Okay, people! Here's the next chapter of WAAS!

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Stay with me, Sakura, Sasuke thought and picked her up bridal style and ran out of the training grounds. He had left Karin behind, not really worrying about her getting away or dying. Sakura was the one he was worried about. He wasn't sure if she was able to fight off the poison. What if there were still traces of it inside of her?

He zipped through the streets lightning fast and ran right through the hospital doors. There was a nurse sitting behind the desk and he ran up to her.

"Get a doctor." His voice was calm, but he said it quickly. There was no sense in yelling at the girl. He knew that yelling would get him nowhere.

The nurse quickly got up and ran around the desk. She said, "Follow me," and ran down the hallway. Sasuke wasted no time and followed her.

She led him down a few more halls before she brought him to the emergency care section of the hospital. She saw a doctor in the hall and told him to look at Sakura. He knew who she was and quickly escorted them to a room. Sasuke put her down on the table.

The doctor glanced at Sasuke before looking down at Sakura. "You can leave now."

Sasuke gave a growl, signaling that he had no intention of leaving.

The doctor heard him and decided to let him be. He placed one of his hands on Sakura's forehead and one on her stomach. His hands glowed with a light, blue chakra as he searched Sakura's systems for problems. After a few minutes he smiled and turned his attention back to Sasuke.

"There's nothing wrong with her. All she needs is rest."

Sasuke's eyes widened slightly. "There was no poison?" So, Sakura really did get rid of the poison all on her own.

The doctor furrowed his eyebrows. "No, why? Was she poisoned?"

Sasuke nodded his head.

The doctor looked down at Sakura and shook his head. "There were no traces of poison in any of her systems. There was nothing wrong at all. We'll keep her here for tonight and make sure she gets her rest." The doctor left followed by the nurse, leaving Sasuke and Sakura alone.

Sasuke walked over to Sakura and brushed a piece of loose hair out of her face. She looked tired.

He leaned over and whispered, "I'll be back as soon as I can, Sakura." He touched his forehead to hers for a few seconds and then stood up.


He was back at the training grounds. Just like he thought, Karin had not moved an inch from her spot on the ground. He went over to her, picked her up, and draped her over his shoulder. There was no way that he would pick her up bridal style; He didn't want to have to look at her face.

He disappeared in a cloud of smoke and ended up back at the hospital. The same nurse and doctor were talking behind the front desk. Sasuke walked over and shoved Karin into the doctor's arms.

"Stop her from bleeding to death. We need information from her." He made some hand signs and said, "Have shinobi watch over her. She cannot get away."

He then disappeared in a puff of smoke and reappeared outside of the Kazekage's building. He opened the doors and walked up the stairs. The double doors were closed so he knocked and waited to be called in.

"Come in."

Sasuke opened the door and walked right up to Gaara's desk. "There were intruders."

Gaara sat up straighter and gave the Uchiha his full attention. "How many?"

"Two. I have one at the hospital right now and the other one escaped." Sasuke crossed his arms over his chest. "The one that got away was Yakushi Kabuto. Karin is in the hospital now being treated. She is under watch."

Gaara nodded and stood up. He walked towards a window and looked outside into the night. He could guess that Sasuke had somehow harmed her in someway; That was why she was in the hospital. "Why were they here?"

Sasuke thought about it for a little bit. "I think they were here for Sakura. They probably planned to kill her, but I don't know the exact reasoning behind it." His fists clenched at the thought of Sakura dead. He hated to even think about it.

Gaara stayed silent and mulled it over in his head. He couldn't think of a specific reason either.

"I will send anbu to escort this Karin to the interrogation squad when she's better. I'll call the rest of your team in here and then you can go get some rest."

Sasuke levelly looked at Gaara. "Is is possible for me to go back to the hospital now?" He wanted to get back to Sakura as soon as he could.

Gaara was surprised by the Uchiha's request. He thought about it and finally nodded. "I don't see why not." He hid the surprise in his voice and went back to looking out the window.

Sasuke nodded and disappeared from the office.

Gaara looked at the spot where Sasuke had just been. His eyes were thoughtful.


Sasuke made his way back to the hospital and found Sakura's room without a problem. He entered and saw that Sakura was the only one in the room. He was glad for that. He didn't want some nurse to be there and interrupt the peaceful silence.

Sasuke sat in a hospital chair next to Sakura's bed. He had Sakura's hand in his own and was absentmindedly stroking her small hand with his thumb.

It was the middle of the night, moon light shone through the window and slashed across Sakura's calm face. Sasuke stared at her face. He liked her expression because she was no longer in the pain that Kabuto had put her through. He clenched his teeth as he remembered the half snake.

He got away… Sasuke wanted to go after him, but his first order of business had been to get Sakura to the hospital.

He knew that the first thing he would always do was take care of Sakura. Even when they were genin he was always looking out for her. Now he knew why.

It wasn't Sakura that needed him, it was he that needed Sakura.


Naruto looked over his list of the shinobi that were to be coming to the village. There were 50 total. Most of them were already at the village, but then there were some stragglers in the bunch. Naruto would think that since this was war people would be a little more on top of their game? Just a thought.

Naruto walked through the village and stopped at Ichiraku's Ramen. He sat down at a stool and said, "Bring me the usual old man!"

"You got it, Naruto!"

