"I don't care, Naruto! He can't sleepover without getting his parents' permission!" Iruka yelled. Friday's always put Iruka in a bad mood because he spent the whole day trying to get his class to listen to him, and he wasn't able to cool down yet because Minato wasn't home to take some things off his hands.
"Well why can't we just use the phone and call now to ask?" Naruto asked his Uncle calmly. He was a little confused as to why Iruka was so angry, but it didn't bother him as much as it use to.
"Because this should have been discussed a few days ago, not being planned last minute so we can scramble around!" Iruka told him getting really annoyed now.
"But Gaara stayed over last minute, and if Sasuke can't stay over than someone will haveto drive him home because it's almost dark out now," Naruto told him in a pleading tone. Iruka threw his hands up in the air in defeat.
"Fine, go ask than! But if he can't I'm not driving him home, his mom can come get him, and you better stay in your room and be quiet while I work and make dinner!" he told Naruto storming off. A grin went across Naruto's face as he turned to Sasuke. Sasuke looked like he was having second thoughts on staying over now.
"You should go call your mom now," Naruto told him. Sasuke just nodded and followed Naruto over to the phone.
Sasuke dialled the number to his house and waited while it rang. Finally on the last ring someone answered. "Hello?" the person asked. Sasuke froze for a moment. The voice wasn't his mothers or his fathers. It was one of a young boy. Sasuke swallowed hard.
"Itachi, where's mom?" Sasuke asked sounding a little scared.
"You want to know where mom is. Did you know she wasn't looking for me like you said? She was actually kind of surprised that I was home early," Itachi told him sounding very calm as if he was acting.
"Where is she Itachi?" Sasuke asked again.
"Oh I don't know. In the kitchen making dinner, or out looking for you,"
"Well where's dad?"
"Where he usually is,"
"Can you go get one of them so I can talk to them?"
"Because I need to,"
"Well just tell me and I'll tell them,"
"No, get mom or dad to take the phone,"
"Itachi get mom or dad to take the phone! Where are they? Why did you answer?" Sasuke was now not only scared but getting angry. There was now silence on the other end of the line. "Itachi, are you getting mom and dad?"
"Why not, why are you doing this to me?!"
"Come home and I'll tell you,"
"No, I'm staying at a friend's house all weekend! Tell mom and dad I'm staying at a friend's house all weekend!"
"No, come home,"
"I'm not coming home with you there!" Sasuke practically screamed this into the phone and then slammed it down hanging up on his brother.
Naruto stood there silently for a few moments as he watched his new friend fall to the ground crying. Naruto didn't know what to do anymore, so he just went and sat down beside Sasuke. Iruka, who was in the kitchen, had heard all the yelling and was now rushing into the room the two boys were in. "What's wrong?" he asked sounding very worried and crouched down in front of the two boys.
"Sasuke's brother's a jerk," Naruto told his Uncle. Iruka sighed.
"So he's staying over then?" he asked. Naruto nodded. Iruka put a hand on Sasuke's shoulder and Sasuke looked up at him. "I'll call your parents again later and tell them you're here, ok?" he asked. Sasuke nodded and whipped his eyes. "Good, now you boys go upstairs until dinners ready," he told them. The two boys nodded and Naruto stood up.
"Come on Sasuke, my room has video games in it," he told him grinning and reaching out his hand. Sasuke gave a small smile, grabbed Naruto's hand, and followed him upstairs.
Iruka called Sasuke's mom, using the phone number the boy had given him, while Naruto and Sasuke ate dinner. But a young boy, Iruka guessed it was Sasuke's brother, answered the phone. When Iruka asked to talk to one of the adults in the house the boy said they were busy. Irukademanded that the boy givethe phone to his mother or father, otherwise he'd be calling back every ten minutes until they could speak to him. The boy on the other end of the line was hesitant, but eventually gave the phone to his mom. Sasuke's mom and Iruka talked for a few minutes about what was going on. Apparently Itachi hadn't said anything to his mom about Sasuke being over at Naruto's house, even though he said he would, and she had been in a panicked state for the past few minutes worrying about where her son was. Finally Sasuke's mom agreed to let Sasuke stay with Iruka and Naruto for the weekend figuring since he was there anyways he might as well say. She was just glad he was ok. After Sasuke's mom and Iruka were done talking Iruka heard Sasuke's mom start to yell at Itachi for not telling her anything as she hung up the phone. Then he went back into the kitchen and told Sasuke and Naruto the good news about Sasuke being able to stay over.
