A/N: Hiashi and Hizashi should've just gotten married and had- er, surrogated?- babies. XP Everyone would have had SO much less angst in the long run.

Ahem. Spoilers for Neij vs. Naruto in the chuunin exam.

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"Don't You Say Goodbye to Me"

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"The two of us we dream like one

The two of us, the two of us

The two of us take breath like one."

~ Yellowcard

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There is nothing that I can do.

You chose this, and there is nothing I can say to you to change your mind. You want to die, out of some fucked up sense of "duty" or "honor." You want to protect this place and this family. To be a good man and do the right thing.

But this isn't right at all.

The situation isn't fair. But "responsibility" says that you want to protect us and will do all you can.

I think saving a village is a bit much. It's easy to save one or two people, but saving a village is too much to ask of anyone. Who needs that kind of stress, that much bother? That's what they keep Hokage around for. A normal man should only have to save one or two people in his lifetime.

But you, lucky bastard that you are, get dragged into the whole mess because of our precious Byaguken.

But I don't need these eyes to see what I have to do.

We were the same person, once. Once we were a single thing. But something got screwed up and we ended up here and like this and not talking to each other the way we should have been able to.

But even if we don't have that . . . I won't let you leave me. I won't let you go. You are too precious, too important. I do not believe that I exist for the reasons that I have been told I do, but I do believe that there are responsibilities that a brother has to a brother.

The body that they want . . . just has to LOOK like yours.

Hiashi. I'll go instead.

After all, I only need to protect you and Neji, and that is the easiest thing of all.

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. : the things that come to you naturally : .