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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"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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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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Inoichi Yamanaka bombarded her with questions, but Sakura ignored him. Her mind was filling with images, voices, and smells as well as her mother's hugs, father's stories, and Ino's childish ranting. She even remembered watching Tsunade Senju from across the street; the little girls were hiding behind a pungent garbage dump. Ino's plan was still clear in her mind.
Tsunade had detected them very early on, but acted as if she didn't. Sakura grimaced at the memory; they thought they had outsmarted an ANBU leader.
There were many questions buzzing in her mind; reality mixed with illusion, conversations from different timelines blended together.
"Lord Yamanaka, my apologies," she bowed with deference," I don't know where Ino is. We were separated last night at Tsunade Senju's safe house. Sand platoons stormed in and took everyone."
"Do you remember anything about that platoon?" his eyes were no longer accusing and Sakura saw him for what he truly was, an anguished fat
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There were four figures standing next to the Platform gates, two of which wore long cloaks and the rest donned protective military vests.
"Namikaze? As in Minato Namikaze?" Sakura asked in a low voice, standing between Naruto and the rest of the group. Sasuke barely reacted to the revelation; if he did care, he didn't show it.
Kabuto was rambling about family names and discussions, but it wasn't important, just his usual fake flattery.
She looked at Naruto, who stood up. It made perfect sense; it was odd that he seemed to know so much about the ANBU. He was young yet so embedded in that secret world. Plenty of highly connected people knew him either personally or by reputation. And most importantly, he was still alive after all the immature stunts that he pulled on Kakashi. Anyone else would have been locked in an underground dungeon for life but he was spared, and the commander of the whole military even acted as his guardian.
Naruto was a prince, albeit fr
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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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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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"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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(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 into a
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Half an hour ago, Sakura thought she would slip into waking dream and never come back. Now, she thanked every deity she could think of, as the flashes of memory receded just enough that she can be aware of her surroundings. It was perfect timing, she had to defend Itachi or at least keep him from being impaled.
"Go," She heard Itachi's labored breath. He was deathly pale, "save yourself,"
A sound soldier had come too close. She whipped her knife but it swished through empty air. She was about to kick the stocky man when he was fell backward. Sasuke was crouching near the man, barely making eye contact before going back to the melee. A wave of gratitude washed through her; thank god that he was a remarkable warrior. Every time someone pressed too close he was instantly by her side to fight off the opponents, as if he had a sixth sense. Sakura didn't have delusions regarding her strength; she could fight decently on her own, but she couldn't attack and protect the
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Sasuke gritted his teeth and backed one more step, despite the fact that there was very little space to retreat to begin with. Exploding lights continued to flash through the window behind him.
Fuck, for every Sand bastard that went down four more appeared. Pretty soon, his entire field of vision was filled with homicidal soldiers. One more step. The floor boards creaked loudly. He stepped carefully as they were slippery with blood; most of it was from fallen enemies. He was barely able to stay awake, but he did all he could to keep his body moving. His right hand held a serrated blade though he could not remember where it came from. Every time the blade withdrew, a painful strain on his arm and shoulder muscles quickly followed.
"You're the Uchiha?" A deep voice asked, Sasuke couldn't see its source, his vision swam. He didn't reply, more out of apathy. Uchiha or not, he was not going to give up. His wounds had reopened and he already
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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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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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The moment she reached HQ, Sakura was overwhelmed by gratitude. This was her family, this was her home and most importantly, Master welcomed her with open arms, regardless of her temporary selfishness. Surely the reprimand would come, but for the moment neither of them cared. The girl hugged Tsunade with all her might, all the painful memories disappeared in that motherly hug, and the old lady absently patted the top of Sakura's head.
Then a chill descended upon them. Sakura felt her master's anger flare instantly, and she didn't need to look back to know the cause.
"Hatake," Tsunade warned, her tone did not invite a reply.
"It's been a long time," He said respectfully. Kakashi was standing at an alley exit, at a considerable distance from the building entrance. Sakura was not sure if it was out of fear or some strange ANBU protocol. Maybe the crazy man did feel fear after all.
"Nowhere near enough, to what do I owe the pleasure?" The ex-
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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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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