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Shaitanah
Title: “Deep Core”
Author: Shaitanah
Rating: PG-13
Timeline: Post-canon
Summary: There is a cure from the nightmares; all Sasuke has to do is reach out for it and accept the truth that he will never be alone anymore. [Sasuke/Naruto] Please R&R!
Disclaimer: Naruto belongs to Kishimoto Masashi. Lyrics from Miss You Love by Silverchair.
A/N: This is some weird angst-o/fluff-o mix that explores the idea of both Naruto and Sasuke leaving Konoha for a while.
Dedication: to my most awesome SED industrialgirl1. No words can express how happy I am to have found you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWEETHEART!

DEEP CORE


I love the way you love
But I hate the way I’m supposed to love you back.



“I’m here, I’m right here. It’s okay. Just a dream.”

“Naruto,” Sasuke croaks, panting and trying to catch his breath. “What are you–? Get out!”

A soft smile crosses Naruto’s lips. He ignores Sasuke who keeps looking daggers at him, waiting for him to leave the room, and lowers himself on the bed. He sleeps in the next room – a stuffy dusty lodging smaller than his own bedroom – but he likes it there. The walls are thin, and at night he can hear every breath Sasuke takes, every small sound that he makes while trying to fall asleep. And after a while he begins to hear Sasuke’s stifled sobs and then – Uchiha screams. Always an hour or so after he’s fallen asleep.

Naruto reaches out and gently pushes Sasuke back into the warm safety of tangled bedsheets and blankets. He sits still, watching the rise and fall of his chest as his breathing becomes level and calm, and grins when Sasuke opens his eyes in a few minutes and fixes a stern gaze upon him.

“I don’t need you to babysit me.”

Naruto shrugs, indicating how little he cares what Sasuke needs. Or rather, what he says he needs.

“Yeah? Maybe I’m the one who needs it.”

Sasuke somehow manages to shrug without shifting his upper body.

They are four months into their one and only year of solitary traveling. Naruto still can’t get over the fact that Granny Tsunade has let them go. Let Sasuke go, to be more precise; Naruto just followed because – oh no! – no way was he letting that damn Uchiha out of his sight for more than five minutes again!

“I’m giving you a year,” Tsunade said sharply. “If you don’t come back, things will get really nasty.”

Naruto honestly didn’t think there could be anything worse than Konoha Correctional Facility, D-rank missions and constant ANBU supervision, but it was all to be expected. Jiraiya once said that a hidden village was like a very jealous woman: you cheat on it and pay more than it’s worth for the rest of your life.

“Blockhead,” Sasuke whispers softly. Naruto’s head snaps up. His friend is lying on his stomach, face half-buried in the folds of the pillow, one dark eye scrutinizing him with a piercing, yet at the same time slightly unfocused gaze. “Why did you go with me?”

Naruto shrugs. He already asked him this the day they left Konoha; not much has changed since then.

“I wanted to, I suppose.”

“Bullshit.”

“Oh, you tell me then, genius!”

Sasuke rolls over, pulls the blanket up and attempts to pretend once again he is asleep. Naruto pokes him on the shoulder and snorts when Sasuke doesn’t react.

“Come on, tell me!”

Sasuke growls quietly through clenched teeth. “You never give up, do you? Go to sleep, Naruto. We still have to track down those Rock ninja tomorrow.”

Naruto grins. It’s been fun really, chasing random enemies around the world, getting paid for nothing (it was nothing by Naruto’s standards compared to going up against Orochimaru or the Akatsuki). The kind of life normal rogue shinobi lead. Something new for a change. He isn’t sure Sasuke appreciates it as much, but Naruto has always been enthusiastic about trying new things. And this is a chance to begin anew with Sasuke.

The bed sags deeper as Naruto climbs further and positions himself next to Sasuke. Uchiha moves, putting more distance between them. His body tenses; Naruto can feel it as if the vibrations are resonating into the mattress. Sasuke wills himself to relax and turns his head away to fix his blank gaze upon the farthest corner of the ceiling. Naruto understands. He doesn’t like to be touched. Never did. He doesn’t push Naruto away if Naruto attempts to hug him or pat him on the shoulder. He just goes rigid as though he prepares himself to undergo interrogation and torture. He has it to be beaten out of him yet, and Naruto is willing to wait.

He really wishes Sasuke would stop acting so unresponsive. Because that’s what friends do when they want to show affection. Of course Sasuke has never been that kind of a friend for him. He is all sharp angles and harsh words and broken promises and deathly glares – and they ever really touch each other only in combat. That way Sasuke will not shy away. But Naruto is too tired of fighting.

He slips into the dent in the mattress, made by Sasuke’s weight, and cocks his head slightly to have a better view of Sasuke’s face. His gaze glides up the youth’s cheekbone, past the bleared stroke of black bangs, over the smooth pallid cheek…

“You know,” Naruto murmurs thoughtfully, “maybe we should go somewhere South for the next mission. Nights here are too damn cold.”

