Sasuke watched in confusion as Izuna packed a bag. He didn't understand why his uncle was crying so badly as he did so, or why Hashirama stood in the doorway in an attempt to talk to the young man.

"Izuna-kun, don't do this…" Hashirama frowned.

"Mada-nii doesn't care about me anymore!" Izuna whimpered. "If he cared then he wouldn't have done what he did! I'm leaving because of him!"

"Izuna-kun, your brother loves you so very much," Hashirama tried to reason, tears in his own eyes. "He's going through a very hard time, now…"

"We've always gone through everything together, but nii-san doesn't seem to care about that anymore! He just wants to stop his own suffering and leave me to care for Sasuke and Itachi by myself while grieving for both him and Tobi!"

"Izuna-kun, Mada -!"

"No! I don't want to hear it! I don't want to see aniki ever again! I'm leaving, and if I ever see you again, it will be without Mada-nii!"

"Izuna-kun!"

Sasuke tilted his head as his uncle approached him. Izuna leant down and hugged his nephew before he kissed the younger on the forehead.

"I'll see you again one day, Sasuke-kun…" Izuna sobbed. "I love you with all my heart, so please don't think that I don't…"

"Izuna-oji-san…" Sasuke grabbed Izuna's hand, "…where are you going?"

"Somewhere far away from here, Sasuke-kun."

"But oji-san, Madara-oji-san loves you! He'll cry if you leave without him!"

"He should've thought of that before he tried to abandon me!" Izuna snapped as tears flowed heavier. "If he really loved me, he wouldn't have tried to abandon me! He betrayed me! He told me we would be together forever! He's a liar and a traitor! I hate him!"

"Izuna-kun, stop this." Hashirama came into the room now and pulled Izuna into a hug. "You don't have much money and you have nowhere else to go, Izuna-kun. You're going to be hurting everyone, including yourself, doing this."

"I don't want to be here with him anymore!" Izuna barked again. "Tell him that I never want to see him again!"

"Izuna-kun…!"

Before Hashirama could say another word, Izuna forced himself out of Hashirama's grip and ran from the bedroom.

Sasuke got Hashirama's attention before the Senju could leave.

"I don't understand why Izuna-oji-san is leaving…" Sasuke whispered.

"He's confused and hurt, Sasuke-kun," Hashirama explained. "He feels like Madara-kun betrayed him first, so now he's leaving to try and protect himself from further harm."

"Madara-oji-san didn't hurt him," Sasuke clarified. "He hurt himself. I don't understand."

"Sasuke-kun, it's hard to understand a person's actions in a time of grieving," Hashirama said softly. "Izuna-kun isn't in his right mind. He's just blinded by hurt. All we can do is try and talk sense into him."

Sasuke nodded and looked back out at the corridor in time to see Izuna run from Itachi's bedroom, carrying his bag and crying heavily. His uncle disappeared down the stairs. Seconds later, they heard the front door slam shut.

Hashirama shook his head and left the room, sparing only a glance back at the youngest Uchiha. He entered his office, and Sasuke crept to the door, listening in. It seemed like Hashirama was on the phone to someone, and it sounded like he was crying.

Sasuke bit his lip. Why was everything becoming so hard and confusing? First Tobi disappears, and then they find out that he died, then Madara tries to kill himself, and now Izuna has left. Sasuke was scared about what would happen next.

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It had been three days before Madara was allowed to return back home and things went from bad to worse.

"Welcome home, Madara-kun." Hashirama smiled when he opened the front door for Madara. He walked in behind the younger before closing the door after them. "Sasuke-kun really missed you, and I'm sure Itachi-kun did, too."

Madara smiled weakly before he looked down at the ground. He walked up to the stairs, heading to his bedroom.

Hashirama frowned when he heard the Uchiha call for his little brother. How was he supposed to tell Madara that Izuna had left?

It didn't take long before Madara came back down the stairs, seeking Hashirama. "Where is Izuna?"

"…" Hashirama bit his lip and felt his eyes tearing up again. "…I don't know…"

"What do you mean you don't know?" Madara asked, fear in his voice.

"…Izuna left, Madara-kun…"

"W-what…?" Madara looked terrified at these words. "…What…?"

"Izuna-kun… felt like you betrayed him and tried to abandon him, so… he left…" Hashirama's voice was gentle and soft, aware that this would be so very painful for the Uchiha.

"…I didn't…" Madara's own eyes filled with tears. It didn't take him long to run from the kitchen and back up to his own bedroom.

Hashirama sighed. Why was this happening? Everything was going wrong.