Itachi grinned evilly as he towered over Sasuke. The small boy cowered in fear, his whole body shaking. Itachi roughly grabbed his arm and pulled him into the light.
"Do you see this Sasuke? This is your sin. Your curse. Live in the darkness, I promise you'll follow me to hell." Itachi said, his tone eerily playful. Sasuke grabbed his head in pain, falling to his knees. Itachi's grin was the last thing he saw before he passed out.
Sasuke woke up in a cold sweat, sitting up quickly. He felt an arm resting on his chest. Looking over he saw Naruto sleeping soundly, groaning slightly when Sasuke moved. The blonde's expression was peaceful, almost smiling. Sasuke smiled down at him and kissed his forehead. At this Naruto stirred and his eyes fluttered open.
"What time is it?" Naruto asked sleepily, rubbing his eyes.
"Too early for a dobe like you to be awake." Sasuke replied, smoothing Naruto's hair. Naruto giggled and held his pillow. Looking up he saw Sasuke's eyes gleaming with tears. He sat up, looking concerned
"What's wrong? What happened?" Naruto asked, grabbing Sasuke's wrist. Sasuke shook his head while glaring at Naruto.
"Nothing. Just a bad dream. Now shut up and go to sleep." Sasuke commanded. Naruto pouted and grabbed Sasuke's hand.
"Tell me, tell me!" he whined. Sasuke sighed and pressed his lips to Naruto's, effectively stopping all talking.
Naruto moaned into the kiss and brought his arms around Sasuke's neck, pulling him closer. Sasuke pressed their bodies together, letting his hands intertwine with Naruto's hair. Naruto brought one arm down, letting it slide down Sasuke's chest. He slowly inched his fingers underneath the material of the shirt, making sure his fingers didn't touch any skin. When he slipped the hand to Sasuke's back, the raven haired boy jumped and pushed Naruto away. The blond fell against the pillows, his arms forming a barrier around him to break his fall.
Sasuke had rushed off the bed, pressing himself to the corner as his hands covered his face.
"I'm sorry, I'm sorry..." Sasuke kept repeating into his hands, trying to hold back the tears. Naruto stared at him sadly and climbed off the bed. He placed a reassuring hand on Sasuke's shoulder and brought the boy to his chest.
"I'm sorry, I shouldn't have...you already told me not to." Naruto said, rubbing his back. Sasuke pushed Naruto away slowly and laid back against the wall. His eyes were still glimmering but he seemed to be in control.
"I'm sorry." Sasuke said again, looking Naruto in the eye.
"I just want to know why." Naruto said, looking at the ground, a blush on his cheeks. "Is it because I...I'm no good? That I can't, well-" Naruto started stuttering uncontrollably, unable to say the words out loud. Sasuke chuckled.
"Of all the thing to worry about, you worry that you can't get me up?" Sasuke asked skeptically. Naruto nodded, blushing furiously. Sasuke grabbed the blonde's hand and brought it in between his legs. Naruto could feel the hardness beneath his fingers and his blush became worse. "That is what you do to me. Something only you can do. That isn't the problem."
"Then what is?" Naruto asked, completely forgetting how close his hand was to Sasuke and accidentally rubbed him roughly. Sasuke let out a low moan and looked Naruto in the eyes.
"You already know." Sasuke informed him.
"Itachi?" Naruto guessed.
"Got it on one." Sasuke said, smirking. Naruto glared at him and rubbed his hand, knowing the effect that it had on Sasuke. Seeing his lips part slightly, Naruto kissed him thoroughly. "No." Sasuke strained when Naruto's hands went to take off Sasuke's shirt. Naruto pouted.
"What does Itachi have to do with this? I thought you killed him!" Naruto yelled, tears falling down his cheeks. "Did you love him more than me? Was he more special?"
Sasuke looked away, shaking his head slightly. "It isn't like that." he whispered calmly.
"Then what?! Why can't I touch you?" Naruto asked through the tears. Sasuke gripped the floor and his face hidden in his bangs.