Naruto was very excited to hear that Sasuke would be able to stay the whole weekend. Sasuke didn't seem as happy about it though. He was feeling home sick already, and he didn't really know Naruto that well so it felt weird. But even so he made the best of it. Naruto gave him clothes and pyjama's to wear, and they spent most of their time playing video games and watching TV with Iruka and Minato. There wasn't a food fight like when Gaara was over though, and Naruto was half grateful for that. He didn't want his new friend to know how crazy he and his family were just yet.
The weekend ended and it was time for the two boys to go back to school. Naruto got up late again on Monday morning. Sasuke had already been up for an hour, and was eating breakfast with all his stuff ready to go when Naruto came down in his pyjamas. "Naruto, you're late getting up again! Go up stairs and change before you eat breakfast!" Iruka yelled at Naruto pushing him back towards the stairs.
"Again, why didn't you and Sasuke wake me up?" Naruto demanded.
"We tried, but you just wouldn't get up so we just gave up on you knowing you'd wake up eventually," Iruka told him. "And you better hurry up, you're making your friends late for school too you know."
"Why don't they just go without me? You can drive me after breakfast!" Naruto yelled from the top of the stairs as Iruka walked away back into the kitchen.
"You know they won't go without you unless they're sure you're going to school!" Iruka yelled back at him. Naruto sighed and slammed the door to his bedroom.
He and Sasuke raced out of the house a few minutes later to meet Shikamaru and Chouji. "You know you could have gone ahead of me," Naruto told Sasuke, slightly out of breath, as they reached the other two boys. Sasuke just shrugged.
"I don't really know my way around here anyways," he said. Shikamaru shook his head as they approached him and Chouji.
"Why do you always have to be late?" he asked sounding a little annoyed.
"Because I like to sleep," Naruto told him crossing his arm.
"Well it's really troublesome," he said with a sigh and then turned to Sasuke. "Ready for a little run?" he asked not sound too happy that the boy was there. Sasuke didn't really know what was going on, but he nodded anyways. "Ok guys, let's try to get to the school in record time than," Shikamaru told him. Naruto and Chouji nodded, and the three of them started racing down the street. Sasuke didn't really know what was going on for a second, but started running after them following closely so he didn't get lost.
When they got to the school no one was around and school had started about fifteen minutes before they got there. Sasuke was out of breath and felt like he couldn't run anymore, but he pushed himself forward. Naruto, Shikamaru, and Chouji didn't look like they were too tried, and Sasuke guessed it was because they had to run this far almost every day.
The four of them burst through the school front doors and down the hallways to their calls room. When they got there the door was open and they ran into the room before stopping from seeing Kakashi standing at the front of the room. He looked away from the rest of the class towards the four out of breath boys. One of which, Sasuke, looked like he was about to collapse. Kakashi smiled. "Well it's nice of you four to join us. I see Sasuke is with you this time. Did you just go along for exorcise or did you want to see what took the other three so long every day?" he asked in a sweet voice. The class turned to see Sasuke with his hands on his knees panting while Naruto, Shikamaru, and Chouji whipped sweat from their faces. "Anyways, come in and sit down before Sasuke faints or something," Kakashi told them. Sasuke managed to stand back up straight, and the four boys moved to their seats. "After you've rested I suggest you go get drinks, and then you'll all be having your mini math tests," he told the class. Everyone groaned, but Kakashi just smiled and went back to what he was talking about before the class was interrupted.
It was lunch recess and Naruto, Gaara, Shikamaru, and Chouji were enjoying sitting in the sun for the first time all day. Kakashi had made Naruto, Shikamaru, Chouji and Sasuke stay inside for their first recess because of how late they had been, and Gaara had chosen to stay in with them not wanting to be alone outside or with his older siblings.
Shikamaru sighed as he lay on the hill watching the clouds go by. "You making us late is starting to be troublesome, Naruto," he said yawning.
