Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto.
The greater your capacity to love, the greater is your capacity to feel the pain. - Jennifer Aniston
It was raining.
The pitter patter of the heavy rain was heard hitting the window in the hospital room. It accompanied the beeping of the machine that was connected to a young blond boy who was currently in a coma, and had been for three weeks.
Every day the nurses watched sadly as the young boys friends came to visit. Most of them weren't able to visit every day, but came as often as possible. There were three, however, that came everyday to visit him, hopeful that he would wake up.
As soon as Naruto passed out, Sasuke rushed him to the hospital. He had lost a lot of blood and had gone into hypovolemic shock. Currently, his wounds were closed up and he was connected to a life support machine. He had been in a coma ever since.
The nurses and doctors and even Tsunade said there was a slim chance that Naruto would survive. He had lost a lot of blood and Kyuubi hadn't healed him.
The sunshine that lit Konoha might be gone for good, and the village was going to be plunged into darkness.
Sasuke, however was sure he'd stay alive, and would eventually wake up. However, the Uchiha listened to Naruto's wishes and gave every one their assigned letters from the box under his bed.
He had called everyone over together so he would be able to give them their assigned letters.
It was depressing, as everyone opened up the letters that were given to them. It was because so many people had learned to love Naruto. So many people learned to tolerate and care for the young teen. In the end, there wasn't a single person in all of Konoha that hated Naruto.
The Sand siblings were present at the hospital when Sasuke handed out the letters. Gaara, the teen who seemed so uncaring about everyone around him, was breathing heavily. He was trying his best to stay calm, but it was. Kankuro and Temari stood on either side of him, trying to cover up their tears. Naruto had been Gaara's first friend. His best friend. And he was also the person who taught Gaara to love. He taught Gaara that he was also loved by others. And for that, both Temari and Kankuro were very thankful for the young blond. Sasuke handed the three their letters, and turned to the next person.
Ino was standing along side of Shikamaru and Chouji, clutching her chest. She hadn't known Naruto too well, and they only went on a handful of missions together, but it only takes a person one time to make a lasting impression on someone's life. As Sasuke handed her a letter, she took it with a shaky hand, before bursting into tears.
Chouji remembered all the fun times he spent with Naruto. The two often went to Ichiraku Ramen, to see who could eat more ramen in a certain span of time. Despite Chouji's love for food, Naruto always won. As Sasuke handed Chouji his letter, he silently told himself that he would never eat ramen again.
Shikamaru always thought Naruto was a troublesome teen, but in a good way. There were some things that were worth the trouble, and Naruto was definitely one of them. He would never forget the Rescue Sasuke mission, and how Naruto tried so hard to get his friend back. Naruto was loyal to all those he loved. As Sasuke handed Shikamaru a letter, he shakily took it, before covering his eyes, not wanting anyone to see him cry.
It was getting hard for Sasuke, to have to give everyone their letters, but it was Naruto's wish, and he wanted to fulfill it for him. He wanted everyone to know what an impact Naruto had on their lives.
He passed by Hinata, Kiba, and Shino.
Hinata's crush on Naruto had long since disintegrated, but that didn't mean that his death hurt any less. He unknowingly taught the young Hyuuga how to be strong, to not care what others think, and to hang on, because the best has yet to come. As Sasuke handed her a letter, she closed her eyes, not wanted to read it just yet. She was crying too hard, and it was getting too difficult to breath.
Kiba was someone that Naruto had grown extremely close to. He was also one of the children that Naruto slacked off with at the Academy, and Kiba regretted never telling Naruto how much he cared. He would never get to show Naruto all the affection he always wanted to give him. As Sasuke handed him his letter, he fell to the ground, slowly, and held onto the giant Akamaru for balance.
Shino hadn't known Naruto well either, but he remembered the one mission he had with him. The one he dubbed as 'The laughing mission.' He thought he would regret showing Naruto his sense of humor, but over time, he wanted to laugh with Naruto once again. As Sasuke handed Shino his letter, the Aburame was glad he had on sunglasses.
Sasuke took a deep breath as he walked over to Tenten, Neji, and Lee. Neji looked crushed.
The rain outside fell harder, as if the heavens above were crying for Naruto.
Lee loved to train with Naruto, especially because he realized how strong the blond actually was. Naruto had so much potential, and he was always so happy. And that happiness gave Lee even more hope then he already had. It gave him the hope to move on. As Sasuke handed Lee his letter, he let the tears fall down, not caring who saw him.
Tenten, out of everyone, was the one who knew Naruto the least. They had gone on about two missions together, but they hadn't even really talked. But just being around Naruto made the sun shine brighter. As Sasuke handed Tenten her letter, she choked a sob, holding tightly onto Lee's hand.