He presses himself against Sasuke and rubs his nose against the youth’s shoulder, grinning at the small stern grunt he makes at that.

“And why is it that whatever inn we pick, you always get a bigger room?”

“Never heard you complaining,” Sasuke responds wearily.

“There are spiders in my closet!”

At first there is nothing but silence. Then Uchiha lets out a dry chuckle. “You scared of spiders, blockhead?”

Naruto smacks him lightly and can’t help but laugh. It is dark in the room; long shadows extend over the ceiling that is skewed slightly above their heads. Naruto’s eyelashes flutter against the bare skin of Sasuke’s shoulder.

He curls his fingers around the edge of the blanket and peels it down gently. Sasuke’s skin feels warm and smooth under his cold, calloused fingers.

“Where would you like to go?” he whispers in a barely audible voice, his lips brushing Sasuke’s skin tentatively. “Me, I was thinking to see the ocean. Could be beautiful, y’know…”

Sasuke says nothing for a while, as though considering the idea. Then he turns his back on Naruto and replies gruffly, “I don’t care as long as we get a job to do.”

They lie so quietly that Naruto begins to think his friend has finally fallen asleep. But his breathing pattern clearly speaks against it. The blanket slides lower, exposing the pale smoothness of Sasuke’s back. Captivated, Naruto sweeps the pads of his fingers over Sasuke’s spine. So warm.

He begins to talk to keep himself distracted from those funny thoughts.

“You know, in my time with Ero-sennin he often made me take additional work as part of training. Simple like those little missions we used to do as genins. Weed some old lady’s garden, fix a fence, find a lost pet… Boring, almost lethally sometimes, but I still got paid. Now I kinda miss it. He was a really smart guy, Ero-sennin was…”

“What are you doing?” Sasuke asks, a little breathless.

Naruto’s hand glides lower, hovers over his loins, and he answers with painstaking honesty and wide-open eyes, “I don’t know.”

“Stop.”

That one word comes out weak and husky.

“No,” Naruto defies him.

The mattress creaks as Sasuke turns round, props up on his elbow and leans into Naruto. His eyes look really frightening, black and empty as they are. Naruto starts saying something, but Sasuke suddenly loses his balance, and their lips smash against each other’s. The kiss is clumsy, insatiable and seems to last forever.

Sasuke pulls back, but not too far; their lips are still brushing, and their breath mixes. Naruto chuckles nervously.

“Funny how such things always happen by accident between us–.”

“This was no accident,” Sasuke replies flatly.

Naruto flicks his tongue between the youth’s parted lips, caressing him gently, too dazed to pause and think. Sasuke draws closer again, almost in a swing, and drags his teeth along Naruto’s lower lip. Naruto inhales, sucking the taste and the scent of the kiss in, trying to savour it in case later they both change their minds and pretend nothing has happened. His mouth suddenly feels dry.

“Tell me,” he asks hoarsely, “what do you dream of? What is it that makes you scream?”

Sasuke’s studious gaze is fixed upon him.

“I’ll only answer one question. Take your pick.”

Naruto frowns. That was one question, just now. Sasuke’s lips curve into a small smile.

“You asked me to tell you why you’d come after me,” he reminds.

“Ah… Dreams then. I do believe I know myself better.”

“Itachi,” Sasuke whispers in his ears abruptly. “He makes me scream.” And somehow that comes out really wrong.

Naruto smiles sleepily. He moves, and their noses collide. Both of them snigger in surprise.

“We’ve still got eight months,” Naruto says thoughtfully. “Gotta go somewhere. Do something.”

Sasuke makes a small sound, a shade of his habitual ‘hn’, and his eyes shut. “Ocean then.”

Naruto knows exactly why he has followed him. It doesn’t need saying.
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09:07am 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Magi: brothers dangerous mind
Or rather, what he says he needs.

Yeah... and everyone that has at list a bit of intelligence know that they should never listen to what Sasuke says he needs XDD

a hidden village was like a very jealous woman: you cheat on it and pay more than it’s worth for the rest of your life.

A very good comparison here.

Uchiha moves, putting more distance between them.

One more proof that I must be related to the Uchihas by blood =_= sorry... Couldn't resist ^^;

“Funny how such things always happen by accident between us–.”
“This was no accident,” Sasuke replies flatly.


