To Win The Love Of The Young

Chapter 3: Destruction of the Hyuugas

"Kabuto-san?"

"Hm?"

"Why are you letting me walk on my own?"

Kabuto sighed. Rather than dignify her with an answer, he merely shrugged and continued to walk towards the hideout. He was personally tired after two days of straight walking with only a little bit of rest (for her, of course, as she couldn't be let out of sight) and couldn't muster up the energy to speak. To make matters worse, this girl seemed intent on making every step of the way a living Hell. Her and her questions on where they were going, why he kidnapped her, blah de fucking dah. He didn't understand why she couldn't just shut up and continue this little journey in peace.

On the other side, Hanabi couldn't figure out why this Kabuto person was so impolite and anti-social. She had gotten along well with any strangers she had met before, thanks to her innocent charm and excellent looks, but this person seemed to care little about her. She had been kidnapped once before, and that time she managed to outwit the captors and escape on her own. This time, however, her captor wasn't exactly making this information gathering thing easy for her. Any questions she asked were met with a shrug and no answer. He was faster and stronger than her, so running was out of the question. At least he was civil enough to let her rest sometimes. He was a lot nicer than he appeared, and even though she knew she shouldn't be thinking this about an older boy, he was kind of cute. Shaking any troublesome images out of her head, she continued to walk beside him, and decided not to ask any more questions.

The rest of the journey was carried out in peace. After a few bathroom stops and some more sleep for Hanabi, they had reached a cave that looked to have no entrance. Kabuto performed a quick couple of hand seals and smacked the ground, causing a stray boulder to move to the side. Somewhat impressed by this sudden display, Hanabi followed him into the hideout, wondering who he was taking her to, and what accomodations they would provide her. After all, she was a high-class prisoner. After a few minutes, they reached another dead end, but rather than open it, Kabuto rapped on the stone. It opened a few seconds after, and Kabuto pushed Hanabi inside, then closed the door behind him as he followed her.

"Kabuto," a raspy voice called from the shadows, "Is the Hyuuga heiress here?"

"Yes, Orochimaru-sama," Kabuto answered, presenting Hanabi and lighting the candles.

Sitting on a chair just a few metres away from Hanabi sat a peculiar looking man, who had the appearance of a snake, who must have been Orochimaru. Beside him was a person who looked a lot like the prodigy Uchiha Sasuke, and she assumed as such. He looked a lot different from before, and definately a lot gayer. However, she couldn't help but wonder what they wanted her for.

"So, Orochimaru," Sasuke said quietly, "Now all we have to do is wait for the Hyuuga family to come for her, correct? Although, she does look different from before...definately a lot shorter and...oh shit."

"What is it, Sasuke-kun?" Orochimaru asked, suddenly looking curious. Kabuto had an eyebrow raised too.

"Oh fuck, fuck, fuck!" Sasuke yelled, startling all three in the room, "This isn't the Hyuuga heiress! Fuck!"

"Of course not, the the heiress is my sister Hinata," Hanabi said matter-of-factly, confused at this sudden turn of events.

Kabuto paled and Orochimaru looked over at Sasuke, who was still fuming. Hanabi had to stifle a laugh. Looks like Sasuke was about to get beaten.

"They'll take me, all the same..." Hanabi said, hoping to calm Orochimaru and Sasuke down.

"We wanted Hinata so that Naruto and her teammates would come as well," Sasuke explained, then looked angrily at Kabuto, "Could you not use common sense, dumbass? She looks like she's fuckin ten years old!"

"I went by your description, asswipe," Kabuto countered, "You told me Hyuuga Hanabi and guess who we have?"

"I meant Hinata!"

"How the fuck am I supposed to know that, you stupid fuck?"

"Enough!" Orochimaru yelled, startling Hanabi and instantly silencing Kabuto and Sasuke, "I don't care whose fault it is. This problem can be rectified. We'll just have to keep her and go back to take Hinata. However, by this time the security will probably be heightened. Kabuto, I want you to go back with Sasuke and this time bring back Hinata. I can watch over Hanabi."

Hanabi looked over at Orochimaru in fright, desperately thinking of a way out of this. There had to be a way that she could save her clan. If it fell, Konoha would be doomed. She had no doubt that Kabuto and Sasuke could take Hinata, and she didn't want to be stuck with this weird man. There had to be a way out of this.

"You're going to...destroy my clan?" Hanabi asked weakly, initiating her plan.

"Yes, little girl, now sit here and be good for Orochimaru-sama," Kabuto answered, sighing that he had to leave so soon.

"Can I help?" she asked, getting a surprised look from the three men.

Sasuke stood in silence for a moment. "What?" he finally asked, conveying Kabuto and Orochimaru's thoughts.

"My uppity sister always gets her way, and nobody there respects me," she started, "I'm supposed to always be second to my sister. Well I say no more! I want to help you guys eliminate my clan by any means possible. I'll get back at them all for this. Mark my words, justice will be served! Down with the Hyuuga clan!"

None of the three knew how to respond at first. Orochimaru seemed deep in thought, Kabuto was horribly confused, and Sasuke looked rather stoic but inside had many questions he wanted to ask.

"Please...let me help you," she pleaded, giving them a puppy dog look.

Kabuto sighed and looked at the little girl. A part of him knew that she was lying, yet the rest of him couldn't accept that someone so innocent could be a liar. He looked pleadingly over at Orochimaru, who raised an eyebrow in response but eventually nodded. Sasuke looked rather outraged.

"Are you two fucking kidding me?" he yelled, "You're just going to believe her words like that? She is obviously lying to us, I mean-"

"Silence, Sasuke-kun."

"..."

Orochimaru looked over at Hanabi. "Are you going to serve us indefinately?"

Hanabi nodded. Orochimaru stood up and enlongated his neck, biting her in the neck. Caught by surprise, her eyes opened wide and when Orochimaru's head returned to it's proper position, she felt like she would faint at any time. Kabuto looked at the three marks on her back. Two of them were starting to bleed, but the third one formed two beside more it that looked relatively like tomoe from the Sharingan. She looked weakly up at Orochimaru, then collapsed the ground.

"Orochimaru-sama...you didn't..."

"No, that isn't the heaven seal. Just a regular cursed seal. The seals are admittadly quite strenuous on the human body, especially on a young child. She was already tired anyway. Just transport her to bed, Kabuto, and get some rest yourself. Sasuke, train a little, then go to bed. You guys have a long journey ahead of you."

Kabuto nodded and carried off Hanabi. Sasuke looked over at his master skeptically.

"How can you be sure she isn't lying?"

"I'm not, Sasuke-kun. However, I am going to tell you how to activate her cursed seal in such a way that it kills her if she ever steps out of line. Don't tell her or Kabuto that you know how to do this. Kabuto will be jealous, plus I think he somewhat fancies her...anyhow, go train, Sasuke-kun."

Sasuke nodded and left, leaving Orochimaru to sit there and ponder what he would do when Konoha was destroyed.