"I'm sorry." was all Sasuke could say. Naruto looked at him, his eyes welling with a fresh batch of tears.
"Isn't there anything I can do? I just want to help Sasuke. I love you." Naruto said softly. Sasuke just stared at him for a moment.
Naruto looked at him confused.
"Distract me. Make me forget about him. Make me forget everything but your name." Sasuke challenged, moving so that he was sitting on his legs. Naruto was surprised at the sudden mood change, but didn't complain.
"Tell me what you want."
Naruto was all to happy to oblige.
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Tsunade grinned as she told Jiraiya her plan. He took a step back from her aura of evil.
"The brats will never know what hit them." Tsunade said evilly, rubbing her hands together unconsciously. Jiraiya just nodded, not wanting to get on her bad side.
"Maybe this is a teensy bit to far." Jiraiya suggested. Tsunade turned her head to glare at him.
Jiraiya gulped. "Never mind."
Tsunade grinned again and looked out the window. Shizune meeped when she turned back around. Her facial features had turned pure evil.
Jiraiya sighed and brought a hand to his forehead. "They're going to hate us after this."
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"WHAT?!" Sakura and Naruto yelled as Kakashi told them Tsunade's news.
"She wants the famous rookie nine to plan a festival for the village." Kakashi said, raising his arms up in defense.
"In two days?" Sasuke asked, raising an eyebrow.
"She said to tell you she has complete faith in you and your abilities."
"That or she wants to see us squirm." Sasuke countered. Kakashi froze. He lowered his hands in defeat, chuckling softly.
"So we have two days to plan activities and provide catering all because Baa-chan wants to see us suffer?" Naruto asked.
"Precisely!" Kakashi said, smiling. Sakura and Naruto glared daggers at Kakashi, who was inching away slowly. "Well, I won't keep you from your duties. If you'll excuse me." and he disappeared in a puff of smoke. Sakura gripped her fists tight, grumbling under her breath.
"We'd better get started then." Sasuke said, putting his hands in his pockets and walking away. Sakura and Naruto quickly followed him.
"What are we going to do? We can't possibly plan a good festival in two days." Sakura cried, wringing her hands nervously. Sasuke shrugged.
"We'll have to try." he told her. Sakura could feel herself blushing.
They met up with Teams Eight and Ten at a nearby park, along with Team Gai. Hinata was talking nervously with Ino, who seemed completely at ease with everything. Shikamaru was chatting with Shino (more like, Shikamaru would comment on something and Shino would nod) while Kiba glared at them as he pretended to talk with Chouji. As soon as Team Seven sat down, Ino stood and took control of the meeting.
Each person was designated a certain task such as, food (Chouji), night entertainment (Sasuke and Hinata), day entertainment (Shikamaru and Kiba), location (Shino and Naruto), guests (Neji and Lee), ornaments (Tenten and Sakura), as well as overall leader (Ino). Once roles were decided they paired off, with couples giving a final farewell, knowing they wouldn't see each other for the next two days.
"Don't forget fireworks teme." Naruto reminded Sasuke. The brunet chuckled.
"Wouldn't dream of it."
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Hinata shuffled her feet, nervous around the Uchiha. Sasuke turned to face her.
"Want to get started?"
She nodded. "Y-you wanted to get paired with Naruto-kun, right?" Hinata asked. Sasuke shrugged.
"I would've liked it, but I'm pretty sure we'll get more work done if he isn't around." Sasuke said thoughtfully. "Why? Did you want to get paired with Naruto?"
"N-no, nothing like that. I was just wondering." Hinata said. "We should start right away if we want to be in time for the festival. Everyone knows that the fireworks are the most important part of a festival."
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Naruto grumbled as Shino walked through the woods.
"What are we even doing here?" Naruto asked.
"Looking for the proper place to hold a festival." Shino explained calmly.
"I knowthat, but why are we in the woods. This isn't a festival for bugs."
Shino was silent for a moment.
"Perhaps we should move closer to the village." he said thoughtfully. Naruto stared at his retreating form.
