Summary: Revenge. Blood. That's all she thought about now that her inner was gone. 'Not gone. Taken. They took her from you. They took your other half. She makes you who you are and they took her. Those filthy humans. Make them pay. ' 'But I'm human.' 'No, you're the devil's child.' She was the devils child and is bent on getting revenge for almost being killed. The only person who can stop her is her lover and he's been dead for over eighteen years or has he? Sas/Sak

Thoughts

Inner Self

Chapter 2: Explanations

"Inner who?" Naruto asked with confusion, his hand scratching the back of his head. Kakashi and Sasuke both looked on with both interest and confusion.

What the hell was inner Sakura? That's what the three of them had running threw their minds at the moment.

"What do you mean she's gone," Tsunade asked her, worry evident in her voice, "That's impossible. She's inside of you."

She had thought about what the message on the back of the man's body meant all night. It hadn't meant sense to her at first but when she put that message together with the message that had said your next, it made perfect sense.

Her inner was stolen and he was going to kill her. It had been the only logical answer she had come up with. She had not heard from her inner since she had woke up nor did she feel her presence. She had felt empty the moment she had awoke.

"I know. It doesn't make sense how she was taken." Sakura told her.

She had been thinking about how her inner was taken all morning long. She was inside her. Nobody could take her from inside her mind unless the person was able to somehow get inside her mind and the only person that she could think of that could get inside her mind was…..

Sakura gasped, her eyes widening.

"Sakura? Sakura, what is it?" Tsunade said as she stood from her chair.

"Itachi." Sakura whispered. Tsunade's eyes widened as Kakashi and Naruto looked at her in confusion. Sasuke's eyes narrowed and tinted to a dark red as he heard the name of his older brother.

"Itachi? Itachi Uchiha? What does he have to do with this?"

"He has Mangekyou Sharigan, correct?"

"Yes, but what does this have to do with anything?" Tsunade nodded, wondering where this was going.

"He is able to take an opponent into a world of his own just by looking into their eyes, right? But what if somehow he managed to amplify the power, enabling him to go into another person's mind? That would explain how inner Sakura was taken." Sakura explained and Tsunade nodded to her, thinking.

"That would explain it but why would he take her? He has no motive, and besides if he was in the village we would have sensed him."

"Unless he masked his chakra. As for the motive I'm not sure."

"His motive could be Kyuubi," Kakashi said, and all of them looked at him, "I mean, Akatsuki is after him, so why not take something from or threaten someone close to Naruto to get him after them."

"That could be the motive but still. How would Itachi know about Inner Sakura? Why take her? Why not do something else? It makes no sense."

"I am so damn confused. Who the hell is Inner Sakura?" Naruto yelled, holding his head, which was aching from all the information he had just received.

"Inner Sakura….." Tsunade trailed off, not sure what to tell them.

"Inner Sakura is….my other half. She used to be the opposite of me when I was younger. She's like how I am today. Strong, assertive, short tempered, all those things. You remember the chunnin exams when I was against Ino and she used her mind transferring jutsu on me?"

Kakashi and Naruto both nodded. They had watched Sakura's fight. Tsunade had heard of the fight but she never saw it, she nodded too, though. Sasuke, however, had never seen the fight, nor had he ever heard of it, so he had no idea what had happened. He looked at Sakura, who was sitting ahead of him, where he leaned on the wall.

"Sasuke-teme has no idea what your talking about Sakura." Naruto said with a laugh and Sasuke glared at the Kitsune.

"Well, you know Ino's mind transferring jutsu, correct," Sasuke nodded and Sakura continued, "Well she used it on me in the exams and I broke it. At first I had no idea how it happened, but than I realized since I had two different personalities, like two different minds in me, that my inner was not affected by the jutsu. She had pushed Ino out of my head and broke the jutsu."

"Ohhhhh, so that's what happened? I always wondered about that." Naruto told her.

"Now you know dobe." Sasuke said and Naruto huffed.

"Shut up, teme. You probably have no idea what she was just talking about, seeing as you weren't there. You were unconscious." Naruto said, looking at Sasuke who was glaring at him.

"Enough. Your Anbu, stop acting like children." Tsunade demanded.

"Hn."

"Whatever, old hag."

"Naruto….." Tsunade said threw clenched teeth.

"And now your Inner is gone?" Kakashi asked Sakura, making them all look at him.

Sakura nodded, "Yes."

"Well, Sakura," Tsunade said, making them avert their attention to her, " I really am not sure what we are to do about this. I don't think sending a team after Itachi would be a good idea, especially when we are not sure if he is the one who has stolen her…"

"Tsunade it has to be him. Who else would be able to go into my mind and actually take her? It was her own world she was in. Nobody can defeat her in her own realm unless they have some kind of experience with it."

"Yes Sakura, I know. I don't think sending Anbu after him is going to do anything. Even if they, by some miracle, manage to kill him or render him unconscious, we have no idea what will happen to Inner Sakura. If she would come back to you, if she would be trapped forever where ever Itachi is containing her or if she, well, dies with him. I think the best thing to do right now is just have the Anbu watch over you."

