"Deep beneath the light

A spark will now ignite

And you will see me now

This is my world now"

Les Friction- Firewall


"What are you really after?! How many times are you going to stab us in the ba-"Sakura's angry rant at Sai was cut off by a deep, raspy voice.

"Sakura."

Shocked emerald eyes slowly gazed up at the shadowed outline on the jagged edge of the cliff created by the earlier explosion.

"Sasuke-kun" she whispered to herself in shock.

As her eyes adjusted, she took in his lean form, covered in a large white haori. Sasuke's arms were covered by the long white sleeves. However, on the hand that was relaxing on his hip, the black arm guards were somewhat visible where his fingers could be seen. He had black, loose ninja pants on, held to his waist by the purple rope and a lighter purple sash.

The sash not only helped hold the loose pants on, but also held the deadly looking black katana on the back of his waist. His legs were covered by black leg guards the color extending to his sandals.

Finally, Sakura looked up at his handsome, angular face and was paralyzed by the empty onyx pits that gazed at her with indifference. Fear and confusion clouded her mind at the great change she saw just by connecting her eyes to his. The eyes that had once been filled with a fiery determination and subtle (but never missed) spark of Uchiha pride were nothing but hard stone. His face was nothing but an emotionless mask, devoid of all the things she had come to learn from the boy that used to be her teammate and crush. She was so captivated by the change that she didn't even notice Naruto run in and slide to a stop next to her; he merely followed her eye direction and froze the same way as she did. Sakura pulled her gaze away from Sasuke and looked at Sai, who was right next to her and appeared unhurt by the massive explosion.

Turning her eyes away from Sai, she looked over at Naruto and felt her heart drop at the pained look on her best friend's face. Eyes filled with so much happiness and mischief, were now dull pools of sorrow instead of the brilliant azure she was so used to seeing. Naruto's usual inner sparkle was gone. She heard his barely whispered voice say Sasuke's name. She looked down at the ground and breathed a deep breath and looked back up at Sasuke, more determined than ever to bring him back home. Sakura briefly looked back when she felt Yamato-Taisho's chakra slowly approaching the opening they had ran out of previously and returned her gaze to a boy she felt she no longer knew.

"Well, if it isn't Naruto and Sakura." Sakura flinched slightly when he spoke; his voice had matured a lot more in the past 3 years.

"I see Kakashi's not here, one less complication to deal with. However, who are you?" he addressed Yamato-Taisho looking beyond Sakura. "I'm Yamato, head of Team Kakashi, since he was injured on a previous mission" Yamato said matching Sasuke's stare unflinchingly.

"Hn" looking away from him, he looked back at Naruto.

"Naruto, still parading around in orange I see" Sasuke mocked.

"Sasuke-teme! Why are you still with that slimy snake! Come back to Konoha willingly or I'll drag you're ass back myself! We are your friends; you're like a brother to me! You know Orochimaru is just using you!" Naruto screamed out pleadingly.

"I severed those bond with you a long time ago Naruto, I don't need you or the village anymore. The only bond I have is with my brother and it is a bond of hatred. Orochimaru and I are not powerful enough to take on Itachi ourselves so if he uses my body and kills him, I don't mind, just as long as I am a part of my brother's death" Sasuke retorted blandly.

"Sasuke!" Naruto took a step forward as if to jump up to him but was cut off. Sakura, who was watching Sasuke, only saw his after image when he flickered over to Naruto, putting his arm around Naruto's shoulder.

How did he do that? Body flicker? No, it's just pure speed.

"You really are a sentimental idiot. All this time wasted searching for me would have been better put to use training, you are going to become Hokage aren't you?" he asked in a patronizing tone.

"What's the point of becoming Hokage if I can't even save my best friend? Isn't that right, Sasuke?" Naruto said plainly, looking straight ahead.

"Such a dobe" Sakura barely saw Sasuke move his hand, but before she could move, Sasuke already had his katana poised to strike Naruto from behind. Her Shishou's training took over as she watched every movement like a hawk- muscle's clenching, chakra coiling just beneath her skin ready to move in a split second.