"You thought this was for bugs, didn't you?" Naruto asked, a grin forming.
Shino ignored him.
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Two days passed quickly. Blurs were a common occurrence and the villagers were expected to treat all ninja involved in the festival planning with respect. Sasuke and Naruto had not seen each other in over 48 hours and Naruto was getting anxious. He knew how fangirls could get.
The boys had promised to meet at the festival, wanting to have a special moment. Naruto was walking with Shino, making sure booths were set up properly and in the designated areas. When they were doing their second round, something caught Naruto's eye. He inclined his head slowly in that direction and saw Sasuke and Hinata talking very close, too close for Naruto's comfort. He blinked and the scene changed. Sasuke was over Hinata now, her back to the ground. Sasuke's lips were so close to hers that they could almost be considered kissing. If Naruto hadn't known better, he would have thought they were lovers.
Naruto quickly mumbled some excuse to Shino and ran to his apartment. For the first time, he was glad that he hadn't moved in when Sasuke had asked. He knew he was overreacting. Any number of things could have happened in that one moment. Anything from what he saw. Despite knowing that he couldn't help but cry himself to sleep, only waking when Shino knocked on his door and told him he had to sign paperwork.
When he saw Hinata and Sasuke walking down the street, bags in their arms, he slumped down and looked away, as if he hadn't seen them. When they passed by each other Naruto could only catch glimpses of their conversation. That didn't matter. Sasuke could talk to whoever he wanted. No, the thing that hurt most was that, even though they hadn't seen each other in two days, Sasuke had not said one word to the blonde. His whole attention had been focused on Hinata.
And Naruto hated it.
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Sasuke was surprised when he didn't feel immediate regret after he told Hinata what had happened when he was younger. No wave of sadness came and he looked at Hinata, confused.
She giggled into her hand. "Is this the first time you've told this story to someone?"
Sasuke nodded. "Why can't I tell that to Naruto?"
"Maybe because you want to spare his feelings." Hinata suggested.
"He has a right to know..." Sasuke trailed off.
"We tend to do that to the ones we love. When you care about someone you don't want them to worry about you. You think that they have no right to. So we hide the sadness within ourselves." Hinata explained, resting back on her hands, looking at the sky.
Sasuke looked at her curiously. "How would you know that?"
Hinata smiled sadly. "Because that's how I feel for Naruto-kun. Because of my feelings for him, I don't want him to worry. I don't want him to know about sadness or pain, even though it's to late for that. When I see him sad, I want to take that away, so that his eyes will shine bright again." She turned her head to look at him, smiling wider this time, but her eyes still sad. "That's what I love about him."
"Then not telling him..."
"...Is your way of protecting him." Hinata concluded. "We only want what's best for our loved ones."
"Then you don't think I should tell him?" Sasuke asked. Hinata shook her head.
"I think you should tell him so that he can help you. Since you're Naruto's most precious person, he wants whatever makes you happy. And for him, doing th-things like that, is what he thinks will make you happy." Hinata said, blushing. Sasuke looked from her to the sky.
They stayed like that for a while, looking at the clouds pass by. Eventually Hinata called his attention back to the fireworks they were setting up for the end of the festival.
"This one's stuck." Hinata called from behind a bush. Sasuke walked over to her and helped with pulling and readjusting. Somewhere along the way, Hinata had lost her balance. Sasuke, in an effort to be nice, had reached for her but ended up falling himself. Both fell ungracefully to the ground. When Sasuke pulled back, he realized how close he was to Hinata's lips. He quickly jumped away, apologizing. Hinata, who was just as flustered, was apologizing profusely, her stutter kicking in.
When things went silent, Sasuke looked up. Hinata was hiding her face in her hands, still completely red. Sasuke sighed and suggested they go out and buy more fireworks. Hinata nodded behind her hands and allowed herself to follow Sasuke's footsteps.
When they left the store, humungous bags in hand, they tried to start to conversation again. It worked. Sasuke sighed in relief when Hinata's stutter disappeared.