Neji cared for Naruto, and he wanted to heal him. If the blond didn't love him back, then it would have been okay. He just wanted to see Naruto smile again. He wanted to see Naruto laugh and make jokes, and play pranks on people. He was to see Naruto become Hokage. But now, none of that was going to happen, because the fire that had kept everyone so warm for so long had burnt out. As Sasuke handed Neji his letter, the two stared into each others eyes for a moment. They knew how the other felt.
Tsunade couldn't even hold out her hand to take the letter, and Jiraiya had to take it for her, as well as his own. She was crying so hard. She had lost her little brother once already, and now she lost him again. Naruto was a brat, both Jiraiya and Tsunade would never deny that, but his was their brat. This was one reason Jiraiya was a hermit. It was because he didn't want to go through the pain of losing someone.
Although it was early, the sky was dark and gloomy, and it looked very late in the evening.
Sai was an interesting case to watch. Sasuke remembered that Naruto had said Sai didn't cry for anything and didn't show any emotions, but now, Sai was standing still, some tears tolling down his face. He made no move to wipe them away, as Yamato stood behind him, holding onto his shoulders. Naruto taught Sai how to love.
Obito couldn't believe that Naruto had actually tried to killed himself. It all happened so fast. The elder Uchiha never would have thought that he would learn to love someone so much in a short period of time, but Naruto was a special case. His little brother…
Sasuke continued handing out more letters. It was amazed at how many people Naruto liked, and all of them liked him back even more. There was a letter for Genma, Raidou, Moegi, Udon, and Konohamaru (in which Naruto told the young Genin to become the Rokudaime, and fulfill his dream for him. The words made Konohamaru nearly fall to the floor, if his friends weren't there to catch him.) There was a letter for the owner of Ichiraku Ramen, and his daughter, Ayame. Shizune had a letter addressed to her, and even Ebisu.
Even though Sasuke knew Naruto would wake up, he wanted everyone's energy to be in the room. He wanted the positive energy from everyone else, to sink into him. Sasuke hoped, if everyone kept coming to visit, he would wake up.
And finally, Sasuke held in his hand, four letters. They were a little different then all the others. They were band together with a rubber band, and there was a sticky note attached to it:
'To my most precious people'
This alone almost made Sasuke sob, as he took the rubber band off. The names on the letters were going to be the people that were affected the most. Without even thinking, he already knew who these four people were.
He walked over to Iruka first, whose eyes widened as Sasuke came closer. He shook his head 'NO!' and tried to walk backwards, but Yamato held onto his shoulder, and made him take the letter. Iruka loved Naruto like a son, they understood each other, and Iruka didn't want to take the letter, because he didn't want to come to terms with Naruto's death…
Sakura knew she was next before Sasuke even walked up to her. Naruto…Sweet, innocent, Naruto. The boy she called annoying when she first met him, the boy that she used to hate with every fiber of her being…The boy she learned to care about. Naruto taught her that she wasn't useless, like she always thought she was. Even though Naruto had left for two and a half years, she felt as thought he was always by her side, guiding her, telling her to get stronger. One of the best days in her life was when she and Naruto got the bells from Kakashi. She wanted to spend so much more time with him. She would make it her goal to heal him once he woke up. She'd make sure no one would ever hurt him again.
Everyone briefly wondered who the last letter would go to. Sasuke had two in his hand, and they all knew one would be addressed to the young Uchiha, but there was no one left to accept the final one…so…who?
"Kakashi." Sasuke spoke, shoving the letter into the jounin hands. He covered his eyes with his sleeve, not wanting anyone to see him cry. Slowly and silently, everyone tore their respective letters open, silently reading them together. Everyone had shed tears, despite how they acted on a normal day-to-day basis. Naruto was such a huge part of their lives, and now he was lying there, near death.
"No, no! NARUTO!" Sakura screamed. Inside of her envelope was also a pair of hair clips. On of them had the symbol that Sakura wore on her back, while the other had Naruto's symbol on it. Sakura fell to the ground, sobbing.
Iruka whimpered in pain as he finished his letter, within the envelope, was Naruto's forehead protector, with a small note: Just paying you back for the time you gave me yours.
Sasuke fell to the ground in tears after he finished reading his letter. The necklace Naruto always wore slipped out of it, and Sasuke held it to his heart. This was Naruto's most prized possession…
"No…You weren't hated anymore Naruto! You were loved! There are so many people who loved you! Why couldn't you see it?" Sasuke yelled out, causing a few people to glance over at him. He was crying, but he no longer cared if people saw his tears. The only true reason he returned to Konoha was gone now, and there was nothing he could do about it. Naruto was gone, and he wasn't coming back.
