Chapter Twenty-Three: It Begins, Naruto vs. Sasuke
After returning from our mission in the Land of Tea, we returned back to Konoha. Sasuke was admitted into the hospital after he was injured by Aoi. Naruto was able to successfully take out Aoi, allowing Idate to win the race for his family. But as we headed home, I could tell that something was wrong. Sasuke was acting strange, but this wasn't the first time I've seen the signs. Sasuke was currently in the hospital room and Sakura was already there visiting.
"Thank goodness you don't have any serious injuries, Sasuke-kun." Sakura told Sasuke as she fixed a flower on the table. "Naruto and Kazumi were relieved, too."
Sasuke didn't say a word as he sat up straight in his bed. Memories of the mission continued to play back in his mind. Naruto saving them in the water, Aoi disrespecting him and his clan and then electrocuting him, thus making him pass out.
"Sasuke-kun, you must be hungry." Sakura says. "Is there anything that you want to eat? I can go buy something….."
Sakura soon left to find something for Sasuke to eat. Once she was gone, Sasuke just stayed in the same position Sakura left him. Before long, Sasuke frowns as he falls back onto his pillow. As he looked out the window, he could see his brother's Sharingan staring right back at him. About an hour or so later, he started hearing footsteps.
Kazumi's Point of View:
Naruto and I had just arrived at the hospital and were making our way towards Sasuke's room. As we did so, up ahead, we spotted Sakura just about to enter a room as she carried a bag.
"Hey, Sakura-chan!" Naruto yelled.
"Naruto! Kazumi!" Sakura said as she looked at us. Sakura opened the door and entered as we followed behind. We watched as she walked over to Sasuke's bedside. "They're only apples." She told him. "But you don't hate them, do you? It looks delicious, doesn't it? Now, where did that knife go?"
"Wasn't it right in front of you?" Naruto asked. "Sasuke might have taken it since it was right in front of him."
"Sakura, it's right there." I said pointing to the knife.
"Oh, thanks." Sakura said as she picked it up and started slicing and cutting the apple into smaller pieces. "There, all set. Nice and small. Here you go, Sasuke-kun." She said as she handed Sasuke the piece of apple.
Sasuke turned his head and glared at the apple before slapping it out of Sakura's hand. He also made the plate fall off her lap, landing and breaking right on Naruto's head. This caused the blonde to sit up instantly as he screamed in pain.
"What the heck!" Naruto yelled.
Sasuke just turned his head and glared evilly at Naruto. Sakura was sitting as fear appeared on her face. I had already lifted myself off the wall and just stared at what Sasuke had just done.
"What? What is it?" Naruto asked as he looked at Sasuke and saw the glare he was sending him. "You don't have to glare at me like that!"
"Hey, Naruto." Sasuke finally spoke.
"What is it?" Naruto asked.
"Fight me." Sasuke replied. "Now!"
"What?" Naruto asked as he gave him a confused look. "But Granny Tsunade just healed you. What are you talking about?"
"Just fight me!" Sasuke yelled as he activated his incomplete Sharingan, causing Naruto to gasp as a reply.
"Did you intend to save me?" Sasuke asked. That Fifth Hokage or whatever…. Interfering with other people's affairs…."
"What?" Naruto asked.
Sasuke threw the sheet off and jumped out of the bed, landing on his feet. "Didn't you say you wanted to fight me? Let's do it now. Or are you too scared?"
"Hey, Sasuke! That's enough! Stop this right now!" I yelled.
"Sa-Sasuke-kun!' Sakura started. "What's wrong? Naruto, please say something!"
Naruto's lips curled up into a smile. "You got it." He answered. "I was thinking about fighting you as well."
"Stop it, both of you…." Sakura pleaded.
"Follow me." Sasuke told him as he made his way to the door. Naruto nodded and began following the Uchiha out of the room.
"Kazumi. What do we do?" Sakura asked.
"I, I have no clue." I answered as I stared at the door. "If this continues, someone is going to end up hurt, or worse." I thought. "Come on, we need to follow them." I told her and started moving.