"Starting to be?" Chouji asked. "It's always been troublesome. We have to run to school every day and it makes me really hungry. Then I'm eating all day."
"You'd be eating all day anyways," Gaara told him in a very quiet tone that everyone had to strain to hear. Gaara was very concentrated on his drawing and when he was like that he often said things he didn't mean to, but in a very hard to hear voice, out of annoyance of people talking. Chouji shrugged.
"That's true," he said not seeming to be offended by the comment at all. "Although after a good morning run it's hard to be fully satisfied when you're done eating." Naruto looked at his friend and blinked, but didn't say anything.
After a few short minutes of sitting quietly, Naruto looked into the distance at the school and could see someone coming towards them. As the person got closer he noticed it was Sasuke. At first Naruto just thought he was going over to the soccer match to ask them to let him play, but when he didn't stop at Ino and Sakura calling to him Naruto wondered where he was go. After a few short seconds he got him answer when Sasuke sat done beside him.
At fist Sasuke just sat there watching the confused Ino and Sakura as they went racing back to the field with an angry Kiba yelling at them for letting the other team score. Then he turned to Naruto. "I don't want to go home today," he said plainly jumping right to the point. Naruto looked at him a little confused for a second before answering.
"Well you can't stay at my house for the rest of your life," he told him. "You're going to have to go home."
"But I don't want to, can't you convince your uncle and dad to let me stay with you guys. I'll tell my mom and dad that I'm not going home until Itachi moves out, or we can tell them I died on the way home," Sasuke told him in a whine.
"Sorry for butting in on this," Shikamaru said. "But I'm pretty sure your parents would wonder where the body was if Narutotold them you died. And I'm also pretty sure it's against the law to live away from your parents at this age." Sasuke glance over at him glaring and then looked back at Naruto. Gaara looked up from his drawing very interested on the subject they were on. They had told him what had happened over the weekend, so he wasn't too shocked to hear Sasuke talking the way he was.
"If it's a body they need we could give them one," Gaara said. "Instead of just having you stay over at Naruto's we could actually kill you. Than there'd be a body, and you wouldn't have to be around your brother anymore." The other four boys gave him a look. "What, it was just a suggestion," he told them.
"It would be good, except for the fact that we'd all be charged with murder and have to go to a kid's jail house," Shikamaru told him.
"They have those?" Naruto asked going wide-eyed. Shikamaru nodded. "Wow, that's kind of scary knowing there are kids that bad out there," he said. Everyone nodded in agreement.
"Anyways, I still don't want to go anywhere Itachi is. And if I have to run away from home that's what I'll do. I don't care anymore. Why did he change?" Sasuke asked his eyes starting to water. He rubbed them, and then pulled his knees up and hid his face in them.
"You're not going to know unless you go home and ask him," Naruto told him. Sasuke shook his head. "You have to. Maybe he's forgotten about everything. It's been a whole weekend," Naruto told him trying to encourage him. Naruto heard Sasuke sniff.
"I'll go home today, but if he's being a jerk I'm not going to go back tomorrow," he said standing up and whipping his eyes on his sleeve. "Now I have to go before people start coming over and bugging us." Naruto watched as Sasuke walked away back towards the school.
Naruto, Shikamaru, Chouji, Gaara, Temari, and Kankuro sat on the front lawn of the school. It was around the time everyone had gone home, and they could now see Gaara, Temari, and Kankuro's uncle turning the corner and driving up to the school. The three of them got up, said good bye to the other three and got in the car. Naruto stood up and stretched Chouji getting up shortly after him as Shikamaru just fell back onto the grass and looked up at the sky. "Not this again," Naruto moaned looking down at his friend.
"What, you made me late for school so I'm making you get home later. It's only fair," Shikamaru told him shrugging. Naruto groaned and bent down. He grabbed Shikamaru's hand and tried to pull him up, but he wasn't strong enough. Shikamaru smirked. "Told you you'd have to wait," he said. Naruto sighed and started walking in a circle around his friends.
After about three minute the front doors of the school opened and Sasuke came out. He stopped and looked at the three boys holding the door open, and then turned and ran back into the school. Naruto stood in confusion wondering what Sasuke was still doing at school and why he was running away from them. Chouji pushed Naruto, and Naruto stumbled forwards. "Well go after him, something's obviously wrong if he's running away. Plus he can't run as fast or long as you can," he told him. Naruto nodded and headed for the school.