However, before Sakura or Yamato-Taisho could even move to stop him, Sai already had his hand gripping Sasuke's forearm keeping the blade from striking Naruto.

To her surprised, Sasuke smirked.

"That...was the correct way to block"

Naruto suddenly gripped Sasuke's arm and Sai tightened his hold, Sasuke merely used his upper body strength and their momentum to throw them off of him. Emerald eyes tracked Yamato-Taisho making hand signs shooting a long stream of wood out of the palm of his hand. Sakura saw Sasuke activate his Sharingan.

"Chidori Nagashi" strong electrical currents erupted out of every part of Sasuke's body.

Sai and Naruto were electrocuted and thrown away from Sasuke, the violent action throwing the Shodaime Hokage's necklace from Naruto. Yamato-Taisho's wood was destroyed by the sharp streams of screaming electricity and he was knocked against a nearby rock.

Sakura then turned back to Sasuke who had his arms in a defensive position and was still surrounded by the coiling electricity.

He's pushing the Chidori out of his entire body Sakura thought, looking in awe at the boy a few feet away from her.


Flashback

Sorry Naruto, it means you may have to wait for me a little bit." Sakura said, looking straight ahead at the hospital door. I won't give up and I won't be useless anymore. It's time to get my priorities as a shinobi straight no more weak little Sakura-chan. I will help Naruto-kun get Sasuke-kun back; even if I have to drag his ass back myself.

"But next time, I promise I won't be dead weight" she said turning back and looking at Naruto's wrapped body with a determined smile.

End Flashback


I'm not going to be dead weight anymore, time to put all that intense training from Tsunade-hime to good use.

Concentrating chakra into her hand, she charged at Sasuke when the sparks of lightening receded.

Sasuke, I'll stop you on my own if I have to.

Seamlessly, he turned his red eyes toward her raising his blade now infused with lightening chakra. Watching him charge it with chakra she immediately thought back to what he said to Sai about correctly blocking his sword.

It's a type of chakra weapon that can utilize his elemental chakra. At least all that reading paid off.

Narrowing her eyes when he flipped the blade and brought it above his head, she ducked under his slash and hit the ground at his feet, attempting to knock him off balance. The ground exploded and debris was sent flying everywhere, the ground was uprooted and destroyed in a matter of seconds. She kept her eyes trained to his form and saw his eyes widen ever so slightly at her bout of massive strength.

You are not getting off so easy Sasuke-kun.

While she was still surrounded in the cloud of dirt, she took a scroll out of her pouch and unsealed a short wakizashi. Taking it out of its sheath, she charged at Sasuke again, putting her mastery of chakra control to good use. Pushing chakra into the muscles of her legs, she increased her speed tenfold. Jumping up at his figure, she tried to get a hit on him with her blade, but he dodged seeing her move with his eyes. She flipped mid air to dodge the arcing slice of his katana and dropped down on a large jutting rock that was up heaved from her earlier attack. Bringing her arms into a defensive block and holding her blade out in front of her she charged again, trying her best to avoid eye contact since her encounter with his older brother previously. When she was almost within striking distance his body flickered out like the last time. Stopping were she was, Sakura hardened her stance and waited for him to strike her.

Feeling his chakra right behind her, she quickly turned around and grabbed his arm the same way Sai did, taking care not to touch the dangerous blade. Getting a hard, chakra enhanced, grip on him wrist she swung her wakizashi around aiming for non vitals in hopes of incapacitating him. He dodged the hit and swung a closed fist to her left arm where Naruto had injured her when he lost control of the Kyuubi. When his fist made contact she grunted and her grip loosened just enough for him to get out. Jumping back, panting in overexertion and Sasuke's hit, she concentrated her healing chakra towards her injured arm.

Dirty bastard, can't even fight a fair fight.

