Colors of Life and Death

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Dream Walk

Sakura stared through the early morning darkness at Tsunade's estate. In all her planning to 'visit' Naruto's mind, she'd forgotten about getting past the guards. "Maybe if I just tell them I'm here for training. It is Saturday, after all."She took a deep breath and walked towards the front entrance, trying as hard as she could to look casual.

A guard dropped his 'rock' henge once Sakura was halfway up the walkway. "Good morning, Sakura-san. What are you doing here before nine?" he asked with a guarded smile, knowing full well she could be an enemy in disguise.

"I couldn't sleep, so I thought I'd just come over early. Is that okay?" Sakura answered with a winning smile.

"Genma!" called the guard.

The jounin appeared in a cloud of smoke. "What's up, Shinji?" Genma asked nonchalantly.

"Can you watch her while I speak with Tsunade-sama?" Shinji asked.

"Nm," Genma replied.

Shinji disappeared, reappearing about ten minutes later looking a bit stressed out. "Tsunade-sama said to ask you what Naruto's favorite ramen is," he said as he turned to Sakura.

Sakura half-rolled her eyes. "Everything."

Shinji nodded in approval. "You may wait in the living room."

Sakura smiled. "Thanks," she said, heading toward the front door. "Damn, that was close."

Sakura entered the house and sat on the couch. After a short while, she stood up and headed in the direction of the bathroom. Once she was sure she was out of sight she made a beeline for Naruto's room. She moved silently, realizing that Naruto's room may have been guarded as well.

As she came within sight of Naruto's room she saw Kakashi there, leaning against the wall reading that book of his. "I can use this," she thought.

"Sakura," Kakashi called out without looking up from his book, "do you need something?"

Sakura flinched in irritation. "Dammit. How does he do that?!" She eh-hemmed. "Hai, Kakashi-sensei," she answered, walking out from behind the corner. "I need to talk to Naruto. It's kind of important."

Kakashi raised an eyebrow. "Oh? Well then, don't let me stop you. He needs to get out of bed anyway," he answered as he turned a page in his book.

Sakura smiled and went into the room, mentally breathing a sigh of relief as she went. She had to stop herself from giggling when she saw Naruto. The blond, loud-mouthed ninja was sleeping with his head hanging off the foot of the bed. She smiled, then remembering what she was there for, bit her lip. "Naruto...I hope you can forgive me," she thought in regret.

She stared at her sleeping friend for a moment more. "Okay, Sakura. Calm down. Get in, get the information, get out," she thought as a lump formed in her throat. She made the seals. "Ishindenshin no Jutsu!" she whispered. She felt the now familiar whooshing sensation as her second mind moved from her brain to Naruto's.

Sakura stared into the darkness. "Alright. Ino said to visualize doors." Suddenly a long hallway appeared before her. She nearly took a step forward when she heard a drop of water from behind. Whirling around, she saw a wet cement floor and what looked like a giant cage. Sakura walked slowly toward it. "This must be where Kyuubi was sealed," she said, in a shaky voice. She was cold and nearly terrified just being where the demon had once resided. Feeling like she would no longer be able to breathe if she stayed, she spun on her right heel and hurried off down the hallway.

As she walked among the doors the knot in Sakura's stomach grew tighter and tighter. "This won't hurt him. This won't hurt him," she chanted in an effort to calm her nerves.

Sakura tried each door she came to. They all opened easily. She was getting frustrated since she knew the memories she was looking for would be behind a locked door. She turned around from trying the latest door and saw something that made her blood run cold. "N...naruto?"

There, in front of Sakura, was indeed Naruto, but he looked very different. His clothes were black and red, his hair longer and wild looking and his expression...was very similar to Sasuke's. "Just what the fuck are you doing in here?" the Naruto said in a steely voice.

Sakura shivered uncontrollably. "Naruto...I...I...Just...just needed to see...what r...really happened," she stuttered, near tears.

"And what the fuck makes you think you have a right to know, you stupid bitch?"

Now the tears flowed freely down the pink haired girl's cheeks. "Naruto, what's going on? You're not like this. This can't be you," she choked.

"Of course it's me!" the Naruto snapped. "Who the fuck d'you think it is?!"

"But, but your hair...and your clothes..." Sakura's eyes snapped wide. "I get it...this is just a piece of his personality. He doesn't actually know I'm here," she thought with an exhale of relief.

"OI! You gone deaf?!" Anger Naruto yelled impatiently.

Sakura took a deep breath. "I don't have time for you," she said as she held back her tears and walked away.



Wendy Winchester

Edited: 12.07.2019

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