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"...Naruto?" Sasuke called out into the empty room.

No reply came back.

Before he got a chance to register any emotions, he felt a hand on his shoulder, and he spun around to see the least person he was expecting to see.
And Sasuke let out a breathless voice.

"W-why are you here...?"

Chapter 35: You have the eyes to see

Even with the dark hoodie covering half of his face, I knew who he was. I felt the fear as a tremendous aura of his presence made itself known after it had been hidden until I turned around to face that person.

"Why... am I here?" he repeated my question.
If anything else hadn't been enough of a proof, his voice definitely gave me the hundred percent sureness that this was the person I was supposed to fear, supposed to hate, and supposed to kill...

But even after years of the build up of these emotions, this person's existence was just too great that it shook my whole body.
The shake was from fear, but if all in honesty, it was from hatred as well.

"To see you of course, my dear brother..."

I couldn't bear to watch him take the hood off his head to become stared at with his murderous glare of his.
Before he was able to even make a move, I charged at him and gave him a punch to his face, screaming his name.


Surprisingly, Itachi didn't block my attack and he neither pulled an attempt to dodge it.
That wasn't all to what was weird about this.
Something wasn't right, and I couldn't stand how off the atmosphere felt. What was making me so much at unease?

Then I heard Itachi laugh while lying below me.

"Is that all you have to the murderer of mother and father?"

All rage came flooding back like lava from a volcano inside me running down my whole body, catching on fire.
I couldn't stop the surge of hatred filling every inch of my mind and before I knew it, I was continuously beating the face of my older brother's until his hood came off making my molten lava freeze at an instant.

Itachi's eyes were bandaged and that fearful murderous eyes that once belonged to those empty sockets, were gone.
I instantly figured out what was going on and felt the dread of what I've done as well as feel the regret that hit me real hard.

"W...hat... did you do..." I found myself croak.
My cheeks felt wet and Itachi knew this too, because the tears fell upon his face, and he stretched out a hand to reach my cheek and wipe the tears.

"Forgive me, Sasuke..."

Those words triggered to recall all the memories from what had happened that night at in Orochimaru's underground hideout lab.

Naruto's screams and Orochimaru's growls were heard with sounds of fists colliding with each other too. I was only able to just listen to the fight painfully as I was bound to the wall without vision.
Then I heard the dreadful sound of a strangled voice.


Naruto was dying and I was able to do nothing.
All I could do was strongly wish for someone else to come save us both.

And then there was a loud crack.
It was the sound of the cave walls splitting elegantly unlike Naruto's dramatic party entrance filled with large explosions and crumbling sounds of the aftermath.

I knew only one person who could do it so.

"Youuuuu...." I heard Orochimaru snarl before a short fight was heard and an inhumane snarl before everything became deadly quiet.
I heard the newcomer's steps, walking towards my way.
I visibly flinched when I felt his face beside mine but what I heard from the familiar voice was unexpected.

"It's okay, Sasuke. Your friend is unconscious but he's still breathing."

The soft, slender fingers that feathered across my face was a gentle touch which reminded me of the longing past I once had, making me tremble and bring heat to my eyes.

"Forgive me, Sasuke."

That was the last straw. I couldn't help it as tears just kept sliding down one after another. The voice was too gentle, the soft was too warm, and it was just everything I missed so much even though these emotions had been wiped away from the exact person who was bringing at back right now.
I probably knew deep inside that I was longing for the return of his return so bad that it hurt.

My voice cracked when I tried calling out his name.
I then suddenly felt all the binds come loose and I fell too the ground.
Before I had time to stand up, I felt a sharp pain at the back of my neck and then his ask for forgiveness once again.
But this time, his voice was shaking so badly that I could tell he was crying.
And then I slipped into unconsciousness.


<flashback end>

"You...why did you do this to me!?" I couldn't help but scream at his face as I grabbed a fist full of his front.
I was mad at him for making me feel hatred towards him, making me beat his face, making me feel regret and remorse... controlling me like a puppet without it's own accord!

"You needed something... to release your anger, to blame someone, to concentrate a purpose to live. I couldn't leave you behind as young as you were, thinking that it may have been your fault and leave the solitude to take over your life, becoming careless with your own life," Itachi explained with a slight pained expression.

"Well now that you're here and made everything clear, you better start atoning what you did!" I growled, although I knew he had already done more than enough for forgiveness. I didn't need anything else from him.

Just... just for him to be by my side now, and fill in the blank periods of the whole time he was gone.

"I already did, Sasuke. I signed a contract with Doctor Tsunade..." Itachi stated with a small smile.
And the next line of words made my blood freeze and my world topple upside down.

"I won't go to jail but instead be used as a test for an experiment, to save Naruto at all costs. Whatever organ he loses, she will transplant mine into Naruto. I want my life to have a purpose and reason for existence."

My fingers slackened grip off Itachi's front completely.
Those words were something I shot at Naruto as well, so I couldn't help but understand so well how he felt.
...but this was too cruel a reality, because this meant, that the more Naruto fought to live, it dragged Itachi towards death.
The more the vital organs Naruto needed, Itachi would provide him, giving Itachi a slow and painful death, depending on which organs start to dysfunction first within Naruto.


"Because he seems to be very important to you. I wouldn't be cruel as to making you choose between him and I. He is more worth living than I am," I heard him say as I lay on top of him, breaking down, crying against his shoulder.
I felt a warm hand pat against my back which reminded me of the past where he'd used to hold me gently when I got too afraid of the dark at night or when I got told off by father. He had always been the source of refuge for me.
He was always, as childish as it sounds... my hero.

