A Brother's Love
An xxKaaat Original
"Sasori is dead." Those were three words she never wanted to hear. She wasn't ready for the fall. In fact, none of them were. No one was ready to know that a loving and very powerful friend and sibling had been killed in action.
It was a rainy Saturday morning. Just north of the Akatsuki hideout, stood nine individuals. None of them spoke, for no one dared. Together, the group formed a 'U' shape around a small headstone which stood underneath a large willow tree. The engraving read, "Akasuna No Sasori. Loving friend and brother. Killed in action." Just underneath the markings, laid a small pile of white flowers.
Ever so slowly, a young female emerged from the group. In her hands fell a pink rose, a ring around the stem. One she was in distance, she knelt down and gently laid the rose on top the other flowers. Silently she kissed her fingers and touched the headstone. She didn't back away though, instead she stared straight ahead at the headstone, and silently began to weep as images of her self at a younger age, and a boy who was much older than she, flashed through her head. At once she opened her eyes, stood up and wiped her eyes with the back of her hand. Slowly she turned away and faced the emotionless group.
In the middle of the curve, stood a tall man with orange hair and many piercings. He gave a small nod to the girl, then closed his eyes as he felt a small breeze pass him. Once he opened his eyes, the girl was gone. Slowly he hung his head. Looking through his lashes, he looked to see that he was the only one in the group, not wearing his straw hat. He gave a small smile as he raised his head again.
"This was the wrong doing of the leaf village, no doubt." He watched as the heads of the group perked toward him. "While inspecting near the body, I found a headband. Even before that, I saw them leaving." He turned a head to a taller man at the end of the curve. His long locks fell past his eyes and his face showed lines of age. "Your brother was one of them Itachi." He watched as red eyes met his. "They identified Sasori as the sibling of our dearest Sakura." He paused. "That, Kakashi, is it? He hesitated in killing Sasori, but he gave them no choice as he wouldn't go down without a fight."
A voice boomed from a tall blonde man across from Itachi. "You mean, you watched the fight and didn't help him!?"
"It wasn't my fight Deidara. I had no part in his battle, and if I gave way of my position they would have fought me too." The orange haired man shot a look at the blonde who didn't reply. At once the blonde turned his head. "Now, any more outbursts from you?" He looked around the group, each member turning from his gaze. "Good, now everyone back to the hideout. There's no doubt that they'll be back soon. If they come, I'll set another seal."
With that, the group of people dispersed, leaving the orange haired man and a young woman. The woman slowly made her way to the man. She was much shorter than him, and her hair was a light shade of purple. Her labret was pierced and her eyes were gray. At once she raised a hand to the mans cheek. "Pein, give Deidara peace. Sasori was his best friend and partner, you know that." She paused and slowly wrapped her arms around his frame. "He needs time to cope with the loss."
"Konan, he had no right to burst like that." Slowly Pein wrapped an arm around the woman. "I don't care if he needs time or not, it was wrong. The only person I'm truly worried about is Sakura. After all, it's her brother. If she no longer sees a reason to be here, she could leave at any given time." He paused. "I can't let that happen Konan. That girl is vital for us, and if she falls into the wrong hands, then no doubt she'll be used as a weapon."
"Pein, I doubt she'll go back to them. They killed her brother, and no doubt she knows that. It's a matter of time until she kills out of revenge." Konan smiled. "She's strong, and no doubt she'll train to avenge Sasori, and gain strength to fight for him. They were very close you know, and he loved her very much." Slowly the woman turned to look at the grave once again. "His will, his strength, his love, he himself will live on in Sakura, and in time you'll see Pein. She's a big girl and she can take care of herself."
A young woman sat staring into the river. Her straw hat was now on the ground, and her cloak was strung on a nearby bush. Long pink hair flowed down her slender frame as she shivered from the cold. Her emerald eyes were now red from the tears, and her face was warm. Slowly the girl pushed her hair back to reveal a small black piercing resembling her leaders through her lobe. After cradling her face in her knees, she wrapped an arm around her legs to pull them closer.
From the treeline emerged a tall blonde man. His long hair stuck to his body from the rain, and his blue eyes showed no emotion. "Sakura."
The girl didn't reply, she couldn't find the voice. Instead she simply shook her head as she stared back into the river. "Sakura." The voice spoke again. This time the girl stood up. She turned to face the blonde. She was wearing the usual Akatsuki garnets, a gray cover for her chest and gray shorts. In between those, she swore simply fishnet. Her pong pink hair fell to her lower back as she took a deep breath.