Wow... He admitted it XDD

Great job, honey, as usual :)
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 istne_pieklo
 
09:15am 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: sn
LOL, especially after the latest chapter. XDDDDD
Well... it's Jiraiya!))))) I thought it was fitting))) Jiraiya wins effortlessly!
Hahaha))) You don't allow ppl to touch you?))) Well, I bet you don't attack them with kisses shortly afterwards either))) Sasuke's logic sometimes is even more twisted than Naruto's.
Yeah, he's... grown some brain cells? Naaah... hard to believe it! XDD
Thank you, darling! Glad you like it!)) *hugs*
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09:45am 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Magi: brothers the truth and the lies
hahaha... I think that the keyword here is "Everybody that wants to stop me will die" ^^; Dunno what to think about the boy. If he really thought what he said, he'd look at Madara's face instead of hiding it. That's what kind of person he is.

Sure he does... I kinda miss the old pervert :/

well... I'm not a cuddly person ^^; If anybody would try to hug me by surprise such a person has a great chance to be knocked out ^^; My main problem with men -.-; Who would like to have a girlfriend that doesn't really like to be hugged every few minutes? >.>;

LOL yeah... Noticed XDD But it still is surprising to see how well Naruto understands him sometimes.
Well... Miracles happen? ^^;

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10:06am 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: naruto
I think he said "If smn wants to stop me I'll kill everyone they care for." That's even worse! O_o Geez, he seriously frightens me now))) And hiding his face doesn't give him credit. I'd also like to see Madara's face)))
I miss him too! This flashback in 416 was sooo touching! *sniff*
Every few minutes can be too much)))) But if I like the person enough (there is a limited number of such ppl), I'm all for hugging and cuddling)))
Yeah... Naruto is a miracle himself)))
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10:21am 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Magi: brothers ch. 220 carrying
I'm back to my first interpretation that the idiot is trying to convince himself that what he's doing is good ^^; Later I might look into the raw. I don't trust translators anymore ^^;

Oh yeah *sniffsniff* Poor Naruto :( and the name... it was Naruto, right? That's why Naruto cried so much.

I'm not hugging and cuddling even if I like a person =_= Usually I don't even hug anybody without asking them if I can do that ^^; And... usually it's not that I feel a need of being hugged >.>; What's what I am like :/

We need more miracles like him :)
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10:39am 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: sn_kiss
Maybe... Still it's a pretty harsh thing to say))) Why does he want to stand alone in a war against the world? Damn, he needs to get a life already!
Yeah, I suppose. It was a cute grown up version of Naruto, lol! XDDDDD
I usually ask if I can do it too. Not my boyfriend, of course (that'd be strange), but my friends definitely. Or at least indicate I'm hesitating)))
OH YES!!! Where are guys like him IRL?)))
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02:18pm 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Magi: C.C.
Because there are people who think that they have to fight with everything and everyone and they do it on their own. Sometimes they don't even see how much they hurt people around them. Ironically, the both brothers are kinda similar in this aspect, only that Itachi wasn't so blinded by his own decisions and determination. it was more like Itachi turned his negative feelings against himself, whereas Sasuke turns it against the others around him.

Oh yeah *__* I think that nobody will mind a few icons *__*

And that's what differ us - I'd ask my boyfriend, too =_= Pretty much screwed up personality I have ^^;

Already have their boyfriends? :P
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03:32pm 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: sn_kiss
Yeah, sounds like the boys))) Really, that family is so screwed up))
Absolutely!
Geez, if I had to ask his opinion every time I want to hug him, it'd drive me nuts...
Uhm... you mean they're all gay? Damn, I knew it))))))
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03:46pm 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Magi: naruto - never falling down
^^;; Well... What is true is true ^^; Probably that's what got Itachi in the end - it's not good to turn negative feelings against oneself :/

Not a problem in my case, because I don't feel like hugging other people too often >.>

Yeah... That's what I meant. But they still can be our friends ^__^
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04:02pm 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
*sigh* They just can't admit it, can they? ^^;
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04:17pm 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: naruto
Hahaha, nope! What good would that do?)) Their relationship is awesome enough as it is))) I think if either of them ever tried to say it out loud, he'd choke))))))
Thanks for reading! <3
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06:29pm 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Yeah, yeah, yeah, because they are idiots and masochists they'll go around the subject *headdesk* And I though Sasuke supposed to be genius...
Welcome XD
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07:09pm 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: sasuke
LOL, especially Sasuke))))) No brain at all! But he'll learn... in 40 years when they're old and gray))))
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 shinya_diey
 
09:15pm 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
40? I would say maybe in 100... if we are lucky XDXD
I so don't like Sasuke right now.
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06:39am 13/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: sn_kiss
I was trying to be realistic, but it seems like it was optimism)))))
He really disappoints me these days unless everything he says is a clever lie to fool Madara.
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 shinya_diey
 
10:28am 13/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
XDXD
Rather to fool himself, he's avenger has to have sth/someone to avenge ^^; Idiot...
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07:04pm 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Eli Artemisia: SasuNaru
This is the first NaruSasu story I've read, and I thought it was a very nice.

