Alrighty people! This is what we have all been waiting for! I'm sure all of you are tired of reading this by now so I'm happy to tell you that this is the final chapter! Cheers or boos? Both?
I was going to split this into 2 separate chapters but for fear of getting my head lopped off, and because a vast majority of you are INCREDIBLY impatient(I mean it's not like I don't update everyday) I edited the last 2 chapters into one. So feel special and loved, sit back and relax and read the final installment of Naruto and Sasuke's struggle to be together.
I'll say my final goodbyes at the end of this. I'll try to make it light so it's not all depressing.
When I got to the top of the stairs, Naruto walked out of the bathroom in nothing but sweats and was toweling his hair dry.
He was in the shower…?
He smiled at me before turning and walking into his room.
"Hey Sasuke. Did Itachi leave?"
I was taken aback by how casual he was being. Had I imagined him running away? How scared he had looked?
No, of course you didn't… Something's wrong…
I followed him into his room. He threw the towel to the floor and dug through the closet for a shirt before falling onto his bed and turning on the TV.
"Naruto? Is everything okay?"
He flipped through a few channels before answering me.
"Hmm? Yea I'm fine. Why?"
I noticed he hadn't looked me in the eye since he came out of the bathroom.
I sighed and walked over to sit next to him on the bed. He fidgeted a little and looked at me out of the corner of his eye, but he said nothing.
"Because you just ran upstairs like a bat out of hell? Because Itachi's taking me to New York? Because neither of us wants me to go?"
He snapped his eyes back to the TV and changed the channel a few more times.
"What are you talking about? I was just a little shocked. I mean its New York. It'd be awesome to live there… I think it's great that you're going…"
His voice was trembling and he kept clenching and unclenching his fists.
I laced my fingers with his in the hopes of comforting him but he tensed up at the contact.
"Do you really think it's great…?"
I tightened my hold on his hand in anticipation for his answer.
"Of course… You know you liked New York when you were there… Now you get to go back for good…"
He looked unfazed but his voice continued to waver with every false word he said.
"Naruto… You know full well that I hated New York. I was too busy missing you to care about anything else."
He turned his face towards me but he was looking past me and not at me.
"There you go… You never gave yourself a chance to like it. I'm sure you will. Just forget all about me…"
His voice broke and he went back to flipping through the channels.
I was fed p with his charade. I grabbed the remote out of his hand and turned the TV off before throwing the remote across the room.
"Dammit Naruto! Stop lying to yourself and look at me!"
I turned so that I was facing him and slammed my hands against the wall on both sides of his head.
He flinched away from my raised voice and turned his face away from mine.
I didn't want to scare him but I had to get through to him somehow.
"Please, tell me what you're really feeling… Don't make me leave thinking you don't care about me…"
I lowered my voice to a pleading tone. He had no idea how much he was hurting me by acting like this.
His face crumpled and his breath shuddered.
"You know that's not true Sasuke… I love you…"
I small smile tugged at my lips when he said that. As long as that never changed everything would be okay.
"Then stop lying and tell me the truth Naruto."
His mouth set into a hard line and he finally turned and looked me in the eyes.
"What's the point Sasuke? Nothing I say or do will change anything! Telling you it's going to kill me when you leave isn't going to make you stay! I was naïve for thinking you'd always be with me! I don't have any kind of hold on you! I never di-"
I crashed my lips to his and he squeaked in protest and shoved me away.
"Dammit Sasuke! Listen to me!"
He was still trying to push me away from him but I grabbed his hands and held them down to his sides.
"No Naruto! You listen to me! I don't have a choice in whether I leave or not but I'm still choosing you! Don't you get that? You have a hold on me! You have since the first day we met and you always will! So stop trying to throw me away! It's not making this any easier…"
Tears welt up in his eyes and spilled over. He wrenched his arms free of my grasp and clung to me.
"I don't want you to go…"
He nearly pushed us off of the bed by how hard he threw himself at me. I put my arms around him to steady us.
"I need you here…"
Every reason he had for not wanting me to leave was like a knife to me heart.
Eventually Naruto fell asleep after hours of crying and me comforting him. Even in his sleep his was still whimpering and fidgeting.
I tried desperately to fight back the tears that wanted to make their way out of my eyes but soon I found myself crying silently at thought of leaving him behind.
We tried to act like everything was normal the next three days.
No one said anything about me not going to school. I spent those hours packing and talking to Itachi in the hopes of making it easier on Naruto.
When Naruto got home I would help him study for finals, we'd hang out, and then we'd eat dinner and go out and do something like we always did.
We were trying to make it seem like me leaving wasn't really happening, but I couldn't hide the bags or the fact that more of my stuff was disappearing from the house.
On my last day I came down the stairs to find Naruto and Iruka arguing. Naruto refused to go to school.
