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Chapter Fifteen: Last Letter
…Ever since that day, I've been scared of blood. Ever since that day, I've been scared of losing something. It doesn't matter what I lose. You can call me what you want. I just don't want to lose anything.
Most of all, I don't want to lose him. I don't want to lose my older brother.
"Your brother killed your parents," Minato stated ever-so seriously. So seriously that I hate it. My heart beat against my chest and said 'It was too good to be true', and my brain laughed at me and said, 'I told you so.'
"Sasuke…" Itachi's grip on me loosened and he nearly pulled away from me. I just stood there, staring at the space between the bright blue eyes and the solemn dark eyes.
"Is it true?" That was all I could choke out. My head was spinning again as I thought of all of the facts that might support it. It's true that Itachi came into the house before I did. If he was good enough he could have killed them. The police already said that their throats were slit. Anyone can do that in a second, especially my fast brother. There was no blood or knife in his hands, though. He might have had a pocket knife, but the police checked on him a little bit. Of course they were suspicious of the thirteen-year old. The police didn't find any evidence that Itachi killed them. Itachi claimed that he didn't. The police even stopped trying to find the killer many years later. What makes them think that he killed them now?
Itachi stayed silent for a long while. Minato answered. "I know that this is a shock to you, Sasuke-kun, but it's the truth. We knew it ever since, but he begged us to let him stay with you. Only a few people know of his crime. He is not completely acquitted. Your brother is only alive now because of the 'remorse' he has, and because of his feelings towards you. He should actually have a death sentence.
"I didn't ask you!" I yelled, picking up my heavy feet and turning to face Itachi. "I'm asking you. Is it true?"
Minato cut in again. "We don't know. He refused to tell us anything."
"Stay out of this!" I yelled at Minato. I turned to my brother. "Why did you kill them?"
"I can't say," Itachi answered, his voice low and quiet. He refused to look me in the eye. That's a shocker for me. He always stares people right in the eye, but now…
"Why? Why can't you say anything? Why did you hide the truth from me?" I felt something wet reach my eyes. Oh, no. I haven't cried in a long time. I don't want to start now. Then why can't I stop?
"I wanted to be with you."
"Sasuke-kun, just come with me," Minato butt in again. Other than his looks, I suppose that's one of the only aspects that he has in common with Naruto. Sticking his nose into other people's business.
I ignored him. "So…so that's why Tsunade refused to say your name back then. Am I right?" I asked, my voice a little strained. My knees felt weak, and my feet were heavy. My head was spinning, and my hands went numb. My mouth was dry, and my heart was wasted.
"That's right." Itachi suddenly seemed so serious about this. His eyes were narrowed, but he still refused to look at me directly.
"Then what about Shisui?" I felt like I was going to faint.
"While we were investigating on Uchiha Fugaku and Mikoto's death, we found that Itachi had killed Shisui. He made it seem like a suicide, though," the Uzumaki spoke again. I wanted to scream at him. I wanted to tell him to shut up. I wanted to tell him that thanks to him my life is ruined.
"Is that true?"
"Why him, too, then?"
"He got in the way." Right at that moment, I really felt like I was going to faint. Minato obviously noticed that I was getting dizzy, so he spoke.
"Uchiha Itachi, I'm going to have to ask you to back away from your younger brother." That was a policeman voice, alright. I clutched my head and felt everything go black. The hands of Uzumaki Minato settled me on a bench. Unfortunately for me, I could still hear things clearly.
"I've already backed away." the Smart-ass sounded a little hurt. Only something I could really hear, though.
"Good. Leave. Go back to the Rain Country."
"And never come back? Fine. It…doesn't matter anymore."
I mumbled a few things. I meant to say, 'Don't go'. Everything came out jumbled. I heard footsteps walking away. They were Itachi's. I completely blacked out once I couldn't hear anything more from my Smart-ass.
