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Disclaimer: I do NOT own Naruto. Masashi Kishimoto DOES own Naruto. . If I am wrong then I have a lot of editing to do.
It was a dark cold room. The only source of light came from a single lamp hovering above two figures, both of which seemed to be very familiar to Sasuke. Sasuke tried to move forward to get a closer look, but it was like his feet were stuck in cement. He tried to tell their identities by having his eyes squinted, but their identities were still hard to tell. One was kneeling on his knees toward the other, with his head hung low and his hands giving him support. The other stood in front of the kneeling man. He held a gun in his hand. Sasuke was able to hear murmurs of a conversation being held between the two. The one standing raised up his gun, pointing it at the other. The one with the gun turned his head, giving Sasuke his biggest clue to their identities. Sasuke tried to scream to the other to stop but his voice was found missing. A gunshot was made. A blood-curdling scream filled his ears.
Obsidian eyes flashed opened to see the ceiling above as his body jolted upward. Sasuke's hands went up to his face to feel wet cheeks. He sat up in his bed and removed the covers. His feet felt like lead as he dragged them across the floor to the restroom. He splashed his heated face with cool water and sighed. It was Sasuke's fifth attempt at sleep, which resulted in the same ending as the others. He looked at himself in the mirror and saw the oh-so-famous dark rings under his eyes. He heard Itachi's alarm clock sound, so the younger brother decided to go back into his room. Sasuke barely placed the covers on him when his older brother entered the room.
"Go get ready for school." Itachi told his younger brother. Sasuke stirred in his bed to signal that he is awake. He waited till he heard the door close to get up from his bed. Sasuke went to his closet and pulled out a dark blue shirt and a pair of black jeans. He changed out of his pajamas and into his clothes for the day. When he was done, Sasuke went downstairs to the kitchen for breakfast. Itachi was sitting at the table with a piece of toast in one hand and a cup of fresh hot, steaming coffee in the other. Sasuke went to the cupboard and grabbed himself a bowl along with a box of Cap'n Crunch cereal, fully remembering what the Lucky Charms box had said. He poured very little of the cereal due to his lack of an appetite. Sasuke opened the door to the refrigerator in hopes of completing his cereal with milk. His eyes scanned for the carton. He saw eggs, cheese, creamer, apples, vegetables that he never really liked, leftovers, and jell-o. Sasuke doubled check to see if his eyes had fooled him.
"Itachi, where is the millk?" Sasuke asked, closing the refrigerator door and looking at his brother. Itachi took a bite out his toast before answering his younger brother's question.
"It expired yesterday, so I threw it away." Sasuke's jaw hung ajar for flies to come and go as they please.
"And you didn't think that you should have bought milk?" Sasuke asked.
"I was planning to do so today." Itachi said.
"Whatever," Sasuke said, taking an apple from the fridge and his bowl of only cereal to the table. The two siblings ate in silence, only the sound of their chewing filled the vacant air. It was Sasuke who decided to break the silence, "What is it like being a bodyguard?" Itachi was surprised by Sasuke's question. He swallowed the chewed bit of toast already in his mouth.
"I just accompany her when she decides to go outside to public areas, or if she has to attend a special event." Itachi answered.
"What about school?" Sasuke asked. "Have you ever been shot at while protecting her? Has anyone even tried to kill or kidnap her? What happens to bullies?"
"What's up with the sudden interest in my occupation?" Itachi asked, his eyes narrowing on his brother. "Months ago, you didn't give much of a rat's ass."
"Well, when they do the federal survey, I want to be the one to fill it out," Sasuke replied, making up the excuse.
"They don't ask what I do on the survey. I should know because I've been filling them out for you." Itachi told him. "Are you going to tell me what's up?" Sasuke placed the last bits of Cap'n Crunch into his mouth.
"Just curious," Sasuke said. Itachi placed his empty cup into the sink.
"Well, we're going to leave in five minutes." Itachi told him. Sasuke sighed. The scene from his scary dream replayed over and over again in his head. Sasuke had never been scared of nightmares before, but Sasuke couldn't shake off this feeling in his stomach. Sasuke placed the apple into a paper bag, hoping to forget the horrid nightmare during his time at school.
