The brunette snapped, cradling his now limp arm. "Why can't I
get it right!?"
"You'll get there, Sasuke." His
teacher said calmly. The boy scowled, his frustration obvious.
don't want to just get
there! I need to be
there, now!" He kicked the ground and swore again, his anger at
his current situation not helped at all by the fact that his arm was
most likely broken and causing the lone Uchiha survivor far more pain
than he would show. He glared at his sensei through dark eyes,
surrounded by equally dark circles, a clear display of the boy's lack
Kakashi sighed. "You won't go anywhere without
patience, Sasuke. A ninja waits, and strikes when the time is right."
"I won't be ready when the time is right at this rate!"
Sasuke insisted, voice rising slightly. Something about Kakashi had
always infuriated him. The calm demeanor that, despite his greatest
efforts, Sasuke could never seem to achieve only grated on his nerves
all the worse. There was a pause; the two only stared at each other,
black on grey, eyes met. One pair defiant and determined and the
other baring a seemingly endless well of patience.
think we're done for today." Kakashi said finally. Sasuke's jaw
dropped ever-so-slightly, before he could catch himself and stop the
show of obvious emotion.
"What?! No! We don't have time for
that, it's barely evening!" The Uchiha snapped in reply. Kakashi
"True, but you're obviously in no condition for
training today." He explained, approaching the boy calmly and
taking hold of his arm.
"I'm fine, Kakashi-sensei!"
Sasuke snapped, attempting to withdraw the damaged limb from
Kakashi's hold. Kakashi's eyes lost their soft and patient demeanor
for a moment, and it was replaced with a harsh look as he tightened
his grip on the tender flesh, causing the younger boy to give a small
cry of pain, before biting down hard on his lip to stop himself.
"Hm, that didn't seem like a sound that someone who's fine
makes." Kakashi pointed out. Sasuke glared in response, cursing
the way his eyes watered.
"Sasuke, you can't train with a
The lithe boy swore under his breath, but knew
his sensei was right. He grudgingly accepted defeat and allowed his
arm to be lowered back to his side, hating how condescending Kakashi
seemed to be as he led them back to the cabin they'd been staying in
over the month for training. He'd had cuts and bruises everywhere,
but he hadn't let them slow him down. Unfortunately a broken arm made
it impossible to produce seals, which did, in fact, make both his nin
and genjustu worthless.
As the two entered the small building,
Kakashi hoisted his student onto the counter and left to find his
medical supplies. Sasuke glared at the floor in his sensei's absence.
Why aren't I as strong as him? Itachi... he could've mastered this
damn move long before now. Why am I so WEAK!?'
He demanded of himself mentally. By the time Kakashi returned, he
could tell exactly what the boy'd been thinking, it was obvious by
the tired, frustrated expression on his face. The expression that
showed the desire to quit, to breakdown, to cry, but would never be
"Show me your arm." He ordered quietly,
Sasuke merely looked up at him. He wanted to comply, but he could no
longer summon movement from the swollen arm.
Kakashi sighed and
took hold of the boy's wrist, shaking his head a little as he
observed the forearm, which had swollen to almost twice it's original
state. "We need to ice this before I can set it, or you'll be in
"I can take it. Just do it already."
Sasuke responded darkly. Kakashi frowned and poked the arm, hard.
Sasuke let out a surprised and pained yelp. "OW! What the hell
was that for?"
Kakashi clicked his tongue at the other in an
all-knowing fashion. "Clearly you can't take it." He said
simply, placing Sasuke's arm back down. Sasuke felt a blush burn his
cheeks as he watched Kakashi fishing through the medical kit on the
counter for a cold compress. 'Damn
He thought angrily. Kakashi looked back up at him and couldn't resist
a laugh, the boy could be so cute when he pouted like that. "Do
I need to use this on your face, instead?" He joked, which only
caused the young Uchiha's face to turn another shade of
"N-No!" He managed, cursing himself for not
being able to speak straight. Kakashi let out a low chuckle.
was only joking, Sasuke..."