© 2006 FastForward
A/N: Hola everyone! If you are reading this, it means you have already read Roommates, since this is the sequel. If you have NOT read Roommates, you should leave, because you won't understand. Just fair warning. And speaking of warning, here's a few for this fic:
Warnings of things to come:
- Yaoi. There will be a lot of this.
- Rape and sexual abuse. I wasn't going to do this, but in the end, it had to be done to make the story darker.
- Swearing. Kiba is still here, so there will always be a lot of swearing.
- Death. Lots of people die. Some are described, some aren't, it depends on whose POV it is. You have been warned!
- OOC Sasuke. This will all be explained by the end of the chapter, just so you don't think I'm changing Sasuke's character. I like him as a cold bastard :smirk:
- Possible self-mutilation. I haven't decided on this, yet, but you'll find out if it comes.
- Substance abuse. All will be explained in due time.
Disclaimer: If Naruto were mine, the characters would all chase and kill me for putting them through all this angst. Thankfully, they belong to K. Masashi so they chase him for putting them through all the angst they go through.
Thank you to the leviathan for beta-ing AGAIN. You rock my socks :)
Also, I update every day (as those of you from Roommates know) but since both the leviathan and I are working, if I'm a day or two late, I apologize. I shall try my best to continue with the update-every-day system, but there may be some days where the leviathan has been unable to check my chapters, or I have been unable to write. I will try not to let this happen, but do bear in mind it is a possibility. I apologize in advance for any late chapters.
Spoilers: There are no spoilers as far as the manga goes, since this is an AU, but there are some characters I'm using that are in the manga (new characters). I won't give anything away about them, but they are present in the manga. Just FYI so those of you who haven't read the manga don't think I'm adding in an OC.
I have tried to PM/e-mail everyone who has asked to be notified when this fic came out. If I missed anyone, I apologize immensely, but I had so many people asking to be notified. (If you have me on Author Alert, you probably got this chapter before my PM/e-mail. I just didn't want to send out notices before I posted the chapter, cause... yeah, that wouldn't be too smart...)
Enough with my babbling!
Blood and Tears.
Naruto Uzumaki let out a yelp and recoiled as he clutched his head. He glared up at his attacker, but knew his glare would do nothing. After all, his attacker was used to it.
"Kiba!" Sakura Haruno hit Kiba Inuzuka across the back of the head, glaring angrily. "You've been punching him as a greeting for the past two months! Let it go!"
"I don't like being lied to!" Kiba exclaimed, nursing his own wound. "How come I was left out of the loop? Why couldn't I have been told?"
"Because you're too loud." Sakura stated dryly.
"We've known he was still alive since Sasuke was shot." Ino Yamanaka said with a sigh, raking her hand through her blond hair. "Of course, I thought this moron was Sasuke since he dyed his damn hair black. You still look ridiculous, by the way. You should—"
"Ino!" Sakura hissed, jerking her head in Naruto's direction. The blonde looked at their friend and instantly bit her tongue, cursing herself angrily. Naruto was staring at the ground, a faraway look in his eyes.
It had been four months since the incident at Naruto's, and Sasuke Uchiha still hadn't woken up. Whenever he was reminded of it, Naruto would close up, and sometimes, he would stay lost in his own mind for hours before anyone managed to bring him back.
"Oh, shit. 'Ruto!" Kiba grabbed his friend's shoulder. Hard. "Naruto!"
Naruto's eyes snapped up to look at Kiba and a grin crossed his face. "Sorry, I spaced out." Naruto laughed. Everyone could tell he wasn't truly happy.
"Are you okay?" Ino asked. "We don't have to do this today."
"No, no, I want to." Naruto insisted. "We've been planning on going to see this movie since Monday. I don't want to put it off." Naruto began bouncing on his feet, looking around. "Damn, where are the others? I want to go see this." He pouted.
Sakura, Ino and Kiba shared a look, not sure whether to be concerned he'd bounced back so quickly, or relieved.