For one of the few times in Sasuke's life, he was glad to hear Naruto's voice. It helped him be distracted. When the Uchiha siblings were heading off, Sasuke noticed that Itachi was in a rush. For what, he was not sure. Instead of five minutes after breakfast, Itachi told Sasuke that they were leaving in two. Sasuke stayed silent as Itachi hurried out of the driveway and onto the road.
Naruto was loudly telling Sasuke about Shikamaru's reaction when Jiraiya came into the classroom yesterday, to which Sasuke couldn't help but smile. Haku was wearing his favorite shirt, the same shirt Sasuke had wetted at the mall and that Hinata had gave him for graduating (middle school), when they came to pick him up. Shikamaru was listening to an mp3 player when Itachi's minivan pulled up in front of his house. Gaara was reading a book when they arrived. After picking up Haku, Shikamaru and Gaara, Sasuke thought that they were heading towards Hinata's place. Instead Itachi drove in a different direction. Sasuke scanned the area for what might be the cause of Itachi's abnormal behavior. He spotted Hinata at a nearby bus stop, and he wasn't the only one.
"Hey! Isn't that Hinata?" Naruto asked, pointing at their boss. Itachi pulled up to Hinata. Hinata glumly opened the door to the passenger's seat. Hinata sat in the passenger's seat, just like the day before. Naruto and the others stayed silent as the Hyuuga heiress buckled her seatbelt. Itachi continued heading to school, but Sasuke could tell that he was upset. Sasuke was pretty sure that everyone could tell Itachi was upset from the dark aura expelling out of Itachi, and the silence no one dared to break.
"Hinata, I thought I told you I will pick you up at your house." Itachi told her.
"You did," Hinata said. "I was trying to save gas by going to your house before you get to mine."
"Really now? No other reason? Is there anything else you would like to tell me?" Itachi asked, calmly. Hinata shook her head.
"Nothing in particular." Hinata told him.
"That's not what I heard." Itachi said to her. "Neji called me." Hinata crossed her arms.
"You shouldn't listen to him. He's being a brat." Hinata said, looking out of the window. "He has no idea what he's saying. I go to your house all the time. I see no reason why I couldn't this morning."
"It was dangerous for you to do that. Especially when that letter was directed at you." Itachi snapped at her. "You could have been kidnapped, raped, or murdered."
"Apparently, I didn't," Hinata told him. "I'm safe, alive, and heading off to school."
"I don't think you don't understand the situation." Itachi said, gritting through his teeth.
"I believe that I have full understanding of the situation." Hinata said, raising her voice. "I'm safe, I am here, unharmed!"
"You don't get it because you're not looking at all of the different angles!" Itachi shouted.
"I could see perfectly fine! Unlike a certain someone!" Hinata shouted back. The minivan jerked, causing the driver and all of the passengers to lurch forward. From being engrossed in the exchanging of words, Sasuke noticed that they had made it to the school. Hinata slammed the door, and rushed into the school gates. Sasuke opened the side door, readying himself for another day at school.
Sasuke entered the classroom and saw Hinata sitting at her desk. With a piece of paper laid out in front of her and a pencil in her hand, Hinata seemed to etch a short line onto her paper. Gaara had his nose in the book, causing Sasuke to worry. Worried that he was worrying about people that he didn't like all too much. Sasuke was certain that Gaara would try to talk to Hinata since they were close. Sasuke sighed as he placed his bag at his desk. He was going to approach Hinata, the one who looked like the one to most likely crack, when the bell rang and their teacher came into the room.
"Okay everyone, settle down," Kakashi told the class. All of the students found their way to their seats. Sasuke started to look around for any hidden cameras, sure that he was being set up for an elaborate prank. People fight all the time, but Kakashi arriving on time is one bad omen. "I've got important things to say. First off, today we are going to go to an assembly later on in the day so make sure you don't go missing. Due to some important factors which I won't bother getting into, we are going to have someone new in the class." The door opened and in came my brother. He was dressed in a white button up shirt and black slacks, different from earlier on this morning.