Naruto sat and stared at his hands. He was lost in thought about the war. He didn't know how things were going to go, how many lives were going to be lost, and even if they were going to win.

He furiously shook his head. No, no, no! We have to win! We won't lose! We can't…

Naruto was so busy thinking about the war that he didn't notice the person that sat down on his left.

The man waited to see if he would turn towards him, but Naruto didn't so he tapped him on the shoulder. Naruto slightly jumped at the touch and quickly turned his head.

Bad mistake.

Naruto instantly met a pair of Sharingan eyes that spun wildly. He was immediately put in a calm state of mind.

The man steadily held Naruto's gaze. "Hello, Uzumaki Naruto. I am one of the shinobi on your list. My name is Takeo."

Takeo's Sharingan spun faster. Naruto took out his list and wrote down Takeo's name on the bottom.

"Where are you from?" Naruto asked. He had no chance of escape from the older Uchiha's gaze. He didn't even know what was going on. The Fox was sealed out of his mind thanks to Takeo, so even he didn't even know what was going on. Takeo was making himself invisible in the list of people that Naruto had. He needed to be included in Naruto's brigade to get his part of the deal done.


The cave was silent as Takeo sat in the middle meditating. The candles around him flickered at the sudden disturbance. Takeo opened his eyes to Madara standing before him.

"I have nothing else for you. I have already given you the sphere, what else do you want?" His legs remained crossed with his hands folded in front of them. He had no reason to fear Madara so he did not get into a defensive position. However, he still watched the man wearily, ready to move if necessary.

"I need your help." Madara was now without his puppet Sasuke. He had no idea where Karin or Kabuto were. Itachi was still in his cell. He still had Zetsu and Kisame, but neither of them were prime for what he needed to get done. He needed someone who was good at being a fly on the wall. Someone that no one has ever seen before.

And that person would be Takeo.

Takeo pulled his lips back in a sly smile. "Me? Whatever would the great Uchiha Madara need my help for?"

Madara took a step forward. "You tell me."

The smile disappeared from Takeo's face and his eyes slit a fraction. He looked into Madara's revealed eye and sat in silence for a few minutes. He swam through Madara's thoughts and searched for the request that the man had for him.

Madara felt a little uneasy about his thoughts being so open and vulnerable, but it was the only way that Takeo could fully trust him. He needed the man to trust him.

His task would be one of the pivotal moments of the war.

Finally Takeo found it. "Oh, I see. Clever move."

Madara nodded. "Do you see why I need you now?"

Takeo opened his eyes and left Madara's mind. He looked up at the masked man and a smile crept back onto his face. "Yes, yes I do." He stared at Madara for a little longer before he asked, "Why not have the little Uchiha Sasuke do it instead?" Of course, Takeo already knew that answer to his question. He just wanted Madara to know that he couldn't be controlled like a pawn.

Madara's eye glared a little and he remained silent. He took the blow silently and waited for Takeo to say something else.

Takeo finally spoke up after minutes of dominating silence. "Fine, I'll do it." He wanted to get out of this cave and stretch his legs out a bit anyway.

Madara nodded. "You know what you have to do."

"Yes, I will do it. Don't worry."

Madara disappeared in a flash. Takeo's eyes remained on the spot where the masked man once had been.

"This should be fun."

End Flashback…

"I'm from the Village Hidden in the Clouds." Takeo searched through Naruto's mind and saw that he knew less shinobi from the Land of Lightning.

Naruto numbly nodded and scribbled the information down on the piece of paper.

Takeo stared at the blonde. He didn't know that the boy had Sage powers. That was something that he would have to watch out for. Madara hadn't mentioned that in his thoughts at all. Was he playing with him?

"Is that all you need from me?" Takeo asked.

Naruto nodded his head slowly once again. "Yes."

Before he left he turned his attention to the owner making ramen. "Hey, mister?" Teuchi, the owner, turned around and looked at Takeo. Takeo's Sharingan spun wildly, making sure the man wouldn't remember that he had stopped by. "Well then, I must be off." Takeo disappeared in a puff of smoke.

Naruto shook his head and looked around his favorite Ramen stand. He had the strange feeling that something just happened, but he had no idea what. He turned his attention to the owner, Teuchi, and asked, "Hey, old man? Did something just happen?"

Teuchi turned around at the question. He wiped his hands on a towel and scrunched his face. "I don't think so. I didn't see anything." He had a weird look on his face as if he was trying to recall any memories within the last few minutes. Like Naruto he had the vague feeling that something was amiss, but he didn't know what.

Takeo had successfully managed to erase his little visit.

Okay, so that was chapter 13 of WAAS! I hope you enjoyed it!

O.o TAKEO'S BACK! For those of you who don't remember who Takeo is then you could reference chapter 3. He's the guy that Madara wanted Sakura to heal and he gave Madara this sphere thingy. So yeah it's been a while since he's been in here. And what could his plan be? Bwahahaha It might be obvious to some, but then maybe not! You'll just have to wait and find out! =D

This chapter was kind of a filler for Sasuke and Sakura, but not really. I felt funny writing about all the times that Sasuke poofed back and forth from place to place, but it needed to be done. And the reason behind him not poofing with Sakura was to make it more dramatic for him. I wanted him to think about things. I don't know how to explain it…XP Oh well…

Until next time!