"Six years." Was all she managed before the tears began to fall again. "After six years of training, getting to know my brother again, finding him, leaving my village, he's been killed. My own friends, they were the ones to do so. Yet, no one seems to care that my world has fallen to rubble. My everything, my reason, all gone." With that, she ran into the blondes build arms. Slowly he pulled the girl tighter as he wrapped his arms around her frame, quieting her sobs.
"Sakura, Sasori loved you very much and you know that. His death was not in vein, he was protecting us all in the hideout." He couldn't speak as he remembered what Pein had told him mere minutes ago. "He wouldn't want to see you upset."
The girl pulled away slightly, looking into the blue eyes that belonged to her brother's best friend. "I'll never forget the letters we sent back and forth, before I left. He wanted me to join so badly, just so he could fight alongside me, train me and introduce me to world you live in." She sighed. "For six years we've proven ourselves. I've become so strong, because of him." Her eyes glossed over. "I won't let him die for me, that's not how it works Deidara. I will avenge him."
At once Deidara pulled away. He watched as the vibrant green returned to her eyes. Slowly with his hands on her shoulders he replied, "I will help you." He sighed. "Sasori was my best friend, but we can't be rash about this. The leaf will expect an attack soon after, and no doubt they'll send ninja back to investigate around here."
Eight ninja stood in the hokage office. Each of them stood with their head hung low and hands behind their back. It was a rainy day in Konohagakure and the mission they'd just ended didn't seem to lift their spirits.
"You mean to tell me you all killed an Akatsuki member? Swell! Who?" A blonde busty woman asked.
Slowly a tall man with gray hair stepped forward. "Lady Tsunade, it was Sasori is the red sand.. He put up one hell of a fight, but in the end he fell." He sighed. "Each of are hurt in a different way, fuck Tenten can barely stand." He turned to look at the young woman who was being held up by a taller boy with long hair that fell to his knees. "Neji's had to carry her most of the way. Naruto's got a cut that's stitched for now, but it's only a matter of time until the thread splits again. And Sasuke, he took cuts to the face, back and throat. Luckily we had medical assistance from the sand."
The blonde's eyes narrowed. "Shizune!" She barked. Within seconds a younger woman appeared in the doorway behind the group. "Take these injured to the medical wing stat. Treat them best as you can." With that, each person slowly hobbled from the room. "Kakashi, I want a word with you." When the room was empty,minus Kakashi, he turned to shut the door. At once he knew what the Hokage was going to say.
The blonde put her hand to her head. "Was there any sign of Sakura there?" Her eyes seemed troubled.
The man sighed, "Naruto tried for her, but Sasori wouldn't give in. He said he'd never let her go back to the leaf after all they'd done to his family." Kakashi wiped his brow. "I tried to reason with him, tell him that both he and Sakura could come back and we'd let them go for free, but he wouldn't budge. We guessed that Sakura was unaware of the situation."
"Kakashi, it's been six years, when the hell will she realize what she's done?" The blonde's eyes were dark.
"Tsunade, I don't think that day will ever come. She went on her own free will, you dead the letters yourself. She told Sasori all our weaknesses and secrets even at that time she was only twelve. She's deemed as a traitor, as hard as it may seem."
The woman's head fell. "Kakashi, I well know that. I trained her myself for years alongside you. She blossomed, and she knew so much. To just turn on us, it makes no sense."
Kakashi leaned against the wall. "Our Anbu killed their parents and her brother ran from the village, cutting ties with everyone. She was young, and Sasori took advantage of her, and she fell for his charm. She was always so hung up over her brother, and he came waltzing back into her life. She took the chance, doing whatever she had to." Kakashi's head fell. "It's just as hard for me, she called me her father figure... but we have to accept the fact that she's a member of the Akatsuki and they've kept her hidden well. There's no doubt that she's grown up alongside them all, and they've all trained her well."
"Pissed at the world. Sasuke? Once again blaming himself for her run. Me? Pretty fucked up knowing that all hope of Sakura ever returning is gone. I mean after all, I killed her brother. No doubt that's only added to her hate for us."
Tsunade's head perked up. "How did he die again?"
"He was running low on chakra, and he fell to his knees. I took it as an advantage, and I used the sharingan." He sighed once again. "Naruto threw the rasengan to cut his puppet form from trying any tricks, and Sasuke threw the kunai through his poison heart."
"Alright.. you're free to go Kakashi." The woman waved him away. "Take care of yourself."