"Hello, my name is Itachi Uchiha. I am neither a fellow student nor a teacher's aide so don't ask me for help." Itachi said, introducing himself. Sasuke snickered at the thought that anyone would want from his brother. Sasuke saw Hinata looked towards the window, who was avoiding glancing at his brother.
"Well…until a desk comes in, you can sit with your younger brother." Kakashi told him. Sasuke started to choke on his snickers. Kakashi's gaze reached the younger Uchiha. "Do you think you need to go to the nurse's office?" Sasuke quickly nodded. Sasuke got up from his seat.
"I-I'll go with him," Sasuke heard a familiar meek voice say. He turned his head and saw Hinata raising her hand. Sasuke started to cough more.
"Okay," Kakashi shrugged. Hinata got up from her seat. She pushed Sasuke past his brother. Sasuke swore he felt a glare come from his brother, but was uncertain if it was directed at him or the Hyuuga heiress.
Once outside of the classroom, Hinata dragged Sasuke to the nearest water fountain. Sasuke took long gulps of water. Sasuke noticed that Itachi did not follow them. When he was done, Hinata started to drag him somewhere else.
"Let's go to the roof!" Hinata said.
Sasuke never went up to the roof. Itachi warned him about it. The bullies, thugs, and delinquents go up here. If his brother caught him up there, Sasuke was set for a fate worse than death. Hinata walked towards the edge, to the fence that helped students not fall off.
"Um…I'm not supposed to go up here." Sasuke told her. He turned around to leave.
"He's mad at me." Sasuke heard Hinata mutter. Sasuke stopped and turned around.
"What?" Sasuke asked.
"Don't make me say it again!" Hinata snapped.
"Don't take out the remote!" Sasuke shouted, his hands rose over his head defensively.
"I can't!" Hinata shouted back. "That would reveal our location! If I press any button, Itachi would be able to tell because the others tend to make a scene." Sasuke lowered his hands and looked at Hinata. Hinata was rapidly pacing back and forth, pausing only to stomp her foot on the floor for a few moments. Sasuke started to become dizzy from just watching her. He walked over and stopped her by placing his hands firmly onto Hinata's shoulders.
"Why don't you just talk to me about how you feel right now?" Sasuke asked, gritting through his teeth. Hinata looked up at him, shock written all across her face. Sasuke thought that her shocked expression was caused by his kindness for caring, but he should have known better. Hinata smacked Sasuke in the face. Sasuke's hands moved from Hinata's shoulders to his injured cheek.
"Ouch! What was that for!" Sasuke asked.
"Touching me without my permission!" Hinata replied. She crossed her arms in frustration. "If I wasn't so upset at your brother, I would have called him here to beat you up." Sasuke sat down, leaning against the fence, still rubbing his cheek.
"Do you want to talk?" Sasuke asked, patting a seat next to him. Hinata sighed and sat down next to him. She brought her knees close to her face. "So, what was the letter about?"
"It just talked about stuff," Hinata told him.
"Okay," Sasuke said, thinking of what else to talk about since he didn't want to pry.
"Have you noticed anything different about your brother?" Hinata asked him suddenly. Sasuke thought about his brother's attitude lately. Distant, cold, cruel, treats Hinata better than him, evil, dispassionate, hostile, confident, but nothing out of the ordinary. Sasuke shook his head.
"Nothing out of the ordinary." Sasuke replied.
"How could you not notice that something is wrong with Itachi?" Hinata snapped.
"Well, what kind of differences did you notice?" Sasuke asked.
"His eyesight is not as good as it use to be." Hinata told him. "Things from far away are now slightly blurry to him."
"Astigmatism," Sasuke said. "It's possibly astigmatism. It's common among people. Nothing to fret about. It could be lack of sleep because he does have to follow you everywhere you go. It is also possible that it's because he is turning old." Hinata pouted and narrowed her eyes.
"His eyes sometimes flash from black to red then back to black." Hinata said. "Do you have an explanation for that?"