No one knew how to act around Naruto anymore. When they'd all found out he was still alive right before exam period, Kiba had only refrained from jumping on him because the other boy was injured. But they'd all noticed something was wrong with him. He would smile, but he never looked happy. He spent most of his time going back and forth between school and the hospital while exams were going on, and now, during the summer, he spent a few hours with his friends, and the rest of his time in the hospital.
Kakashi Hatake was in the hospital almost as often. He was still pretty beat up, but he was discharged not too long ago to start on physiotherapy. He'd gotten shot through one of his knees and was lucky enough he was able to walk at all. He'd had to get extensive surgery, though, to fix everything he'd had shot by Itachi, but he was going to be fine in the end. Lots of scars, but he would be able to continue with his daily life. He was glad, because classes started up again in about a month, and he still needed to earn his paycheck.
Naruto had paid for all of Kakashi's medical bills, and Sasuke's. The grey-haired professor had insisted he would repay him, but Naruto told him not to. He had the money, and if he could use it to help people he cared about, then he would.
Naruto and his friends had all passed their exams and—despite Naruto having missed a lot of second term—they were all now second year students at university. Sasuke was the only one who hadn't gotten second year status, since he'd missed almost as much of second term as Naruto, and he hadn't taken the final exams. Not that anyone blamed him. After all, he was in a coma.
"So," Sakura said, attempting to break the uncomfortable silence, "Tsunade's letting you get a room in Gage with whoever you want, huh?"
"Yeah." Naruto replied. And the conversation ended there.
The Walter Gage Residence was a set of four thirty-floor buildings near the village on UBC campus. They consisted of one apartment on each floor. There were four separate rooms, a living room area, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Lee Rock, Shino Aburame, Shikamaru Nara and Chouji Akamichi were going to be living in the suite above from Naruto. The blond-turned-raven himself would be living with Neji Hyuuga, Gaara Sabaku and Kiba.
Kiba would've preferred to live with the other three because they were close friends, but Naruto was almost like a best friend to him, and he didn't want the other boy to be alone. He would suffer through Neji and Gaara to keep Naruto happy. Besides, no one could make him laugh and smile the way Kiba could.
Well, Sasuke could, but he wasn't around to do that anymore.
"Where are they?" Ino demanded, annoyed, as she glanced at her watch. "We're not going to make it in time."
"Calm down, fuck. We'll just miss the previews." Kiba shrugged.
"I like the previews." the blonde girl insisted.
A car pulled up beside them on the curb and the passenger-side door opened. Hinata stepped out, calling a thanks to Neji before slamming the door and coming up beside the others.
"Hi. Sorry I'm late." she said in her shy voice as she stood beside Kiba.
"No problem, we're still waiting." Kiba kissed her cheek lightly as he intertwined their fingers.
Naruto looked away. Nobody noticed.
"Looks like everyone's here." They turned as they heard Shikamaru's voice.
The lazy boy walked slowly towards them with both hands in his pockets, Shino and Chouji walking along with him.
"Of course everyone's here!" Naruto exclaimed, happy to have something to occupy his mind. He pointed at them all. "You're late, giving everyone loads of time to get here!"
"I didn't want to have to wait." Shikamaru shrugged. "Come on, let's go."
The large group of friends exited the cinema chatting amongst themselves. Kiba and Naruto were in a heated argument with regard to the main character. Naruto insisted he was great—mostly because he was hot—while Kiba said the man wouldn't know how to act if someone slapped him in the face with it.
The two were really starting to yell at one another when a sleek black car with tinted windows slowed down beside the bus stop they were all standing at. They ignored it at first, figuring the person was either dropping someone off or just parking for a second.
The driver's side door opened and a man emerged. He was wearing a dark green business suit, and looked very professional. He had shoulder-length blond hair tied back and a piercing gaze.
All conversation froze and the group turned to look at the man. He walked around his car, headed for them, and Kiba stood protectively in front of Naruto, narrowing his eyes.
"What do you want?"
"Calm down." the man sneered as he reached into his jacket. Kiba watched on fearfully, his fists clenched. The three girls were huddled together and the other boys were ready to lunge at him if he pulled out a gun.
