I would like to dedicate this fic to my bestest buddy Merci Monsieur. *Pokes Axelle with Stick*. This oneshot comprises of WAFF (Warm And Fuzzy Feeling) combined with ANGST. Lots and lots of angst :3

Blood.

Blood is everywhere.

People dieing, children screaming as they were run through with a sword, calling for their mothers with their dying breaths.

Grown men reduced to sobbing as they lay bleeding on the ground, as their life drains away. Some of these were people that he knew.

Itachi jerked awake, his nightmare still burned into his memory.

What had woken him up? Was somebody in the house?

"Nii-san…Nii-san, I had a nightmare. Can I sleep with you?"

Oh. It was Sasuke. Nothing to worry about. Itachi turned over to look at his terrified, tear-stricken face. A pang of pity struck his heart. He pulled the covers back and let Sasuke climb in. He continued to cry into Itachi's shoulder, hugging him close. Loud sobs racked his body, tears falling thick and fast. He gripped Itachi like he would never let him go.

"…You died in my dream, Nii-san," Sasuke whined. "I…I was the person who killed you."

Itachi raised an eyebrow, suddenly curious.

"Why did you kill me?"

"Y-you did something r-really bad, s-so I got mad and k-killed you."

Itachi stroked Sasuke's hair.

"What did I do?"

"I-I dunno. B-but after I k-killed you, I found out that the bad thing you did wasn't your fault."

He clutched at Itachi's pajama shirt.

"Please don't ever leave me, Nii-san. I l-love you."

Itachi shushed him gently, rocking him in his arms.

"Don't worry, Sasuke. I'll always be here for you. I'll never stop protecting you. As long as I'm alive, I'll keep you safe. Because I'm your big brother." He paused to give Sasuke a kiss on the forehead. "I won't die. I promise you, I'll stay alive for as long as you need me to."

Sasuke gave a tearful smile, and then snuggled in closer to Itachi.

"I love you, Nii-san."

"I love you too, Sasuke. Never forget that."

XxXx

Sasuke couldn't help but let the tears fall. The ocean waves crashed around him, the sunset casting everything into a soft, golden hue.

The time of day that Itachi always liked the most.

"I'll always be there for you, even if it's only as an obstacle for you to overcome. Even if you do hate me, that's what older brothers are for.

You said you'd always be there, Sasuke thought bitterly. You promised. You promised me…

"I won't die. I promise you. I'll stay alive for as long as you need me to."

Sasuke looked sadly up at the sky, painted in the colors of fire.

…Where are you, Nii-san?

…I still need you.

He he, little Sasuke saw the future XD

Please review. If I get enough reviews, I can harness their power to resurrect Itachi…wait, Kabuto already did that. Never mind XD but review anyway :)