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Okay, this is my second [published attempt at a chapter story. I have written 2 more chapters, that I may or may not post. It depends on whether anyone wants me too. This is, like, one of my versions of how the series will end. I have many. Um, and there isn't much angst in this chappie, mostly kust attempts at humor, but ther will be in later ones, so...onto the reading...oh, and this will have eventual SasuNaru, though not much in this chap

Warning: angst, slight language, a referance to rape, shohen-ai

Disclamor: Do you see Sasuke kicking Karin's ass to the curb? No? Then I do not own

Author: Obsessive

Sitting down at the fire, I took a look around at my teammates. They seemed…agitated, for some reason. No one was eating anything. I assumed they were waiting for me, since they kept glancing at me. It seemed odd, but then again, everything about them was odd. I figured it was something to do with what had just happened and that they were still nervous, and needed reassurance from me.

So I took a bite of the stew. It tasted strange. Immediately I spit it put, but it was too late. I could feel the effects of whatever it was already beginning to hit my system. My vision was getting darker. Whatever this was, it was good.

"Karin…what did you…" Then I was down.

When I awoke, I was chained to a wall, in some sort of cell. It smelled funny, though not as bad as it could have. I tried the chains. Solid, no chance of breaking. Next I tried to use a jutsu.

"Crap." Nothing. Nothing was happening. They must have cut off my chakra. This didn't look good.

Suddenly I noticed the presence of someone else in the cell, lurking in the shadows. Despite the situation, I wasn't afraid. If they wanted to kill me, they could have easily done it while I was out.

I decided to take a chance. "How long have I been out?"

For a moment silence, then "Three days."

Three days. Not too bad. It meant I was in the clear, at least until I made them angry. The voice sounded familiar, though I couldn't place it.

"Where am I?"

Silence again, then "Konoha."

That actually surprised me. I was back 'home'. That meant someone from my team made a deal with my enemies. This also meant that I was probably talking to someone I knew.

"Which of my comrades sold me out?"

"All three of them."


"They said you wanted to be home, but wouldn't come yourself, so they would do it for you."

This was certainly a blow to my pride. I couldn't even keep a good enough eye on my own subordinates to make sure they didn't hand me over. I relaxed against the wall, closing my eyes. The person in the shadows made no move towards me, nor to break the silence.

After maybe ten minutes, I got bored. Maybe if I kept talking, the person would let something slip. Suddenly they spoke.

"You don't want to know who I am?"

I smirked a bit "You wouldn't tell me, even if I asked, now would you?"

"Hmm. I guess you're right."

An idea suddenly popped into my head. "Can I play twenty questions then? Just to narrow down suspects?"

"Heh. Why not?"

"Male or female?"

"Tch. Male, of course."

"Did I know you from before?"

A pause. "Yes."

"Were you a Gennin with me?"

Another pause. "Yes, I was."

"Well, that narrows things down quite a bit. You're either Shikamaru, Choji, Kiba, Shino, or Naruto. I can work with five"

"You're forgetting Lee and Neji."

I opened my eyes to look in their direction. "Hn. I guess you're right. Well, seven isn't too much worse."

There was another silence, this time it was only five or six minutes. During this time, I went over what I had learned, trying to figure out the mystery of who it was. However, it's been so long since I knew them, I can only remember the vague things about them. The voice remained silent, like always. I got bored, again. Being chained up really makes everything seem much less interesting.

"Don't you have any questions for me?" My voice cut through the silence yet again.

"Of course, but I doubt you'd answer them."

"Try me."

"Okay. Why'd you leave?"

"I needed more power to kill Itachi." I said shrugging.

"You're more talkative than you were before. Why is that?"

This surprised me. It took me a second to answer. "I guess…Well, what else is there for me to do?"

"Hmm. Makes sense…Were you happy at Orochimaru's?" The question was hesitant.

It almost made me smile. "Was I happy? Let's see…He raped me multiple times, Kabuto tortured me, and I was forbidden to even step outside. What do you think?"

This seemed to surprise him, if his answering silence was any consultation. I got a brief glimpse of his hand as it came to his face, but it wasn't enough to tell anything by.

"Come on. Is it that surprising?"

"N-No. We always suspected something like that. Still…it's hard to imagine the great Sasuke Uchiha being treated like that."

"Tch. I'm not great. Not anymore."

"Do you ever miss us?"

This surprised me more than any of the others. It seemed this was the question he'd been wanting to know all along, given the abruptness and almost hidden anxiousness. I thought for awhile, not really wanting to lie to him.

"Yes…I realize now that it wasn't worth it."

"You could have come back. We would have taken you back." He sounded slightly angry, and weary, like he'd said that many times before.

"Yeah, right. Like you are now? Being chained to a wall, waiting for my sentence, talking to a shadow person just isn't my idea of forgiveness. I'd rather be outside. Sorry."

An uneasy silence settled between us. For once, neither of us wanted to break it. It stretched on and on. Hours passed, with both of us lost in thought.

"You hungry?" After so much silence, his voice startled me, though I wouldn't let it show.

"I guess."

"Here." He pushed a bowl of something towards me with a stick. Then everything went black again.

"Wha-what's going on?" Despite myself, there was a faint edge of panic in my voice, which he seemed to pick up on.

"Relax," His voice was soothing. "I put a jutsu up so you can't see me. I'm going to feed you." He put a spoon to my lips, nudging them gently.

I opened my mouth very grudgingly. The next few minutes knocked my pride down a few more notches. Here I was, chained to a wall, being spoon fed by my enemy. At least he didn't seem to think it funny. He wasn't laughing or anything like that. Finally, he stepped away, back into the shadows. My vision was restored.

"Why are you still here?" I asked him, genuinely curious.

"I don't have anywhere else to go."

"No family, friends? Girlfriend, boyfriend?"

"No family. Definitely no girlfriend, no boyfriend. And my friends should be fine without me for awhile."

"What about teammates? Certainly they need you."

"Perhaps. You're more important though."

Another surprise from the voice. He thought I was more important than his teammates. I was beginning to like this person. Suddenly, my eyes felt heavy.

"Don't tell me you drugged me too?"

"It's just a simple sleeping pill. I'll be here when you wake up."

I tried to say something else, but the pill combined with my malnourishment made the effects hit me fast and hard. I struggled to keep my eyes open, but it was no use. I heard foot steps coming towards me, and I attempted to see the person, but everything was too foggy.

"Rest now, my precious Sasuke." The voice soothed. It was the last thing I heard before I fell unconscious.

So...Please review? If you want me to post the next chapter, please tell me!

Um, I know Sasuke seems really weak, but his revenge is fufilled, so he has no more hate. That's my reasoning behind him.