Author: HatefulRodeo

Story: Shrug It Off

Notes: Random Drabble; Enjoy Lovelies!

Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto. I will make no money from the posting of this story.

I gazed at you with love. You stared back with indifference.

I try to hug you; you shrug me off and glare at me in distaste.

What happened to make you so cold to me? I loved you, I truly did, but it wasn't enough for you. It is never enough for you.

I finally said "I love you." You laughed cruelly and told me you could never love me.

I told you I was leaving. You looked directly at me and told me to leave my key on the kitchen table.

You broke my heart, shattered it into a million jagged pieces, but you don't care. I don't know if you ever truly have. To you people are nothing but entertainment, something to pass the time in your empty life and heart.

I left my key on the table. I never once looked back to see if you were watching me. I never glanced back to see if regret flashed through your cold black eyes. I knew it wouldn't be there. It never would be there for me.

The loud click of the door closing was the end of our life together and the beginning of my life as I know it now. I was alone and unwanted by the one who promised me their love and the world.

I really acted like the fool the villagers always said I was all those years ago but I don't regret any of it. I followed my heart. For a year I was happy and I'll continue to follow my heart because one day I will meet the one who makes me feel complete.

Uchiha Sasuke that one is not you; it was never you. Sasuke, you're like a beautiful dream but just like all dreams eventually you have to wake up and face reality.

My reality is filled with pain and hurt right now but I'll be okay; I always am. No one can keep me down for long, many have tried and none have succeeded. I'm Uzamaki Naruto; Jinchuriki of Kurama, son of the Yellow Flash and Fourth Hokage Namikaze Minato and the Sixth Hokage of Konohagakure no Sato.

I've overcome much in my short life; through it all I have stood strong and weathered their insults, hate and scorn. Uchiha Sasuke will not be my undoing. I will never give him the satisfaction of seeing me laid low and broken because he is incapable of understanding love and compassion.

So starting today I will focus my attention, and effort, onto those that matter; my remaining precious people and my beloved village of Konoha. A bright smile once again shines on my face, reaching my cerulean blue eyes and making them shine brightly in happiness; yes, I will move on from this.

"Naruto!" I hear my name shouted and turn to smile upon my closest friend, Hyuuga Hinata. Yes, I'll be fine. All I need is my friends to show me that I am still loved, needed, and wanted.

Glancing back to the darkness that seemed to seethe around the empty Uchiha compound I feel sadness; sadness for the lonely man sitting in an empty house, surrounded by the ghosts of his past that he cannot let go.

Smile still in place I sling my arm around Hinata's slender shoulders; "Let's go get some ramen Hinata-chan!" Ramen always makes everything better.

Hope you enjoyed my little drabble! : )

All Mistakes Are My Own!