Chapter Two “ Half Pain “
Another year passed but Naruto’s feeling about his lover’s departure was still there… The pain never healed completely by time. He’s still longing for Okami ‘s presence and secretly kept it inside his heart never letting anyone noticed that except Sakura who knew the Hokage well and the only person Naruto shared his feelings and secrets about it.
“ It took him eight years to fully forget Sasuke and now, how many years will he need just to completely accept the fact that Okami isn’t here anymore? “, question kept on Sakura’s inner thought as she was hoping that somehow she could appease the depression of the Hokage…
One rainy evening, an unexpected guest encroached inside Naruto’s house. That time, the Rokudaime was enjoying his bath while whistling as if nothing happened on his office a while ago. That was Tsunade-sama caught him sleeping in his office desk and of course, scolded him…making him to sneak out the mansion early and left the granny screaming with great anger at the same time.
“ Hmp! It’s better to stay at home away from those awful documents placed on my desk. It really gives me headache! I hope Sakura will look for somebody that can help me to do those insane things… “, Naruto thought as he brushed his blonde hair under the shower. “ Somebody much alike with Okami… Oh, here I am again! Those things only remind me of him. I only wished that sometime I could be with him again… “, He thought as sighed sadly.
“ That idiot! As usual, he really takes a long time in bath and just shilly-shallying. “, The stranger just muttered as he heard Naruto whistling inside the bathroom again.
After an hour, the wet Hokage finally stepped out from the bathroom with a towel wrapped around his waist making the stranger smirked.
“ That’s refreshing! “, he out-spoken as he began to dry his hair with another dry towel.
“ It’s more refreshing if we do it together… “, The guy said as he watched Naruto…still, the blonde boy wasn’t used to notice the presence of him.
“ Yea… I guess…Ei! Who’s the heck said that? ”, Naruto suddenly shouted while he’s blushing. No response and Naruto couldn’t even see who was there because the room was dark… maybe, the stranger really turned off the light as he barged in inside his room.
“ Show yourself! “, He shouted again. Instead of reply, a swift movement caused Naruto to push against the wall making the towel he held fell in the floor. What more surprising was to see the real identity of the stranger that make Naruto stood still and unable to speak at that time, it’s none other than Uchiha Sasuke!
“ Your growth is impressive… so how are you Master Hokage? “, Sasuke asked as he clenched a kunai in his right hand pointing to his former rival’s bare stomach.
Naruto didn’t response. Many things flooded on his mind mostly all about Okami so he didn’t even pay attention to what Sasuke was asking him that time but suddenly his lips uttered, “ Do what you think is better… “. Sasuke smirked.
“ You already know the reason why I’m here, don’t you? I’m now here to finish the task I’ve left way back “, He whispered in his best friend’s ear.
“ If Sasuke will kill me… it’s better… I can be with Okami again… We’ll see each other once more! “, Naruto thought as his eyes only saw the illusion of his late fiancé in the dark smiling and extending his hands towards him.
“ Do it as fast as you can… I’m waiting. “, Naruto finally said and he closed his eyes waiting a stab to be done. Sasuke got puzzled.
“ What does he mean with that? He wants to die or he wants to… “, Sasuke thought as he was now attracted to the Hokage’s scent, caught himself caressing the neck of his beloved without any words.
Frustrated, Naruto opened once again his eyes and glared sadly on Sasuke’s red Sharingan eyes showing disruption. His left hand started to grope on Sasuke’s right arm and stopped, tightly held on the clenched fist holding a kunai pointing towards his. Without his own mind, he moved forward making his bare chest leaned on Sasuke closely. The raven-haired dansei stepped back a little inch but as he knew that Naruto was embracing him… he just let it and totally forgot about the kunai. Suddenly, the Rokudaime lunged at him and Sasuke unintentionally tripped over the wet towel making both of them to stumble down against the floor.
“ He’s waiting for me… “, Naruto mumbled as he loosed his conscious over his best friend body.
“ Naruto? What are you mumbling about? “, Sasuke asked but no response from his best friend. Sasuke couldn’t help himself not to feel the bare skin of his dope.
It’s been a long time since he was like this close on his beloved and he’ll never exchange it for anything in this world. His daydream cut short when he felt the shallow breathe of his blonde best friend and a warm liquid flowing in his right hand. He remembered the weapon he wielded a while ago.
