she wanted out, you would have aborted the mission immediately."

It was almost strange that the raven-haired boy could deduce this much. They'd never formed a strong bong, not even before he'd gone with Orochimaru. He'd probably given his former student less credit than he deserved in terms of understanding the human mind.

"I'll just return to my room, if you don't mind." He let out as he headed to the door, ignoring the curious looks he was given.

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