I awoke from a dreamless sleep. I was apparently in Naruto's old bedroom. Kushina was sitting beside me, an extremely worried look on her face. She smiled (a smile much like Naruto's) when she noticed I was awake.Before she could say the usual 'Oh, you're awake', I said, "Ugh. My head hurts…"
Then she said, "Oh, you're awake. Here." She handed me a glass of water as I sat up. Naruto's bed was comfy. Probably because no one has slept in it for days. Another pang of depression. It would be a lot better if they made me sleep on the couch and not in Naruto's old bed. It would've saved me a lot of depression and reminiscing.
I slowly took a sip of the ice cold water. "…Where's my brother?" The dreaded question.
A slight pause. "He went back." The dreaded answer.
"You mean back to the Rain Country?" I hoped that she meant back to someplace in Konoha. Kushina just nodded. She knew that this was hard for me. At least she understands me a little more than Minato does.
Minato just walked right in at the moment. He had an anxious look on his face. I just glared. "Sasuke-kun, I'm sorry," Minato immediately said. "It's just that I'm scared for you."
"…Right. Scared for me." I muttered in sarcasm. Kushina just gave both of us stern glances.
"Sasuke-kun, I'm just trying to protect you." I took a chance and glanced up at his brilliant blue eyes that reminded me so much of Naruto. Naruto only acted like his father when during serious times like this. Minato had true worry on his face, something that I doubt my father would ever have for me. "I'm sorry for breaking your bond with your brother, but eventually you would find out."
"…That's true, but…" I clenched my fist. "Look, I just need to think this over. Its okay, Minato-san. But who else knows?"
"Tsunade, Kakashi, and a few other adults that you probably don't know about," Kushina answered. "You should stay here for the day."
"I've got to go home," I just replied, standing up and pulling on my jacket which was lying on a chair. I nodded again at both of them, and left. I know their house as well as I know my apartment, and it feels like this place is my home. It might as well be. For now.
It just had to start raining outside. I ran into my apartment dripping wet, and sort of gasping for breath since I ran once the rain started. Oh, yeah, I slipped on my damp shoelace and into a pile of mud. Fantastic.
I stomped into the bathroom grudgingly and took a bath, came out and dressed in sweatpants and a really baggy shirt. No point. I was going to stay home and just think, think, think and think.
I stared at the ceiling, nothing great coming to mind. So now I know that Itachi killed them, including Shisui, and yet stayed and took care of me. Itachi points so far: 3-1. Three is Shisui, Mikoto, and Fugaku. And the one is for the effort he took to take care of me all those years. Nice, Aniki.
Then he leaves. 4-1.
Then he comes back and…uhm…yeah. 4-2. He's getting there. A little.
He's considering staying at Konoha again, even though the possibility he really will move back is really low. 4-3. And adding in the fact that he probably won't move back. 5-3. Geez.
The fact that he didn't tell me up until now. 6-3.
The fact that he actually left me again. 7-3.
One of the reasons the police let him live was because of his 'feelings for me', as Minato said. I guess that's a good thing. 7-4.
The fact that I probably will never see him ever again in my life. 100-4.
Right at that moment I almost wanted to give up and hate him forever. That would be the easy thing to do. But I just had one more thing to add to this.
The fact that I'll never forget him and that I most likely always love him like this. 100-100.
Oh, shoot. I dub thee, Uchiha Sasuke, the most indecisive person in the universe. I buried my face in a pillow, still wondering what the hell I'm really supposed to do. It all just had to start with the letters, didn't it? It all just had to start with the letters and end like this.
Okay, maybe that might work. I'm not so indecisive after all.
To, the Sadistic Smart-ass
Please don't rip this up!
This is probably the last letter I'll ever send to you. Possibly. I just felt that it's fitting to say a few things like this again. It started this way, why not end it this way? Damn feelings of closure.
I don't even know how to write this, anymore. My hands are shaking, my head is still slightly spinning, and you can say that I've got writer's block. This isn't the right situation for that, but still, I'm writing. And I'm still hoping that you'll write back. Hoping.
First, I have to admit I'm still shocked and surprised that all of my memories weren't pushed out because of trauma. Actually, it would be dramatic if I actually saw you kill them. I can't believe that I'm taking this subject so lightly at the moment and I'm really going to attack myself right after I finish writing this letter.
