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Chapter 7…

This is what's happened…

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Naruto sat himself to the left of Madara, covered from head to toe in the Akatsuki cloak and keeping to the shadows.

"You'd like to hire us?" Madara asked, his own voice holding a smile.

The old man appeared to be ashamed of himself which…He should be. "Yes." He answered quietly.

"Whom do we attack or are we defending?"

"The hidden leaf village…" the old man breathed out and Naruto caught his breath. "They're the only ones who have yet to have even been touched by your wrath. We think they're behind it."

Naruto shifted his weight. Uneasy. How could he have let it slip his mind that the other villages would blame Konoha?

"So to test my theory… I want them destroyed."

Madara looked back at Naruto feeling the tension that was coursing through him even at this distance. "I see." He said slowly.

"We'll do what we can. Really the only reason we haven't attacked them is because we've yet to have been hired to. Congrats for being the first." He stood up.

"Let's go." He snapped at the stunned Naruto who disappeared in a whirl of black smoke.

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"How could you agree?!" Naruto shouted at Madara when he appeared behind him. "We have a contract and you…"

"Use your head, Naruto." Madara hissed. "Had I declined then what's left of the world would attack them. We just have to kill a few."

"They'll come after us." Naruto spat. "Konoha never goes down without a fight. It would end up being a slaughter."

"Too bad."

Naruto's eyes widened. "I can't… What about Raven?"

Madara shrugged, turning around to leave. "Steal him."

"Sasuke!" Naruto shouted at his master's back. "What about Sasuke?"

"Don't care. Eat him."

Naruto growled low. "Madara!"

And he vanished, waving over his shoulder. Leaving Naruto alone… lost again as to what to do.

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The beast was running, flame like tails flowing behind him as he raced with time. His form now was just a smaller version of the Kyuubi. But it was much more agile. He was risking everything in doing this; his life, the plans…everything. But it all had to be worth it. He had to get to the village before Madara ordered him to take it down.
He let out a snarl of frustration, stopping in his tracks and reverting back to the shape of a boy… A fifteen year old body with bright gold hair, dark cerulean blue eyes, and no tails. But, he was too skinny in this form; his spine jutted out considerably, and his pupils were slits, his nails were three inches in length and dyed blood red…Slowly his eye color faded into red and his fangs itched to grow. He growled and held his chest in pain. His body didn't like this shape.
He struggled to hold it, breathing slowly in painful heaves.

Finally…he adjusted and looked like how he used to…When he had had a bright future.
He'd have to sneak into Sasuke's house looking like this.

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Shion gasped aloud, spinning on his heals to the far off room where Sasuke rarely ever went. The room with the memories.
Raven looked to the room, too then ran off in another direction.

"Daddy!" his panicked voice rose over the silence all too easily. Shion barely reacted a moment too late. He rushed after Raven and covered his mouth.

"No, Raven." He whispered. "It's not bad. It's me. It's me." He urged the child that it was okay but tears began to form in raven's eyes. He grumbled to himself when he realized that there was no consoling the boy. "Please, Raven…"

But, too little too late.

"What's wrong?"

Shion looked up and met with the eyes of Sasuke and released the man's child with a look of disdain.

Raven, in turn, ran to his father and clung to his pant leg.

Sasuke looked down at the usually fearless Raven. "What's wrong?" He asked gently.

Raven nuzzled the fabric of Sasuke's pants. "I smell blood." He said in a hushed voice. "Coming from Shion's room."

Sasuke looked at the double doors ahead of him then at Shion who was looking to the side.

"There's no use in lying." Shion muttered.

Raven let go suddenly. "Music…?" He turned towards the door. "It's warm!" He smiled suddenly and ran for the room, pulling one door open just enough to squeeze him through before either Shion or Sasuke could react.

Shion tensed up.

Sasuke stood there confused and took a step forward.

"If I killed that child would you forgive me, Sasuke…?" Shion said. But there was something wrong. His voice had another's ring to it. A voice he thought he'd never hear again. Shion's eyes grew dim. "I want to kill him, Sasuke."

Sasuke's eyes widened and he ran to the doors throwing them both open.

Raven lay motionless in a stranger's arms, limp but breathing.

"Would you?" he asked again, looking up at his long lost friend with a sad…sad smile.

"Naruto."

The door closed behind him with a click.

Naruto brought his gaze back to the child in his arms. Made note of how much he looked like his father, and traced the pale flesh of his face with one claw. The dark hair of the Uchiha shone wonderfully even in this dimly lit room. He held a strange sort of hatred…envy of this little boy that he didn't understand, but at the same time a soft and contented love for him. This was Raven…

Sasuke felt as though he had frozen over and he wasn't sure what he was feeling anymore. His mind was telling him to hurry and tell the demon before him to leave his son alone, to put him down and leave or he'd kill him.

