Prequel to Spiral Out. This is what Sakura has seen and done over the dark years before the story begins.
- He flushed (again! She felt another small sense of triumph) and turned his head slightly away from her. His hair brushed against her throat, and she shivered.
He looked up in alarm. "Now you're cold. Shouldn't we do this under blankets?"
That scene is perfect for Sasuke. So perfect! Anyway - the rest of the fic is great too, in its painful, emotional way. The way Kakashi 'dies' is terribly sad; it seems to show that the last shreds of Sakura's childhood happiness is gone. But I love the way she "polishes that dream", because she so would.