"Go after who?" he heard Shikamaru yell as he entered the school.
Naruto ran down the halls of the school looking into every open door. When he couldn't find Sasuke in the classrooms he ran around the school looking in all the bathrooms. He finally found Sasuke in the boy's bathroom by their classroom. "What are you still doing here?" Naruto asked him. He stayed standing in the doorway so Sasuke would have to force his way out if he wanted to try and leave. For now he was trapped in.
"I told you I don't want to go home, so I changed my mind about going back today. I'm just going to run away from home instead," Sasuke told him. He backed away to the far corner of the bathroom.
"They'll send the cops after you," Naruto told him.
"I don't care, I'm not going back until I'm forced to," he told him. Naruto sighed.
"I know how you feel, Sasuke, but you're going to have to face him eventually," Naruto told him crossing his arms. Tears filled Sasuke's eyes.
"How could you know how I feel?" Sasuke yelled at him letting the tears fall down his face. "You can't know! You don't have an older brother!"
"I may not have an older brother, but I know what it feels like to be bullied the way he's bulling you!" Naruto screamed at him. "Or did you forget that Shikamaru, Chouji, and I have been bullied by you and your friends for years?" He was angry that Sasuke would think that he had no idea what he was going through. It was like he'd forgotten about everything Sasuke use to do to him and was just putting his problems first like they were way worse than what Naruto had gone through.
Sasuke slid down the wall. He felt bad that Naruto and his friends being bullied by him and almost the whole school had slipped his mind. Naruto did know what he was going through even if he didn't have a brother who was doing it. "I can't believe you'd forget something like that! People have only just started to stop bullying us, and most of it's because Gaara and his brother and sister came to this school! If they didn't come everything would still be the same as it was before!" Naruto was still screaming at Sasuke and tears were running down his own face now.
"I'm sorry," Sasuke said sniffing. Naruto could barely hear him though because his face was in his knees now. Naruto tooka deep breath and whipped his eyes with his sleeve. He blinked a few times before saying anything to Sasuke again. This time he said it calmly.
"Why don't I go with you to talk to Itachi?" he asked. Sasuke looked up at Naruto. "I had friends with me to help with the bullying, you're alone. Having someone else with you helps," Naruto told him. Sasuke nodded and Naruto walked over to him and put out a hand. Sasuke grabbed it and Naruto helped him up.
When the two boys got back outside Shikamaru and Chouji were still on the front lawn waiting for Naruto. "Oh, this is who you told him to go after," Shikamaru stated with an uninterested tone.
"You guys can go, I'm going with Sasuke over to his house," Naruto told his two friends. Shikamaru raised his eyebrow at Naruto.
"Why are you going over there?" he asked. "Won't your uncle wonder where you are?" Naruto shook his head.
"I have to help him with Itachi, and I told my uncle I was going to be late going home because I was going to Sasuke's," he told him.
"Well than we're going too," Chouji told him firmly. "We can be late going home, it's not like we haven't before. Besides, we're a team." Shikamaru nodded.
"Our parents know if we're late it's your fault by now," he told him shrugging. Naruto smiled.
"Is it ok if they come too?" Naruto asked Sasuke. Sasuke nodded. "Alright guys, let's go stand up to Itachi!" Naruto yelled and started to run down the street. Shikamaru sighed.
"Why does everything involve running with him?" he asked. "He doesn't even know where Sasuke lives." Chouji shrugged and the other three started running after the boy.
The four of them got to Sasuke's house and Sasuke opened the door. "Hello? Mom, dad, I'm home!" Sasuke yelled into the house. But it wasn't an adult's voice that answered. It was a voice that all four of the boys in the doorway knew. It was the voice of Sasuke's brother Itachi.
"Mom and dad aren't home right now. They went out shopping," he said as he walked into the front room where the four boys were. He smiled evilly when he saw them. "I see you have some friends over. Maybe I should get my friends over too and we can have some fun. Well fun for me and my friends anyways," he said smirking. "But first I think I'll tell mom and dad about your friend being over. You know you can't have friends in the house when they're not home."
