NEW Author's Notes: Hmm, wondering if I should do a sequel to this...or perhaps make a second epilogue? After all, technically this chapter was meant to be an epilogue...Rawr, what do you think? Hell, I oughta make another epilogue for this! Erm, after I see how this one fairs first...-rushes off to edit-

PS: Yes, this fic was originally dedicated to someone, but I've decided to take it out. Why? Well, I don't like betrayals. HOWEVER, it adds todeliciousangstness, which results in yummier chapters...so it can't be that bad? -rubs tired eyes-

OLD Author's Note: Yes...the last chapter!

It was a lot darker then one intended to be...then again...there's a part in here...one specific part...quite easy to find...that is actually a rant and true experience that one has encountered twice or thrice...the excruciating pain of a mind being loss...laughing hysterically in times of dire...So yes...insanity has inspired a huge chunk of this chapter...but yes...enough ranting...this lowly one's mind has deteriorated enough as it is...onto the ficcie!


Red String - Epilogue


Alas, twas the day of the dance and yet neither of the heroes had dared to ask each other to go...

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-Naruto POV-

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As I slowly walked through the dance floor, I began to think to myself in a slow daze:

I had always thought that today would be the happiest day of my life. Today was the day everyone would accept me, laugh with me; notat me...and I would be with my long time crush Sakura.

I sighed softly as I gently kicked a balloon aside and gazed around the building.

>If only things were so simple.>

The giant gymnasium had been transformed; the utter darkness slid across every crack and hole, save for the bright glow ofa few disco lights and twinkling silver confettis floating around; softly like feathers billowing against the warm seasoned wind...

My dream--the dream of everything turning out right...was made by the foolishme in the past. What about now? What do I want? Who do I want...?

I glanced around.

>Where is Sasuke?>

Groups of dancers swayed quickly with the beat of the music, and the warmth quickly escalated to a suffocating heat as time blew past. I pushed past the mob of sweating bodies, rushed through the mystical ravers, pulling my way out of the entranced horde.

>He's supposed to be here; I know he is! But...where?> My mind raced as my cerulean eyes dartedfrantically about,searching for a certain paleboy.

...That was when a hand reached out and grabbed me.

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I sipped on a cup of punch, unconvincingly reassuring myself it wasn't drugged and that I wouldn't wake up the next day with a pedophile next to me.

>Where was my blonde angel?>

I scanned the sparkling arena, quickly running my dark eyes over the heads of the wriggling bodies in front of me.

There! It wasn't hard to miss the familiar blonde; his aura made him irresistable.

I walked over to...do something; Anything!Maybe grab his hand or tap his shoulder--whatever I could doto get his attention.

My hand reached out towards the boy and I leaned over, trying to catch his arm.

Almost there; I push back an idiot female who had thought I was grabbing for her. Just a mere inch away, I can do it--!

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I turned around, a grin emerging from my lips.

"SASU--Sa...kura." My voice lowered suddenly as my grin turned fake and I felt the twinkle dissapate within the depths of my eyes.

Sakura never talked to me. What didshe want now?

Sakura smiled and cheerfully said in a sweet voice,"Neh neh, Naruto-kun, I know you've liked me this whole time, and since I can't find Sasuke-kun, I thought I'd let you have one dance with me... but just this once ok?"

>And sinceI can't find Sasuke-kun... > I mentally mocked, my head tilting in a cynical manner.

I looked at her to speak, but not beforerecognizing a familiarmop of shiny black hair

>Sasuke...>

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Ugh. I should have known.

I mentally slapped myself.

How could you believethat Naruto would be waiting around for a stoic like you?Anyone could have seen that the blond shinobi had grown into a handsome man. Why would he go for you?A lone MALEfrom the massive female horde that nowfollows him?He would not definitely want you...especially when the love of his life, that pest Sakura, is flirting shamelessly right in front of him.

>It's not like Naruto loves you anyway. He doesn't evenremember you; nor does he seem to care.> He bitterly reminded himself.

