Tenten stood on the other side of the window partition, one hand pressed up against the cool glass. Her other hand was a tangled mess of splints and bandages. The sharp throbbing of her broken fingers almost obscured the burning itch of the sutures across her back. The burning itch of the stitches almost distracted her from the rhythmic pulse of the clock out in the hallway. The ticking of the clock was almost loud enough to cover up the muffled noise of the respirator in the ICU. The regular, soothing hiss of the respirator, every five seconds, would never be enough to take her mind off the fact that somewhere, inside that snaking mess of IV lines, monitoring cables, catheters, and bandages, her son struggled for his life.
She stood there and stared. Tenten wasn't quite sure when it happened, but sometime in the past three hours, paranoia had set in. She was convinced that if she looked away, that if she blinked, the machines would fail, her son's last breath would
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(WARNING... Contains spoilers For Naruto Chapter 614)
"So Naruto..." sneered Obito. "I thought you said you weren't going to let even a single one of your friends die?"
The Uchiha let his gaze drift away from the obnoxious Jinchuriki cradling the dead Hyuga boy, and took a moment to survey the battlefield. Riding atop the Ten tails, Obito could have been a god surveying the four corners of the earth.
Not that he took any gloating pride in that. Not that any of that mattered. Nothing mattered. There was only one reason that he was still alive, one reason that he forced his broken twisted body up every morning. There was only one reason for all the death and terror and horror and war.
It was all for her.
Rin Nohara. Her smile haunted him still. Obito would be the first to admit that the dark powers that kept his body moving put him in the category of 'no longer being human.' He accepted that the horrors that had happened to him had dashed his mind
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Sakura adjusted the cloth covering the lower half of her face; it was tight and almost suffocating in the humid passage. She tried to relax the bindings but the knot had been tied half-hazardly. Nervousness had always been a weakness of hers, it foiled her mission at the palace, but she was adamant this time would succeed. People should not be hurt because of her weakness.
Dust fell periodically as people paced on the floors above. Thankfully the hidden passage was empty. Sakura was holding her breath and moving as silently as she could, given the circumstances. She couldn't help the shivers even under her thick clothing; the chill in the passage reached to the bones and could kill if she didn't move fast enough. Winter had already come fast.
She stopped when the sudden sound of a door opening reverberated through the passage; it sounded so close, but there no nearby door on this side
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Sakura didn't expect Outland to be the way it was; all her childhood stories described something else entirely. Everyone loved to tell stories about how it was poor, filthy, and home to the lowest form of human. Maybe they just wanted to feel good about themselves, living in rundown and weathered houses in the poor districts of Middle Town, maybe no one ever stepped into Outland to really know, and all the tales became just that, tales.
Or maybe her childhood memories were filled with fabrications, it did feel that way sometimes; a hazy fog coming in and out of sight.
Outland was an uninhabited forest, with endless rows of trees. The strong winter wind had carried away most of leaves. Sakura was filled with a sense of dread by seeing the dark tree trunks and their creaking emaciated limbs. Snow lay in stark contrast to the sea of trees and marching humans. The weaker ones had already disappeared from sight, whether taken in large caravans or killed, she did
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"Everyone, settle down," Uchiha Fugaku ordered as the chaos spread throughout the meeting room. In mere seconds the mood changed from rational planning to bloodlust, with Itachi being the cause of it. At least four of the family elders moved closer to the captive, and behind them others were drawing out weapons. Floor boards creaked with the sudden weight shift, dust rained from the ceiling.
Sasuke was held back by two strong relatives, his father long gone from his side. Things were going to turn out badly if no one took control. He didn't know how these meetings were organized, but this one was starting to look like a riot.
"That's enough," His father growled and approached the center of attention, "Take him away, right now, " and for a moment time froze, then the guards slowly moved back to protect their designated Elders, and Family soldiers stepped closer to the shadows. One by one, people took their seats around the table, and Fugaku nodded with
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"Where do you want to start?" He asked hesitantly.
Sakura had given this a lot of thought over the last two days, she knew that Naruto would come back for a favor or two, or so Master Tsunade had predicted. Their suspicion that his visits will continue proved to be accurate.