“ Shit! Don’t tell me… “, Sasuke thought as he gently pushed himself to a sit and quickly took a look in his right palm. Blood.
Blood staining the floor and even in his white kimono… all coming out from his dope bare body from the part where the kunai stabbed. Nervously, he managed to pull out the weapon gently and after that, he embraced again his beloved.
“ He hugged me just to stabbed the weapon on him… Why? “, Sasuke said as he looked confusingly on his unconscious Hokage.
“ This hand killed my older brother and Orochimaru…I really didn’t mean to take his life ‘coz I know how important he was to me… I loved him more than myself and I’d return to fulfill that promise “, Sasuke cried out and decided to carry out Naruto outside the house.
He immediately strode towards the Konoha hospital. Fortunately, Sakura was there and quickly took an action towards the Hokage’s condition. Sakura was surprise to see Sasuke and if the dansei won’t speak at once, she doesn’t gain her consciousness. She was astounded to see Sasuke again.
“ Sakura please do everything just to save Naruto “, Sasuke pleaded.
“ Don’t worry! Just stay here “, Sakura just said to Sasuke and entered the emergency room. Hours passed and Sasuke was waiting impatiently outside until the door of emergency room suddenly opens.
“ Sakura? “
“ He’s fine now you can go inside, Sasuke-kun… “, Sakura told to the raven-haired dansei where the last quickly entered the room.
“ Naruto? “, Sasuke tensely felt the paled face of his beloved still unconscious by that time.
“ I think he refused to use the Kyuubi ’s power of healing so it may take several weeks for him to recover “, Sakura explained as she entered the room next to Sasuke.
“ I wanna know what happened between you and Naruto… “, Sakura asked. Silence arose and finally, Sasuke replied showing some guiltiness in his being.
“ He’s an idiot. He really wants to die… It’s not my intention… “.
“ I knew this would happen; once he saw you again… he really wished that someone could even took his life on a whim… “, Sakura out of her mind had said forgetting that she should hide the real reasons.
“ What do you mean? “, Sasuke finally asked figuring out that the pink-haired medic had secrets on her own about Naruto.
“ Uhm, n-nothing! I just think that way… Don’t mind me “, Sakura quickly replied and it really showed in her face that she’s lying.
“ Sakura?! “, an almighty glared from Sasuke set upon her eyes and the last just threw her sight away from the Uchiha.
“ Sasuke-kun… All I want to say is … Naruto is a busy person and he’s tired because of too much stress…that’s all! “, Sakura explained and now she overcame the tense within her not showing that she lied again.
“ Is that really the reason? “, Sasuke asked again not contented to Sakura’s response.
“ Something inside me screaming that you’re hiding something from me, Sakura. Tell it to me “, Sasuke calmly said urging the josei to tell the whole truth about Naruto.
“ Before that, I just want to know… “, Sakura hesitantly said.
“ Huh? What is it? “, Sasuke asked.
“ What’s the reason you’re here? “, the pink-haired medic finally asked. The boy didn’t response quickly. Before giving his answer, he took a glance on his sleeping blonde koishii and replied, “ I’m here to fulfill a promise what I’d said to Naruto. So, tell me… what happened to him after that incident between us? “.
“ Do you really want to know what had happened on him after that? “, Sakura asked again but she felt uneasy this time and looked like she’s going to cry.
“ Please tell it to me…the whole story… “, Sasuke eagerly answered.
Before the dawn, Sakura told all the incidents happened to Naruto and also, about the relationship his blonde best friend to a jounin named Okami where Sasuke got the exact reason why Naruto did that stupidity. After that not so long story telling about those passed experiences of the Rokudaime, Sakura decided to go down to get some hot drink for Sasuke. As Sasuke left alone in that room, he glanced again his unconscious best friend and silently brushed some bangs out of Naruto’s face.
“ You already gave up your feelings over me and I admitted that was all my fault because I’ve made you wait for a long time. ”, Sasuke painfully muttered.
” Even if I’ll start from scratch I’ll do everything just to obtain your heart and attention again… it doesn’t matter how long it will take… “, Sasuke smilingly said as he held the right hand of his koishii.