Naruto sat on the rock and just cried. It hurt so much to say all those things to Sasuke and even though they were all true, he still never in a million years would have said those things. He loved Sasuke very much. He was his very best friend and all he ever wanted was for them to be together like it used to be before he left with Orochimaru. When he finally came back, Sasuke was still moody as hell but that didn't matter. He had his best friend back and that was more than enough to make him happy. All of those words I said to him…I didn't mean any of it…

"But you had to say them Naruto." Sasuke looked up at the older Uchiha brother who was looming over him. "He never would have believed you if you had not blamed him and the villagers."

"I…I know," he sobbed. "But he just…he looked so hurt. You any idea how hard it was for me to keep that blank look on my face? I feel like a part of me just died that day." Itachi leaned over the blonde staring at him with an equally blank look that could rival the one Sasuke gave him all the time.

"Naruto, if you're going to act weak then you will never be accepted into the Akatsuki. They can sense weakness faster than any animal so I suggest you get it together or I shall leave you here."

"I'm…I'm sorry. I'll be alright." The blonde forced a smile as he stood to his feet. "So now what?"

"Kisame, toss me that bag." Itachi easily caught the bag and placed it at Naruto's feet. The blonde reluctantly reached inside it pulling out a black cloak that had red clouds on it. There was also a black jumpsuit inside it as well as new knives and other weaponry.

"For me?"

"Yes. You'll be wearing these from now on. The bright orange suits you but not for this part of your life. From now on you are no longer going to be accepted as a hero from Konoha. You are now an outcast, feared by anyone who's unfortunate enough to cross your path. You will become a silent killer like me and will kill mercilessly if need be. Do you understand me?"

"Hai."

"Very good then. We shall report to the rest of the Akatsuki soon. It's not going to be easy convincing the leader that you want to fight with us. In fact, I'm certain he'll try and kill you. If that's the case you're going to have the fight of your life."

"I'll be alright. If I have to I'll use 'that' power."

"Good. Alright then. Let's get going."

"Hai." With one lingering glance behind, Naruto held his head high and followed his new comrades into the night. There was no turning back now and he was more than ready to get his new life started even if it did mean leaving everything behind that he loved.

x-x-x

A week later, Sasuke woke up in the hospital and found Sakura sleeping in a chair next to his bed. He stared at her for the longest time before cutting his eyes towards the ceiling. I'm…alive…but I thought he killed me? No… Naruto doesn't have the heart to just blatantly kill though after our exchange of words yesterday…wait, was it yesterday?

"Ahh you're awake." Sasuke's eyes rounded the room and he saw Lady Tsunade coming towards him. She stopped at the edge of his bed her eyes suddenly rounding on the pink haired shinobi next to him. "Sakura? Sakura you can wake up now. He's alright." Sakura's eyes fluttered open immediately spotting the alert raven head.

"Oh Sasuke! You're alright!" She threw her body across Sasuke earning an annoyed tch from him. She happily drew back beaming at the boy.

"Sakura, could you leave us for a little bit? I need to talk to him about something."

"Yes, maam. I'll be back to bring you some food later Sasuke." When Sakura was long gone Tsunade let out a sigh.

"You know you're lucky to be alive right now." Sasuke tried to sit up but there was a sharp pain in his rib forcing him back down. "Yeah, you should probably stay in bed and rest."

"But I can't stay here Lady Hokage. I have to find my brother and get Naruto back."

"You've been out cold for almost a week. You need to rest."

"But what about Naruto?"

"A search team led by elite ANBU ninja are out searching for him as we speak. They've been searching for him for a week but I fear they're never going to find him."

"DON'T SAY THAT! YOU FOUND ME DIDN'T YOU?!"

"Yes, but there's a big difference in situations. Sasuke, we knew where you were all alone but we had no need to find you right away. We knew that Orochimaru wasn't going to kill you because he needed you as a vessel. That gave us three years time to prepare and since it was just Orochimaru, we knew what we were up against. The same cannot be said for the Akatsuki. As of right now, we have no earthly idea where any of them are hiding. They tend to only be found when they wish to be found. Plus, with the exception of Deidara and Itachi, we have no idea what powers the rest of them have. That's a huge difference and you know it."