I never loved someone as much as I loved you. You were the last thing on my mind before I died, I know you were. But I was never really on your mind, was I? It was always Obito you were thinking of. You taught me so much, and I will cherish every waking moment we spent together. Please do not blame yourself for my suicide, and live on, forget about me completely. You've done so in the past, so I'm sure it'll be easy now, right? Goodbye Kakashi, and thank you for everything. Our relationship never meant anything to you, but it meant the world to me. Goodbye Kakashi, until the last breath I breathe I'll always cherish what we had.
Within the envelope, was a bell. The same bell that Naruto had take from Kakashi during that one training session. Attached to the bell, was a note: Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
Kakashi collapsed onto the ground, sobbing.
The rain fell harder.
Three weeks later
Blue eyes opened slowly, and groaned as the light hit them. Naruto looked to his left to see himself hooked up to some sort of machine. To his left, was Sasuke.
The raven haired shinobi held Naruto's hand within his own.
Both wrists were wrapped up in white gauze.
'How did I get here?' He asked himself. He didn't remember what had happened after he passed out. He thought he had died, but when he opened his eyes again, he was in the hospital.
"I'm alive?" Naruto whispered. The low whisper caused the sleeping to Uchiha to awaken. Slowly, he looked up at the blond, eyes wide. He quickly composed himself and sat up straight.
"Naruto? Naruto!" He shouted. He reached forward and pulled Naruto into his arms, gently as to not hurt or startle him.
"What's...going on?" Naruto asked slowly, his voice hoarse. He hadn't spoken in weeks.
"Naruto, please...let me show you how much you are loved. Let us all show you how much we care about you. Naruto...I can't live without you. I don't care what we are...I just need you in my life." Sasuke's voice was strained, as he was crying slightly.
"I...I don't know, Sasuke.."
At the doorway, Sakura stood with her eyes wide. The rose she has brought Naruto had been dropped it the floor in shock. Her gasp caught the attention of Sasuke and Naruto, causing them to turn to her.
"Naruto..." She whispered and ran over to him. Sasuke pulled away from the blond and let Sakura hug him. Sakura held him tightly and started to sob.
"You're awake Naruto, you're awake!"
"Yes...Sakura-chan." Naruto frowned. He was shocked that Sasuke and Sakura were crying because he was alive.
"You have no idea how much I missed you! Naruto, please live. For me? For Sasuke-kun...for all of us?" She sniffed as she pulled away.
"We'll heal you, Naruto. We all will. We won't let anyone hurt you ever again."
"Sasuke...I just...I don't understand. Why am I alive?"
"I brought you here after you passed out. Sakura and I have been coming here everyday. Iruka came almost everyday, along with everyone else."
"Ev...everyone else?" Naruto questioned.
"Yes. Neji, Sai, Ino, just to name a few." Sakura replied. She wasn't going to mention that Kakashi was also there every day.
"Real...really? That all came to see me?" Naruto asked.
"Yes Naruto. You're loved. Much more than you think. Please...let us help you heal...let us show you exactly how much you're loved." Sakura asked, hopeful. She and Sasuke had discussed what would happen when Naruto woke up.
First and foremost, Tsunade said he'd be placed on suicide watch, under Yamato.
Sasuke agreed to let them all move into the Uchiha estate, and it would work for everyone. Yamato would be able to watch him, while Sasuke or Sakura would be with him at all times. The Uchiha estate was also large enough so that Naruto could have visitors. Part of healing him would mean showing him that everyone cares.
"You're going to move in with me, Naruto. Sakura and Yamato will be there too." Sasuke took Naruto's hand and brought it to his lips, kissing it gently. Sakura smiled and leaned forward, kissing Naruto's forehead.
"I...don't want to see..." Naruto paused and looked down at his lap. He didn't even want to say his name.
"No..you won't. We can promise you that. We'll protect you, I promise." Sakura said.
"I'm...broken. I can't be fixed." Naruto said slowly.
"I promise Naruto, you'll never know pain like this again. We'll fix you so you'll never be broken again."
Aww, happy ending...sort of. Sasuke and Sakura want to help Naruto feel loved. In the original Naruto actually died. I wanted to change it up though, because I've come to not like death fics at all. Especially suicide.
Hmm, so I can write a sequel. I'm not sure though. It's be about Naruto and his long process of healing and trusting again. Kakashi will be in it too and he'll try to redeem himself. It'd probably lean towards SasuNaru, but the story wouldn't be totally about that. What are your thoughts? Let me know please!
And thanks again for all the reviews!