Fandom: Naruto, Suicide Club
Rating: M for violence, gore, some swearing, etc in later chapters.
Summary: "Do you think this is a game? That fifty four school girls committing mass suicide is funny?" There are no happy endings in this one, just in-betweens.
Disclaimer: Anything that you recognise does not belong to me. And anything that you don't recognise probably doesn't belong to me either.
Chapter Seven: The Devil's Gonna Get You
He'll knock on your door and take all your kids away
Sakura stared at Sasuke indignantly.
Sasuke appeared indifferent to her death glares, and made his way to the kitchen.
"You heard me," he called back. "You're sleeping on the couch."
"Don't worry, Haruno-chan! You can sleep on my bed if you like," Naruto said, coming to her rescue.
Sakura calmed down and smiled at the blond.
"At least chivalry isn't completely dead. Thank you—"
"Of course, I'll be on it as well—"
"Naruto," Sasuke cut in sternly, leaning over the counter separating the kitchen from the living room to reproach his partner, "remember what I told you earlier."
Sai snorted. "Good dog."
The next morning, Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura and Sai headed down to police headquarters.
"There you two are!" barked Tsunade, coming out of her office and striding towards the quartet. "I've been looking all over for you. Is this them?" she asked, raising an eyebrow in Sakura and Sai's direction.
Tsunade eyed them suspiciously before nodding. "Okay. Uzumaki, you take 'Sai' down to the Interrogation Unit. Don't worry; we just want to establish a few things. Uchiha, you accompany Haruno to the computer guys down in Tech and let them do what ever they do. Meet me back in my office in three hours for reporting. Got it?"
After their boss had left, Naruto whispered to Sasuke, "Seriously, is it me, or is everyone really jumpy today?"
"Nara, this is Haruno Sakura. Haruno-san, this is Nara Shikamaru, the police office's resident 'computer genius'. Best in the department, some have said."
Shikamaru raised an eyebrow. "As much as I appreciate the flattery, Uchiha, I have to ask, what is this? New recruit?"
"This is the girl who kept receiving e-mails about the Suicide Club. Didn't you get a message saying that we were coming down today?" Sasuke asked.
Shikamaru swiveled around in his chair to face his desk, which was littered with pieces of paper strewn over ever inch of it. "Possibly," he said uncertainly, looking at the pile of illegible notes everywhere. He muttered a, "This is so troublesome" before sifting through each one.
"You should really clean up your desk more often."
"Shut up, nag," Shikamaru muttered, scrunching up various papers and tossing them into a nearby waste paper basket.
After five minutes of what could only be described as an awkward silence, Shikamaru paused and inspected one of the pieces of paper.
"Got it?" Sasuke asked impatiently.
"Tch. Took you long enough."
Shikamaru dismissed the comment. "Whatever. So, the message just says that you were coming down today with a witness. Care to fill me in on the rest?"
Sasuke looked at Sakura expectantly.
"Oh! Um, okay," she said, blinking. "Er, well I've been getting these e-mails. They don't say who the sender is or anything—I think they've blocked that—but they keep asking me to join this Suicide Club, and they know when someone's committed suicide, so…" she trailed off.
Shikamaru nodded and said, "Hm, I see. I'm not promising anything, though. I can't even get pass that dot website you found a couple of days ago, Uchiha. Which reminds me; I heard that that hacker guy that talked to you the other day wants to work with us."
Sasuke grunted in agreement.
"Where is he?" Shikamaru asked.
"Tsunade-sama asked Naruto to take him where someone can ask him a few questions," Sasuke replied.
Shikamaru winced. "Ouch. I heard that Morino-senpai is on duty today. Poor bastard isn't going to make it. What a drag, I kinda wanted to meet him. Anyway, let's get started. Follow me."
Shikamaru got up from his desk and led Sasuke and Sakura to one on the other side of the room where a computer was placed on top of it. He pulled out a chair and motioned for Sakura to sit down.
"Now, Haruno-san, if you could please log in to your e-mail account, that would be very helpful."
Sakura nodded and sat down uncertainly.
As Sakura was occupied in logging into her e-mail account, Shikamaru sidled up to Sasuke and whispered so that Sakura couldn't hear, "I heard she's been questioned by Morino-senpai already."
"How did she fair?"
"She was terrified. As is anyone who gets interrogated by Morino-senpai."
"Oi, Sasuke. Seriously, what the hell is going on around here?" Shikamaru whispered to Sasuke, dropping formalities for a moment and using the man's given name. "We've got dozens of kids dying all over the city, and today, you bring some high school girl into my office to do a bit of parental checking on her e-mail account? What's this supposed to mean?"