Second. This is the highlight of this all. I've finally decided this, and I know that it's been decided ever since.
I still fuckin' love you so much, and I seriously wish you'd come back!
Okay. I've written that and got it out of my system. Now will you come back? It's not like me to beg is it?
I'll beg anyway.
I think that's all I have to say. We can really talk this through if you come back and at least talk to me. We can really talk this through if you come back and stay.
P.S. Anonymous is fitting, isn't it?
It's been a half a week. A very dull, dreary half a week week. I spent the entire dull, dreary half a week sitting in my apartment waiting for the Smart-ass to either arrive or not. I've already decided that if he doesn't come or reply in another week I'll send another letter and send him an e-mail. Considering the time they take to send letters back and forth, I should have received a reply. But then again, he might be coming. So I'll just sit tight and wait. Doesn't matter to me. I've never really spent my vacations doing anything important anyway.
Sakura and Kakashi keep coming over every once and a while, though. I told them both what was going on because I can't stand keeping some things bottled up at times like these. Sakura plus Kakashi equals Naruto in a very odd way. They both understand and they both can be really stupid sometimes. And Sakura likes me, and I think Kakashi's a pedophile. So that also adds up to Naruto. Ino sometimes comes over with them, too, but she only does that to get the latest news on me.
I tapped my fingers against the wall, half-asleep, half-awake. I'm going to die of thinking too much at this rate.
Someone knocked on the door. I stood up, knowing that it was Kakashi, since that sounded like Kakashi's usual knock. Don't ask me how I know that.
I opened the door, screamed 'Oh, shit!' and slammed the door shut. "Shit. Shit. Shit. Shit. Shit." I'm seriously looking like a fool right now. I swear, my heart skipped three beats back there.
"What, am I not allowed to come in?" his familiar, close, warm voice said in a playful kind of way. "Guess I'll leave."
"No way are you getting out of my sight again," I grumbled, opening the door and just giving him a brotherly hug. Note brotherly. Not romantic. I heard the Smart-ass give out a weak sigh. "I can't believe you."
"I can't believe I came back just because you wrote me a letter," Itachi kissed my forehead gently, and then pulled away from me. "You're a mess."
"You've got some explaining to do." I grabbed his hand and dragged him into my apartment, slamming the door behind me and forcing him to sit down in a chair. "Now. Talk."
"What do you want me to say?" he seemed to calm down on the subject a bit. So it was a good idea to explain things to him in a letter. It has to end in the right way in order for it to work. That's a lesson that doesn't really apply to anything but this. Trust me, don't follow this lesson.
"Just tell me why."
"…Obsessions, that's all," Itachi muttered.
"What the hell do you mean by 'obsessions'?"
"Over you," Itachi muttered yet again.
"…Huh?" Of course I'm utterly confused. He's talking so softly, which really isn't like him that much, and I don't get what he means by obsessions.
"I couldn't stand them."
"Them? You mean our parents?"
"You only smiled around our mother," Itachi stared me straight in the eye. At least now I know that he has no regrets over telling me this. "You wished for our father's attention. So I killed them."
I flinched, but I tried not to think about it the last sentence. "…I don't understand. What about Shisui?"
"Shisui…Shisui's something different."
"I really don't understand."
"You don't have to," Itachi answered, standing up. "I just want you to answer my question for once."
"Will you accept me as I am?"
So un-Itachi-like. I blinked at him, giving him a weird look. "Are you stupid or something? Of course. Why'd you think I'd go through the trouble of sending you a letter begging you to come back? It's alright now."
"I'm sure, so stop worrying about it." I gave him another hug, wrapping my arms around his neck. Now this one was the romantic hug. Not brotherly. "Besides, you'd just make it worse if you go," I mumbled, burying my face into his chest. "You don't have to worry about Konoha. If they do anything to you I'll get you out."
"You're not capable of such a thing."
"I can do it. I'm serious." Itachi gave me another weak smile after I said that. Good. This is working after all. "Not a lot of people know, anyway. And I know a few people that know that accept you anyway."
"I guess so."
"You don't sound too assured."
"A man can't be too careful."