Halfway down the road, Hinata pointed out how they had passed Naruto and Shino. Sasuke stared at Naruto's retreating form, feeling a slight pang in his chest when the blonde's laugh reached his ears. Had Naruto deliberately ignored him?
The question brought another stab to Sasuke's chest.
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Naruto wandered around the festival grounds with Kiba and Chouji. Shikamaru and Shino had gone off to buy drinks, which meant that the boys would be parched for a very long time. After questioning their sanity for sending the laziest and unreliable ninjas to buy something for them, they walked around the game booths.
The squeal of girls caught Naruto's attention and he looked to see fangirls gathered around one of the game booths. The crowd parted slightly and Naruto could see Sasuke playing some game that involved hitting a target. Depending on the ring you hit decided which prize you got. Sasuke continuously hit the middle ring, his prize collection growing greatly.
Just before Naruto made his way to the brunet, he saw Sasuke hand a prize to a girl standing next to him. A closer investigation revealed the girl to be Hinata, who graciously accepted the stuffed animal.
A dark red fox with three whiskers on each cheek.
Naruto turned his back to his friends and redirected Kiba and Chouji's attention to the food booths. Shino and Shikamaru had made their way back with three (and a half) drinks and were dangerously close to spilling them all over the floor. Shikamaru glanced back at the gaggle of girls to Naruto. Naruto knew that Shikamaru had (somewhat) caught on to Naruto's emotions because he said "Ne, Kiba? Will you go win me a prize?"
Kiba looked back from talking to Shino. "Are you serious?"
Shikamaru nodded, his expression still bored. "I want that stuffed dog. The one with the markings under its cheeks."
Kiba blushed and allowed Shikamaru to pull him towards the booth. When they were half-way there Shikamaru turned to Naruto and the others. "Are you coming or what?"
The boys followed, Naruto looking dumbstruck.
"What's up with those two?"
Shino sighed while Chouji looked amused. "They're dating."
"Dating?" Naruto asked skeptically, "But they're complete opposites."
"So are you and Sasuke, but you two are very much in love." Shino pointed out.
"By the way, where is he? I thought you were meeting him here." Chouji asked, looking around. "Oh, he's over with Shikamaru."
Naruto looked and, sure enough, Kiba was having a competition with Sasuke to see who could get the most prizes, with Kiba losing horribly. Shikamaru seemed content with his stuffed dog, every once and a while petting its head.
Naruto followed Chouji and Shino, who went to talk to their friends. Shino advised Kiba to quit before he ran out of money, while Chouji was admiring the dog. Finally, Shikamaru made his way to Kiba and whispered in his ear. Kiba was shaking his head until Shikamaru's tongue swept slightly down his cheek to his neck. Kiba shivered and admitted defeat. Sasuke smirked and turned around, catching Naruto's eye. His smirk changed to a smile.
Naruto could feel himself melting. He smiled tentatively, taking a step forward. Sasuke seemed to deem his pace too slow, because he took quicker steps to the blond and swept him into the air. "I've missed you." He lowered Naruto just enough so that they were almost eye level.
"I missed you too." Naruto said shyly, blushing. Sasuke smiled again and kissed him deeply. Naruto responded enthusiastically, his hands tangling into Sasuke's hair. People around them were whistling and hollering when they broke apart.
Naruto smiled, but made the mistake of looking at the booth, towards his friends. Hinata was standing there, holding the same stuffed animal Sasuke had given her. She was blushing furiously, looking away with her eyes closed. Naruto looked away quickly and squirmed, wanting to be let down. Sasuke obeyed at once and looked at Naruto.
"Something's wrong." It wasn't a question.
"It's nothing." Naruto replied, still not looking at Sasuke. "I-i have to go." he stuttered quickly and ran in the opposite direction. Sasuke didn't move as he ran, but his eyes turned down ever so slightly.
Shikamaru assessed the situation first and sighed. "He's jealous." he told the brunet. Sasuke turned around.
Shikamaru pointed to Hinata with the stuffed animal. Both Hinata and Sasuke looked at the stuffed fox, their eyes widening.