"Dammit!" he huffed. I hate to admit it but she's right. Kabuto had a bingo book about some of the Akatsuki members but there's no way in hell I'd be able to get it from him. Plus, if I recall correctly even Kabuto didn't have a clue about some of their abilities.

"Besides, I hear he doesn't want to see you anymore but can you really blame him? You leaving him hurt him more than anything in the world."

"BUT I CAME BACK TO HIM!"

"Maybe so but that doesn't make up for your leaving him Sasuke. Truth is, you have no idea how much pain that boy carried with him from day to day. He suffered more than anyone else even more than Sakura, whom he had to watch suffer as well. He would constantly mask the pain in his heart by putting on a smile, making empty promises about how everything was okay just to see Sakura smile, but I knew better. That boy was hurting while you were off selfishly divulging yourself for your so-called revenge!" Tsunade watched as Sasuke's angry face quickly changed into one of hurt and confusion. Tears were streaming down his face and he hadn't the heart to look at her. Sure her words probably sounded cruel but it was truth and he needed to hear it. Far too long had Sasuke been spared the truth behind his actions. It was time for him to grow up and take responsibility for his actions. Naruto grew up years ago when he realized that he was a monster. If he had to quickly grow up so does Sasuke and no was the perfect time for his reality check.

"I…I didn't…know…"

"Of course you didn't. You wouldn't know either because you weren't here to see them suffer. But that's all in the past now. You need to get a grip and focus on the future. Hard times might be coming our way soon and we need to be prepared."

"Wha…what do you mean?"

"Oh don't be so naïve Sasuke!" she spat. "Your best friend just joined up with the Akatsuki. That's the worst possible scenario ever. Now that he knows how to harness the power of the nine-tailed fox, the Akatsuki now have the ultimate weapon in their hands. We need to be ready for when they come."

"When do you think they'll make their move?"

"Well…I've been getting reports from various sources of how easily they managed to take down the four-tailed jinchuriki. And then Gaara's Shukaku has been taken. Add those to the number of beasts they already have, I say we have about two years before they make another big move. According to some intelligence info, the Akatsuki can only extract one bijuu every six months or so. My guess is that if they are planning to kill Naruto, it will be after they take down this village."

"They won't be taking down this village. I won't allow it."

"That's the attitude we need. You stay here and rest for another day. I'll be sure to clear you to leave in the morning so you can get back to training."

"Lady Hokage…before you leave, how is…is Kakashi and Hinata…?"

"Oh all of them are just fine. Hinata was released after one night's rest. She didn't seem to have been hurt at all. Jiraiya and Kakashi had some minor injuries so they're both ok. I'll get him to stop by here later so you guys can talk. Says he needs to tell you something about Naruto."

"Oh…okay then." Sasuke lay back against the sheets closing his eyes to think. Naruto…I think I know what you went through and it hurts. It hurts like hell. I have to stay here in this village full of idiots all alone without the one idiot who truly understands me. The more I think about it, the more I wish you would have just killed me. But…I guess the roles have been reversed and now it's my time to save you.

"And I will. I'll definitely bring you back at all costs."

x-x-x

Hinata sat up in her room staring sadly out the window. Her father was being too damn unreasonable in her opinion. Just who was he to keep her locked in her room? After all, it's not like they failed the mission. The missing person was found by Jiraiya just days after she'd been kidnapped and turns out the kid was just bait to get Naruto out in the open. Damn Akatsuki. As much as she wanted to hate the Atatsuki, she couldn't help but hold a liking to Itachi and Kisame. They were very nice to her and had not harmed her in any way. Many people said bad things about them but she had no reason to hate them as of yet.

And finally there was Kakashi. Every time she thought of the handsome shinobi, she'd tear up and fall to pieces. If this is what it feels like to love then it sure is a burden sometimes. But he's worth it. Hinata dried her eyes then turned to watch as some kids ran by laughing as they rushed to get home before dark. I wish I could sit outside, even if I have to be alone. Anything would be better than sitting up here feeling sorry for myself. There was a loud poof startling the young shinobi. When the smoke finally cleared her eyes filled with joy.