"I didn't know they weren't home!" Sasuke yelled at him.
"Oh really, I thought I told you they weren't going to be home at lunch. You must have forgotten. Nonetheless, you have friends over when mom and dad aren't home and that needs to be punished. Also, I 'accidently' knocked down mom's favourite vase and broke it. We'll just tell her you and your friends did it and didn't clean it up?" Itachi asked, although it was more of a statement than a question. "Now if you'll excuse me, I have a few called to make." Itachi started to walk away.
"Why are you doing this to me?" Sasuke screamed from the door. Naruto, Shikamaru, and Chouji just stood there staring. They didn't know what to do. If they tried to help they might only get Sasuke in more trouble. Itachi laughed.
"You asked that a few days ago too!" he yelled. He was now halfway down the hallway. Sasuke screamed tears filling his eyes and started charging at Itachi. Naruto tried to grab him before he did anything stupid, but wasn't fast enough.
Sasuke ran into Itachi knocking him to the ground, and punched him once in the back before Itachi rolled over knocking his little brother off and pinning him to the ground by sitting on him. Sasuke broke out crying hard and loudly. Naruto and his friend ran into the house closing the door behind them and stopping in front of the siblings. "What are you three still doing here? Leave before Sasuke gets into anymore trouble," Itachi said coldly. Naruto clenched his fist.
"Why are you doing this to him? He's your younger brother. You should be protecting him not trying to hurt him!" Naruto screamed.
"Because, he deserves it," Itachi told him. "I'm sure you three would agree with me after what he's done."
"He hasn't done anything that we know of," Shikamaru told him. He was way calmer about everything than Sasuke and Naruto.
"Yeah, what's going on with you?" Chouji asked. The three boys had way more courage to speak up to Itachi knowing his friends weren't around, and that he was busy trying to hold Sasuke down.
"Well if this little brat would stop crying I'd tell you!" he yelled down at Sasuke.
"Get off of me!" Sasuke screamed. Itachi got up. Sasuke scrambled to a sitting position and pushed himself against the hallway wall away from Itachi. He whipped his eyes on his shirt and glared at his older brother.
Itachi moved against the opposite wall from Sasuke to show that he wasn't going anywhere and that he wasn't going to do anything. Then he looked at the other three boys. "Why are you here anyways?" he asked in a calm tone like nothing had happened.
"Answer our question first," Naruto told him. Itachi laughed.
"How about you answer my question and I'll consider answering yours," he told them. Naruto opened his mouth to say something but was interrupted.
"They came to help me with you because you're being a jerk!" Sasuke yelled at his brother. Itachi sighed.
"Well maybe if you weren't such a little brat I wouldn't have to be a jerk to you," he said.
"We still don't understand what's going on here," Shikamaru told Itachi. Itachi sighed again out of annoyance.
"What's going on is I'm teacher Sasuke a lesson," he told them.
"What does he need a lesson for?" Chouji asked as Naruto went over and sat beside Sasuke to calm himself down.
"I've been a nice brother to Sasuke ever since he was a baby. I've played with him and I've helped him with things in hopes he'd learn from me and turn into a good kid. Right before kindergarten I even told him that he'd better be a good kid and be nice to everyone and talk to everyone, not just the kids he became friends with. I told him that he wasn't allowed to bully anyone, and if someone was being bullied that he needed to be nice to them and not follow the other kids that were doing the bullying. I knew what school was like and how though it could be already and hoped he'd listen to me," Itachi told Naruto and his friends. Sasuke stopped glaring and looked away from everyone. They were now all staring at him. "After a few days of your guy's first year I started to learn about how the class had seemed to go against you two," he said pointing at Shikamaru and Chouji. "So I started asking Sasuke about. He didn't say much just that you two weren't liked very much and that Sakura and Ino were turning the rest of the kids in school against you. At that point my friends and I weren't getting involved because you were so young and we thought it would blow over. I reminded Sasuke that he had to be nice to you guys though, but he didn't really say anything."
"Later when Naruto came and he started to hang out with you guys even though you weren't liked by the other kids I knew something was up with Sasuke. He didn't really talk about you guys and I noticed that you were always alone at recess. I was still trying to get Sasuke to be nice to you guys but now he was telling me they there were three of you so you had enough friends," Itachi told him. Naruto stared at Sasuke and moved away from him a little.