>What am I even doing here?>

Wincing as his heart wrenched apart, he quickly left to findhis secret place; the hide-out he always went to when he was forced to go to dances...

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"Come on, Naruto-kuuuun! Let'sdance!" Sakura whined sickenly, a hint of blush staining her cheeks while purposefully melded her body along mines.

Years ago, I thought thatshe wasthe most beautiful girl alive...and seeing her look at me like that, flirting with me like that, would make me the happiest man int he world. But now...

"I, uhh...Sakura-chan, umm—" I began to mumble a slipshod apology.

...Until I was cut off.

"Sakura," Ino's voice piped out, "have you gotten to dance with that Naruto yet? Remember if you don't dance with him, I get to dance with Sasuke-kuuuuun!"

"INO-PIG!" Sakura shrieked, "YOU RUINED IT ALL!"

"Oh? Didn't dance with him yet? Well that's too bad, I get to dance with Sasuke now!" Ino yelled happily as she ran off to find her precious Sasuke.

"KUSO! KUSO KUSO KUSO KUSO KUSO! (DAMN!)" Sakura stomped her foot and screamed.

I stared as my vision of a once perfect angelshattered into a thousandpieces, viciously torn apart by the beast that nowraged before me. It shrieked and cried out like a banshee; its anger showing through its eyes as it glared at me, daring me to say something.

"What, Naruto-kun? I know you like me, and I took up the dare! So what? Huh?" She yelled, her eyes tearing up.

>Tearing up at the thought of not being able to dance with Sasuke, of course.>

I smiled softly, catching her off guard.

"Don't fool yourself, Sakura-chan" I mocked at her as I left her speechless on the dance floor.

Now that it was over, I could search for Sasuke and find him before Ino did.

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-Hours Later-

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It was 10 minutes until the end of the dance.

I growled in frustration and disappointment. Sasuke must have either left or had beendragged off by his damned harem.

Yea. that damned harem...

>Damn thatdamned harem.>

"ALWAYS IN MY FUCKING WAY!" I yelled as I kicked a dent in the wall, venting out my anger.

Sasuke must've been drugged by those girls that trailed after him...Not that he would've picked me over them anyway.

A small drop of water fell from my eyes; a tear.

That's right. Mr. Perfect...why would Mr. Perfect want someone so wrong like me? Someone so flawed, so useless...so utterly pathetic.

I quietly spat at myself, mindlessly wandering the school grounds.

I see those girls sidle up to him everyday...he acts like its nothing; being soaccustomed to all that feminineattention, why would he even bother with mine?

Why do I have to fall in love withthe mostpopular person in school? The most popular guy, to make matters worse. Why couldn't it be someone average; someone who would like me for...me?

I sobbed, choking on my own tears.

You are a pathetic, lowly, despicable little filth that would be rather called dirt compared to that Phoenix of the Heavens that you may never reach; no matter how hard you climb, he just keepsflying further and further from your reach until one day...you reach the top and the angry sun bears down upon you...melting you...burning you...

"Shin...de. (Dead)" I cocked my head to the side as I grinned pitifully at my self-mockery.

Yes, the thought of death was alluring me, tempting me down into the Underworld. I can have eternal sleep; forget about everything.

My head swam and I sat down on a bench, my breath growing rapid and my mind feeling like it was ripping to shreds.

Yes, I was going to go insane if this continued any further, or perhaps I already was?

I grabbed my head with my hands in a futile attempt to keep my mind together; to stay sane.

I choked down a strangled cry as I was drowned out by the dozens of voices in my head.

Hopeless

Despicable

Hated

Annoying

Useless

Unworthy

...UNNEEDED

I gasped, nearly falling to the floor.

>Someone...Tasukete! (Help me) Anyone...Please!> I struggled to cry out as I open my mouth in a silent scream.

In the midst of my mental struggle, I heard it. Just the faintest noise, but I heard it nevertheless.

The gentle noise of a piano being played gracefully and expertly in a soft, sad melody.

Clinging on to the noise, I gripped a hold of my mind and slowly gathered myself back together.

