Itachi pushed Sasuke onto the couch and walked back to the DVD player to put the movie in. It was A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, one of the best movies ever made in his opinion. Itachi loved this one with its blender effect in the bedroom. He sat back down on the couch beside his brother.
Sasuke brought his hands up to hide his eyes as blood sprayed across the wall in the couldn't help it. When Sasuke sqealed in terror Itachi silently laughed at him, enjoying his reaction. He remembered his first time watching this movie and felt a small pang of guilt. But, he knew his brother was going to tell Naruto about the movie. He was his best friend after all. Itachi thought a little about his plan for when his little brother went to bed . . .
Sasuke's 8 year old frame shook with terror. He couldn't help but imagine a demon in every shadow. Itachi had made him watch that horror movie with the lights off. And, to make matters worse, his own room was pitch was after midnight by the time he crept into his room and slid beneath the covers.
Itachi almost laughed. He was hiding under Sasuke's bed. Suddenly, he lifted the matress and shook it violently. He heard Sasuke scream and stopped just as suddenly as he'd begun.
Itachi came out from under the bed and looked toward Sasuke. To his dismay his little brother was hunched into a ball at the top of his matress. His black eyes were drenched in tears. Sasuke's already pae skin was nearly transparent.
"Shh. Don't cry, Sasuke."
Itachi was becoming frantic as he climbed onto the bed. He pulled Sasuke into his chest, trying to comfort him. His brother only cried harder, residiul terror shaking his form.
"I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to scare you this badly." Itachi could feel the hurt rolling from his little brother's body, so heavy it was almost choking him. Slowly, so slowly, the older Uchiha rocked Sasuke. He sighed with relief as his brother's tears stopped.
"Why did you do that?" The words themsevles proclaimed Sasuke still innocent to the worlds ways.
"I didn't think you were really scared. I thought you were faking. I'm sorry, little brother."Itachi knew it was a flimsy exscuse, but Sasuke accepted it at face value. His innocence made Itachi want to shudder. He knew that soon that innocence would be crushed by the world around them.
Sasuke sighed and closed his eyes. He was so tired. With one more sigh he fell asleep with his big brother holding him.
Itachi streched out and laid down beside his brother's form, cursing himself for being a fool. He silently promised Sasuke that no one would ever hurt him as long as he was around to protect him.
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