"Kakashi-sensei!" she squealed. But just as quickly her smile faded and she looked sad again.

"Hinata-sama, why do you look so sad princess?" He was standing only a few feet away from their mansion propped back against an oak tree. He was probably standing there so that attention could not be drawn to him, even though he was her sensei. To hell with this. I'm not staying locked up in here another night. She looked back to make sure Neji wasn't listening at the door before leaping out of her window. She broke into a run towards Kakashi and just ran into his arms.

"Hinata…I don't know if this is a good idea. Someone might see us."

"I don't care anymore," she huffed. "I've been stuck in that stuffy old room for almost a week all because my paranoid father thinks I'm going to be kidnapped again. He forgets that I'm an adult now so technically I should be able to go and do as I please."

"Hinata…this is a side of you I've never seen before," he chuckled. "So bold now huh?" He planted a kiss on the top of her head and sighed. "Well, I don't know about you but I'd rather spend time with you some place that's a bit less open."

"Oh…right. How about your place?" She flashed him her most beautiful smile and he nodded. With another loud poof they both disappeared only to reappear outside his apartment. They quickly hurried inside and Hinata immediately took advantage of the situation. She pulled the mask off of his face and captured his lips for a kiss. Kakashi returned the favor allowing her tongue easy access as he felt her up. They were both lost in desperate passions, both their tongues fighting for dominance. It wasn't until he felt his vest sliding to the floor that he realized what was going on.

"Wait…mn…Hinata." He pushed her away and sighed. "We probably shouldn't do this. Your father would kill the both of us."

"But I don't care anymore sensei. I'm in love with you and I want to know what it feels like to be loved in return. You…you said you feel the same way about me."

"I do. I really do love you princess. More than anything in this world."

"Then prove it to me now."

"Hinata…"

"No…Kakashi please," she begged. "You know how my father is. He never lets me do anything on my own and he's always making decisions for me. Well not this time sensei. This time I am making one on my own and right now I have decided that I am staying here with you tonight. Whether you touch me or not it's entirely up to you but…but I really hope you'll change your mind. After tonight, I may not have the courage to stand up to my father. I may not get another opportunity like this ever again. I love you so much sensei and I'm willing to risk it all tonight. The only thing left for you to do is accept." She stared at the floor letting her tears drip down on the carpet. For a moment neither one made a sound. After a while, Hinata was certain that she'd made herself sound like a fool. Kakashi hadn't said a word and she was half wishing now that she'd kept her mouth shut.

"Hinata?" She felt cool hands embrace her face causing her to smile. "How could I say no? If you think I'm worth the risk…"

"I know you are," she whispered.

"Then how could I deny the most beautiful princess I've ever seen?" He slowly lifted her into the air and carried her to the bed. "I am going to take my time and enjoy every delicious second of this," he whispered. He slowly climbed on top of her claiming her lips for another kiss. She wriggled and moaned underneath him causing him to chuckle.

"Patience little one." His lips took the tender flesh around her neck sucking it gently. The taste of her sweet flesh was driving him crazy but he had to control himself for her sake. He slowly ran a hand across her chest and around her neck fishing for the zipper of her shirt. Slowly and carefully he unzipped her shirt letting his cool fingers tease her soft skin. Much to his surprise he realized that she wasn't wearing a bra of any kind.

"You know princess, you shouldn't go around without a bra on. You might draw some unwanted attention to yourself," he chuckled.

"I was hoping I'd get yours."

"Well you certainly did my sweet little Hinata." His lips left her neck and slid across her collar bone where he trailed soft, butterfly kisses around it. At the same time, he felt her tiny hands reach up and grab his belt buckle.

"Please…please let me take this off. I need to feel you," she whispered. He stood on his knees so she could sit up. Her tiny fingers slid up and down his sides before she finally lifted his shirt over his head. She ghosted her hands across his chest then caught him off guard by leaning forward nipping at his neck.

"Mmm…princess…you're quite the tease." She ran her hand behind his head and pulled his head back. She leaned up and captured his lips while her hands fiddled with his belt. She finally managed to get it undone and his pants dropped to his knees. Much to her surprise he wasn't wearing any underwear.