"And, exactly how would that work?" Sasuke asked, finally speaking up.

"What do you mean?"

"You said that sending Anbu after him will do nothing and that it would take a miracle for them to kill him and/or render him unconscious, correct," Tsunade nodded, having a feeling that she knew where this was going, "Why than would you send Anbu to watch over Sakura, if they wouldn't be able to do anything?"

Sakura looked over at him in surprise. Sasuke was, dare she Hell had defiantly frozen over. Sasuke at seeing Sakura's shocked face, felt his cheeks burn a little bit as they tinted a bit pink. It, however, was not too noticeable.

He was only concerned for two reasons. One she was his teammate and two his brother was alive and he would not let anyone else kill him. That was his job.

'Haha. Keep telling yourself that, buddy. Maybe one day you'll start to believe it.' His inner said with a chuckle and Sasuke scowled at him.

'What are you talking about?'

'You are concerned.'

'I am not.'

'Yes, you are.'

'Oh? And how would you know?'

'Because you love her.' His inner said as if it were the most obvious thing in the world.

'What are you nuts?' Sasuke asked him as if he were crazy.

'Well, I am part of you, so…..'

'Shut up.' Sasuke growled as he blocked out his inner, waiting for Tsunade reply.

"Err….well….I suppose that, you have a point. But still, they would be able to slow him down, allowing her to escape, if he came and attacked."

"Unless, of course, he brought other Akatsuki members with him." Sasuke quickly said, ignoring the looks of surprise he was getting from Sakura and Naruto. Kakashi looked at him with a knowing look, he could tell he was smiling under his mask.

"Yes, I suppose that would be a problem. And since you do not like my idea, what may I ask do you think I should do?"

"Let one of us stay with her." Sasuke said immediately, and Tsunade looked at him, startled. Than she gave him a smile, and nodded.

"Very well. Seeing as you suggested it, you can stay with her. Alright with you Sakura?"

"Alri….what?" Sasuke and Sakura said at the same time. They both looked at each other for a brief moment before looking away, back at Tsunade, each with their cheeks tinted pink.

"Well you did suggested it, Uchiha. Therefore you are going to be the one to do it."

"That's not fair! Teme doesn't want to do it. Why should he go when I could?" Naruto said in protest, earning a glared from Sasuke. Tsunade shook her head.

"Because I said so."

"But…"

"No buts, Naruto. He is going to stay with her and that is final."

"WHAT?!" Sakura and Sasuke yelled once more at the same time.

"What do you mean he's staying with me?" Sakura asked Tsunade, her eyes narrowed. She did not, under any circumstances, want him staying with her, at her house, alone.

"He has to watch you, therefore he will stay with you at all times."

"WHAT?! WHAT DO YOU MEAN THE TEME HAS TO STAY WITH HER AT ALL TIMES?" Naruto yelled in anger.

"I mean,….." She was cut off.

"DOES THAT MEAN HE GETS TO SLEEP WITH HER? OH MY GOD, THAT MEANS HE GETS TO GO IN THE SHOWER WITH HER TOO. NOOOOOOO!!!!!" Naruto yelled, he would have continued too if not for the four fist that connected with his head.

"Owww…..what the hell was that for?"

"Damn dobe." Sasuke growled in annoyance and anger. Naruto looked at him and saw that his cheeks were a bright red, thinking it was from anger he moved a few feet from him, closer to Sakura, who he also noticed was also red in the face. Once he saw that, he moved away from her, towards Kakashi who was shaking his head.

"Naruto this is serious, stop yelling and acting like a baby. Got it," Upon seeing the nod she continued, "Sasuke is just going to stay BY her at all times. Understood?" Another nod.

"Good, now Sasuke you will get your clothes and whatever else you might need and bring them to Sakura's. Sakura you will go with him. After that Sasuke will accompany you wherever you might go. There are, of course, exceptions. This will be in effect for as long as it takes to figure out, exactly what has happened. Everyone understand?" Tsunade explained and the four nodded.

"Good, you may leave now," The four nodded, each exiting the room, "Sakura," She turned to look at her sensei, "Get me Shizune."

Sakura nodded and left. In less than a minute, Shizune appeared in her office.

"You called Hokage-sama?"

"Yes, Shizune, can you bring me Sakura's file, as well as a bottle of sake? I'm going to be needing it."

"Of course, Hokage-sama." Shizune said as she left. Tsunade sighed. This was going to be a long day.

(A/N: Chapter 2 done! Sorry that it took so long but since it's summer I've been hanging out a lot with my friends. Yeah, so tell me how you guys like it so far. I know it's a little boring but things will get better soon. Sakura's 'changes' to her inner being gone are going to appear soon. Anyway, thank you to all who reviewed. I appreciate it a lot. I hope you guys continue to. Until next time.)