My feet moving on its own, I stopped in front of the music room, where the enchanted melody played louder then ever.

Hypnotized, I slid the door open, stepped in...and found him.

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Playing my usual melody that kept me calm, I was suddenlyinterrupted bythe loud creak of a door being opened.

>Could a girl have found me here?> I panicked slightly.

Then I recognized the familiar footsteps that I blissfully heard everyday...My breath stopped halfway to my lungs.

>Could it be?>

I whirled around.

"Naruto?" I gasped.

The poor boy was a total mess; He looked almost as ashen as the day he became insane. Mindlessly he stared into my eyes, mine searching into his own blank ones.

"Sasuke," He mumbled, "it's you."

Not knowing what to say, I stood there with my mouth shamelessly left open. Closing my mouth and opening it again a couple times in an attempt to talk, I finally took a breath and asked the question that I had been wanting to ask since...since that time:

"Naruto...do you remember?"

"Remember what?"

"The days of the old?"

"The old...?"

I sighed. No, he had not remembered. About to dismiss him sullenly and return to my piano playing, I noticed his haggard face as he stared at me in an almost frightening manner.

"Naruto, what's wrong? You look ill." Iasked cautiously.

Naruto said nothing. Instead, he took a step; However, halfway across the room, his feetstopped working and he fell,landing perfectlyagainst me as I stepped forward to catch him.We stayed there, unmoving and unable to determine what to do next.

I felt the deafening beat of his heart, as well as the rapidly increasing pace of my own.

"Naruto?" Iquestioned, "Are you sure you're feeling--"

Naruto's lips against mine. The softness of his lips were pressed against my own, transferring the feeling of need and desperation which I quickly tried to recipricate as I recovered from my shock.

The kiss wasalmost painfully gentle, yet filled with passion and untold secrets. However, just as quickly as it was started, it disappeared in a flash. The ghost of his lips still upon mine asthe torn boyslowly lifted his head away from mine...

and whispered the two words I had wanted to hear ever since the event that had nearly killed one of us:

"I remember."

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After almost 400 years of separation, the two shinobis were once again reunited;

The prophecy had been fulfilled.

After all, the red string, stained with blood, is wrapped so tightly, so deeply...that it may not be broken, may not be cut. For it was...the string of fate.


NEW Author's Note: Phew, aside from the prologue, this is probably my favorite chapter. Hnn, a sequel would be a bit tough to write for this, as well as another epilogue. Perhaps I should write another Sasunaru ficcie instead! -ideas pop up- More angstness wee!

-sigh- And so here ends...My narusasu fic

sorry it took really long...lost inspiration..then couldnt find the right mood...and finally thus driven to insanity have on has finished this fic. Thank you very much

One really really loves all of your reviews (except for those homophobe flamers out there...they've got some problems now . ;;; )

But yea...thank you VERY much once again...this is probably the first fic where one actually gave the story a GOOD ending even though it took like...what? 6 months + a choji-load of insanity? Man...Thank you all VERY much once again

I look forward to seeing your reviews if I ever do another fanfic

darkiris

Aww too bad it had to end...and its been...more then a month since this review! O.O;; eeps! Well...all good things must come to an end some time eh? Or...you could always reread this XD

Ice Puppet

2004-01-18

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Nya...dunno if one turned out for the better...or for the worst...o.o;; but nevertheless! The fic is done! And quite well...compared to one's other ficcie endings xX;;

HilyianLink

2004-01-13

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Wow o.o;; well...this chappie is a bit short...like...4 pages total somewhat of an epilogue...so yea...;;; heres the long awaited chappie!