"You talk about me. Look at you," she giggled. She clasped his member in her hand drawing a low hiss from him.

"Hinata…" he moaned. She giggled her sweet giggle before pushing him down on the bed. She slowly crawled on top of him and without warning she took him into her mouth. She had never done this before but she was certain it went something like this. After all she had been listening to Ino one day about her sexual escapades and decided to use that knowledge for what it's worth. Kakashi gripped the sheets tightly as he watched his little princess bring him absolute pleasure. He was already completely turned on but he was really starting to fear that he'd lose it before he needed to. Just watching her little head move up and down plus the feel of her warm mouth was enough to drive any man crazy.

"Hi…Hinata…" He couldn't help it. His hips started thrusting forward, wanting more, needing more of her.

"Hinata…I'm…I'm going to…" With one gentle hum, the vibrations made him release into her mouth. He hadn't planned on it but…when he sat up he saw that she was licking her swollen lips smiling. This is a side of Hinata I've never seen before…My sweet, shy princess is shy no more…

"Hinata I…I didn't mean…" he started but she pounced on him kissing his lips.

"It's okay sensei. You taste sweet," she giggled.

"You're so…not yourself," he grinned.

"Actually sensei, I think it's because of you that I can be myself. My real self. The self that's not afraid of anything."

"Well, for the record, I'd love you any way. You're just too precious. Now it's my turn to please you." He flipped her over so that she was on her back. She started giggling uncontrollably when he decided to tickle her belly.

"Sensei, you're not supposed to tickle during sex!" she squealed.

"Oh and why not? Not my fault you have the sweetest, sexiest giggle." He tickled her some more then his mouth decided to tease her breasts. He suckled each nipple listening to her sweet moans fill the room. His tongue needed more of her. That's when his lips licked and kissed their way down her sexy torso. He slid his hands down her sides to her thighs drawing more frequent needful moans from her. She shivered lightly as his hands reached up, pulling down the lacy fabric of her panties and her biker shorts. Before she had time to react, his tongue was inside of her, tasting her sweetness. She let out a soft moan and he pulled her closer to him, wanting to taste more of her. Hinata's breaths came faster and more labored as his tongue teased the inside of her, tasting what he had been yearning for… He could feel her body tense up and he knew she was almost ready. She gasped when she suddenly felt Kakashi's fingers exploring the inside of her. She twisted and turned but he held onto her wanting nothing but to give her pleasure. A few seconds later she began rocking towards his hand, moaning his name. He grinned and seconds later her body began to shake, for the orgasm that hit was unimaginable.

"Very good princess." He climbed on top of her and settled himself between her legs. "I love you," he whispered.

"I love you too." He kissed her lips and thrust inside of her. Her cry was muffled from the kiss but the pain didn't last very long. It was only seconds before she wrapped her legs around him, arching her back urging him to plunge deeper inside of her. He felt the warmth of her muscles contract around him and he let go.

"Oh, God Hinata…" He continued to move within her, biting the side of neck. Her moans were comforting and he loved them. They were like music to his ears. One final thrust later and both lovers cried out, their orgasms hitting at the same time. Kakashi collapsed on top of her, both spent from their lovemaking. Kakashi finally rolled over and pulled Hinata next to him, kissing her lips. She sighed and cuddled next to him, throwing an arm around his chest, as he ran his hands through her hair.

"You never cease to amaze me princess."

"I'm glad I'm full of surprises," she giggled.

"You know, that sweet giggle is going to be the death of me." He kissed her cheek letting his thoughts wander off. This is bad. This is really bad and I knew that before I even decided to visit with her. I never thought she'd sneak out and I never calculated she'd end up in my bed. I should probably get her home, even though I'd rather keep her here with me. It's been a long time since I've woke up with a beautiful woman sleeping next to me…

"Hinata sweetie…"

"I'm not leaving," she grumbled.

"But if your father finds you here…"

"Then so be it." She closed her eyes and started drifting into a peaceful slumber. Kakashi decided to follow her lead and get some sleep as well. If everything went as bad as he expected it to go, he'd need all his strength to save his life.