Sorry it took me awhile. I had a math project. -- but i got an A on it so that's good. I was thinking that I wanted to write more stories but I'll wait until this one is finished so I'm going to move at a bit of a quicker pace.

Enjoy the chapter! .


"Sasuke…"

Hikari paused for a second. Sasuke waited patiently.

"This is…too much, too fast." Hikari looked down. "I'm sorry…"

Sasuke gently lifted her chin back up and kissed her softly. "I understand, relax."

Sasuke took his hand from under her shirt and laid beside her. Hikari cheeks flushed a little bit and fixed her shirt. Sasuke watched her silently. Hikari felt a huge relief of pressure of this whole situation and took a deep breath.

"You ok?"

Hikari nodded. "Yeah"

Sasuke wrapped his arm around her gently. Hikari naturally cuddled to him and rest her head on his chest. "Thank you"

Sasuke nodded and closed his eyes. Hikari closed her eyes and they both slept.


Orochimaru sat in his throne patiently as the red head reported back to him.

"She's preparing to remove the mark on Anko Mitarashi and Sasuke Uchiha."

Orochimaru's eyes narrowed and growled. "My little angel is being naughty. I think it's time to go Konoha and retrieve a few things. We can't lose Sasuke Uchiha!"

The redhead shuddered in fear. "Yes sir, we are prepared to leave when you are."

"Good"


The last few day before the curse removal went by in a blur. Hikari always dwelled on the night she had with Sasuke. He and Hikari were closer, even though he was a complete jerk, he could be sweet.

Hikari sat in the Hokage's with her eyes closed, focusing only on the curse. 'We have to hurry, we don't have much time.'

Anko walked in and sat down. She looked focused as well but underneath it all she was just as nervous.

Hikari looked over to her and smiled softly. "You'll be fine, I promise."

Anko looked at her and smiled. "I know I'm in good hands."

Hikari leaned over and hugged her tightly. Tsunade walked in at that moment. "All the things that you've asked for are all arranged. We are ready to go when you are."

Hikari nodded. Both Anko and Hikari stood up at the same time and walked out of the office. As they left the building, along with Tsunade and Shizune, Hikari saw familiar faces waiting outside.

Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke stood outside waiting patiently. Sasuke was leaning up against a tree, and Naruto and Sakura were standing close to each other. Hikari smiled softly.

"Hey you guys."

They looked up at her and smiled back to her.

"Hey" Naruto smiled happily. "We came to see how this curse removal is going to go so Sasuke can stop being so nervous." He chuckled.

Sasuke glared at Naruto for a few seconds and then looked away with a growl which confirmed Naruto's statement. She giggled.

Tsunade smiled. "If Hikari says it's ok, then I have no problem with it."

"Uh…sure..." Hikari put on a smile.

"Great" Anko smiled. "Let's get this over with."

They all started to walk over to a field. Hikari wanted a lot of space because of the amount of chakra from the curse might cripple the foundation of the hospital. Hikari wasn't certain what was going to happen but she was prepared for the worse.

Naruto walked next to Hikari and said, "So how long will this take?"

Hikari chuckled. "I'm not sure. It might take 5 minutes or an hour."

"An hour?! Naruto exclaimed.

Hikari smiled. "I told you I'm not certain."

Naruto sighed.

When they reached the field, there were a few medics towards the left with aid kits and a stretcher. To the center of the field were two rocks with chain cuffs attached to them. They were low to the ground so that the person, who's wearing them, had to kneel.

Anko stared at the spot where she knew where she had to be. "What are the chains for?"

"This procedure will be painful on your part. The chains are there so you don't move or attack me." Hikari sighed. "They are necessary."

Anko nodded. "How painful will this be?"

Hikari thought for a moment. "I'm not going to lie to you...It will probably be more painful than when you got the curse."

Anko grinned to herself as if she were just challenged by Hikari's comment. "Ok, what are the medics for?"

"After, you'll most likely be unconscious."

"Ok then."

Tsunade stepped forward. "I'll help set up. Come Anko."

They both walked to the rocks and cuffed on the chains. Hikari just stood where she was and took a deep breath and turned to the others.

"I want you three to stand a safe distance away. I don't want you to get hurt."

They nodded. Sakura gave Hikari a big hug. "We should get ice cream after."

"We'll see." Hikari smiled a little. She knew she wouldn't be up for it.

Naruto smiled. "Or we can go for ramon!"

Hikari couldn't help but giggle. "Ok"

Sakura and Naruto walked over to the medics so they could watch the procedure better. Sasuke stood by Hikari and looked at her. "You ok?"

Hikari looked at him and smiled. "Yeah"

Sasuke stared at her for a moment before he nodded. He knew that Hikari wasn't telling him something.

To avoid his piercing gaze, she looked away pretending to watch Tsunade cuff Anko. Then to Hikari's surprise, he pulled her face to his and kissed her gently. "Everything will be fine." He said softly even though he had no idea what will happen.

Hikari blushed a little and gave a little nod. "Of course"

Sasuke let her go and walked over to the others.

Hikari smiled and walked over to Anko and Tsunade. Anko was on the ground kneeling and seemed to be mediating. Hikari looked at Tsunade. She seemed a bit uncomfortable with the whole situation but knew it was for the best. She turned to Hikari.

"Everything is ready."

Hikari smiled softly and nodded. "Don't worry Tsunade, Anko will be fine I promise."

Tsunade sighed and walked past Hikari and then stopped. "It's you I'm worried about."