The boys walked up the stairs and made their way to the rooftop. Once there, white sheets were hung as they dried. Sasuke continued to walk forward and came to a stop at the end where a fence stood. Naruto followed suit and stood a few feet right in front of the Uchiha.
"What is this feeling…? It's like my skin is tightening." Naruto thought. "And I am excited. Heh."
"What's so funny?" Sasuke asked.
"It's not that it's funny." Naruto corrected. "I'm actually happy. Just thinking about how easy it will be to take you down right here."
"Why you…. You fool!" Sasuke growled. "Now you've gone too far. Saying that is so not like you."
"Don't tell me that you wanted to fight and now you're scared, Sasuke?" Naruto taunted.
"Hurry up and fight." Sasuke said.
"Yeah, yeah. But first, put on your forehead protector. I'll wait for you." Naruto tells him.
"I don't need it." Sasuke tells him.
"It doesn't matter, hurry up and put it on!" Naruto yelled.
"You won't be able to put a scratch on my forehead." Sasuke said confidently as he pointed to his forehead.
"No! This is a sign of Konoha's proud shinobi!" Naruto yelled.
"That's what I called going overboard!" Sasuke told him. "Do you think that you can boss me around?"
"Yes, I do!" Naruto replied. "I didn't think that I had to walk on eggshells around you!"
"That's too annoying!" Sasuke yelled.
"That's because you are weak all the time, Sasuke-chan!" exclaimed Naruto.
"Naruto!" Sasuke yelled as he rushed forward.
"Sasuke!" Naruto yelled as he did the same.
Both threw a punch at each other, which was caught as well. The two mainly relied on their Taijutsu. Sasuke was able to land the first few blows, thanks to his Sharingan, but Naruto was able to come back and strike Sasuke with a few hits of his own. Naruto really got Sasuke when he used the sun to blind the Uchiha for a second.
"Quit messing around!" Sasuke yelled as he used the fence to jump back into the air, aiming for Naruto and connecting with a strong punch. Once Naruto fell to the ground, Sasuke went on the offensive but Naruto was able to jump back and created some space in between them.
"Multi Shadow Clone Jutsu!" Naruto yelled. With that, several clones appeared and before long had Sasuke completely surrounded.
Every single clone jumped forward and attacked, but Sasuke used his Sharingan and his Taijutsu to keep them back and away from landing a hit on him. One by one, the clones slowly started decreasing in numbers. Naruto was able to set Sasuke up for the Uzumaki Barrage but Sasuke was performing the hands signs of his next attack. He block Naruto's attempt and turned his attention down onto the clones.
"Fire Style: Fireball Jutsu!" Sasuke yelled.
The swirling vortex of fire surrounded the area, eliminating the clones and destroying the sheets in the process. But as the flames died down, Naruto and a clone was revealed as they formed the next attack, the Rasengan.
"What the…. What is that jutsu?" Sasuke asked himself. He grew angry and started to form his own move, the Chidori.
"Stop, you two! Stop it!" Sakura yelled as she rushed forward.
"Sakura, no!" I called out. I quickly ran out to stop Sakura, but found myself right in the path of both of their attacks, along with Sakura.
"Too late!" Sasuke thought bitterly.
"Can't stop!" thought Naruto.
Just before either attack could get any closer to Sakura and I, two hands appeared out of nowhere and caught a hold of both boys' arms. They were suddenly hurried away from us and right into two awaiting water tanks. The person was none other than Kakashi.
"Kakashi?" I said surprised.
"Kakashi-sensei?" Naruto thought.
"Naruto…was that…?" Kakashi thought. Before long, both boys' attacks struck the water tanks.
"What are you guys doing on the roof of the hospital? If you guys are fighting, that's a bit much, isn't it?" Kakashi told them. "That jutsu…. There's no mistaking it. It's the Rasengan." Kakashi thought. "How did Naruto figure out that jutsu?"