"Tell me about the ANBU. How did they start?" she smoothed her skirt before sitting down. They were still in the library though the sun was setting and the light was growing dim in the cluttered room.
"It's a really long story and honestly we don't have time for it now," he finally put down the contract with resignation, signing it took at least an hour because he had to argue over every sentence, and Sakura had to firmly stand her ground otherwise he would have erased half of the contract.
She raised her head and opened her mouth to protest, "listen-"
"Please listen to me, I don't have much time and we have to do this before a catastrophe happens, you have to trust me on this Sak
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The sun was starting to set, another wasted day. Sasuke was feeling restless. His abrupt departure from the spy house added more to his edge. Everything looked bleak and depressing. He was the reason Sakura was taken in the first place, if he'd been faster that day, they wouldn't be in this predicament.
"Why are you running? Home isn't going to disappear anytime soon," The younger Uchiha asked in annoyance. The adrenaline rush from the attack had finally left his system, and he was feeling depleted.
"That I'm not too sure about, brother,"
Sasuke did not want to give his brother an advantage, so he feigned acceptance. Everything was changing all around him. Actually, there was a better way of describing it; the veil that shrouded his eyes was finally lifted. Things had always been covered in illusions or presented in a different way to the younger Uchiha son; his father's aloofness, his brother conflicting behavior, mother's cryptic hints about their
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Sasuke closed his eyes and tried to shut out the noises: Itachi's clock, the rain, people moving in the corridor outside and even the girl's breathing.
Sakura, he reminded himself.
She wasn't willing to give them her name at first, but a cup of tea made everyone feel better about their current situation. Itachi ordered him to go back to his room and rest, but Sasuke ignored the "brotherly advice" and sat on the first chair in sight. His brother smiled at the gesture and asked him to sit tight, they were out of medicinal tea and only Itachi would be able to get more without arousing suspicion.
Sasuke gritted his teeth in annoyance. He had to suppress his dislike for being in his older brother's room. He avoided it for so many years and would have gladly continued had he not needed some answers.
He took a deep breath and opened his eyes, taking in the scenery of the great garden being drenched by he
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The search party went on for days. From what Sasuke could tell, an emergency distress call was sent to all field operatives, at first it was just the house residents doing rounds, but then all sorts of people appeared at the headquarters for assignments. He met a few servants of the Hyuuga and Nara Families: gardeners, cooks, chamber maids, even guards; so Tsunade's reach easily covered most of the Kingdom. He was very impressed with the fact that this was simply her retirement plan. Sasuke shuddered to think what the actual ANBU force would be like.
For now, it was best that he played along and gather as much information about this underground society as he could. He didn't know what the requirements for joining the elite corporation were, so the best option would be to find the ultimate prize; Sakura was important, and he must be the one to find her. Also the guilt at mistreating her before they were separated was gnawing at him.
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More time had passed as artificial light flickered outside of Naruto's comfortable cell. He paced the small space while measuring every corner. What chilled him was not the amount of blood spilled earlier, he was used to the sight, but the cold indifference in the Prince's eyes as he left the Arena. He had killed a man without reason, and without showing the least bit of remorse. The attendants had all gone pale, and some of the guards too. Naruto was trained to take a life only when he was on missions, or in self defense, and in those cases the targets were always armed and dangerous. To kill outside of what was necessary was forbidden.
One more sand soldier passed up and down the hallway between the square cells, he glared at Naruto and ordered him to sleep. All the other prisoners were sleeping, so he should do the same.
Naruto grimaced, but accepted the order. He dropped on the low bed and closed his ey
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"Now sit down and be a good boy, ok?" Bright blue eyes stared into his own, "Please Naruto, this is important. Can you do this for me?" A concerned crease of the forehead told him that this was a serious issue.
"But I'm always good," Naruto whined, he turned his head to glare at the silver haired teenager standing at the back of the room, "he's lying Dad,"
"Kakashi is on your side, he's here to make sure you're safe," his father replied kindly, "I only have one meeting left, I promise this is the last one," A weary smile crossed his features. He relaxed his shoulders and slide down into a sitting position to look Naruto in the eye, "Then we can have dinner together, and I will tell you a story,"
The little boy shook his head violently, "I don't like him, he's mean!" he stuck out his tongue, and saw anger cross Kakashi's eyes for a brief moment.
