A/N: Here we go, chapter seven. Again, I apologize about the grossness of last chappie. No more of that bullcrappity.

Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto nor it's characters. That's all the great Kishimoto-sama's department.

Warnings: Yaoi, het, smoking, sexual situations, ALTERNATE UNIVERSE, now with added WAFF, lime

Summary: Sasuke's alone in his world. He walks alone, lives alone, sleeps alone, and as he believes, must die alone. But will a certain clumsy kitsune be able to change this? HS fic, AU, Yaoi, SasuNaru

Chapter VII

The Magic of the Black Rose

The forest was dark and looming. Unidentified creatures skittered along the floor, rattling the leaves of bushes and trees. Sasuke stood just inside the entrance, surveying the area.

"Damn, Kakashi, didn't give us a single clue to wear that stupid flower is," he muttered to himself.

"Let's go this way," Naruto suggested, heading the indicated way without waiting for Sasuke.

Sasuke growled, "No, we're going straight, it's too easy to get lost in here, baka."

"Screw that, bastard! Everyone knows flowers grow in the south!" Naruto challenged, walking up to Sasuke, getting in his face.

Sasuke crossed his arms and retorted, "That doesn't even make sense!"

"Whatever Mr. Navigator!"

Sasuke's brow arched, "What does that mean?"

"Shut up!"

The boys stood with their eyes locked on each other, anger flaring in their pupils. Sasuke turned his head and grunted.

"I'm going this way," he stated, and set off at a quick pace into the trees.

Sasuke relaxed his muscles as his body almost floated through the tree branches. He felt his rage toward Naruto dissapating. Changing leaves brushed across every inch of his body, and soon he had forgotten where it was he was headed for. But he was snapped back to reality when he heard Naruto calling behind him.

"Where are you going?!" he yelled, "Baka, you're just going to get us lost!"

Just as Sasuke was about to call back, his ankle twisted on a knot of a tree and he fell, a long, hopeless drop to the forest floor.

"Look at that, Sasuke-kun..." a voice spoke, "You are pushing away the only person who means anything to you anymore."

"No, no! He's pushing me away! You saw what he did, nii-san!"

"Ever think he doesn't want you anymore?" there was dark laughter following this comment.

Sasuke growled, "Leave me alone!"

More laughter came, and Sasuke was reduced to tears.

"I just want to be left alone!"

Darkness engulfed Sasuke, and he could feel a cold trickle of blood down his neck. His eyes slowly opned, and he saw the blond before him.


"Sasuke?" he replied, kneeling next to him and wiping up the spilt blood with a piece of his torn shirt.

The Uchiha sat up, his head pounding and spinning.

"I'm so fucking sorry, Naruto," he said, taking Naruto's hand.

Naruto's face burned, tears staining it as they rolled off his round cheeks. "I am the one who should be sorry."

"Shut up, Naruto," Sasuke trailed off.

Naruto held him close, "Are you okay?"

"Yeah..." he said, rising to his feet and continuing through the forest.

The boys shuffled along through the forest in silence. Occasionally their wrists would brush or one of them would clear his throat, increasing the tension between them. Soon they came to a small clearing a group of large rose bushes in the middle.

"I think we found it, Naruto," Sasuke started.

Naruto laughed, "Alright, let's start looking!"

The blond rushed forward, carefully but swiftly digging through the thorny bush. Sasuke was slower to act, much due to his injuries. He inspected each silver-white rose as he sorted through them.

Finally, he saw it. Deep in the center of the bush was a fragile, midnight black rose. It looked to have much more thorns than any of the others, and was larger than any flower the Uchiha had ever seen. It had sat so deep in the bush, protected from the wind and bright sun that shone through the tree tops, that it still had the morning's dew on it's petals. Sasuke reached a nervous hand through the leaves.

It was too easy, Sasuke thought, gently and strategically wrapping his fingers aroudn the stem as not to prick himself. He pulled slowly, suprised at how easily the rose plucked off of the bush.

"Gotcha," Sasuke smiled as he pulled the flower back toward him.

Naruto's head popped up out of the neighboring bush. He saw Sasuke had the rose in his hand, and he approached him.

"It's so gorgeous," Sasuke said, handing Naruto the flower.

"Naruto held the flower in the palms of his hand. He looked up at Sasuke.

Their eyes met, and those feelings of desperation and need overwhelmed them both. Whatever had happened back at school was too complicated to explain. Neither of them wanted to know why the other did it, or the details at all. Naruto knew he couldn't go on in life without Sasuke.

Sasuke knew they were meant to be.

"I love you, Naruto."

Naruto didn't hesitate. "I love you, too."

It was too perfect, Sasuke thought. He had the love of his life. Nothing could change it. No Sakura Haruno. No Sai.Sasuke's revenge on his brother mattered nothing now. Love does crazy things to a person.

Sasuke kissed Naruto, and they both knew what was going to happen.

The rose fell to the forest floor before they did, in each other's arms.

A/N: Yes, short chapter. So sue me. No wait don't! Because haha! I shall redeem myself next chapter with...