Still healing her arm, she got back into a fighting position and waited for Sasuke to make his move. The standstill lasted for about a few seconds before Sasuke's impatience got the better of him. Sakura was prepared for his charge, quickly dropping her wakizashi; she made a few hand seals and created a medical scalpel out of her chakra-which would cut his body on the inside without leaving a mark on the skin. Jumping back from his slash, receiving a superficial cut, she swung her scalpel around intending to cut the tendon from his sword arm. Sasuke dodged but was caught off guard by a powerful chakra enhanced kick to his unprotected side. She finally managing to score a hit powerful enough to knock him into an upturned rock, but when he hit the rock, his body exploded into a cloud of smoke.

Damn, a clone? When did he have enough time to do that?

Sakura scanned the surrounding area, trying to find Sasuke's location. She was unprepared for the attack that came at her from the ground. Sasuke shot up out of the ground and grabbed Sakura from behind, locking her in a strong hold. She tried stomping on his feet and swinging her scalpel, but he merely dodged her attempts at escape.

Damn it! I'm still too weak, but it doesn't mean I'll give in so easily.

Giving up struggling, she went limp, letting her scalpel fade away, hoping he would perceive it as her giving up.

"Hn, I'll admit, you've gotten a lot stronger Sakura. Had that kick actually connected with my side, I've no doubt it would have broken a few ribs" Sasuke said in a low voice right next to her ear where she could feel his warm breath. Sakura shivered at his close proximity, "Maybe, but I still didn't land it on my intended target" Sakura said in a bland voice.

When he didn't respond, she looked up and noticed that he wasn't looking down at her anymore, but over a Naruto who was struggling to get up.

Sakura looked at Naruto and noticed that his finger nails looked more like claws, and when he looked up at Sasuke his eyes were red with a slitted pupil.

Oh no, the Kyuubi is trying to take over again, thought Sakura, struggling to get out of Sasuke's hold so she could go help Yamato-Taisho. When she still couldn't get out, she looked up again and noticed that the tomoe's in his eyes were spinning. She looked back over to Naruto and saw that the Kyuubi's power was being suppressed.

He has the power to suppress the Kyuubi? Sakura asked herself, incredulous of the Uchiha's power.

Naruto snapped out of whatever trance he was in and looked up at Sasuke in shock. Then, when Naruto noticed who was trapped in his arms he became angry. He tried to get up but failed do to chakra loss. Sakura, using Naruto's distraction, charged chakra into her palm and tapped Sasuke's arm, making sure to shut down muscular function. At his grunt of pain, she broke out of his grip, charged her scalpel blade, poured as much chakra into it as possible and swiped at his legs while she was ducked low to the ground. Sasuke jumped high into the air and landed a few feet away but was immediately surrounded by Yamato- Taisho's wood. After a couple of seconds Sasuke busted out of the wood and jumped onto the ledge he had previously occupied before jumping at Naruto.

"I'm tired of this nonsense. I'll finish you off right here and now" Sasuke said as he made a few hand signs. He held his left arm up into the air as little sparks of electricity began to surround his hand; however another hand reached out of nowhere and stopped Sasuke from finishing his jutsu.

"Now, now Sasuke, we wouldn't want to waste that jutsu on this bunch" Orochimaru said as Sasuke ripped his hand out of his hold.

"Tch, whatever."

Orochimaru just smirked and looked down at the Konoha ninjas.

"Hmm, the Jinchuuriki and his cute friends. Enough playing around, we have other important things to do. Let's go Sasuke, Kabuto" Orochimaru's sickly sweet voice called out.

Slowly a vile green flame burned from the bottom of their feet and slowly ate up their forms.

Sasuke's dark, fathomless eyes remained burned into their memory from that day on.


A/n- 12-22-15

-Well, it's definitely been a while since I've been on here. Figured I'd start out small before getting back into all my other fanfics that need tidying up and finishing. I saw a few requests for Sasuke's point of view on this one. Something I might work on.

-Well definitely got some inspiration for re-writing this from listening to Firewall by Les Friction and Gasoline by Halsey

-Still don't have a beta, so if anyone see's any mistakes let me know so I can fix them.