I was now huddled up on the couch, a black blanket wrapped around my body. When I told Itachi that I was sure Madara Uchiha was behind everything, he immediately picked me up, much to Naruto's protesting. He put me in the car, Naruto following and he called the others (who were still looking for the man who attacked me) and said they were going back to the Orphanage.
Now on the couch, my older brother next to me, with his arm wrapped around my small shoulders, we waited in silence for the others to get back. Itachi had a solemn look on his face; he was sitting right in front of Naruto and me. He looked in deep thought, and his eyes would sometimes gaze quickly in my direction.
Pushing my pink bangs out of my face I sighed, getting the attention of the two boys. "…Do you know what that bright red light was Itachi?"
Itachi scowled something I had never seen him do, as he said, "No, it was evil though, that's all I could tell. Are you sure you're alright, do you need anything?"
I shook my head at his concern saying, "I'm fine right where I am, don't worry so much."
"Sakura-chan, you-" Naruto started but the sudden slamming of the door stopped him.
We heard footsteps, but only one pair. Not multiple like we were expecting to hear from Kisame, Sasori, Hidan, and Deidara. Who was it?
Walking fast into the living room came Sasuke, who looked like he just ran a marathon. He was breathing hard, and his eyes had a look of fury mixed with confusion.
Itachi stood up, being his elder brother and all, and asked gently, "Sasuke, are you alright?"
Sasuke just shook his head and then picked it up to shoot his black orbs at Naruto and I as he said, "We have a problem."
"I could've told you that teme," Naruto grumbled.
Sasuke glared and then went to sit beside me, which was very out of character for him. He looked at us then Itachi, who went back to his seat as he said, "I ran into Uncle Tobi today in town."
Itachi, trying to control his emotions asked, "What did he do?"
Sasuke sighed and ran a hand through his hair, then looked at the two of us saying, "Before I say anything I want to apologize for my actions against you two…sorry."
This stunned both Naruto and me. Naruto's hand tightened around my shoulder as he pulled me closer, probably to keep himself from jumping at the young Uchiha boy. This was… really unexpected.
"What happened?" Itachi repeated again, this time with an edge to his voice.
Sasuke turned his gaze to his elder brother and sighed heavily.
"Sasuke-chan is that you?" a voice shouted from behind Sasuke. The said man turned around to face the man he hated with all of his being. He gave him a venomous glare spitting out, "Get out of my sight before I do something that will make you regret ever calling my name."
Tobi laughed and then said, "Tobi, just wants to talk to his nephew, is that bad, cuz Tobi's a good boy!"
Getting beyond irate, Sasuke charged forward towards his uncle and aimed a punch right at the masked face at his. But, with unimaginable speed, Tobi extended his arm and caught Sasuke's punch, saying in a low voice that was probably his true voice, "Now, now Sasuke-chan, don't be so rash. That's not how your parents raised you, am I right?"
At the mention of his parents, Sasuke lost all control of his emotions, forgetting that he was in a public place with people watching. Sasuke kicked out with his foot, but that was once again stopped by Tobi's other hand.
"Tobi just wants Sasuke-chan to answer some questions, can you manage that?" Tobi asked innocently.
Sasuke bit out, "Let the go so that I can punch that sorry ass face of yours you always hide, you coward."
Tobi dragged Sasuke into the nearby alley, ignoring all the worried stares that were tossed their way. He threw his youngest nephew to the ground, putting a foot on his chest to keep him in place.
Using his darker, and deeper voice, Tobi said, "Now, you will answer questions for me…and in turn I shall give you information on your parents untimely death."
Sasuke spat at the man's feet. Did he really think that he wanted to hear whatever his uncle had to say to him? Sasuke, always controlled by revenge and anger, was on the verge of doing something he wasn't sure he would regret or not.
Tobi tsked, "No spitting on Tobi, okay?"
Sasuke just gave him the death glare of a lifetime, if only looks could kill…
"Now, tell me exactly what the weaknesses are of the Namikaze's," Tobi said straightforward, getting down to business.
Sasuke narrowed his eyes even further, "I may not like those guys, but I'm not going to sell them out to someone like you."
"And why not?"
"Because," Sasuke smirked, "you want them both right? If I tell you what you want to know then you would get your way…and that is something I will never allow."
Tobi started to laugh, "Well I guess if Tobi tells you the truth, then maybe you will tell Tobi what he wants to know."
