Chapter 24: Back at the Base

We returned as swiftly as possible. On the way back, I had torn my cloak in a fight, so Itachi and I went to get a new one. Yet again, he complained about my inability to take care of my stuff. He said, “What’s up with you and ruining things? This is the third cloak you have received from us.” I smiled and replied, “This just goes to prove that I don’t take the time to make sure my clothing stays in one piece in a fight. You other divas always have to make sure your cloak is perfect all the time.” Itachi smiled and laughed a little.

After receiving my third cloak, I went to go eat. I sat next to Zetsu, my eating buddy. I noticed something strange about his food. “Zetsu,” I said. “What’s wrong with your food?” He looked at me strangely. “I always eat this……Fool! You haven’t told her yet? I-I-Im sorry!!! I will!!!” I looked. “Tell me what?” Zetsu froze. “Ill let my other half say it.” I waited. “Fine. It’ called Cannibalism. What Im saying is….we, or me, eat human flesh.” I smiled. “Makes sense.” Zetsu smiled too, then his smile faded. “Wait, what do you mean by ‘Makes Sense’?” I sighed. “Okay let me simplify it for you. You look like a Venus Flytrap. Get what im saying?” He thought for a minute, then burst out laughing. I laughed too. Then, we ate our food and I told him about what happened on the mission.

After eating, I went to the room. I unpacked my stuff, then flopped down on the bed. I was about to fall asleep when I felt somebody climb into the bed next to me. I opened my eyes. There, laying next to me, was Itachi. I sat up. I looked at him and asked “Oh…do you need anything?” He sat up as well. “Nope,” he said. I stared at him. “Then why are you in here?” “Because I can be.” Says who?” “Its my right.” “Fine then.”

I knew there was no way I was winning this one, so I gave in. I layed on the bed while he sat next to me. Then, he poked my stomach. I screamed with laughter because I am incredibly ticklish. Then, Deidara came rushing in. “What’s wrong, un?!?!?!?!” Itachi and I looked at him. Then, Deidara tensed up. “Itachi. Why are you here?” Itachi grinned. “I just wanted to say welcome back to Akane.” Deidara gave him a cold stare. “Leave, un. Now.” Itachi left the room with a grin on his face. I sat there, confused. Then, Deidara looked at me.

“What happened. Why was he here?” I looked back at him. “I seriously have no idea. I laid down to go to sleep, and then he climbed in next to me. He said that he had no reason to be in here. Then, he poked my stomach and made me scream with laughter.” He frowned, then pushed me down on the bed. “Wh-what are you doing???” He lifted up my shirt just a little, so my belly button was showing. “You’re mine. Im not letting anybody else have you.” He then kissed my stomach. I closed my eyes and smiled. Then, he kissed me. After pulling away, he climbed in next to me.

We laid in silence for a few minutes. Then, I looked at him and asked, “Do you like Gaara? As a friend, I mean.” He gave me a stern look. “No, un. You know very well that I hate him.” “Oh,” I said. I turned my head away from him and I smiled. I knew that he did indeed like Gaara as a friend. Then, he wrapped his arms around me and we fell asleep.