"You don't seem too pleased to see me, Sasuke." Naruto mused as he gently placed Raven on his feet and Sasuke watched in wonder as his own child awoke instantly and rushed over to his father again.

"He smells sweet, Father. He smells like…"

"Hush, Raven." Sasuke said absentmindedly. Raven quieted.

"What are you doing here?" Sasuke asked.

Naruto glanced at him then at Raven quietly before he sighed and removed the hood from his head.

"How is it that you look like that?" Sasuke asked, glaring at the traitor.

"Years of practice." Naruto droned out sitting himself down. "I came here to warn you that Konoha will be attacked. I'd like for you and your family…"he squinted his eyes at the word. "to leave to somewhere safer."

Sasuke growled low and clenched his fists. "What are you playing at? Is this some sort of trap. What do you want with Raven?"

Naruto looked back at the mentioned child as though uncaring.

"I only asked how he was doing that time."

"You said he was developing nicely." Sasuke was scowling now.

"He is." Naruto shrugged. "Madara wants updates on your life and he took an interest in your son. Nothing more."

"You're lying." Sasuke spat, and Naruto turned to look at him with an icy glare.

"What do you think I'm keeping tabs on Raven for then?" he hissed as Sasuke walked toward him. Raven stayed near the door.

"I don't give a fuck what you're stalking my son for all I know is that I want you to stop right now."

Naruto sneered as Sasuke got in his face. "I'm beginning to remember why we never got along as children."

Sasuke growled. "You say you're going to attack the village. What happened to that contract, huh?"

"I was betrayed." Naruto said leaning his face away from his forgotten love. "It's nothing new. I shouldn't have been as surprised as I was when I found out, either. It was Madara after all."

"What is that supposed to mean?" Sasuke grabbed Naruto by the collar of his cloak and turned him to face him.

"It means the deals off and I don't know what I'm fighting for anymore. All I know is that I at least want you guys safe. So get Sakura, get whatever friends I had left...Get the whole village and run away! Start over somewhere else!"

"We will die for this village, you traitor." He tossed him to the ground, just realizing how easy it was to push him around like that. Naruto hadn't come to fight at all.

"I know that…" Naruto said quietly, keeping his eyes on the ground. "I knew that." He clenched his fists as his body shook.

"I don't know what I've been doing this whole time… I thought I was keeping this village safe." He shook his head from side to side and curled into a ball on the floor. "Everything was for nothing if I can't even save this village…If I can't even save you."

"What the hell are you talking about?!"

Naruto looked up at him suddenly and grabbed his face.

Everything in Sasuke's world went black and the last thing he heard was Raven's screaming…

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"Hey, Sasuke?" Naruto kept his eyes on the road as the two walked beside each other on their way to their houses, kicking a loose pebble out of place and into the grass on the banks where it'd stay alone.

"What, dobe?" Sasuke asked; his answer short but he was curious.

"Do you ever wonder what you'll be doing when we're twenty?" Naruto asked kicking another small rock to be near the one he had displaced earlier.

Sasuke's nose scrunched up and he stared at the blonde's back with scrutiny as he wondered what the blonde was getting at.

"What kind of a question is that?"

Naruto turned to look over his shoulder and blinked as if confused, but, "I know it's a random question, but I wanna know."

It was just like the old days. They were just a little taller and better fighters.

Sasuke squinted his eyes and snorted. "I'll be living with my wife and son in the Uchiha compound."

Naruto's bright eyes dimmed and he looked away with a stubborn smile. "Oh…"

"'Oh'?" Sasuke questioned. "What do you mean 'oh'? Where are you going to be when you're twenty?" he asked feeling insulted by Naruto's lack of a comeback.

Naruto shrugged his shoulders. "Dead maybe…" he said stopping. "I'll see you later, Sasuke." He said without looking at him and turning down the road that would lead to his apartment.

The answer had stopped Sasuke n his tracks. It wasn't something he'd ever expect to hear from that optimistic mouth.

Sasuke stopped and watched his friend's back with mild concern. Something didn't settle right in the pit of his gut but he decided to ignore it. It couldn't have been important anyway, but maybe he'd visit the dobe later in the night to see if he was doing okay.
To be quite honest, Naruto had been acting strangely ever since the last d-ranked mission they went on; chasing after a lost cat yet again. Had something happened on the way home from that?