Sasuke, with Tobi's foot still on his chest, grounded out, "What do you mean?"
Tobi giggled, "The truth about why we killed our brother and sister in law. Now where should Tobi start…oh! I know! How about Tobi starts with the Sources?"
Sasuke was now interested. He wasn't dumb; he knew his parents were killed because of these mysterious Sources. Fighting against his uncle would be futile at the moment, so he sat back and patiently listened, waiting for the golden opportunity.
"Well, Tobi's not going to tell you what the sources are but your parents were very good friends of the Namikaze's. Because of this my brother, Fugaku, decided that he would help out Minato and Kushina Namikaze by taking the Sources so that they would be out of danger. Once Tobi and Madara got news of this, we couldn't help ourselves from investigating. So we went and trashed your home to find the sources, but they weren't there-"
"You two were the ones that ransacked our home all those years ago?" Sasuke growled, a tick mark now forming on his head.
Tobi waved a hand in front of his face saying, "Who else would? But anyways, after we found out that you didn't have it we decided that we would go after the Namikaze's. But when we killed them and didn't find anything we were very upset, especially Madara…he gets very scary when he's angry. So we thought your parents had it again, but they didn't. So Tobi was all confused and Madara was all like," Tobi puffed out his chest, imitating Madara, " 'It must be those damn Namikaze offspring, let's find them and kill them'. Personally Tobi doesn't like to kill little kids, but like I said before Madara can get very scary and-"
At this point Sasuke tuned out, since his uncle was just rambling nonsense about how scary his eldest brother was. Sasuke's head was reeling though at the information he had received. His parents were killed after the Namikaze's were, all because of two Sources that no one had any idea of what they did.
Seeing how his uncle was distracted by his own ramblings, Sasuke prepared himself and lifted his arms to grab the foot on his chest. Then took hold of Tobi's ankle and sent him flying off of him to the other side of the alleyway.
Getting up quickly at this chance, Sasuke dashed down the street, running as fast as he could to the Orphanage.
After Sasuke was done telling his story we all looked at him differently. Itachi with something akin to pity in his onyx eyes, Naruto looked upset but he held that determination, and me; I reached a hand out to his shoulder and said, "Are you okay?
Sasuke startled by my touch, whipped his head to me, eyes wide. He studied my face saying, "Fine…you don't look so great either," he then turned to Itachi, "what happened to you guys?"
Itachi sighed, "We went to the beach upon request of Kisame and Sakura, but Sakura was attacked by a man. He disappeared in a red flash though; the others are still trying to find him I figure."
My hand still on Sasuke's shoulder, and Naruto's arm still around my own shoulder, I whispered softly, "Sorry."
Naruto looked at me with understanding. He knew what I was feeling. This was all our fault after all. From what I could tell, Itachi and Sasuke hadn't had any contact from their uncles ever since their parents were murdered. But now that we come along, everything just seemed to be going haywire.
"What are you apologizing for, that's what I'm supposed to do," Sasuke mumbled.
"Teme, both of us know that it is our fault that all of this happened…Nagato should've just left us where he found us," Naruto said grimly.
"Don't say such things," Itachi put in harshly.
At his tone, the three of us turned his way as he continued, "You two may not see it, but we do not care if we are in danger. You are a part of our family, and we protect our family with our very lives, do not ever doubt yourselves."
My eyes widened at his words, he sounded angry but also tired at the same time. I never seen him like this, it was strange. Everything was just strange today.
I was about to speak up but the door slamming stopped me. The four of us heard multiple footsteps coming our way, and in the living room came an irate Hidan and Deidara, a tired looking Sasori, and a gloomy Kisame.
They four of them looked our way and Kisame was the one to speak up first, "Sakura, you doing okay?"
I nodded, "Yes, I'm fine, did you guys find anything?"
At this Hidan fumed, "Who the hell just bursts away in a fucking red flash? Is that even possible, cuz we look everywhere and couldn't find a single damn trace of the bastard."
"Yeah," Deidara said, "we looked all over town and couldn't find a damn thing, un!"
Sasori sighed, "Will you two knock it off, I rather not lose my already very thin patience."
Naruto then clenched his fist growling, "Damn it…we just can't be sitting ducks waiting for them to attack us again."
We need to do something.
I stood up and left the black blanket on the couch, and crossed my arms looking into everyone's eyes, and they ended at Itachi's ebony orbs. They burned in to my own emerald ones.