"I wasn't bullying them though!" Sasuke yelled. "I did what you said!" Itachi shook his head.
"No you didn't. You did exactly what I didn't want you to do. You turned into one of those people that just stand there and watch the bullying happen never doing anything to help. That's just as bad as actually bullying someone. You didn't care about them at all, all you cared about was making sure the other kids didn't hate you," Itachi told him angrily. Sasuke put his face back in his knees. "I let everything slide for a couple of years hoping that maybe he'd come around, but then Gaara came. Sasuke told me about what Gaara did on his first day, and I hopped that maybe he'd follow Gaara and finally stop caring what people though, but he didn't. Everything was still the same."
"It was then that I decided that the only way to get Sasuke to realize what he was doing was if he went through it himself. So I stopped being the good older brother and started bullying him a little. But when that didn't help I got worse and got my friends involved. By then some people in your class were warming up to you guys thanks to Gaara, but Sasuke still didn't seem to care. So I started getting you guys involved too. I was never going to do any of the things I was saying I was going to do to you guys though, I was just trying to scare you a little. Anyways Sasuke started to break down, but he still wasn't talking to you guys until Naruto went to him first. I could have stopped than, but I knew he wouldn't have learnt anything, so I kept going. Friday might have been too far, but it worked. Sasuke finally came around to you guys fully. And just now was just the finally touch to make sure Sasuke had learnt his lesson."
Itachi leaned back against the wall and looked around at everyone. Naruto and his friends were stunned. They didn't know what to say. Itachi might have just proved to be their best friend trying to stop the bullying, and they never saw it before. "So you put your own brother through all this just to teach him a lesson about being nice to people?" Shikamaru asked. Itachi nodded. "You might have gone a little far don't you think?"
"Maybe, but Sasuke learns from experience not out of books or being taught by someone," Itachi said shrugging.
"So what now, you're just going to act like none of this happened? You're just going to make everything go back to normal?" Naruto asked. "I don't think it's going to be that easy, look what you did to him." He pointed at Sasuke who was looking up at his brother. His eyes were red, his noise was running, and his face was shinning from all the tears.
"Well," Itachi started. "Hopefully Sasukerealizes that I was just teaching him a lesion that was for his own good and he'll forgive me. Because if he does I'll go back to being the brother he liked." Sasuke looked over at Naruto, Shikamaru, and Chouji.
"I'm sorry," he told them.
"We forgave you when you first started crying over your brother," Shikamaru told him. Sasuke smiled weakly and turned to his brother
"Thank you," he said.
"Does that mean you've learnt your lesson?" Itachi asked. Sasukenodded. "And you forgive me?" he asked. Sasuke nodded again. "Good, and by the way I didn't break that vase. And I never did tell mom and dad anything to get you in trouble. They did ground me a few times though because of you. In fact I'm grounded right now," he told him laughing. Sasuke smiled at his brother weakly and Itachi stood up. "Tomorrow things will get back to normal with us, I promise," Itachi told Sasuke. "But right now, I need to get back to my room before mom and dad get home. And you need to get your friends out of here." Sasuke nodded and Naruto helped him up. Then they left the house.
The four boys sat in Sasuke's front yard looking out onto the street. "Do you really think Itachi was telling the truth?" Naruto asked Sasuke. Sasuke nodded starting to calm down.
"I'm pretty sure he was. None of this was anything to joke about," Shikamaru said yawning.
"So I guess that means everything's going to change in a good way at school," Chouji said. The other three boys nodded, still processing what had just happened, and Naruto smiled.
"I can't wait," he said thoughtfully leaning back on his hands and looking up at the clouds.
Wow, so it's really over now... I'm sorry if you find the ending really cheesy and anti-climatic, but I was never good at ending stories. But it's the the journey that counts, not the destination, right? ^_^;
Anyways, I hoped you liked reading this. I sure liked writing it for you guys, and I hope that you'd go and enjoy one of my many other fanfic's that I wrote. Thanks for all the great reviews and staying loyal to the very end, and I hope to hear from you all again.