Mr. Crowley, What went on in your head? Oh Mr. Crowley, Did you talk to the dead?

Your lifestyle to me seemed so tragic, with the thrill of it all.

You fooled all those people with magic, yeah, you waited on Satan's call.

Mr. Crowley.

Mr. Crowley-Ozzy Osbourne. Blizzard of Ozz, 1980

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Through The Woods, A Boy Came Sadly,

It was night, A blond teen clad in orange moved through the swamp of Training Area Twenty Four, his feet creating a noisy plop in the mud. He didn't know where he was going, only that it was better than being in the village right now.

Something Broken In His Chest...

The pain was the same as it had been the night before. It was like a dagger in his heart, being twisted over and over again. Why did it have to hurt so much? Why couldn't it just stop?

He Had Dared To Love Another,

He had loved the girl with the entirety of his heart, he'd have done anything for her, had she only asked. And to find his love misplaced, to be considered a monster, a demon, by one of the few people he'd put his total faith in; the one person he would have laid his life down for to protect...It destroyed him far better than the battle he'd had with his traitorous teammate.

Alas, No Better Then The Rest...

The girl's words remained with him, haunting him..."I hate you! I wish you'd just go off and die!" Simple words, nothing more, no violence. And yet they do such damage to him, and with such ease. He hid his anguish and pain from her and said nothing of it. Because it was the role he had to play...He'd been playing the role since he'd first laid eyes upon her.

Up My Path, The Boy Came Gladly,

He became aware of the cave only when he had to step up onto the stone entrance to avoid tripping in the mud. He stared up at it, impressed by the size. It was then that the clouds overhead rumbled and the rain began pouring down. Shielding his head he entered the cave before he got too wet.

Something Opened Up My Doors...

Shuddering in the cold he watched the rain fall, his mind turning back to her. Her face, twisted in pain and fury. How could things have gone so wrong? He'd tried so hard to do the right thing, and all he'd gotten for his trouble was her scorn. Death would be preferable to this...

I Longed To Stop His Bleeding Heart,

He leaped back as a streak of lighting hit at the cave's mouth, charring the ground in front of it. It was in this leap that he began his descent, having tripped down the incline of the cave and rolling down deeper and deeper into the darkness...

And So I Called Him To My Shores...

When at last he stopped rolling he found himself at the entrance to a massive cavern decorated with glowing purple crystals. The light of these crystals gave the entire cavern a dark and beautiful ambiance. In the center on the cavern was a black lake covered by a stone growth that passed over it, the light dancing on the small waves. He walked onto the bridge and looked over at the water's edge and could see no reflection, though as he watched the water he found himself remembering all that he'd been through, all the trials he'd suffered...

Those You Trust Will Hurt You Badly,

The fight with Haku and the rage at Sasuke's apparent demise, not because he cared for him but because of the pain it would cause her. The pain she inflicted with the brief flash of hatred in her eyes as she ran past him to his body. After the battle for Konoha, where he had risked his life to protect her from the misguided sand wielder. And afterward, he'd allowed her to keep the delusion that it had been Sasuke who'd saved her from Gaara, because it was her happiness that meant everything.

Something Now I'm Sure You See...

And then the fight with Sasuke himself. His rage that after everything he'd done,the Uchiha was throwing it all away for a Devil's Deal. The anguish of her words as she verbally tore out his heart. His fists clenched and he wiped his eyes of his tears. These tears fell into the black water and created a small series of ripples in their wake.

So Drown Your Tears In Me, My Dear,

And all at once it began to seem so perfect. He'd come to the area because he knew that the swamp would do well to hide his body from anyone who would seek it. No one would find his body here so deep in these caverns, and there would be no need for a burial. No one would have to mourn him, not that anyone would either way...

As You Drown, My Dear, In Me

He'd always been her little Problem Solver, and when he became the problem well...

He knew there was only one way to really solve it.

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