"Promise me you'll behave, just one more hour, please?"
He'd only seen his father five minutes all day, and that was mu
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The bastard had done it. They were so close to escaping with the new information, then he conjured the brilliant idea of causing an explosion and attracting every guard in the vicinity, even though the impact caused him to fly into a tree. Naruto laughed at Sasuke's misfortune as the blonde whipped out two sharp knives and prepared for the oncoming attack. The soldiers on duty came rushing to the scene, and then four more stepped out of a distant outpost. The odds weren't too drastic, but there were other factors to take into consideration; the box of volatile explosives, someone possibly sounding an alarm, as well as the Sand agents beyond the wall the bandaged man could have backup soldiers.
The best way to deal with these risks is to start taking out opponents as they come for him, one step at a time, and as quickly as possible. The Uchiha looked dazed as he shakily got up to his feet. Naruto cursed, he would have to save the day on his
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The rescue mission was considered a success as well as a failure. By the time Sakura heard the sound of the second door opening with Naruto rushing in, the older Uchiha brother was still declared missing. Two people had to force the door open from the outside, Naruto and a mysterious dark haired man who held a remarkable similarity to the Uchiha Family.
As for Itachi, it was impossible to tell if he had been rescued, killed, or taken to a different location. His holding cell was darker than Sasuke's but the amount of blood and gore was more drastic, including a dead guard at the door. Sakura left the room as quickly as she entered; this place had a hellish atmosphere that she could not handle.
Moments later, Naruto came back with his shoulders sagging, "Is he still alive?" he was subdued.
"Barely, we have to get him to Master," Sakura eyed Sasuke's wounds critically. There were all kinds, ranging from fresh bleeding stab wounds to less recent long thin
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The house had been thrown into utter chaos that morning. A hurricane would have been easier to deal with, or so Naruto mused. Tsunade had sent almost all of her agents, not even waiting twenty four hours to pass since Sakura's disappearance. To the Master, an extensive search party being conducted throughout town to recover Sakura was an absolute priority.
Naruto took off as soon as he suspected the girl was missing, he didn't expect the old woman to give him orders, though he willingly stormed out of the door into the violent weather anyhow. Armed with only a thin orange jacket, he shivered all the way to a clothing shop to "borrow" a heavy black raincoat. It wasn't on display or openly visible, and besides, the shop owner would not notice its disappearance for a while. Naruto resolved to bring it back when he found Sakura, silently thanking his Mentor for all the stealth training that he was put through.
Middle Town was a large city to cover, there were twen
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In her mind, Sakura struggled to get dressed and prepare her master's mission reports; surely the old woman would be angered by the delay. One of these days someone else would have to help with the reports. The girl tried to lift a heavy blanket from her chest and suppressed a sneeze which led to a heavy bout of coughing. When a throbbing sensation hit her lungs, she stopped any attempt at moving and tried to numb the pain. Another strange sensation made her mind snap with clarity, she was wearing a very soft silk dress. Where did that come from?
There was a brief moment of disorientation as she tried to take in her surroundings. She was in a silent room, the barred window to her left signaled the deep dark before dawn. Her eyes tried to adjust to the darkness but there were no candles in sight. There was one door only, and a few indistinguishable pieces of furniture. The room didn't feel cold at all, and the bed she slept in was very warm and comfortable, not to
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Ino sat on the window sill of the vast room. That strange man said it was her childhood bedroom. She winced at the memory of the meeting. He nearly crushed the air out of her lungs when he hugged her. To be honest, she did not remember him at all. The medic ward was overcrowded with injured people and she was lucky enough to find a good spot to rest. She wasn't as heavily wounded as some of the other patients, they said, and so she was given a quick healing spell and then an empty tent corner. It was relative of course: she was freezing, her ribs hurt like hell, and her head was about to explode. Those stupid medics. She dozed for a few hours and was jolted awake by the sharp pain in her side.
