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Sorry guys. I've been really sick lately, and I wasn't able to write. Even now, I'm not feeling well enough to write much. Enjoy what I have.

Sakura looks from Sasuke to the figure. "Sasuke, you can't stay here alone-"

"Just go, okay?!" He doesn't look at her.

"…." She turns and leaves him.

"Itachi, I know it's you. So come out of hiding, yowamiso (coward)."

"Brother…" Sasuke hears Itachi's evil voice from the darkness.

"Aniki…!" Sasuke grits his teeth with anger. "It was you who did this, wasn't it?"

"No."

"No?" Sasuke asks in disbelief.

"It wasn't me, ototo."

"You're lying!"

"If I was, then I wouldn't look like this, would I?"

He finally reveals himself. When he steps out of the shadows, Sasuke gasps.

"You…you're a…cat!" Itachi is a black cat like Sasuke, except his paws are purplish, and there are lines under each of his eyes. "But…how? I thought…I thought you did it!"

"Feh. …I didn't do it, the other members of Akatsuki did." He pauses to look at Sasuke's facial expression, then continues. "They used me as a test subject without my knowing first. They…Kisame…put the solution in my drink."

Sasuke stares at him for a while, not knowing if he should believe him, or if this is just another one of his disguises. But he looks really angry at being betrayed. So, Sasuke makes a point of snickering at him gleefully in his head.

"So now you know how it feels to be betrayed like that."

"…." Itachi glares at him. "Listen, I'll…we have to help each other turn back."

"What? No way!" Sasuke hisses angrily at him. "I'll never help you!"

"I love working with you, too. But if we don't, there's no way we'll ever get back to normal. Kisame won't give me the antidote because he wants to 'observe me more'. But if we could find out what it's made from and create some of our own…"

"Woah, slow down. One – you expect me to trust you? Two – you think you can just walk back into my life, and everything will be fine? And three – you assume I'm going to work with you? How do I know this isn't just a bunch of crap?"

Itachi is silent. "You don't have to trust me if you don't want to, but we will never find a way to return to normal by ourselves."