"Naruto! You have finals to prepare for! I understand how hard this is for you but I'm not going to let it affect your education! You're going to school!"
"But Iruka! This is his last day here! I want to spend it with him! You take off work every time Kakashi has to leave! This is different! Sasuke's not coming back!"
Iruka sighed and ran his fingers through his hair.
"Naruto, I know this seems like the end of the world for you but it's not. You're going to fall in and out love tons of times before you find the person you're meant to be with. Don't let Sasuke leaving ruin your life."
That felt like a slap to face. I couldn't think of myself with anyone but Naruto. Apparently Naruto felt the same way.
His face scrunched up in anger and it looked like he was about to go into one of his rages.
"You didn't! You've only been with Kakashi so don't act like you know so much! You don't know shit Iruka! Stop patronizing me and stop trea—"
I decided it was time to intervene and walked up to Naruto to take his hand.
"Come on… Let's go upstairs and talk."
Naruto continued to glare at Iruka but when I tugged on his hand he conceded and followed me up the stairs.
"Would you please convince Iruka to let me stay home? He actually listens to you. I mean it's not like he raised me or anything!"
He shouted out the door so Iruka would hear him. I sighed and placed my hands on his shoulders to calm him down.
He looked at me curiously.
"Naruto… I think you should go to school…"
I expected him to get mad and braced myself for his reaction. Instead his face crumpled and my heart broke at the expression.
"Don't you… want me here… with you?"
It sounded like a foreign concept to him and I couldn't help but to laugh at his puzzled expression.
He glared at me and I swept his hair back to kiss his forehead.
"Of course I do idiot but school's more important. I'll be here when you get home."
I smiled at him reassuringly but he wasn't pacified.
"Yea, for two hours… I want more time with than that before I have to say goodbye…"
His voice broke over the word goodbye and he turned his head away from me.
I gently grabbed his face and made him look at me.
"Well then there's nothing to worry about cause we aren't saying goodbye."
He looked confused before glaring at me.
"I'm definitely staying home! You're not leaving without saying a word like you did last time!"
I laughed at the conclusion he had come to and rolled my eyes.
"Naruto I wouldn't do that to you… Okay I won't do it again, but that's not what I meant. What I meant was, that we'll call and text and talk in whatever way possible the whole time I'm gone but the day I turn 18 I'm going to hop on a plane and come back here to you. So don't say goodbye and just wait for me, okay?"
He just stared at me before giggling and rolling his eyes.
"That sounded so sappy Sasuke!"
I was glad to see him laughing and smiling again.
"Yea, well I am a hopeless romantic."
He wiped a tear out of his eye and scoffed at me.
"As if! You wouldn't know romance if it bit you in the ass."
Iruka came up the stairs and raised an eyebrow at Naruto.
"You look happier. You'll be late if you don't leave soon."
Naruto looked at me uncertainly and I nodded.
"Fine! I'm leaving now since I'm so obviously not wanted here."
It was his last attempt at trying to stay home but it didn't work.
I pushed him gently out of the room.
"That's right. Now get out before we kick you out."
He smiled at me sadly before pecking me on the lips and grabbing his bag.
"See ya later…"
My last two hours with Sasuke were light and cheerful, though there was an underlying sadness that we both ignored.
Iruka and Kakashi wanted to make themselves discreet so we could be alone but Sasuke insisted on them spending time with us. He was going to miss them as much as he was going to miss me.
They hadn't liked each other at first, but Sasuke and Kakashi had grown close while he was leaving here.
Iruka wouldn't admit but he was fighting back tears all day.
Though I had been an emotional wreck up until now, I felt at ease sitting on the couch snuggled up with Sasuke.
I ignored his bags that were at the foot of the stairs. I ignored the clock so I wouldn't count down until his brother was showing up. I ignored everything and just stared at Sasuke while he stared back at me.
I was going to make this easy on both of us. I would see him off with a smile. I'd wait until he was in the car and driving away until I let the tears flow.
The doorbell rang and the tears were out of my eyes before the bell was done chiming.
So much for that plan…
Iruka got up to let him in and when he heard Itachi's voice Sasuke's arm tightened around me and I scooted closer to him.
"I love you…"
I nestled my face into the crook of his neck.
"I know… I love you too…"
He pulled me to him and hugged me so tight I could hardly breathe.
Much too soon he let go and stood up to grab his bags. Itachi offered to carry some but Sasuke ignored him and walked right past him and out to the car.
"So that's how it's gonna be…"
He looked back at us awkwardly. He barely spared me a glance.
He walked out of the house and when the door shut my tears flowed relentlessly.
I glared at Itachi as he walked out of the house and got into the car.
"This is a good thing Sasuke. It might not seem like it now but it is."
He looked at me, pleading for me to understand.
