Chapter 15

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"Now Tora... you need to-" The nurse started to reprimid me. I glared and threw the closest thing to me at her, a glass of water. She shielded herself with her clipboard and the glass shattered against the thing, "GET OUT!" I shouted and threw a book at her next; but she ran out of the room before the book could find it's mark.

Shisui whistled from his seat at the window, I turned to glare at him and saw Itachi giving his cousin a stern look as well. Shisui held up his hands in surrender, "I didn't say anything!" He defended then added, "I was simply surprised that our calm Kitty had such a temper." Itachi rolled his eyes and returned to the scroll he was reading. I crossed my arms and slumped farther in my bed. Shisui chuckled, "I do believe you're a worse patient than Sasuke." I was glaring at him again, my hand slowly reaching for something to throw at him, and Shisui pretended to look glance at the clock, "Well look at the time! I promised Hana that I would meet her today for lunch. Bye, Kitty!" He hurried out before I could decide to throw something at him.

When his cousin shut the door Itachi finally looked up at me, "You're in a bad temper." He observed. I crossed my arms and scowled, but I didn't argue. The fight with my mother on top of constant pain from my leg had put me in a bad mood. Reiko made the smart move and refused to bring Tenshi to see me, no matter how much she whined. It had been three weeks since my team had returned, after the first six days everyone stopped seeing me, except Itachi, Shisui, and Reiko. Though the wound was healing nicely, it still hurt too much to even think about twitching. "Speak to me, Tora." Itachi said calmly. I don't know if it was the pain or the medicine they had me on, but I blurted out, "Why do you spend time with Tenshi and me?" Itachi raised an eyebrow and laid aside his scroll while I mentally breated myself for not keeping my mouth shut.

Itachi seemed to think over his answer for a while, so long that I finally mumbled, "If you don't want to answer..." Itachi shook his dark head, his low ponytail coiling over his shoulder, drawing my gaze down the lean muscles of his arm. He still wore his ANBU armor, having come to my room directly after a mission. Somewhere deep in my heart I found the gesture sweet, but I refused to admit to it, even to myself. After a few more moments of silence, Itachi finally said, "I enjoy your company." I frowned at the answer, that wasn't what I was looking for. In truth, I really didn't know what I was looking for, but that wasn't it.

Absently I shifted for a better position and accidently move my injured leg. With a surpressed scream I jolted upright, hands reaching for my leg to do... something. Anything to rid myself of the pain. Strong hands pushed mine away and held down my spasming leg, making me want to scream even more. Through the painful haze I could hear Itachi soothing me, but I can't make out the words, all I can hear is my blood pounding through my veins. I felt dizzy and too aware of where Itachi held me. I squeezed my eyes close against the pain. It was too much, I fainted.


My spine ached and I tried to roll onto my side to relieve it, but my right leg was pinned. Paniced I thrashed, desperate to move, even if it caused pain. Hands grabbed my shoulders and I opened my eyes to peer into Itachi's depthless onyx ones, "Don't move." He said, pushing me back into the bed. I grabbed at his shirt, his ANBU armor was gone, when he started to move away, "Don't leave..." I whispered, my voice thick with pain. Something flickered briefly in his eyes and he leaned down, his dark bangs brushing against my cheeks as he pressed a kiss to my forehead, "I promise." Then he pulled away and sat down in a chair by my bed, but I continued to stare at the ceiling in shock, had he really just kissed me? On the forehead, granted, but it was Itachi. He didn't just kiss anyone. Did that mean...

I shut my eyes before the thought could fully form. I didn't want to think about it. Unconsciously I reached out and threaded my fingers through his, wanting to make sure he would stay there. He didn't pull away.


"Ouch!" I growled and jerked my leg away from Lady Tsunade. The Hokage glared at me, "Don't make me knock you out again." I met her glare, but didn't move my leg away when she fingered the thick knotted scar that now graced my leg from hip to knee. It had been two months since the Suna mission. My wound had healed at a surprising rate, Lady Tsunade thought that I might have gotten a gene that increased healing. It made sense, but there was no way to prove it. The Hokage jabbed my scar with her fingers again and it took every ounce of will to keep my leg in place. After a few minutes she pulled away, "The wound has healed nicely."

Reiko lifted his head from his hand, his grey green eyes serious, "I hear a 'but' coming..." Lady Tsunade shot my brother an irritated look and continued, "...But, the posion deadened some of the ligaments in your thigh, Tora, as a result your new tissue healed around it, leaving a batch of dead muscle that will prevent you from walking properly." Reiko and I stared at her. I was crippled? After all that happened to me, from the cuts on my face to the broken leg that led to my life now, I was crippled by one cut to the leg?

Lady Tsunade saw what I was thinking, "You can still walk, and possibly run, but I don't think you'll be able to do acrobatics again." "What about missions? Will she'll be able to go on missions?" Reiko asked for me. Lady Tsunade sighed and shook her head, "Probably not. It will be a while before you can walk without help... I won't count on it." Quietly she left and Reiko looked at me, "You still have the job at the hospital." He said, trying to cheer me up. I just turned my face away, so he wouldn't see the tears threatening to spill over.


Awwwww, poor Tora... *sniff* :,(

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