The man did no such thing. Instead, he merely pulled out a business card and held it out to Naruto, who was still behind Kiba.
"This is for you."
"Excuse me?" Naruto narrowed his eyes. "I don't even know you."
"Forgive me." The man bowed his head slightly. "My name is Mr. Hokuto. Please." He held the card out more and Naruto put his hand on Kiba's shoulder. The brunette growled but moved aside as Naruto stepped forward and took the card. He read the front and frowned, not recognizing the man's name, or the organization he was working for.
"Can I inquire as to why you've come to look for me?" Naruto asked, looking back at Mr. Hokuto.
"Our organization is in town. We usually move around a lot, and since we're here, we thought we'd come discuss business and offer a job to the son of one of our associates." The man had begun to walk back around his car, standing beside the driver-side door.
"You worked with my dad?" Naruto asked, confused.
"Oh, no." The man grinned. "I worked with your mum."
He climbed into the car, slammed the door, and zoomed away before anyone could say anything. Naruto frowned, looking back down at the card in his hand.
"What does it say?" Kiba asked, looking over his shoulder.
"Deidara Hokuto. Akatsuki."
Naruto climbed out of his black Viper and slammed the door, flipping the keys in his hands as he walked up the small path that led to Kakashi's house. The man had stayed in the professor's quarters on UBC campus, finding it would be too tedious to go back and forth from Victoria to go to the hospital. Besides, staying there meant he got to see Iruka Umino more often.
The boy knocked on the door and heard shuffling inside. A few seconds later, Kakashi opened the door, crutches in hand.
"Hello, Naruto." The current raven nodded and moved aside so his professor could pass. He closed and locked Kakashi's door for him as the grey-haired man made his way slowly to Naruto's car. Naruto beat him to it, opening the passenger-side door and then positioning himself beside it. Kakashi reached him and put one hand on Naruto's shoulder while bringing both crutches into one hand, hopping on one foot to enter the car. He got in and brought the crutches in with him as Naruto slammed the door, going around the car to get back behind the wheel.
"How was the movie?" Kakashi asked as they began their drive to the hospital to see Sasuke.
"Decent." Naruto shrugged. "Main character was hot." Naruto flashed him a grin.
"Mm, I've seen pictures. He's certainly something nice to look at."
"That he is." Naruto turned smoothly. "Talked to Genma lately?"
"Unfortunately." Kakashi sighed. "He keeps asking when I'll be able to have sex again. Don't tell him, but I've already started. Iruka and I—"
"Hey, hey, hey!" Naruto exclaimed. "I ain't Genma! I don't care!"
Kakashi chuckled and ruffled Naruto's dyed black hair. Naruto batted his hand away irritably, his eyes still on the road.
Kakashi watched as Naruto drove, feeling his heart wrench in his chest. He could see blond roots appearing because of Naruto's original hair colour, but he knew the roots would disappear soon. Naruto always re-dyed his hair when the roots became really noticeable. He said he wouldn't stop until Sasuke woke up. He wanted to remember everything the raven had gone through. Kakashi was getting worried about him. Sure, Naruto left to hang out with his friends on occasion, but he still spent too much time by Sasuke's bedside.
The doctor's weren't holding their breath in terms of Sasuke's condition. Most of them insisted he wasn't going to wake up; it had been too long already. Kakashi wanted to believe there was hope, and things were starting to look up when Sasuke was taken off life-support two weeks back, able to breathe and live on his own. He was still unconscious, but things were looking better now that he didn't need the machines. Shizune Kimeda said this was a sign of him starting to wake up.
Naruto pulled into the hospital parking lot smoothly, stopping near the door. He climbed out and helped Kakashi out before closing the doors and locking them. The two of them made their way into the hospital, Kakashi teasing Naruto, and the younger boy just ignoring him. They nodded to the nurses on duty, who knew them both really well by now. Almost everyone in the hospital did.
"You staying the night again?" Kakashi inquired as they entered the elevator.
"Yup." Naruto hit the button for Sasuke's floor and the two waited.
