AUTHOR'S NOTE: Alright, so I wrote this story because I had 36 hours of recovery after school and didn't have anything to do. And it turned out, I really like this story! Please review if you want to see another chapter
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto, or anything about it. Except my plushies and cosplay costumes n.n
"Sasuke..." Naruto whispered, looking sadly upon his best friend. "It's not your fault. It was that damn curse seal."
"Yeah..." Sasuke rasped, sitting in a hospital bed in Konoha. He looked on the verge of tears.
Just days ago, Naruto, Sakura, and Kakashi journeyed to Otogakure, the sound village. There had been rumors of a war against sound and stone, and as a result, Otogakure was destroyed. Orochimaru immediately fled, flanked by Kabuto. Everyone else he left behind, including a beaten Sasuke. By the time Kakashi's team arrived, the town was in ruins, and dead bodies lined the streets. Sasuke was found face down in his own blood, nearly dead. This opportunity was taken advantage of, and Sasuke was taken back to Konoha. When he awoke in the hospital, he immediately began to weep, blaming himself for the war and apologizing to the village, begging to be let back. Of course, the villagers accepted him with open arms - he was, after all, the last of the Uchiha's. Tsunade, however, banned him of any ninja missions for a year, and restricted his normal privileges. He was also to be watched by ANBU during certain times of the day.
As a result, Sasuke fell into a deep depression, and hadn't step foot outside the hospital since his return.
Naruto stared at the Uchiha. Sasuke seemed totally out of character. His hair was a mess, and his face was pale. His eyes were sunken, and he looked like he hadn't slept soundly in years. It was beginning to frighten Naruto.
"Sasuke, what can I do? What can I do... to help you?" Naruto asked quietly, allowing the orange glow of the late spring afternoon to illuminate his saddened face.
Sasuke looked up. "Thank you, Naruto. You've done more than enough for me. Just... stay with me tonight? Please?"
Naruto blinked. Sasuke had never looked so helpless before, and he had certainly never said 'please', at least to him. "Of course. Yeah, I'll stay." he answered, "And tomorrow... let's get some ramen with Sakura and Kakashi-sensei." he smirked. Sasuke nodded, smiled, and fell to his pillow, asleep.
The sun had stagnated somewhere over the edge of town. The crickets were beginning to wake from their slumber to serenade the night, and the stars were beginning to make an appearance. And sleeping through the beauty of it all, was Sasuke Uchiha.
Smiling, Naruto pulled up an old, uncomfortable chair and sat in it, crossing his arms across him for comfort. Before closing his eyes and falling asleep, he took one long last look at Sasuke, thanking the gods that he was finally back.
It seemed that Naruto had merely blinked before he was being pushed roughly on his shoulder. He opened his eyes with a start and jumped out of his chair.
"Naruto!" Sasuke exclaimed in a very loud whisper. The confused, blond shinobi turned around and stared out the window. It was pitch dark outside.
"Sasuke...what time is it?" He asked groggily, rubbing his tired eyes.
"That doesn't matter, you idiot! Hurry, follow me and be quiet!" he said, rushing out the hospital window into the cold night.
"Okay - wait - what did you call me!?" Naruto took after him as Sasuke made a run for the nearby woods. Naruto rushed ahead and put his hands on Sasuke's shoulder, stopping him. "Sasuke!"
'What!" he jumped.
"What the hell are you doing!" Naruto asked loudly, waving his arms, "You shouldn't even be out of the hospital yet - besides, it's like three in the morning!"
"Will you just shut up before someone hears?" Sasuke hissed. Naruto opened his mouth to retort but couldn't hide his smile. Sasuke was finally returning to his normal self. "I want to show you something, and I need your help."
Naruto's mouth gaped open. "Wha... can't it wait until morning?"
"Just come on!" Sasuke said, dashing into the dark forest. Naruto groaned, then followed reluctantly, hoping not to fall asleep as he ran.
They ran in silence for about two hours, very nearly reaching the border of Konoha. Through tired eyes, Naruto noticed that the sun was beginning to rise. He had very nearly had enough. "Sasuke! Tell me what we're heading towards, or I'm turning around!"
"Here!" Sasuke said in a monotone, the voice Naruto remembered. "It's for you." he said, and came to an abrupt halt at a small clearing on the ground. Naruto stopped too, gasping for breath.
"Alright, what am I supposed to be looking at?" Naruto asked, a little worried.
Sasuke stood still, the light of the rising sun making his hair look blue.
"What?" Naruto yelled, suddenly high on his guard. "You brought me all this way just to fight, right? I knew this would happen..." he snarled. Sasuke kept his smirk.
"I'm sorry. I truly am." He whispered. He didn't look sorry at all. Naruto gritted his teeth, ready for whatever Sasuke was going to pull on him
"Orochimaru... didn't abandon you at all, did he?" Naruto asked silently not at all surprised.
The Uchiha's smirk remained. "You're not such a dumbass anymore, I see."
"But it doesn't matter anymore. Now you will see how much bonds mean to me. Goodbye, Dobe." he said simply
Naruto was still confused. He reached for a kunai, but was startled to find his weapons were gone. Caught off guard, someone much larger than him came from behind and grabbed Naruto around the throat, using his free hand to cover his mouth.
Naruto yelled hysterically, kicking and struggling for air, but his screams were muffled against his captor's grip. The last thing he saw before another person blindfolded him and bound him tight was the look on Sasuke's face, glaring at the person holding Naruto. It was of murderous intent, of compete hatred. And it sent chills down Naruto's spine. Sasuke was saying something to the man holding Naruto's neck, but Naruto couldn't hear a thing over his own screams.
The man holding Naruto began to run, and Naruto struggled even more - the chakra of the nine-tailed fox beginning to flow through his veins.
"Shit!" a familiar growling voice sounded, and Naruto was struck hard on his head. He let out one last unanswered plea for help before his world turned black.
A/N: SO! Do you like it so far? Do you hate it? For some reason, all my stories involve the main character getting captured. xD I guess I'm a freak. I know this chapter was short, but they get longer! R&R PLEASE!!
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