The Uchiha's concerns didn't waver as he continued his way home with his hands shoved in his pockets as he felt they should've. Naruto's answer hadn't been one he expected to hear from the loud mouthed idiot. He had honestly expected him to say something along the lines of, 'I'll be sitting in the Hokage tower!' or something of the like…but dead? Why would Naruto be dead? He couldn't die. It was just completely out of the question really. There was no way Naruto would ever simply give up on everything and die. Hell, the blonde never even backed down from a life threatening fight! So why would he be dead?

Something was definitely wrong. There was no denying that.

Sasuke heaved out an annoyed sigh and stopped in his tracks.

Fine.

He'd go back now and settle this feeling before it got any worse.

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"Tsunade, I…" Naruto fought back tears.

"It's okay Naruto. Do it."

"But, I…"

A figure appeared behind him, Tsunade's eyes widened as the man removed his mask. Naruto turned around just as the man hit him in the stomach. The seal broke. His body shook uncontrollably, painfully. He screamed aloud and fell to the floor.

"I'll do it myself."Madara said smiling bringing a sword down upon the lady fifth.

"No!" Naruto reached out for her headless body, tears blurring his vision.

Madara looked down at the blond haired boy and gave him a swift kick.

"That'll be the rest of this village if you don't do what I tell you again. She could've lived."

Naruto's heart wrenched in his chest.

"I know you have feelings for Sasuke… I'll kill him, in the worst way imaginable if you fail me again." Madara bent down and lifted him up by his hair roughly.

Naruto growled as his fangs began to grow.

"Kyuubi vessels should learn to control their demon." He snapped tossing him through the wall and onto the neighboring roof top.

Naruto rolled down the shingles until he came to a stop hanging half way off the roof. He opened his eyes and saw the toad sage staring at him in shock and worry. Weakly, Naruto brought a finger to his lips and smiled that reassuring smile of his.
Jiraiya opened his mouth but stopped when the masked Akatsuki member known as Tobi appeared behind Naruto and they both disappeared.

Naruto looked around in the boxy looking universe and could see through a window how desperately Sasuke was looking for him. He wanted so desperately to call out to him to tell them all not to worry…

But he couldn't now.

He looked back at the man who was doing this to him.

"Madara…That's what you said your name was?" Naruto asked his tone low and peeved.

"Yes." Madara plainly answered. Naruto looked back at the image of Sasuke as it slowly faded away. It was the last person he'd see.

"Why me?" he asked though he knew that he'd rather it be him than anyone else. Lord only knew what this man wanted with him and since he was Akatsuki…he could only imagine.

"I'm going to use you." Madara laughed and grabbed his hair, pulling his head back and exposing his neck. "Any way that I want to."
Naruto felt something suddenly grab his member roughly and Madara tightened his grip on his hair as he began to play with him.
His cheeks became flushed as Madara continued the hand job.

"You're not a virgin. I'm surprised. Here I thought you'd wait for someone special."

Naruto growled and tried to wrench himself free.

"So who was it?" Madara asked laughing under his breath. He whispered lightly. "Tell me who has touched you. I know you enjoyed it. You're not fighting my touch too much."

Naruto growled again.

"How experienced are you little Kyuubi?" Madara through his head down onto the floor making sure the fox had his ass in the air.

"You won't enjoy this if you don't tell me." Madara got behind him.

Naruto clawed the hard ground under him until his nails bled.

"Get away from me!" he snapped only to have his face picked up and slammed back into the floor. "Don't…"

He let out a scream as Madara entered him roughly.

"Gah!" he gasped and shut his eyes.

Madara pushed up the boy's shirt when something black caught his eye the his eyes widened altogether.

"I thought you were Sasuke's friend." Madara laughed slamming into him again and loosening the walls of his anus. "You must really hate him now."

Madara began to move in a rhythm and Naruto began to choke on his screams.

"Get out of me!" He shouted only to get it harder. "Aah!"

"I know who you belong to." Madara cooed. "And I had no idea…Itachi liked blonds."

Naruto winced.

A black raven on Naruto's shoulder was the mark Madara had seen and the mark that labled Naruto as Itachi's lover.

"How would you know that?" Naruto tried to fight it.

"Because I have that same mark on me." Madara laughed. "Looks like you have a taste for Uchiha."

Naruto screamed as he climaxed.

"I'm going to break you, Naruto."

And it was over… Naruto let himself fall to the cold floor ignoring the mess he had made and he curled in on himself.

"Sasuke…" he sobbed. "Sasuke…"

He just wanted someone to save him… like he had done for them so many times already.

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