"Your imagination?" Sasuke suggested. Hinata threw her hands up in the air.
"You are impossible." Hinata gasped. She looked at him. "Why would I imagine that his eyes are changing color?"
"The same reason why you thought going to over to my house in the morning wouldn't cause Itachi to fret." Sasuke said. Hinata looked away. "It's because you are not looking at things in different angles."
"Now you are turning annoying." Hinata muttered. Sasuke's ears perked up.
"You were that to me ever since I made that bet with you. I think that it's fair, don't you?" Sasuke asked, nudging her with his elbow.
"I just wanted to talk to him as soon as possible." Hinata whispered, hiding her face in her arms. "I had a fight with Neji and father this morning."
"You mean your cousin and your dad?" Sasuke asked. Hinata nodded her head.
"He was telling father that he should stay in high school just to watch over me." Hinata said. "I'm not sure if you ever knew this, but Itachi was my bodyguard only when I'm out of school. During school hours, Neji was made to watch over me. Neji told father that it would be better if he delays his education for one year instead of me being unaccompanied. I told them that I could take care of myself. Then my father told me that I had no business in deciding my future." She looked at Sasuke to check if he was still listening.
"Go on." Sasuke told her. Hinata took a deep breath.
"Neji has always been sacrificing his education for me. He would get invitations from elite, prestigious schools with offers of free tuition, boarding or something else. I didn't get offers like that. The only thing remotely close is my father offering to pay for me to go into the same school. I didn't want to go unless they saw me at the same level as him, so Neji denied those offers." Hinata explained. "I'm different now, and this situation is also different. Neji should be heading off to college, not stuck in the same school for another year with this sick idea that I can't protect myself. Itachi taught me how to stand up for myself."
"How is this related to you wanting to see Itachi?" Sasuke asked, taking a long yawn.
"I was getting there." Hinata told him. "After my father told me that I had no business in my future, I dragged Neji out of the room to reason with him. He was being stubborn. I shouted at him for being stupid! Then he said that I was….."
"You were…." Sasuke said.
"You know what!" Hinata said, getting up from her seat. "We should head back before your brother gets suspicious." Sasuke looked at his watch.
"We've been here for most of first period. We might as well stay since we would still have Kakashi as our teacher." Sasuke told her. "Now continue on."
"I grabbed my backpack and climbed out of my window. I was trying to reach your house via bus but failed. Most likely, during the time I got out of the house and you guys spotting me, I suppose my cousin called Itachi and told him that I went missing." Hinata said, quickly. She started making her way to the door leading back inside the school. "Story done."
"Now I understand why I had to cut my crap short. You risked my brother's job just to talk." Sasuke said with a sarcastic tone in his voice. Hinata turned to look at him. Sasuke stood up, clapping his hands. "Very reasonable explanation as to why my brother would be upset." Hinata turned redder, pouting at him.
"Like you are one to talk about being reasonable." Hinata scoffed. "We could be in serious trouble being up here and you want us stay for a bit longer."
"Hey," Sasuke said, putting his hands up defensively. "I did not suggest we go up here in the first place."
"It doesn't matter who suggested it." Hinata replied. Sasuke walked towards her. "We just need to go down before anything happens."
"Wait minute. What did Neji tell you?" Sasuke asked, grabbing onto Hinata's wrist. Hinata struggled to free herself from Sasuke's grip. "It has to be something important if you reacted so strongly to it."
"What's with the sudden change in topics?" Hinata asked. Hinata tried yanking her wrist out. "Let me go!" Hinata shouted at him. Hinata was going to hit Sasuke with her other hand when Sasuke grabbed the other.
"Are you going to tell me what he said, or do I have to force it out of you?" Sasuke asked. Sasuke knew it was a lose-lose situation for Hinata. If Hinata cried out for Itachi's help, Sasuke would get a huge beating which he would expect since Sasuke did go to the roof when he was quite aware of Itachi's warning and never find out what Neji told Hinata. However, doing so would compromise Hinata's position who was, currently, not in good terms with his brother. If Hinata just tells him then, Sasuke would learn something he could use against the Hyuuga heiress to get out of his debt from his bet. Sasuke heard Hinata mutter something. "I'm sorry, what was that? I couldn't hear you." Hinata struggled once more.