"Oh no." Hinata whispered.
"Shit." Sasuke muttered.
"You should explain it to him." Shikamaru said before he turned around, grabbing Kiba's arm.
Hinata held out the animal to Sasuke. "Yeah. You should."
Sasuke looked her in the eye for a moment before nodding, taking the fox. Hinata felt a tear trickle down her cheek as she watched Sasuke go.
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Finding Naruto wasn't as hard as Sasuke had anticipated. The blond wouldn't have left the festival he worked so hard on and Sasuke found him on a hill on the outskirts of the festival. The blond hadn't noticed Sasuke's presence so when he snaked an arm around Naruto's waist, he literally jumped a foot, right into Sasuke's lap. He squirmed for a while until he realized that Sasuke wasn't going to let him go so easily.
There was silence until: "He raped me."
"What? I don't-"
"Itachi. He raped me."
Naruto was still. Sasuke rested his cheek against Naruto's back, allowing a moment of weakness.
"After he killed the clan, and showed me how, he..." Sasuke took a breath. "He got me and threw me against broken glass. The cuts were deep and the blood must have done something to him because he...he..."
Sasuke didn't even notice Naruto turn around and push him to the floor with the force of his hug. The blond's lips were everywhere, leaving soft kisses in their wake. A hand paused just before it removed Sasuke's shirt.
"May I?" Naruto asked. Sasuke nodded slowly. The shirt was inched off until the chest was exposed. The same hand reached around for the back. "Is it ok?"
The fingers ghosted across the skin, feeling the bumps from the scars. Sasuke shivered.
"This is what you were hiding from me?" Naruto asked.
Sasuke looked at him quizzically. "Should there be something else?"
"No, I'm just...I saw you and Hinata and I-" Naruto couldn't finish due to lips pressing fiercely on his.
"Why would I like Hinata when I have you?" Sasuke asked.
"I don't know. It's stupid, but I just go so..." Naruto stopped, blushing.
"Well, yeah, but it's nothing compared to you, and what happened. I mean, it's really stupid, and-" Once again, lips cut him off.
"Idiot, you're babbling." Sasuke said. "And whenever you feel like that, tell me. To me, Naruto's problems are so much more important than my own."
"W-well, then, why did you give Hinata that animal?"
Sasuke looked over at the forgotten fox. He reached for it and showed it to Naruto. "I gave it to Hinata because I wanted her to hold it so that I could give it to you later."
"Oh." Naruto felt extremely stupid.
"Anything else?" Sasuke inquired with a raised eyebrow.
"Well, there is one more thing..." Naruto trailed off, blushing. "Now that you've shared you scars and I can see them can we..."
Sasuke eyebrows furrowed in confusion before lifting in recognition. "You want to have sex? Now?"
"Not now necessarily, but..." Naruto flailed around, completely flustered. Sasuke stopped this with a hand moving down Naruto's side and a lick down his neck. The blond shivered and calmed into Sasuke's arms immediately.
Naruto's embarrassed expression was replaced with a smile. Just before Naruto bent down to Sasuke's lips, the brunet stopped him.
"Look at the sky." he commanded.
Naruto looked up, his eyes lighting up in more ways than one.
"I love you." Sasuke said as he sat up, wrapping an arm around the blond's waist. Naruto smiled and kissed Sasuke as something exploded, both in the sky and in his mind.
Chapter 2 Of A Naruto Fanfic
Thank you for reading Chapter 2 "Best Part Of Festivals"
I Do Not own Naruto
Just this idea.
A/N- This fic just started taking a life of it's own as soon as I started typing it. I've been continuously writing and rewriting this chapter for several months, hoping to get it perfect. I hope I answered all of the unanswered questions from the first chapter, but if not, then ask away in your review. No, before you ask, Hinata does not like Sasuke (nor do I support this pairing). She's crying because she's realizing that she doesn't have a chance with Naruto anymore.
This is probably it unless I get more inspiration. Please review if you can. They make me smile. And please be on the look out for Malicious Mischief my first multi-chapter SasuNaru fanfic.