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Author's Note: Okay, this was an idea I had sitting in my mind for awhile and I decided to type it up and put it up and see what I got for feedback. This will probably be the story I'll continue in once I finished The New Guy. For any of you who read The New Guy, don't worry, I will update soon. I'm just in a big writer's block for that story and I need for time and ideas to get the next chapter up. This story came to me awhile ago and because I wasn't getting anywhere in The New Guy, I decided to give this one a shot. Um, I'm not really sure what to make of this story yet, it's only the first chapter and I'm basically putting it up to see what the response it. Hopefully you'll all enjoy the first chapter. Read and review please. Yours, SilverRose88.
Simple things that occur everyday could change your life forever. For example, you are a C average student and decide to study hard on a test. You are rewarded with an A, and, therefore, you begin to study every night to ensure the good grades. Earning A's changed your life; no longer are you on a path towards working night shifts at the local burger joint, but you are on the track towards receiving a masters degree in forensic sciences. Or, say you are one of those kids who sees others being picked on every single day but never stop to help. What if one day you do help that other kid out; suddenly you find yourself with the newest and most best friend you could have ever imagined. It is amazing how simple things can change our daily lives so easily and we never seem to notice it.
When I was nineteen, one of those simple things changed my life forever. It was one of those things I had never expected to happen, one of those things I believed would never in a million years happen to me, but of course, fate has its way about doing things on its own, with or without your approval, because, believe me, if I had had a say in what had happened three years ago, I would have never agreed to it. Some peoples lives change for the better, and I suppose mine did too, in the long run, but at nineteen, while I was considered an adult, I still acted like a child, and therefore, I didn't see the good in what happened. To me, changing my normal lifestyle to something that was the complete opposite hardly seemed fair, especially when I hadn't done anything to deserve it.
I was a sophomore student at Konoha University, studying to become a history professor. I was a hard-working student and I lived in an apartment a block away from campus, because I found living on campus bothersome. But, there were times when living in my apartment was bothersome as well. I had a roommate, but he wasn't just any kind of roommate. We were involved, really deeply involved, and had been for two years, starting in our senior year of high school. And yes, I said he, and if you're offended, then too damn bad, because I loved him more than even I thought it was possible. People found it confusing how the two of us, the two most opposite people in the entire universe, had gotten to love each other like we had. To this day, I'm not quite sure, but that really doesn't matter. We'd been friends since we were in junior high, but we were the kind of friends that always picked on one another and always fought. During high school, things calmed down a bit, and in our last year, we both came to realize that our relationship had somehow crossed over to something more than friendship.
Uzumaki Naruto was everything I was not. He was bright, energetic, and happy. While I, Uchiha Sasuke, was cold, reserved, and annoyed. Somehow I began to need his energy and exuberance to survive, and I suppose he needed my aloofness to keep going as well. Naruto had moved into my apartment during the second semester of our freshman year, and we'd been living together ever since. It was nice, having him around all the time, though I never said it to him aloud, but I think he knew how I felt nevertheless. We loved each others company and we tried to spend as much time together as we could, considering our conflicting schedules. While I wanted to pursue history, Naruto wanted to pursue English, and therefore, we never had classes together, but always managed to spend some time each day with one another. It was a pattern I grew into and soon realized, after the incident, that I couldn't live without.
The incident happened early during our sophomore year and it changed everything. Some days I blame myself, other days I blame those kids, there were days I even blamed Naruto, but that never lasted long, believe me. The months, the years, after the incident were terribly hard to bear with and I had to suffer more than I had ever suffered in my life. I began to realize how much I truly loved him, needed him, and couldn't live without him, but it was hard, after the incident, to be with him, because he couldn't remember.
Simple things can change the course of your lifetime. My life changed with one single thing, something that happened to millions of people each day, and I never saw it coming. But my story has a good ending. As you read my story, think of your own life and be grateful for everything that you have. Because it's possible that you might never get it back.
But, then again, sometimes you might.
"Naruto, will you stop poking me while I'm driving?" said nineteen year old Uchiha Sasuke to his boyfriend of two years.
"But you're not telling me where we're going and I want to know!" the blonde whined.
"You've been trying to get it out of me for a long time now, Naruto, and poking me is not going to help any," Sasuke said with a chuckle as he glanced over to look at the pouting blonde. He felt himself crack under that cute stare. "Don't do that, Naruto. You know I can't stand that look."