"Tch, and they call you a genius," Sasuke said, rolling his eyes.
"I am a genius. You're just jealous that I could have easily kicked your ass if I had wanted to when we were training. However, despite my being a genius, I'm not omnipotent. Really, Sasuke, what is all of this?"
"I honestly can't tell you, Shikamaru," Sasuke replied, sighing, keeping his eyes on Sakura, who was filling in her login details at Shikamaru's computer. "We don't know anything at all. This entire case is just one dead end after another; just a string of random events that have too much in common to be brushed off as just coincidences. Haruno-san may be our only lead right now."
"I've got another one," Sakura called out suddenly from her seat in front of the computer.
Sasuke would later note how pale she had gotten after opening the message.
Thank you for publicising our cause, Sakura-san.
Unfortunately, you did so to the wrong people.
We are sorry, Sakura-san. There is no way to atone for your sins now.
After all, the police don't stand a chance against God.
"Well?" Tsunade looked at the two young detectives expectantly.
"Not really much more than we already knew about Sai," Naruto said, bored. "He's good, though; he didn't get intimidated by Morino-senpai or anything, and Morino-senpai was drilling him."
"What did he ask?"
"Oh you know, things like how did Sai find the website, why he was so interested in the case, if he knew anything else… things like that."
"And the answer?"
"Sai likes to read forums," Naruto said simply. "Weird, I know, but he gets a kick out of it. I think he must have been locked in his room as a child and not allowed out. But yeah, he reads a lot of forums, and stumbled across one of the site by accident. Then, after the Shinjuku incident, he began actively looking for more in this BBS thing he likes to go on. He just has too much time on his hands, I guess. Which is why he wants to help us. He's bored, he says, and thinks we need the help, which we do, and that he has the means of doing so."
"He's not wrong there," Tsunade mumbled. Raising her voice, she asked, "And he didn't divulge any new information?"
"He says he doesn't have any, not yet, anyway," Naruto explained. "He went into detail about some of the stuff he's already told Sasuke—Morino-senpai is going to send someone up with a recording of the interview later—but nothing new. He's pretty weird, I have to admit, but it seemed like he was telling the truth. There aren't any holes in his story for all anyone could see, anyway."
"Very well," Tsunade said. "How about you, Uchiha? Found any leads from Haruno's e-mails?"
"I'm afraid not, Tsunade-sama," Sasuke said. "The sender is unknown; Nara Shikamaru is still working on it, and will get in touch with us if he finds anything new. However, Haruno-san did receive a new e-mail this morning. It was a death threat," Sasuke added, as Naruto glanced at him worriedly.
"Good thing that she's in your care, then," Tsunade said. "What are the e-mails like?"
"Here," Sasuke said, handing her a folder. "There are printed versions in here. There aren't very many, but they're definitely suspicious, and it's safe to say that whoever sent them knows a lot more about the suicides that anyone else does around here."
"How is the girl coping?"
"She's shaken up, obviously," Sasuke answered. "But she's quite determined to help us as much as she can. She says she wants to find whoever is behind her friends' deaths as soon as possible."
"She thinks that the suicides aren't just that—suicides?"
"No, Tsunade-sama. She insists her friends would have never done this, and thinks that there's a lot more to this case than meets the eye."
"Alright then. Good job, Uzumaki, Uchiha. That's all for today. Now get back to Sai and Haruno; I don't want you two to be away from them for too long, particularly Haruno, considering this new e-mail. You're dismissed. Report back if there are any new findings."
"Dad! Come take a look at this!"
Asuma snapped his eyes open. "What? What it is?" he asked, panicking briefly before he saw the excited expression on his fifteen-year-old son's face.
"Come on, Dad. Look what I found," he said, pulling Asuma's arm and dragging him to where the computer was placed. "See?" he said excitedly, pointing at the screen.
Asuma squinted. The screen was black, save for a white pattern that kept going around and around, tracing out a circle.
"Ruins dot com? 'For all those who want to halt the suicides, come here and spread the message.' Wait—what is this?" Asuma asked.
"Read on, Dad."
Asuma's eyes widened. "'Or more will die. We will all die.'"
"My friend showed it to me today. Just thought you should know, seeing as how you're in an investigation into the suicides, aren't you? Don't worry, I haven't told my friends that you are."
Asuma's eyes didn't leave the screen. "Are there any more sites like this?"