Not critical, yeah sure
Simply coughing felt fatal, but she was happy to stay out of everyone's way, and swore to kick anyone who came too close. That was the plan, but when a middle aged man with long blonde hair rushed to her side, she c
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"Observe and report," the king had ordered. Well, it was never going to happen in this kind of situation, Naruto reasoned. If King Sarutobi wanted a stealthy spy, he could have sent Shino or any of those by-the-book ANBUs.
No, Naruto was assigned this mission because he was the best man for this mission. He took "creative liberties" where others waited for instructions. At the end of the day, the ANBU would get their information, regardless of the means. Though, one thing still bothered him; did the mission count as a success if he, Naruto, pushed the bloodthirsty family to start the rebellion?
If he were lucky enough, things would not go that far. And if Sakura did her role well, that stupid Sasuke would be safe before any drastic action was required. Though Itachi was a different case, it was clear from the amount of escorts and the general security that the Uchiha heir was a top priority prisoner, and it would take at lea
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"If you're going to kill me, do it now, I'm ready," said the boy as he closed his eyes with determination.
Endless moments passed by, and the silence in the vast room was grating on his nerves. This was it, the moment he ran away from. It was finally time to face judgment. He waited and waited for his judge to make a move, but nothing came.
"C'mon, I know you want me dead," Naruto forced his voice into steadiness, "I lost those stupid books,"
"Those stupid books are three Golden editions and one Diamond," Kakashi coldly replied, it was the only thing had said all morning. "Out of print, all of them,"
"Well you shouldn't have left the safe open then!"
"I didn't," The older ANBU got up from his chair and approached his student, "Someone broke in after he was not promoted to platoon captain."
There was a loud scraping sound, and Kakashi moved a chair as noisily as he could across the rough stone floor. Steel against stone was not a sound for so
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"Don't drink too fast, you'll choke," Kakashi told her offhandedly as he cleaned his weapons in preparation for another espionage attempt.
"You're going again?" Sakura stared at her medicine bottle blankly, "If he catches you "
"He won't, I've been camping here for months. If I can't find more Intel, then there's no point in wasting another night," and then he was quiet. That was probably more than anything he said in the past few days. When he had saved her, he appeared to be an average conversationalist, but once she was able to stand on her own, his silence and absence stretched on. This mission took first priority, and Sakura refused to delude herself otherwise. She was just a witness; one more tool, one more foolish pawn in a game of intrigue played by people much wiser and stronger than herself.
I won't play this game anymore, she silently promised and downed the remainder of her medicine in one gulp. The fact that she did not c
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Sakura struggled to keep up with the boys' pace. As caring as the older brother had seemed, he had all but forgotten about her weakened state. When he rushed for the pack, she thought he would dispatch a message, and not take all three of them on a hard run down the hill. She was disappointed when Sasuke moved with determination and helped her up. He crudely threw a large, albeit clean, cloak on her shoulder.
Under the cover of the cloak, She smirked at the thought of traveling with the famously gorgeous Uchiha brothers, if anyone knew about it, she would be the envy (and the cause of many grudges) of the kingdom. But alas, this night was one to be enjoyed inside a shelter with book in hand and a spot by the fireplace, not in the cold and heavy rains. She sighed and followed the two men to the door, close to one of the passageways.
"Aren't you curious to know who's out there?" Sasuke whispered in amusement and gestured to the door.
"There are more importan
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Chapter Five: How to treat a Lady?
She just knew something bad would happen. No matter how convincing Ino sounded earlier, Sakura was sure she would get caught. Getting past the guards was much easier than expected. With her fake golden invitation, colorfully dressed soldiers let her in without a second glance.
Blending in with the crowd was difficult, but not for the reasons she had imagined. She had made her opinion of the Nobles long time ago; growing up with Ino and the others, having very limited resources made feel her lacking as a person. She would never be as eloquent or graceful as these people. To Sakura, Nobles were a different species all together.
Sure, she was smart, maybe physical beauty was not her trademark, but she prided herself for being practical and honest. She also wasn't used to verbal abuse and mockery. Ino would tease her regularly and they would bicker, but the blond girl never meant Sakura any harm. Ino was like a sister to her.
For the ball, Sakura