But Naruto only intensified it, giving Sasuke bright teary blue eyes and trembling lower lip.
"Dammit, Naruto, I'm not telling!" Sasuke exclaimed. "It's a surprise, all right? I don't want you to know yet. You wanted to do something fun because it's our two year anniversary, but I want it to be a surprise, so deal with it, okay? "
"Aww, Sasuke!" Naruto whined loudly. "Just tell me, please?"
"I thought you liked surprises," the brunette said
only when I sort of know what's going to happen. You're no fun,
you keep everything to yourself so easily. I've been trying for a
week to figure this out, but you haven't let anything slip."
"That's because I want it to be a surprise. So stop acting like a four-year old and shut up," Sasuke said, turning his attention back to the road.
The blonde looked away grumpily, sagging against the passenger seat. He continued pouting for awhile before giving up and turning the radio on, flipping through stations before settling on the song Pump It.
"Argh, what a stupid song, change it," Sasuke said.
"No, I like it," Naruto said stubbornly.
Sasuke shook his head and turned to a station playing Kryptonite. "That's better."
"No, this sucks," Naruto said, changing the station back.
Sasuke glared at him, fully aware that Naruto loved that song and was being stubborn on purpose. "Just put it back! How can you listen to this crap?" the Uchiha said, changing the station yet again.
"How can you listen to this crap?" Naruto retorted, switching the station.
"Naruto!" Sasuke said, glaring at him.
"Just leave the station alone!" Naruto exclaimed, glaring back.
"No chance in hell," Sasuke said, reaching for the dial again.
"Sasuke!" Naruto exclaimed again.
"I'm changing the song, Naruto, live with it."
"N-No, Sasuke, the road, watch out!" Naruto screamed, pointing through the windshield.
The Uchiha snapped his head up to look at the group of children running into the street to grab a stray basketball.
"Shit," Sasuke swore as he slammed on the brakes and swerved the car to the left side of the road, just as another car turned the corner.
Suddenly, everything began to move as though it were slow motion, but Sasuke was only aware of Naruto's loud scream as he swerved again to avoid the oncoming car. And then, everything went black.
"Ah!" Sasuke exclaimed, jumping up into a sitting position and staring crazily around the room, feeling his heart pounding rapidly in his chest.
"Calm down, honey, or you'll get worse," a serene voice said.
Sasuke around the white plain room, then up into the face of a young looking woman. "Where-Where am I?" he asked.
"Oh, honey, you're in the hospital. You've been out for almost five hours," the nurse said, slowly helping him into a sitting position, leaning against the back of the bed.
"The…hospital?" Sasuke repeated and then his breath caught in his throat as he remembered. His anniversary…driving to the secret place…bickering over the radio station…the children…Naruto!
"Naruto! Where is he?" Sasuke exclaimed.
"Oh, your friend?" the nurse said, looking grave. "He's in intense care right now, dear. The other car hit his side extremely hard."
"Is he..?" Sasuke choked out, feeling his heart being squeezed in his chest.
"No," she replied, patting Sasuke's hand and relieving the brunette a bit. "He's hurt very badly, though, and we are not sure when he'll be okay. I'm not really sure what is going on with him. But, for now, you have to sit and relax or you'll get hurt even more."
"I don't give a damn about myself! I'm worried about Naruto! Can I see him?" Sasuke exclaimed.
"Not until you're better," the nurse said.
"Yes, Sasuke, you should calm down," a male voice said as someone walked in through the door.
Sasuke looked up and stared in surprise because of all the people in the world, his mathematics professor was in the room. "What the hell are you doing here?" Sasuke demanded.
"The doctors called Iruka because they found his number in Naruto's wallet. I was with Iruka and obviously he couldn't drive in a state of complete hysteria, so I did, and here I am," Hatake Kakashi said, grinning behind a scarf that covered the bottom of his face.
"Joyous," Sasuke replied sarcastically, but was grateful that at least Naruto had someone who cared for him watching him right now.
Iruka and Kakashi were professors at Konoha University, where Sasuke and Naruto both attended. Iruka, however, had been Naruto's legal guardian since Naruto's parents had died in a car accident when he had been four. Naruto's parents and Iruka had been close friends, and because Naruto didn't have any other relatives, Iruka had taken over. Naruto had lived with him until almost a year ago, when he had moved in at Sasuke's apartment off campus.
