Fault


Gai expected, foolishly, irrationally, to hear that it was his fault.

It was his fault. That much he knew. His nightmares told him that, and the uneasy tightness in his stomach when he saw Kakashi. He didn't know how, or what he could possibly have done, but it was his fault. Because...it just was.

It was one of those things.

Those things that nobody blames each other for, except really, they do, or at least everyone blames themselves. Gai knew Kakashi was probably blaming himself right now. Even though it was Gai's fault.

Which was kind of silly, because it couldn't be more than one person's fault, and Gai already knew it was his fault, so no one else should have to worry and suffer like he was worrying and suffering.

He found Kakashi at the small, private monument erected at the training field where Team Minato used to practice. The monument was a blocky stone three feet high that simply said, 'In Memory of a Hero'. And then Obito's name.

Kakashi stared down at the memorial stone as if it could provide some answer.

Gai walked up and placed his hand on Kakashi's shoulder.

Kakashi didn't move.