Chapter Four

There once was a boy who loved his village very much. He loved the grass under his feet and the air he breathed more than anything else. He loved the village more than his family. He loved the village more than himself. But the village would immolate him beyond all others, and the village would ask him to stain his hands with blood that would never wash away. And he listened.

"Hokage-sama," a young Itachi kneeled before his leader, "The Uchiha are planning a coup d'├ętat in order to take over Konoha."

Hiruzen Sarutobi displayed no visible reaction. Completely stoic, he walked to the door of his office and opened it, beckoning his assistant.

"Bring me Danzo-san, Homura-san, and Koharu-san, if you will, please," the Hokage's assistant politely left to gather the council members, blissfully unaware of the evilness in her own village.

"Of course, Hokage-sama," they were alone.

Closing the door to his office, Sarutobi took his seat behind the oak desk once more. He looked at the ninja before him and felt his heart clench as he realized what must be done.

"Itachi Uchiha," he said, "Your village needs you," The Hokage took a deep breath before asking the question that would obliterate the lives of countless people, "Will you serve Konoha?"

There was no hesitation.

"Anbu Captain Itachi Uchiha, reporting for duty."

And so it began.

"Konoha told Itachi to murder everyone in his clan and used him as a scapegoat for their actions," the masked man said. His voice was no longer cheerful, but instead, sinister, "He could not bring himself to kill his precious otouto... you, Sasuke."

Sasukes teeth clenched and his hands balled up into tight fists. Tears of frustration and regret threatened to pour from his eyes.

"You and I are the only ones left. Will you allow Konoha to go unpunished?" the answer was simple.


And so Sasuke joined Madara Uchiha and vowed to destroy Konoha, once and for all.

Back in Konoha, Hinata prepared to set off for the front lines. In a way, it was easier having her family fighting beside her. There would be no tearful goodbyes or hushed whispers telling her to be safe. Glancing out her window, she could see a beautiful moon shining in the sky. There, in the safety of her bedroom, she made a vow to do everything in her power to make sure that her loved ones would stay safe in battle. Neji, Hanabi, even her father...she would ensure that they would make it through each day.

The raven haired girl bit her lip as she thought who else would be fighting in the coming days. This person, however, would be fighting on the other side of the battle lines. Was the young Uchiha looking at the same moon as her? Hinata wondered how she would react to seeing him fighting her comrades, or fighting her even.

As Hinata prayed for her family and teammates, she found herself praying for Sasuke Uchiha as well.

A/N: It's been months, I know. And its also very short! And Sasuke and Hinata didn't even meet again! (nervous laughter)

I am so sorry that I've been MIA, I've just been busy with my new job! This chapter is short but I wanted to get it out ASAP. A new one will be posted as soon as I can manage! Review replies are also on the way :) Hope you enjoyed