Hikari was taken back by her answer but didn't reply. Tsunade sighed again and walked over to where the other stood.

Sasuke's POV

'Tsunade paused by Hikari and muttered something that I couldn't make out but her expression seemed concerned?'

'Well of course she's concerned about this. We don't know what's going to happen.' Sasuke took a deep breath and looked over at Hikari.

'She's been acting strange lately, like she's hiding something…or possibly scared. She seemed hesitant when she answered Sakura's question about getting ice cream. Then again she might tired after this. '

'Something doesn't feel right about this. My heart is pounding so fast…Why is my heart pounding so fast? What am I nervous about?

I guess I'm concerned too…for her.'

Normal POV

Hikari looked down at Anko. "Are you ready?"

Anko took a deep breath. "As ready as I'll ever be."

Hikari took the spot behind her close to the side of where the mark was. Hikari stared at the curse for a moment as a shiver ran down her spine briefly. Hikari closed her eyes and took a deep breath. It seemed that the whole forest ceased all of its noise and the birds no longer filled the air with their chirps. Then Hikari brought her hands together to focus her charka and quickly started to make hand signs.

' Horse…Dog…Rooster…Tiger…Dragon…Serpent! Celestial Light Healing Jutsu!' (I made that up )

Hikari hand filled with a blinding white chakra, that was so bright that everyone had to shield their eyes. Hikari quickly put hand over Anko's exposed curse and pushed the chakra into the mark itself. Anko screamed in pain and tried to draw her hands up to push her away but she couldn't break the restraints that held her down. Hikari held her ground and kept her hand still.

From where the other stood, Hikari's chakra, focused on Anko, had allowed them to up. Sakura watched Hikari's expression.

"She seems ok."

"That's good, but Anko sure doesn't." Naruto commented. "She looks like she in a lot of pain…"

Sasuke watched silently and intently. Then he saw something that he knew wasn't good and gasped.

'What is that?!'

"What the --?" Naruto said confused.

Purple chakra was leaking from the cursed mark and started to crawl up Hikari's arm!

Hikari winced in pain has her arm started to shake. 'Oh no, there's a back up curse. It's trying to infect me but I can't pull away though,…not yet.'

Hikari used her other hand to hold her wrist steady. She kept her hand over Anko's neck as the snake like chakra slowly made its way up her arm. Hikari quickly refocused her chakra and pushed the dark purple chakra away from her. Anko was still screaming in pain exhaustedly.

Tsunade's eyes widen. "Oh my god…"

"What's happening to her!" Sakura exclaimed.

"It seems that Orochimaru has put up a back up curse to curse the person who tries to remove it. The chakra is trying to consume her." Tsunade said.

"Lady Tsunade, what should we do?!" Shizune asked franticly.

"We can't do anything…we can not interrupt the procedure." Tsunade pulled her hand into a fist.

Naruto looked at her angrily. "ARE WE JUST SUPPOSE TO STAND HERE AND WATCH THEM BOTH SUFFUR?!"

Tsunade turned to him sharply and yelled. "YOU LITTLE PUNK, DO YOU THINK I DON'T WANT TO HELP HER?! SHE SAID NOT TO INTTERUPT NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS! PULLING HER AWAY WILL BE DEADLY TO ALL OF US HERE!"

Naruto stepped back and watched helplessly as his friend try to fight the curse off.

Sasuke stood frozen and soon growled and started to shake.

'How can I be so helpless that I can't even help the person I care about?!' Sasuke closed his eyes tight as he cursed at himself as the flooding imagines of his parent came into motion.

"But I thought she was immune to the curse!" Sakura shouted.

"That doesn't mean it can't kill her…" one of the medic said solemnly.

Everyone stood and just watched.

Hikari's whole body started to shake. It was taking too much of her chakra to push the purple chakra away and heal Anko at the same time. 'I…don't know how much longer I can stand this…'she grunted in pain and closed her eyes. Memories of Anko and her together came pouring into her mind. All the smiles and laughs they had together…slowly fading.

'No! I won't let her die!'

Hikari's eyes shot open as she screamed. "CELESTIAL CURSE REMOVING JUTSU!"

Hikari quickly once again focused her chakra and the blinding light shone out from her palm and diminished the purple chakra completely and went straight into Anko's neck and stopped. Anko let out a finally scream and slowly sank to the ground unconscious.

The others watched and happily cheered.

"She did it! She defeated the purple chakra!" Sakura exclaimed happily.

Naruto jumped in celebration "Great job Hikari!" And gave her a thumbs up.

Hikari stood there, feet staggered, breathing heavy. She looked down at Anko's neck and saw nothing but smoke as if the mark was burned off. Hikari smiled to herself and looked up at the others. She glanced over at Sasuke who seemed to still be in awe or something, Hikari couldn't tell.

Shizune smiled. "One down, one to go."

Hikari slowly straightened herself up. Suddenly a sharp pain shot over her side and she cringed badly and fell to her knees and cried out in pain and coughed out some blood.

Sasuke tensed up and quickly reacted and ran over to her followed by everyone including the medics. Before Sasuke could reach her, she fell face down to the ground.

Sasuke kneeled beside her and gently turned her over in his arms.

"Hikari?" He said sternly.

He felt for a pulse but there was none…

"HIKARI!"


Sorry to those who wanted a lemon scene but I thought it wasn't the right time yet. I might do one later in the story, (mostly likely)we'll see how is goes...

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