Short chapter. Standard disclaimer. I make no money off of this what so ever.
Sasuke had to say that being in prison was a little more difficult than he had initially anticipated. He was glad for his ability to appear impassive because he knew that any sign of his breaking would bring great joy to the ANBU surveying him as well as those along the grapevine waiting to hear about his demise.
The cell they had placed him in was dark. There were cracks in the paint and the faucet had a leak that he was sure costing the village a great deal of water since it didn't seem as anyone other than him had noticed it. The sheets he was provided were thin and itchy and were none too comfortably in his overly hot box of a room.
The set-up was that of a stereotypical jail cell. Three cement brick walls and one wall of bars that held the door. There was a small, rectangular window to the far right corner of the back wall of the room. There was a chair set across the way from the barred wall where the ANBU usually took turns watching him. He knew there were more stationed around the perimeter, he could sense their eyes carefully trained on him in his cell.
Though what exactly they expected him to do he wasn't all too sure.
He had contemplated trying to escape, he was sure he could if he really wanted to but it was what he would do when he was finally free that was the real question.
His team was, for all the he knew, dead or long gone. Obito and Madara were all set on bringing about the end of the world. He supposed he could join them but he was also pretty sure that Naruto could not defeat him despite the power he had behind him. He realized he could just sit tight until the end came about.
That would be pretty convenient actually.
He would have a hard time describing how he passed his time in his new cage.
He took note of whenever the guards would change shifts but other than that there was no real way to tell time aside from whether or not light was peeking through the small window. Some kind of seal had been placed along his wrists that blocked the better part of his chakra. He supposed if someone had honestly asked how he spent his time he would respond that he did nothing. He was also slowly losing interest in the activity that happened about him. He had no appetite for whatever bland food they offered him.
Even if he tried after the second or third bite he could feel the bile slowly burning at the bottom of his throat. He could, perhaps, stomach a few mouthfuls of food on a good day and maybe a few sips of water on the worst.
He was having a bad day on this particular day.
Sasuke had only vaguely noticed the movement going on about him. It seemed as though his guard dogs were agitated for some reason. He closed his eyes, perhaps if he pretended to sleep he would eventually actually sleep…
Hinata wiped her brow with her sleeve. The heat outside was almost unbearable, she had started the day with her long hair down her back as it usually was, but within the first few minutes of her walk to the prison she opted to tying it up.
It seemed as though the ANBU in charge of Sasuke had been warned and were expecting her at the door when she arrived. A masked ninja had ushered her in before him and began debriefing her of Sasuke's situation and behavior for the past two weeks in their custody. She tried to make mental bullet points of the most important of the information.
Based on what this ninja was reporting it seemed as though Sasuke has fallen into some kind of depression?
Her brow wrinkled at that. From what the Hokage had described to her of his trial it seemed as though Sasuke was very much still full of rage and it was puzzling to her why he would be in this state. She would have assumed he would have at least attempted to escape by now at least once.
She was lead down a set of stairs and down a corridor. Hinata noticed that as they kept moving further into the building, the amount of natural light seemed to diminish. Finally the man stepped aside and allowed her into a smaller room, the door closing heavily behind him with a defining clank. The room was dimmer than the hallway had been, a bare light bulb illuminating the small area before the cell. It took a moment for her eyes to adjust.
She took note of the state of the cell. It wasn't dirty, per say, but it was extremely dark and had seen better days. There didn't seem to be much room to move about and no privacy seeing as that she and her companion had joined another guard who was apparently on watch.
Even so it took her a moment to discern Sasuke's still form in the darkness.
"He's asleep," she breathed, breaking the heavy silence that had settled over them.
"It's okay to wake him though, he sleeps enough as it is," the man who had lead her in grunted, nodding to the other ANBU. Hinata felt the hair on the back of her neck stand, as though whoever else was watching this room were suddenly tensing.
The guard took a key from one of his pockets and unlocked the cell. He moved forward and none too gently shook Sasuke awake.
"Hey! You have a visitor!" He walked back out to the hall and locked the door behind him as Sasuke sat up.
The first thing Hinata noticed was how much more pale he seemed. His cheek bones were much more prominent than she had remembered them to be and there were deep, dark circles under his eyes. No, being imprisoned had not done well on the Uchiha Avenger.
Both ANBU stepped back and it occurred to her that it was now all on her, since she is the reason Sasuke was being awoken in the first place. She took a quite deep breath.
"Hi… Sasuke. Do you remember me?" He seemed utterly bewildered as he studied Hinata with narrowed eyes. He blinked at her a few times, perhaps trying to place her face that may only be vaguely familiar to him.
"No," he finally rasped. Hinata, wary of the ever watchful eyes around her, made sure to move slowly as she looked around the room. She spotted a pitcher of water and a glass.
"My name is Hinata Hyuuga and… We graduated from the Academy together. I'm just here to talk. Would you like some water?" His eyes remained narrow.
"Oh… Well, do you remember me now?" He snorted and leaned back on his cot.
"Are you here to interrogate me or something?" He closed his eyes and failed a suppressing a yawn. "So stupid…" Hinata winced but stood her ground.
"I'm not here… to interrogate you. I just thought you wouldn't mind… having a little company." It was a blatant lie and she could almost feel the two men behind her sharing a side long glance when those words came out of her mouth.
"Well welcome to my humble abode, Hyuuga. Make yourself at home." He was mumbling now and she could tell he was losing a battle to sleep. She looked back to the guard who had been there when she had arrived who merely shrugged. The one who led her to the cell sighed and walked out only to return a few moments later with a chair.
Hinata took the offered seat and the ninja grunted.
"Call when you want to leave."
She nodded and settled in to watch Sasuke sleep, much like she did when he was still incapacitated. She bowed her head and rubbed at her temples. This had to have been the worst this visit could have gone.
'No, no, you have to be more optimistic. He could have been a raving lunatic. Now that would have been something to deal with and would have probably not ended well.'
Hinata still felt confused as to why the Hokage would trust her with such an important and time sensitive mission. She watched the steady rise and fall of Sasuke's chest as he slept and made up her mind. She would be back after this and she would be back often.
She was going to succeed.