"This isn't healthy, you know." Kakashi whispered. "You can't just stay with him all the time. If he wa—"
"When he wakes up." Naruto shot in angrily. Kakashi winced.
"He won't be happy if he finds out you gave up practically your whole life to watch over him."
"I don't care. I want to be the first thing he sees when he regains consciousness." Naruto insisted. "I want him to know I still care about him."
"I'm sure he knows without you having to tell him, Naruto."
"Doesn't matter. I want to be there."
The elevator doors opened and the two made their way to Sasuke's room, Kakashi sighing and shaking his head. They reached the door and Naruto opened it to let Kakashi in, but just as he was about to move out of the grey-haired man's way, he froze, his eyes wide.
Sasuke's eyes were open.
His eyes were open and he was looking around the room in confusion, his eyes still at half-mast, but open!
"Naruto, wha—" Kakashi's voice froze in his throat as he looked over the boy's shoulder and noticed what he was staring at. Dear God, is he really awake? Kakashi thought, excitement bubbling in his chest.
"Sa-Sasuke?" Naruto asked, utter disbelief in his voice as the Uchiha looked around with bleary eyes. "I-is this real?"
"Sasuke?" Kakashi pushed past Naruto and hobbled towards Sasuke. He stood right in front of the boy in his care and bent down slightly in front of him. "Can you hear me?"
Sasuke turned his gaze to Kakashi, focusing on him. He then turned to look at Naruto before looking back at Kakashi.
Naruto felt his heart soaring through his chest, threatening to drown him in a huge wave of happiness.
Sasuke was awake. He was alive!
"Sasuke!" Naruto refrained from jumping on the other boy, grabbing his hand instead and forcing the tears back. It would be too stupid to cry, so he wouldn't let himself. Besides, he didn't think that would be the first thing Sasuke would want to see. Sasuke would probably tease him about it.
Naruto was shocked as Sasuke wrenched his hand from Naruto's, his eyes wide as he stared at him, and then looked at Kakashi. Naruto frowned and shared a look with Kakashi. Sasuke was showing something both knew he never did.
"Sasuke?" Kakashi inquired carefully.
The Uchiha started hyperventilating, his heart-monitor showing his heart-rate was increasing.
"Wh-where am I?" Sasuke demanded, his eyes wide and searching.
"Sasuke?" Naruto inquired, confused, as the door flew open.
"Get out of the way." Shizune Kimeda ran into the room, shoving Naruto away from the bed. Kakashi moved back on his own, leaving the doctor room to work.
"Where am I?" Sasuke asked, shrinking away from Shizune.
"Calm down, Sasuke. You're in the hospital."
"How did I get here?" Sasuke demanded. "What happened?"
"You were shot and—"
"I was shot?" Sasuke asked hysterically. Kakashi's eyebrows flew into his hairline. Sasuke sounding hysterical?
"Calm down." Shizune insisted as she flashed her flashlight in his eyes. "Tell me what you remember."
"What are you talking about?" Naruto blurted out. "How do you expe—"
"Naruto!" Shizune turned to the Uzumaki. "Let him talk."
Naruto's mouth snapped shut, but he scowled in disapproval. Glancing at Sasuke's heart-rate, he noticed it was still unnaturally high. He was really scared.
"Sasuke, what do you remember?" Shizune repeated.
The Uchiha looked at her, eying her wearily. "Nothing." he admitted in a whisper before looking past her at Naruto. "Who are you?"
Naruto's heart fell into the pit of his stomach.
A/N: Cliche, I know, but necessary. I needed an Amnesiac-Sasuke. Next chapter tomorrow :P
Also, in my fic 'The Calm Before the Storm', I got a review from someone telling me Deidara was a girl and I should research the characters before using them. The thing is, I did research Deidara. It's not my fault if half the sites said Deidara was a dude, and the other half said Deidara was a chick. As it stands, I am going to go with being a dude, because a site I use all the time and always seems to be accurate (wikipedia) said Deidara was a dude. Therefore, I am sorry if we find out later that Deidara is a girl, but for this fic, I need a male Deidara. Just thought I'd clear that up.
© 2006 FastForward