Naruto knows exactly why he has followed him. It doesn’t need saying.

Stories where everything is laid out in front of the reader don't leave as much of an impression on me as the ones where I can tell there's a lot more going on beneath the surface. I like that feeling that there's this "meaningful something" between the characters that not even I (the reader) is allowed to see in full, and you did that well with this story. So yeah, ditto Naruto :P

Thanks for sharing the fic.

Much Love,
Marysia
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07:13pm 12/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: sn
Really? Thank you very much! I'm flattered that you like it))
I completely agree! I write mostly this kind of stories because I don't like it when the author does all the explaining in detail)))
Thanks for commenting and reading! I really appreciate it! <3
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12:31am 13/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Kanoi: I wish you were here with me to see the
So pretty! The kiss literally took my breath away. I don't know why, but it did, lol. I love it.
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06:43am 13/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: blue
Thank you so much! ^_^ I'm glad you enjoyed the story. =)
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04:20am 13/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Clara: becky sharp
It was so beautiful!! And as your usually do their characters seemed very much like the original ones :D
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06:42am 13/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: naruto_smile
*blush* Thank you so much! <3
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06:23pm 13/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
theCrowned: pink
I know I said "forget the comments" in favour of reading the smut but I just have to tell you again how much I love this. I literally worship the ground you walk on, you lovely and brilliant EDM! I even put you above the pr0n. ;P
ME LOVES THIS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!! THANK YOU DARLING!
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06:29pm 13/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: body
OMFG honey!!!!! I'm not worth it!!!! Okay, maybe I am, a little)))) THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I'M SO HAPPY THAT YOU LIKE IT!!! IF YOU DIDN'T I'D CRY MOURNFUL TEARS OF MOURNING AND THEN DIE OF HEART ATTACK!!!!!!!! T_T
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07:54pm 13/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
dune_master: change me
You and the way you write kisses... I won't repeat myself, but you know that, right?))))
You managed to make it sweet and sad at the same time. Great job! ^_^
Oh, and love the song!
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08:01pm 13/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: shawn/isabelle
Nyaaa~! Thank you, darling! <3
I KNOW! I heard it some time ago again after a long time and it just struck me! It's perfect for Sasuke... in a way)))
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09:50am 14/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
dune_master: old ways
Hahaha, especially the whole part of the teenage angst brigade thing! Definitely him.
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10:58am 14/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: sasunaru
Guh, I wish smn would make a fanvid to this song!! XDD
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08:56pm 13/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
tweeney: unbreakable bond
Oooh! I loved it so so much. <3

The atmosphere was beautiful - intimate and poignant, and I could practically see the long shadows stretching across the ceiling... ^^ Heh, rambling again. XD

I really loved the way everything between them was said without actually being said, and - the kiss... omg hot! And not accidental at all! XD

Yay, I guess next time Naruto will be staying in Sasuke's bigger room? ;D
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09:02pm 13/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: sn_kiss
Oooh, you read smth of mine!! I'm unbelievably happy now! You made my day! (Well, night actually)))
Hahahah, even Sasuke admits it wasn't an accident))))) That's a breakthrough))
Well, if that's what you think, so be it)))) I didn't mean anything specific by the ending. It's free to interpret the way ppl like)))) But the ice is definitely melting, lol! <3
Thank you once again! I'm glad you enjoyed!
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09:09pm 13/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
tweeney: narusasu
Heheh, I've had it open in a tab for a while and I finally got to it now! \o/ And I've read your work before Erm, if I haven't commented it's because I used to be a silly, silly lurker. ^^;

Heh, well in my mind the ice is melting so fast they're going to need buckets pretty soon. ;D

You're so welcome - and if I haven't mentioned it before, I adore your writing! <3
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07:27am 14/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: sasunaru
LOL, it's okay))) Your comment has just made me really happy! ^_^
I lurk too sometimes, but mostly if I'm not registered on the site; I'm too lazy to leave anonymous reviews. But I've registered almost on every site I read imaginable, so there aren't many places left))) Only some rare external hostings))
I hope so! It'll melt and they'll be sexy and wet!))))
*blush* THANK YOU!!!
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05:37pm 18/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
rabid_fangrrl
I really like your writing style. It's sensual and delicious. There's a tactile quality to it that I love.
You achieved quite a bit in this little piece, with the dialogue, pacing and details.
Yum!
 
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05:56pm 18/09/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: sasunaru
Thank you very much! ^_^ Glad you enjoyed it.
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 mikokriszty
 
03:58pm 07/10/2008 (UTC)
 
 
I love it. It was a very very nice break from my Uni job. ^^ Thank you!
 
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 istne_pieklo
 
04:27pm 07/10/2008 (UTC)
 
 
Shaitanah: sn_kiss
*squee* Thank you so much! Glad you like it))) You're such a sweetheart! <3
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