AN: Hey everybody. this is a collaboration project I'm doing with a friend of mine Dana-Eliza. After a few set backs with time constraints and whatnot, we finally got it under way. We don't know how active this whole this is going to be, but judging by the posting record of Dana, this thing will move by pretty fast.

Dana will be writing from the perspective of Sasuke and I will be writing from Naruto's so if things feel a little different now and then, it is mostly because of that. The letters will sent roughly a few months after Sasuke joined Orochimaru.

Dear Naruto,

That is usually how these things start out, right? I'm still a little uncertain as to why I am in fact writing this letter, but I feel like I should. To get some things off my chest and maybe explain things a little.

It's been a while since we last spoke. It was during that fight where you said you would bring me back to the village. I guess you failed, huh? But there is nothing to worry about. I'm doing fine. I'm training a lot and I'm getting stronger. I am certainly on my way to defeat my brother and after that my heart maybe is at peace.

So how is everything going in the village? Still aspiring to become Hokage or have you given up on that crazy dream? Though I don't think you will ever turn your back on that. You are too stubborn for that, just like with the way you wanted to bring me back. But who knows, maybe this dream will actually come true. If you fight long and hard for it, it should happen, right? Like my fight with my brother?

I haven't really made any friends here, so sometimes it gets rather lonely. Orochimaru is a little strange with his tongue, lapping out all the time, and Kabuto almost seems like his fan girl. I don't really know how to handle it. I don't understand how you can admire someone like Orochimaru that much, but maybe I just don't see what Kabuto sees. I've also met some other people. Strong ninjas mostly which Orochimaru lets me fight against, so I become stronger. There certainly are some interesting people around here, but all a little messed up. And apparently I still couldn't escape the clingy girls. I don't really know her, but there is a redhead that keeps staring at me. Thankfully we will be moving towards another hideout soon.

I don't really know why I told you all that. Maybe to convince you that I am doing just fine and my life is still going strong. I feel like I am on the right path, that being here is a good thing. I just don't want you to worry, Naruto. I'm doing fine, I promise.

What I really wanted to say was that I apologize for leaving like that all those years ago. I know it confused you, but it's something you couldn't understand. I am on the path of revenge and staying in the village was messing it all up for me. My feelings towards it were changing and I couldn't risk that. My brother needs to pay for killing my complete family. I am an avenger. This path is more important to me than anything else in the world.

Also apologize to Sakura for me. I didn't leave her in the nicest ways, but she understood even less than you. Maybe one day you will actually see why I left and you will praise me for doing so. I hope you will. It would make me feel better about leaving my life behind, because I do miss it sometimes, the company of others around me, and the laughter they sometimes brought. It filled the void a little, the deafening silence.

I don't think I will send out this letter, but it did feel good to tell you all this, even if you weren't really listening. Somewhere I feel like you understand better now and maybe you can actually let me go. Just let me have my revenge, so my heart won't feel like this anymore. It's important to me and I think you understand now. Like your dream of becoming the Hokage.

Yours sincerely,