"So, how are you feeling, Sasuke?" Kakashi asked.
"Fine," he replied sourly. "Just go away, you're not family."
"But I'm all you have right now."
"That's not very comforting," Sasuke said, but then suddenly sat up straighter as he realized something. "Wait, if-if they looked for someone to call for Naruto, that means they looked for someone for me…Don't tell me they called--"
"Sasuke! Oh, my little brother, are you okay?" came a sudden loud voice after the slamming of the hospital room door.
"Oh, dear god," Sasuke said as an older man who looked almost identical to him came rushing in.
"Get out of her now, aniki," Sasuke said angrily.
"But why?" Uchiha Itachi said. "You're hurt, I need to stay."
"Kakashi-sensei's here," Sasuke said. "I'm fine."
"And just a minute ago I thought I wasn't family," Kakashi said, pretending to look confused and Sasuke just glared at him.
"I have to stay, Sasuke!" Itachi said.
"You're only making me hurt more," Sasuke said, as he struggled in the grasp of his older, not quite sane, brother.
"Yes, I agree with him, sir," the nurse said, stepping in. "Could you kindly step outside and wait to sign the hospital papers? Sasuke will probably be released tomorrow; he just needs to stay overnight to ensure that nothing else has happened to him."
"What about Naruto?" Sasuke asked immediately.
"Oh, I'm not sure about your friend, dear. He'll probably be here for quite awhile," she replied looking solemn.
Sasuke felt his heart crack slightly in his chest as Itachi and Kakashi both left the room. He sighed deeply and shut his eyes. Naruto, his Naruto, was stuck lying in some room being prodded and poked and he was stuck in here, perfectly all right, but restrained from going anywhere near him. Dammit, he couldn't stand for it. He needed to see Naruto, to see that he was okay, and then to get the hell out of that hospital.
"Darling, if you tense up so much, you'll get worse. Please try to calm down," the nurse said.
Sasuke opened his mouth to tell her to fuck off, when she continued, "I know you're worried about your friend, but there is nothing you can do right now."
She smiled. "Tell you what, if you eat your dinner and take a nap, then maybe I can get you out to check on Naruto, all right?"
He hated being treated like a child, but nodded anyway. "Fine," he mumbled.
She beamed. "Good. I'll be back with your food."
"Actually, could I just sleep for now? I'm kind of tired," Sasuke said. He knew his anxiety to see Naruto would prevent him from doing any sleeping or eating. But, he could pretend to sleep; he couldn't pretend to eat.
The nurse nodded. "No problem, go right ahead, dear."
Sasuke sagged against the pillows and shut his eyes. As he thought about Naruto, he gradually fell asleep.
"How do you suppose we tell him?" Sasuke heard a voice say somewhere above him. The voice sounded familiar but he couldn't place it.
"Maybe we should wait until tomorrow," came another voice, sounding very nervous.
"But he'd want to know now," replied the first voice.
"Oh, this is horrible! Just completely and totally horrible!" exclaimed yet another voice, and Sasuke realized he was listening to his brother, Kakashi and Iruka.
"This will kill him," Iruka said. "It's already killed me."
"Everything will be fine," Kakashi said in an usually consoling voice causing Sasuke to furrow his brow in confusion. What were they talking about?
"We just have to let Sasuke know first. That's what's most important right now," Kakashi said.
"He would want to know from us than from one of the nurses," Itachi said.
"But how do we tell him?" Iruka said frantically. "How do we let him know that Naruto is in a coma and we don't' know when he'll wake up?"
"And, how do we tell him that the boy might have some kind of amnesia?" Kakashi said.
"How do we let him know that?" Itachi questioned.
Sasuke suddenly sat up and stared at them, all three looking aghast that he had been awake during their conversation. Feeling as though someone had just stepped on his heart and had grounded it to dust, Sasuke demanded, "What did you just say?"
A/N: What did you think? Please give me all of your thoughts about the story! I want to know if I should continue it or not. I hope you all enjoyed it and want to read more, but I don't know if I'll continue unless I have enough response or if I can't think of what else to do. Please give me all of your feedback! Until later, thanks!