Needing Love from the One you Hate (Or thought you hated)

'So many fights…Three years…Why wouldn't he just come back? Come home? He has people who miss him. People who love him. People who would die for him.'

Naruto sighed as these thoughts along with many others ran through his head. Today was the three-year anniversary of Sasuke's departure from Konoha. Naruto was sitting on a hill, facing away from the village, thinking about Sasuke. He missed him so much. His heart ached to reach out and touch Sasuke…just one more time…Naruto would give anything for that opportunity. He sighed and looked up at the sky. The pain Naruto felt was nothing short of heart-wrenching. At that moment, it began to rain.

"How appropriate" he says to no one in particular.

Naruto let his face get drenched in the rain and thought about the fight he and Sasuke had in the rain before he left. He wanted to reach out and pull him into his arms and never let go, but he couldn't. He sighed and thought about the times he and Sasuke shared when they were on team 7. He sighed again.

"Those were the good days" he says, laying back on the ground.

Later that night

Naruto was on his way back to his apartment. Ever since Sasuke left he'd felt so…empty inside. Living alone didn't help, but at least no one asked questions. He took off his jacket and sighed.

"Sasuke…where are you? Come home. Come back to me. I…I need you" he says softly. Soon, he couldn't stop the flow of tears from his eyes. He lay down on his side and stared at the wall then took a hold of the picture of team 7 and just stared at Sasuke, as if trying to see into his heart as to why he'd left.

He slept with the picture all night and was crudely awakened by Sakura the next morning.

"What do you want, Sakura? It's too early for this" he says, stretching

"Today is the Sakura festival. You need to cheer up and stop being so depressed so you are coming with me" she says

"No" he says

"You don't have a choice. You WILL have fun and you WILL enjoy yourself" she says, looking at him

Naruto knew better. He knew better than to say no to her when she used inflections like that.

"Okay, okay. What should I wear?" he asks

"You can wear what you always wear, or something different, it doesn't really matter" she says

Naruto nodded and got up then went into the bathroom to change into his traditional orange pants and now black-and-orange jacket. He came back out awhile later.

"Okay, I'm ready" he says.

She smiled and led him to where the festival was being held. They stayed there all day and talked to kiba, neji, shikamaru, ino, choji, tenten, lee, Kakashi, Iruka, and Tsunade. Every single person they talked to said that it was good to see Naruto out and about every once in awhile. Ever since Sasuke left he'd been almost a hermit. They stayed at the festival until night fall then Naruto broke off from the group and took a walk. He went back to the hill where he had been the previous night.

He sat under a tree and looked up at the sky. He saw a shooting star.

"I wish he would come home. I wish he would feel my love for him" he says, closing his eyes.

Then, he picked up a new yet very familiar energy. His eyes widened and he pulled a kunai out of his weapons pouch and turned to face the energy source. There, standing face-to-face with him, was none other than Sasuke Uchiha.

"Well look what the snake threw up" Naruto says, lowering his kunai but keeping it in hand.

"Is that any way to treat your best friend, Naruto?" Sasuke asks, walking up to him

"Best friend? That's a new tune for you to be singing. Three years ago you were all 'I'm Sasuke and my only goal in life is to kill my brother because I'm an avenger.' What made you come back?" Naruto asks

"I missed this place" Sasuke says, giving him a once over, "I was hoping that you could forgive me" he says

"Really? Did you ever think that maybe my heart was a little hardened from when you broke it-no-shattered it three years ago? Maybe you hurt me more than you thought. I loved you…so much…and you abandoned me. We could've had a good life together. I came after you, but that didn't bring you back. What made you decide to come back now?" he asks

"I heard your wish. Your wish that I would come home and that I would feel your love, and trust me, I do. Naruto…I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry. I know I hurt you, but I had to do this. I had to kill Itachi. I told you I would come back" Sasuke says, stroking Naruto's cheek

"No! Don't even touch me!" he says, slapping Sasuke's hand away.

"Naruto…I'm sorry. I told you that" he says

"yeah well sometimes sorry isn't enough! When you've gone through the heartbreak that I've gone through, when you've literally felt the world shatter around you and you've hit rock bottom, then you can come talk to me, and maybe I'll accept your apology" Naruto says, turning his back to Sasuke.

Sasuke stared at him sadly then came up behind him and wrapped his arms around him. Naruto fidgeted.

"I said not to touch me" he says, trying to push Sasuke's arms off

"Well too bad. Because right now, I need to hold you in my arms to know that this is real and to know that it's actually you. I wished on every shooting star I saw that I would come home and find you here" he says, nuzzling into Naruto's hair.

Naruto rolled his eyes then gasped a bit as he felt warm tears hitting his shoulder. Sasuke was crying. Naruto had never seen him cry before. At that moment, all the hate and all the darkness surrounding his heart vanished, and his heart softened. He turned around in Sasuke's arms and hugged him back, stroking his hair. Sasuke nuzzled into him and softly cried into Naruto's shoulder.

"I-I'm so s-sorry…I should've t-told you when I had the chance" Sasuke says into Naruto's shoulder.

"told me what?" Naruto asks, rubbing his back.

Sasuke looked up at him with dark onyx eyes that held every emotion imaginable, but mostly, they contained love.

"I love you, Naruto. I love you more than you or anyone else could ever know. I know I hurt you before and I understand if you have a hard time forgiving me, but please, don't let go of me. Don't ever leave me"