Change of subject. "Are you still planning on moving back to Konoha?" If he says yes then all of my hopes are fulfilled.
"Sort of." You ruined a little bit. I nodded, wanting him to go on. "Well, I have to go to the officials in order to do that. I'll be under surveillance for a while, I think. If the officials accept my being back here in Konoha, then everything will be set."
"That's great. Finally…I can say that I love you again."
"…I love you too, Sasuke."
"Aniki. Get up. Now!"
"Stop it, Sasuke, let me sleep…"
"Fine. I'll walk the mile to school."
"I'm up…" Itachi sat up and grinned a little sheepishly. "Don't want you to miss the first day of your junior year of school…" He quickly got changed and left the house with me with a loaf of bread hanging out of his mouth.
We eventually pulled up at the school. I already spotted Ino and Sakura on the school bus. They waved at me, and I saw Ino 'kyaa' at the sight of us both. The school bus stopped a few places behind us. Ino and Sakura stepped out, and they both had their eyes on us both.
"See you later, Sasu-chan." Itachi smiled at me again. "Good luck."
"You know I have bad luck," I muttered, not wanting to leave the car just yet.
"I'll give you a good luck present, then," Itachi leaned towards me and gave me a kiss, his tongue slipping into my mouth in secret. I pushed him away quickly when I saw Kakashi approaching us both. "'Bye."
"Yeah," I gave him a smile, grabbing my back and stepping out of the car. Kakashi raised the only eyebrow that I could see. Ino was screaming somewhere, pointing at me and Itachi.
"How are you doing, Sasuke? Itachi?" Kakashi leaned to the side and gave Itachi a laid-back wave. Itachi just nodded, then drove off. "Not that talkative, is he?"
"He talks to me," I replied. "I just don't know how I'm going to get through the first day of school without Naruto." I got used to talking about Naruto. I'm proud of that blonde now. If I meet someone for the first time, I will bring up Naruto. Accident or on purpose.
"Hey, you'll get through it!" Sakura ran over to me and glomped me. I groaned and pushed her off. Ino was still kyaaing at the sidelines. "After all, you've still got us, right?"
Today was the first day of school. I wish you could be here, because we had a lot of fun. No one really changed that much, except for Chouji. He's actually trying to go on a diet. There's no weird assignment that we have to do for the entire year. I don't know whether to be relieved or disappointed.
My brother's doing fine, too. Really, I think that you could have been good friends with him. Sometimes he acts like you sometimes. Like an idiot.
I finally got to talk to everyone today. Everyone really misses you. Me especially.
I let the letter burn on its own. So what if I believe in that tale that if you burn a letter it'd go to the dead person you wrote it to. I just can't get out of the habit of writing letters. This just happens to be my way of remembering Naruto.
So. It's been just an entire vacation. Things are different. My brother's now one of the best doctors in Konoha. I think he took that occupation because he wants to make up for what he did. The police acquitted him, because he saved many lives ever since he became a doctor. He told me that Shisui wanted to die, so that's why he killed him. Itachi avoids my questions about my parents, though. I still don't get that part, but we don't talk about it anymore, anyway.
Some people know about our relationship. Some. At least the whole world doesn't know.
A few of Itachi's friends are staying at Konoha now, too. Deidara is like Itachi's best friend all of a sudden. Deidara's like an older version of Naruto, except with the 'yeahs' and his actual artistic ability.
I don't know if you can call this a happy ending. I don't know what happy endings are like. It's kind of a bittersweet ending to me. I've still got some confusion, and I've lost my best friend. To me, the highlight of it all is that I've got my older brother back.
We both actually kept all of the letters we sent to each other. Itachi put them all together. I read them all over and over again.
This is my way of remembering us.
It ended! Wow. Wow. Wow. Did you see my notice on my profile? There actually might be a sequel. I think I'm pushing my luck. If I get ideas, up comes a sequel. I'm writing a new ItaSasu story, though, so read that if possible! And you know Itachi's reason for killing his parents? It's up to your minds to figure that one out.
I hope you enjoyed the entire thing!
From, your writer that was close to tears writing the ending, Koneko.
This Concludes the Story of From Anonymous