"I still have that picture of you kissing Naruto's foot. Let me go before I post it on the internet." Hinata growled at him. Sasuke thought about it for a bit, not letting up on his grip.
"You know, that sort of thing will eventually go away. Knowing what's eating you up inside is just priceless blackmail material." Sasuke told her. Sasuke sat down, pinning Hinata's wrist onto the ground, forcing Hinata to sit down with him. "So are you going to say what Neji told you?" Hinata vigorously shook her head.
"You don't need to know." Hinata said.
"And what? Itachi needs to know?" Sasuke asked. Hinata shook her head again.
"I just want to talk to him!" Hinata cried.
"I'm right here. We were talking, weren't we? So, I don't see why you can't tell me what you would tell my brother." Sasuke argued. "What did Neji tell you?"
"I'm not telling you!" Hinata shouted. Sasuke's grip tightened.
"Hinata, this is your last chance to tell me before using force." Sasuke told her. Hinata was silent for a while, causing him to believe that Hinata had finally given in. Before Sasuke could do anything else but stare, Hinata head butted him. Sasuke tightened his grip and glared furiously at Hinata.
"You deserve that." Hinata growled at him. "Just like you deserve all your bad karma."
"Hinata, you are going to regret that." Sasuke sneered at her.
"We'll see about that." Hinata told him. Those were the last words Hinata and Sasuke said to each other that day. All too quickly, Sasuke placed his lips onto Hinata's.
Hinata's eyes widened, shock present in her face. Her whole body froze. Hinata's mind went blank. Sasuke didn't know what he was thinking. It was like his body was moving on his own. Maybe it was Hinata's words that made him feel empowered to do it. Maybe it was the roof's privacy that caused him to think it was okay. Maybe, just maybe, it was temptation luring him in. Whatever it was, Sasuke was sure to curse it later for having him do the one of the most dangerous things in his life.
Sasuke pulled away from Hinata, freeing her wrists, and looked at Hinata. Hinata sat in front of him motionless. Her eyes seemed to be devoid of life. Tears had started to fall from her eyes. Sasuke tried to find words to say, but couldn't. Sasuke raised his hand to wipe her tears. When his hand was close to her face, it was slapped away. Sasuke looked at the hand that slapped his. His eyes tracing the hand back to its owner. Red eyes sent daggers into his very soul.
"Itachi…." Sasuke muttered. Itachi lifted Hinata up bridal style.
"Get back to class before you get yourself into deeper shit." Itachi snarled. Sasuke got up and did what he was told. Sasuke was running through the hallways back to his class. He wasn't sure if his brother's attitude was what Hinata meant by 'different' or if it was Itachi doing his work, but he did know that Hinata was right about the red eyes. Sasuke stopped halfway to catch his breath. He continued to think about the red eyes. He knew there was no medical condition like that in his family, and Itachi has no need for contacts. He felt the red eyes staring holes in the back of his head, so Sasuke began running to class again.
Sasuke opened the door to his class. All eyes were on him.
"Well, well, well, looks like someone finally came back from the nurse's office." Kakashi greeted.
"Yeah, Hinata started to not feel so well, so I think she's going to be in the nurse's office a bit longer." Sasuke lied. Kakashi nodded his head.
"Well, I'll just call the nurse's office to see if we need to drop her stuff off. You know, just in case Hinata has something serious and has to go home." Kakashi said, placing down his book and his hand nearing the phone.
"There is no need." Sasuke said quickly. "I'm pretty sure it's not that serious."
"Well then, take your seat. We finished going over the rules in the class. Now we are going to go around the class and introduce ourselves to each other." Sasuke sat in his seat. Kakashi coming to class one time really is a bad omen.
"Hey, what happened to Hinata?" Naruto asked. School was finally over, and Sasuke was with the others, waiting for their ride.
