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Shattered Bonds 13 - Finding Sasuke, AgainNaruto—Shattered Bonds 13 - Finding Sasuke, Again by trixieg
I hope you actually read this, and don’t just ball it up and throw it in the trash.
It’s hard to admit, but I think I’ve been lost. For a while, actually. I don’t know if you’ll understand — you’ve always seemed to know exactly what you’ve wanted and gone for it unerringly. But I think, somewhere a long the way, I lost sight of what was important.
I started on this road before we were even a team. I planned out every aspect of what I was going to do, how I was going to gain power and avenge my clan. And I did everything I’d set out to do.
But when I came to the end of the road that I’d worked so hard to get down, when my goal was complete, I found out that it was just a dead end. It offered me no peace.
So I started thinking back, going over all the incidents in my life, all the things I’d overcome, going back and back, before my life was consumed by re
Shattered Bonds: 12 - Dark DaysNaruto strode from the Hokage's office, restless and troubled. He passed by his apartment without stopping, unable to bear the idea of being closed in its walls, trapped with his thoughts.Shattered Bonds: 12 - Dark Days by trixieg
Instead he veered toward Ichiraku's for dinner, but the congenial air didn't help. He barely get through one bowl of noodles. Flashbacks of his anbu mission, of Hawk's death, kept intruding with jarring frequency.
Teuchi frowned at the rumpled bills Naruto shoved across the counter. He looked from the solitary bowl back to Naruto.
"Eh? What's this? Only one bowl? Naruto, are you feeling alright?"
Naruto forced his lips into a smile, but it looked more like a grimace. "Nah I'm fine. Just full." He patted his belly then turned away quickly, covering the lie, even as Teuchi scoffed in disbelief and offered to pack something up for later.
Naruto shrugged off the kind gesture and left. It somehow made him feel worse. Out in the dark, he shoved in his hands in his pockets and turned the opposite way from h
A Single Step: 4 - A New OpponentFor Naruto, the days and weeks melted together.A Single Step: 4 - A New Opponent by trixieg
Every morning he would watch Sasuke disappear down the long, damp hall towards the labs, then he’d trudge off in the opposite direction for solitary training.
Sometimes he would encounter the white-haired medic, busily delivering trays of medicine to and fro down the corridors. With that fawning smile, Kabuto would remind him that the door was always open to him as well….
“Naruto-kun, a training regimen like Sasuke-kun’s would greatly accelerate your skill—“
Naruto never let him finish. Instead he’d shove past without a word, leaving Kabuto still smiling under the lamplight.
He wanted no part of Kabuto’s ‘training regimen.’ Pumping drugs into your veins was no training.
Sometimes Orochimaru was with the medic. Although he never pushed the way Kabuto did, Orochimaru always watched…. His never-blinking golden eyes followed Naruto’s movements as they passe
A Single Step: 5 - Unshakeable BondsFor Naruto, mornings in the containment cell with Juugo became more and more vicious. He really couldn’t classify it as training — it was survival. Often he had to summon his own well of kyuubi chakra just to get through it. Which always took its toll long after the he’d left the cell.A Single Step: 5 - Unshakeable Bonds by trixieg
Orochimaru came down to watch the first few times, reassuring that if it ever went too far they would intervene. But no one ever did.
“We are not so different, you know. I grew up in Konoha too,” Orochimaru said to a heaving Naruto in the corridor after a spar. Naruto slanted an incredulous look up at the man. Orochimaru simply smiled, earrings swaying behind his curtain of black hair. “Just think of this like your chunin exams. Once you beat Juugo, you can move on to the next."
Naruto rolled his eyes, not believing it for a moment.
“Let’s start by seeing how long you can stay in there, shall we?”
Orochimaru pulled a small hourg