"I agree with Naruto-kun, but I also don't think we should go and charge into the Uchiha Corporation Headquarters. Sorry but it's way too brash and direct, we have to be smart about it," I said strongly, "We have to sort out everything we know for sure first."
"Like how my uncles are behind the murders of both of our parents, and that they are after your necklaces, which they call the Sources," Sasuke said, folding his hands in front of him.
"And they are willing to kill us to get them," Naruto added.
"But why do they want them?" Sasori said from his corner in the living room.
I sighed running a hand through my hair, thinking back on anything and everything that my parents told Naruto and me when we were younger. There had to be something that hinted what the sources were, they wouldn't just leave us in the dark if they knew what kind of danger all of us were in. They loved us too much to act so careless.
I looked at Naruto and, I guess seeing him look so much like my father triggered the memory.
"Daddy why do always tell us that story? Don't you have an imagination?" I pouted, my short pink hair falling onto my face.
"Yeah!" Naruto protested, "you tell the same story too mom," he shouted pointing at my mother, "why is it always about Izanagi and Izanami?"
Our parents looked at us with glittering eyes, my father's smile was small and kind, but my mother had her 100-watt smile on. My dad picked me up and put me on his lap, and my mother did the same with Naruto.
"Well it's because they are a part of us," Kushina said to her children.
"That's right," Minato said putting a hand on my head and then Naruto's.
At both of our questioning gazes Naruto asked, "What's that supposed to mean? Are they like a, what's it called…ancestors to us or something like that."
"No, they're Gods so they can't be related to us baka," I said giving him the 'duh' look.
He glared at me and said, "Oh really then what do you think it means Sakura-chan?"
At this I pouted and crossed my arms, "How am I supposed to know…"
Kushina and Minato both laughed at our antics, and then Minato said softly, "What we mean is that they gave those objects to humans to protect us, and those objects are still here, helping human kind."
"And there is still a family out there that holds the objects," Kushina said, giving us a knowing look.
"Who still has them?" Naruto asked excitedly.
Minato and Kushina both looked at each other, staring at the other's eyes. The nodded at the same time and my father said, "You will know once you are older."
But that time never came because of their untimely demise. I always, to this very day, wanted to know what they had to say about Izanagi and Izanami. And now hearing it from Konan in history, and all of these memories popping up, it had to mean something.
Putting a finger on my chin and thought out loud, "There has to be some kind of connection, there just has to be…"
Everyone now had their eyes on me, but I didn't take notice, I was too lost in my thoughts to even see their stares pointed my way. Every time Naruto and I asked for a bedtime story it was always about Izanagi and Izanami, be it about them giving the humans the godly object, or some of their adventures together, the stories were always about them.
I grabbed onto my emerald gem, thinking that there had to some connection to what Madara wanted and Izanagi and Izanami. Grasping the necklace tighter I thought as hard as I could and came up with something ridiculous, impossible, and idiotic.
What if the two objects given to the humans were the necklaces Naruto and I held around our very necks?
It would make sense in a way since those necklaces were passed down from generation to generation in our family, and when Naruto and I first got them we noticed things that other normal human beings would not. Maybe, just maybe…
I turned my determined gaze to Naruto ignoring everyone else and asked him, "Remember the stories mom and dad would tell us about Izanagi and Izanami?"
Naruto turned his thoughtful gaze to me and said, "Yeah, they would always tell it to us…why?"
I smirked, "Because there is a reason Madara wants these necklaces, and mom and dad told us that someday they would tell us who had the objects Izanagi and Izanami gave to the humans."
"They were killed before they had the chance though," Naruto answered heatedly, "Are you trying to say that these necklaces belonged to…"
"Izanagi and Izanami."
~Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto only the plot of this story.
Okay I know that I made Sasuke kind of change gears, but I had to so that the story could progress where I wanted it too! And there was a lot of flashback time, so I am truly sorry if you're a flashback hater…
Anyways things are going to pick up from here on out, they aren't done with school yet, so don't think that I've given up Konoha High yet! And Sakura finally figured it out! Sorry for the cliffy, but if you read my other story you must know how much I love them :)
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P.S. Sorry I haven't been able to update much, varsity tennis and school is a drag (words of Shikamaru) but tennis season is almost over so no need to worry! Thanks again! (I love exclamation points)