"She turned ill." Sasuke told them.
"It must be something serious if Itachi had to go." Haku said, worried.
"How did you know?" Sasuke asked.
"Gaara told us during lunch. When you said that you were going to check something out at the rooftop." Naruto answered. Sasuke sighed. When he had returned to the rooftop at lunch, he wasn't able to find Hinata nor Itachi.
"So, what shall we do tomorrow?" Haku asked. Naruto tilted his head to the side.
"We could go start working to meet our quota. We could just hang out at headquarters. I think that we should go to Ichiraku."
"Naruto, you shouldn't eat so much ramen. It is very bad for your health." Haku lectured him. A vibration came from Shikamaru's pants. They watched Shikamaru take out his cellphone.
"It's your brother," Shikamaru said. "He said he was busy, so we have to walk." Naruto groaned.
"That's going to take us forever! We might as well go to Ichiraku!" Naruto exclaimed.
"Naruto, Ichiraku is farther than our homes." Haku told him.
"At least we'll be able to eat." Naruto reasoned. "I'm starving."
"I agree with Naruto," Sasuke said. "I don't really want to go home yet and I've been hungry since lunch."
"So let's get going!" Naruto shouted, leading the way.
Sasuke sighed as he quietly opened the front door. He should have known that they would have gotten lost after Naruto saw the instant ramen sale a little further out of Ichiraku, but he decided to go with Naruto. After they ate, Shikamaru, Gaara, and Haku went home. He never knew that Naruto was able to afford a year's worth of instant ramen. Sasuke passed the kitchen when he heard two voices talking. He stood by the kitchen doorway, making sure he was not seen. He peeked in to see what was happening. Hinata was gleefully eating an ice cream sundae while talking to Itachi who was happily listening to her. He saw look towards him before Sasuke hid himself.
"Is something wrong?" Hinata asked.
"No, I just think that there is a rat snooping around." Sasuke peeked into the kitchen again. Hinata shrugged and continued with their earlier conversation.
"That's why instead of a mattress, it should be a bounce house with a slide filled with rubber balls." Hinata told him. "For less butt -related injuries and a place to have an all out ball war."
"I'll try to convince Kazuku that we have enough funds to do so." Itachi said to her.
"Great!" Hinata exclaimed. "Perfect chance to pummel Sasuke!"
"Well, we should get you home now." Itachi said, looking down at his watch.
"I don't want to see Neji yet." Hinata said glumly. "He was being so foolish this morning."
"Which is why it is best that you guys make up since the problem is already solved." Itachi said. "With me at school, I could protect you from anything at campus." Hinata ate another spoonful of ice cream.
"I'm sorry that I let my feelings affect your job." Hinata said, her voice filled with melancholy.
"I also allowed my feelings to affect my performance today." Itachi said. "So you're not the only one to blame."
"That's right!" Hinata exclaimed, stabbing her sundae. "There is also that bastard!"
"Don't take your anger out on the innocent ice cream," Itachi said. "I called Neji to pick you up."
"You could have just saved gas by dropping me off." Hinata suggested. Itachi gave Hinata a look.
"Isn't this how it all started?"
"What? Saving gas?" Hinata gasped, avoiding the correct answer.
"Your cousin thinking that we spend too much time together. I just think you need to spend some more time with your cousin." Itachi said. "He probably wants to spend time with you too." Hinata ate another spoonful of her sundae.
"Fine, but you have to promise me that you won't get jealous if I end up spend more time with him." Hinata said. Itachi chuckled darkly.
"You got yourself a deal." Itachi said. "If you ever need to speak to me, don't run off again. Just call me and I'll steal you away." Sasuke's heart panged at Itachi's words and an empty feeling filled his stomach. When he heard the doorbell ring, Sasuke broke away from his former position and dashed up the stairs and to his room. His mind felt like it would explode. The memory of Hinata's teary face haunted him just as Itachi's red eyes did that day. Yet, she is able to make a happy face for Sasuke's older brother. Sasuke fell back onto his bed questioning which face hurts the most to see.
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