Renn

2004-01-13

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Updates XP

IchigoPocky

2004-01-12

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Anonymous

XD! Almighty stick...XD! how bout a rolled up newspaper for a...naughty kitty sasuke! holds up sasuke with glued on kitty ears

Shinigami11

2004-01-10

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Oish! Death threat for new chappie! Here! Spare this lowly oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooone hands over last chappie while kowtowing to floor repeatedly

Ookima

2003-12-25

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thankies thankies:D

D.A

2003-12-23

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XD yea...twas tempting to kill of Naruto again and repeat the whole cycle...XD

But itd get boring then neh? XD

EclipseAzNGTX

2003-12-20

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XD! Yaaaaay thanks so much for this comment! really helped one through this hazy headache she has right now... thank you VERY much

Tala1 yesh yesh laugh ish good X3

purrfectly976

2003-12-11

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Oish yea this is somewhat confusing ;;; eh...but! thanks for attempting to understand it

PinkNinjaOfDoom

2003-11-26

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Anonymous

XD! Oish...one forgot to add that small hakuza part she originally planned for this update...O.O;;;; eeeeeeeps xX;;

Abook

2003-11-25

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Anonymous

weeeeell naruto can't remember a thing! An epilogue must come! runs around

DarkPheonix365

2003-11-23

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XD! Funny darkpheonix XD! Welp! Here's the long...4 month update O.O;;

Kuroi Hikari

2003-11-21

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nod nods one thinks that chapie must've been the best one out of all!

Waya

2003-11-19

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Yea...theyve been getting shorter and shorter T.T;;

kurokioku

2003-11-19

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Oish! Course! One updates now! After 4 months o;; gets beat up

Lady Geuna

2003-11-18

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And ta daaaaa conclusion! X3

Shimizu Hitomi

2003-11-13

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Aww you remember one's birthday!

Thank you soooooooooooooo much

One feels really happy knowing someone say happy bday

Tsukineko

2003-11-11

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Anonymous

He remeberrrrrrrrrrrrred erf! Spelled that wrong! XD!

YumiYa

2003-11-10

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Nyahahaha...tortured by the kyubi...a very good punishment indeed X3

Kin Uchiha

2003-11-09

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Anonymous

puts water on kin to prevent from withering x.x;;

firedraygon97

2003-11-07

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Aww...too bad no sad ending! XD could've been though eh? O.o;

esaure

2003-11-07

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And more angst! XD

animeangel

2003-11-07

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Anonymous

Oish! 4 monhts now! Oiiiiiiiish one keeps updating later and later ;

Lil Empress of the Heartless

2003-11-07

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Heres the update!

Cy

2003-11-06

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Anonymous

ndo nods more angst in this chappie indeed...o.o; (maybe too much x.x)

Nyroeon

2003-11-06

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XD! Heres some sasunaru for ya! A bit light but eh...the rest can be up to your imagination that it could o.o;

MaidenInTheMoon

2003-11-06

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Hmmmmm...not too fluffy...but short and sweet X3 hopefully tahts ok o.o;

Red Rose

2003-11-05

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Yup! It went bye bye:D Naruto's NORMAL AGAAAAAAIN

TheTrueSilver

2003-11-05

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This took even longer to update x.x gomen neeeeeee T.T;;

new dragon18 One didnt! Eeeeeeeps gomen gomen :; nyaaaa crazy to look for so many people XD but! Copy and paste everyone who reviewed and ta daaaaaa X3

tsuki tenshi- to lazy to log in

2003-11-05

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Anonymous

Sasuke didnt ask him out .. but they still got together neH? GAH! beign strangled by tsuki

Kaira-chan

2003-11-05

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nods nods definitely...writing is a great way to vent off stress thank you for being such a loyal reviewerrrrrrrrrrrr glomps kaira

Kitty-Chan, UchiNaru no Miko

2003-11-05

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Oish! Sakura seemed a bit evil here eh? Nya...she was sposed to be more...nice but mislead o.o;; woops o;;

HOMOPHOBE (?)

2003-11-05

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AHA! FOUND YOU YA HOMOPHOBE! GO ROT IN HELL WITH THE REST OF YOUR OTHER HOMOPHOBES! sigh homophobia tis a bad thing...shakes head sadly one feels sorry for your pathetic lives of scanning through for shonen ai fics and attempting to insult them...you should have a better life then that you poor poor homophobe...pats homophobe's head

Once again...for the nth time...THANK YOU SO MUCH ALL YOU READERS!