I scoffed and he sighed as he started the car. He put it into reverse and backed out of the driveway.
He pressed the brake and stopped.
I looked out the window at Naruto's house sadly.
"Are you really going to make me do this…?"
He didn't answer. He just put the car into drive and sped away from my home.
The ride to the airport was spent in silence. Itachi tried to start a conversation with me but I was being the stubborn teenager that I was and not saying a word.
When we pulled into the parking garage I was tempted to ask him what was going to happen to the car but I didn't.
His company would probably send it over. Or buy him a new one.
I wasn't really there as my body went through the familiar motions of walking through airport security.
All I could think about was that each step I took was a further step from Naruto.
My neck had grown sore from how many times I had looked back even though I knew there was nothing to see.
"Sasuke? It's time to go."
I looked back at Itachi.
"Hmm? Yea… Sorry."
I was so out of it that I forgot I wasn't speaking to him.
I looked back once more before I grabbed my carry on and followed him to get onto the plane.
I was a mess and Sasuke had only been gone for two hours. How was I supposed to make it until he turned 18?
I wasn't sure but I would. I would do anything for Sasuke. He promised to text me as soon as he could after they landed and then once he situated at wherever they were staying he was going to call me.
That's all you have to do to make it through this. Look forward to the next time you will hear from him.
I had felt Iruka and Kakashi's eyes on me since Sasuke had left and I was tired of their pity.
I grabbed Sasuke's hoodie he had given me off of the back of the couch and shrugged it on.
"I'm going for a walk... I'll be back in a bit."
I knew they wanted to protest but they didn't. They knew I wanted to be left alone and they respected that.
I walked around aimlessly for who knows how long. Before I knew it I stumbled upon a park that me and Sasuke had come to a few times.
I just stood there and stared before I walked over and sat on the bottom of the slide.
A cold breeze blew by and I snuggled deeper into the hoodie and breathed in his faint scent.
The park was deserted and I welcomed the quiet, peacefulness of it.
Cars passing by on the road interrupted it every once in a while but it didn't bother me.
I had wanted to be alone, but now the thought depressed me. The cars reminded me that I wasn't really alone.
People were still out there. Sasuke was still out there, however far he may be.
I looked at my watch and sighed. Sasuke's plane should've taken off by now. He was really gone.
I heard a car screech to a stop in front of the park and its tail lights were shining in my face. It hurt my eyes so I pulled the hood up to shield them.
A few moments later it pulled away. I heard footsteps approaching the park but I ignored them. I wasn't in their way and they weren't in mine.
"Aren't you cold?"
I didn't register the voice at first. I was too busy wondering why this person was talking me. Everything about me was screaming leave me the hell alone.
I snapped my head up in disbelief when I processed who the voice belonged to.
I blinked my eyes a few times to make sure I wasn't seeing things.
"S-Sasuke? What are you doing here?"
He smiled and shrugged.
"I couldn't get on the plane. I was taking a cab to your house until I saw you sitting here."
I pinched my arm to make sure I wasn't dreaming.
"What about your brother?"
Sasuke laughed and it made me smile.
"He got fed up with me moping and told me to get the hell out of his sight. He's gonna fax over the custody paperwork when he lands. He's not exactly happy about it but I don't really care. I get to stay with you."
He smiled at me. All I wanted to do was run to him but I controlled myself.
"You sure know how to make a guy wait."
I knew he would understand what I was referring to. He shrugged and chuckled.
"Yea, well I thought I would try my hand at cruelty."
I stood up and walked over to him. Once I was back in his arms nothing else mattered. Sasuke was here with me and he always would be.
"You suck at it so never do it again."
The sound of his laughter resounded in my ears before he captured my lips with his in a chaste kiss.
"Yes, sir. Let's go home."
Now if you don't like the ending I'm sorry. I'm pretty sure I tied everything up and I like it the way it is. I know it's corny but I like cheesy, corny, sappy, romantic stuff.
Reviews please. :O)
I'm about to go see Sherlock Holmes 2! I love Robert Downey Jr.!
NOOOO GURGI! DON'T GO!
No? Okay… A girl can wish can't she? I know I'm not that great.
*tears up* This is it. The end. It's all over. Yes, I'm being over dramatic but this was my most successful FF and you guys are the best readers I've ever had. I really thank all of you for putting up with me until now.
Now that this is over I'm going to set to work on my AkuRoku (If you don't know what AkuRoku is, I have a FF called I Can Stop the Bleeding that's halfway decent yo ucan read. Other than that there's always google.) story that I've been obsessing over the past few days. I can't guarantee when I'll start posting it. I wanna say don't expect anything until after Christmas but knowing me and how fast I work it might be up before then. Who knows?
Until then, feel free to message me if you wanna talk or read some of my other stuff. Though it's not as good as this was but still.
Until next time guys! :D