His son shook his head. "Nope. Well, maybe there are. My friends and I probably just haven't found them yet. But it's gotta be a prank, right? Right, Dad?"
Asuma didn't reply.
Kakashi was on night-duty, and was reading his Icha Icha Paradise. Again. He was getting up to the part where the man and the woman would have hot, passionate—
The lights went off.
Kakashi swore. "Obito? Is that you?"
Kakashi placed his novel on the table next to him and got up out of his seat.
"Haunting me from the grave now, are you? How classy. Dead or not, Uchiha, you owe me my dinner. So turn the lights back on now, or I'm going to call in an exorcist, who belongs to a religion where moving onto the next plane is very, very painful."
Kakashi muttered more swear words until his breath whilst searching for his flashlight on his belt. He found it and turned it on.
"I swear; it's like this shithole doesn't pay its electricity bills or something," he grumbled, walking away from his table outside the fire-exit and making his way to the mains' room.
As he was walking along the corridor, he heard a ting. He turned his head to his right and saw that the elevator doors had opened, but were empty.
Kakashi sighed. Those damn kids were going to make the whole damn hospital fall apart if they kept doing things like that.
He took a step into the elevator and saw that someone had pushed the button to go up to the fourth floor. It was the top floor and, coincidentally, also the floor that the mains' room was on. He went up it.
Once he had reached the fourth floor, Kakashi turned left, whistling as he walked down the corridor.
As he passed the staff room, he noticed that one of the windows was wide open—the window that Rin had jumped out of.
He walked over to it and paused, letting the cool air hit his face. He breathed it in before closing the window shut and locking it from the inside. His hand lingered on the handle and he turned around—
—only to come face to face with Obito and Rin.
In the living room, Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura and Asuma were all gathered around Sai as he began typing away on his laptop.
"Yes, I found the site yesterday afternoon, but didn't have time to properly analyse it until after I got back from the police," Sai said pleasantly, as his fingers danced across the keyboard. "Quite strange, isn't it?"
"So what are you doing?" Naruto asked curiously.
"Trying to hack into the server. I couldn't do anything about the site with dots, but—oh, okay. I got in," Sai told everyone, a smile on his face.
"What's this?" Sasuke asked, pointing to the screen.
"Hm. Seems like we have to enter someone's name," Sakura said, leaning in to get a better look. "Why? Is this like, a petition of some sort? To stop the suicides?"
"Think we can get away with putting a false one?" Naruto asked.
Sai shook his head. "Most likely not. These people are smart; you've seen what they're capable of. I don't know how, but they'd probably know which name is real or not. Besides, if anything happens to a person who enters his name in there, what if the false name we enter belongs to someone else? What would happen to him?"
"So what happens now?" Asuma asked.
"Either someone volunteers or we just leave it," Sai replied.
No one spoke for a few minutes.
"Put my name in," Asuma said after the pause.
"What? No Sarutobi-senpai! You can't! What if… I don't know, but it might be dangerous!"
"Naruto's right, Sarutobi-senpai. What if something happens to you?"
Asuma's expression hardened. "And what's the other option? That we sit around and just watch as this—this pandemic spreads and gets worse? What if we don't do anything? Do we watch more people die and just stand around helplessly? Besides, I doubt anything is going to happen to me. The most is I'll probably get my credit card's PIN number stolen, and well, it's not like I have that much money to steal, anyway."
"Sarutobi-san does have a point," Sai murmured. "The chances of anything happening to him by merely entering his name in the site are incredibly low. After all, there may be other people with his name in the city; how will these people tell him apart from the others? Then again; the suicides aren't orthodox at all, so not all normal rules may apply. There are still risks."
"It doesn't matter," Asuma said firmly. "I have a son and a daughter and I don't want this happening to them. If by entering my full name in a website can help prevent this, then so be it."
No one else said anything to challenge him, so Sai nodded his head.
"I understand," he said. "Sarutobi-san, if you could type your name in kanji in the blank space provides."
He shifted in his seat and pushed the keyboard towards Asuma, who typed in 'Sarutobi Asuma' and gave the keyboard back to Sai.
"So what do we do now?" Naruto asked after Sai had clicked 'OK'.
NB: About the floor Kakashi got off of from the elevator—four means 'death' in Cantonese (and probably some other languages, but I only know about Cantonese) so yeah. That was me trying—and failing—to be clever.
Oh man, I just had to use dub!Shikamaru's catchphrase. It's actually pretty catchy.
PS: Nobody get excited about the KakashiObitoRin scene. No, seriously. Don't. You'll just get heartbroken later on.