Naruto's hand came off the tank to reveal a small hole. But when Sasuke removed his hand, a large gaping hole was left behind, causing water to run out quickly. Sasuke just smirked, seeing that his attack did more damage to the tank than Naruto's.
"What were you thinking? Where you planning to kill Naruto, Sasuke?" Kakashi asked.
The smirk on Sasuke's face vanished as he looked up to see his sensei sitting on the water tank he had just hit. "What are you so angry about?" Kakashi asked. Sasuke just glared. "The Chidori is not something you should use against your comrades. Why are you acting like a child?" Sakura just looked back and forth at both boys as the look of concern stayed clearly on her face.
"Sakura, what the heck were you thinking?!" I growled. "If Kakashi-Sensei hadn't come and stop their attacks, we both would have been killed! Did you actually believe you were going to stop them just by running towards them!"
I watched as my words finally reached Sakura. She looked at me wide-eyed, realizing that what I said was true, I soon saw tears slowly rimming her eyes and before long, they began to fall down her cheeks. I took a breath and calmed down a little, making sure my voice wasn't too loud and/or intimidating.
"Look Sakura, all I'm saying is that you should think before you act." I explained calmly. "And I think it's best for us to stay out of this rivalry between Naruto and Sasuke. We might just make things worse if we get more involved."
I looked up and found myself locking eyes with Sasuke. I knew that he realized that he and Naruto could have killed us. I soon took my eyes off him and over to Naruto. Naruto was slowly getting back up and was glaring down at the ground.
"Sasuke…..Naruto…is it really that serious?" I thought. "Are you two trying to kill each other….on purpose?"
Normal Point of View:
After leaving the others, Sasuke was sitting beneath a tree, going over the memories of what occurred on his mission with the others when they went to the Land of Tea. But unknown to him, four Sound Ninja were spying on him. As Sasuke continued to sit there, he suddenly found wire starting to wrap around him. When he looked up, he growled once he saw it was Kakashi holding the wire.
"What is the meaning of this?" Sasuke growled as he pulled at the wires a little.
"If I don't so something like this, you'll try to escape, won't you? You aren't the type who sits and listens to lectures." Kakashi told him. "Sasuke. Forget about revenge."
"What!?" the Uchiha snapped.
"I have seen plenty of guys like you. The ones who speak only of revenge are the worse kind." Kakashi tells him, but Sasuke continues to glare. "You will hurt yourself more than ever, and you will only cause yourself suffering. Even if you succeed in your revenge, all that will remain is sorrow."
"Shut up! What do you know!?" Sasuke snapped once more. "Don't talk to me as if you understand me!"
"Now now, calm down." Kakashi told him.
"Well then, what if I killed somebody important to you?" Sasuke asked with an evil smirk across his face."
"Hmm, an interesting thought. But it's a little late to test that little theory out." Kakashi said. "They all have been killed. All except one." Kakashi saw Sasuke's eyes widen once he realize who Kakashi was referring to. "I've lived longer than you. And times have been bad. I know the pain of loss. You and I haven't really been fortunate, but it could be worse."
Sasuke slightly brought his head up after hearing that.
"For me, and you as well….. We've found good friends, haven't we?" Kakashi asked, thus making Sasuke think about his three teammates. "Because of your losses, you should understand." Kakashi said as he released his hold of the wire. "The Chidori is a power I have given you. It is not to be used against your comrades, nor for revenge. You should understand what that power is meant to be used for. Think over what I've said and see if you can accept it."
With that Kakashi left, leaving the Uchiha alone to think about what he told him. Sasuke just sat there, not moving an inch.
With the Sound Ninja:
"It would be tough with that kind of shinobi hanging around." Kidoumaru said as he watched Kakashi leave. "Let's wait here."
Maybe you punks can't handle it, but I can." The redhead, Tayuya said.
"I wonder. Two should be more than enough to take care of him." Sakon said.
"Quit with the comments, you fag." Tayuya snapped.
"Tayuya, a girl shouldn't talk that way…" Jiroubou told her.
"Shut up, you fatass." She snapped.