Whatever he did, he excelled at and his kind nature always made me admire him, be proud of him, and love him.


This seemed to be the word of the day for me.
I just couldn't help repeating that word as I continued to cry within my brother's arms.

"I can't live... without you..."

"Don't be stupid. You'll have Naruto."

"I don't want to only have Naruto..."

"Don't be selfish, Sasuke. In life, you can't get everything you want. Sometimes you get tough choices and can choose only one between two choices. That's how it is."

I know... I know that but...

"I'll be here for awhile, so, introduce me to your friend, okay?" Itachi asked.

"Yeah..." I replied weakly.

"Yeah, I'll do that."


"Hey, Itachi nii-san!"

"Naruto, you're too loud!"

Two boys came rushing in to Itachi's private hospital room, one rushing to the patient's side in a rush, while the other, exasperated as he rolled his eyes and shut the door behind him.

"Look! Look! I found lots of this on the ground and on the trees today!" Naruto excitedly cried as he showed a rather cute looking pink looking flower with 5 petals.
Naruto heard Sasuke snort and muttering something about being stupid to ask a blind man to look at something he can't.

"That would be called 'Sakura', the cherry blossom," Itachi smiled, and answered for him.

"Ehh!? How did you know!?" Naruto asked, greatly bemused at Itachi's knowledge even without the visual looks of the object.
Itachi let out a chuckle before he replied.

"Because it's spring. And in spring, the most common blooming flower that also scatters across the village grounds would most likely to be Sakura."

"Heh~~~," Naruto nodded with acknowledgement and a twinkle in his eyes.
It was Naruto's first time going out to the village in spring, and he hadn't seen these flowers before, so he was acting like a child staring at awe at everything new he saw.

"Hey, hey! Itachi nii-san! Sasuke taught me how to keep flowers pretty even after picking it out and leaving them for a looooooong time! I can even make a bookmark out of it!! It's ah! Washibana*!"

"Oshibana!**" Sasuke immediately corrects with a sigh, leaving Itachi to chuckle.

"Anyways! I'll make one for you! I'll find a four leaf clover and do it too so then you'll get better soon!" Naruto announced excitedly.
This made both Uchiha's smile with a hint of sadness that Naruto couldn't pick up.

"Yeah, that'll be great. Thanks, Naruto," Itachi said.

The Uchiha brothers hadn't told Naruto that Itachi was the source of Naruto's life. Naruto was getting better and better with his newly transplanted organs and his body didn't seem to reject the foreign organs either, since Sasuke's blood in him was neutralizing the side effects that would've highly likely to have happened.

Naruto was told that Itachi had saved the two from the underground hideout where Orochimaru had been experimenting with his own body in such inhumanely absurd ways that somehow he had succeeded in turning his body part-snake.
On the other hand, the corpse that Naruto was fighting with was supposedly Orochimaru's assistant who had been manipulated like a puppet even after his death.
Naruto would probably have had realised that something wasn't right with his opponent, if he wasn't too consumed in rage to the point that he had no memory of it.

After feeling Sasuke calling for help, Itachi was brought to the place, just like how Naruto instinctively felt Sasuke's SOS too, since Itachi and Sasuke shared the same blood.

Although Itachi was already in a no-return stage of a disease that will eventually lead him to death so he was to be hospitilized here in this hospital with the other two boys.

Of course, the last bit was a lie, but Naruto wouldn't notice it, because Itachi was a master at hiding his presence, therefore it was natural that his organs had less presence than Sasuke's like how Naruto felt it running through his veins.

All three knew that Itachi had not long to go, but they acted indifferently, because they knew that Itachi would've liked that the best.
Feeling the intrusion, Naruto suddenly told the brothers that he'd get something to drink.

"Naruto's starting to notice it, is he?" Itachi asked as Sasuke walked closer towards his older brother and sit down beside him.

"No, not about his transplant. But about your death, maybe," Sasuke sighed, rubbing his face.

"I keep telling you to not make that face, Sasuke," Itachi scowled.

"What face?" Sasuke retorted, and both shared a chuckle.
Itachi had good instincts like Naruto, and was able to guess most of the visuals without the eyes.
But sometimes, Sasuke would mask his face expression with a calm tone in his voice that Itachi wouldn't realise how painful Sasuke's face looked.

"Love you nii-san..." Sasuke murmured, pressing his face against Itachi's hand as he held tightly with his own, bringing a smile to Itachi's lips.

"Love you too, Sasuke."

All this time, the two didn't realise that there were a pair of eyes staring at the two of them from the small crack of an open door with the newly acquired skills to erase his presence as he stood...

...listening to the whole conversation.


3 weeks later, Itachi had fallen to a sleep of eternity and was given a proper funeral with a tombstone as equally as great as to how brave he was sacrificing his life for another.
Sasuke stood there until the sun was setting and was daring to hide completely behind the mountains on the western side.

"Let's go, Sasuke."

Naruto tugged on Sasuke's sleeve but he didn't budge at all.
Naruto tried calling again, but Sasuke wouldn't reply.
He only did when Naruto started punching his arm continuously as he loudly called his name over and over again.

"...leave me alone."

Naruto frowned at this and then growled, punching Sasuke in the face, to the ground.
Before Sasuke had any emotion to register, he felt warm arms gather his upper body and a feeling of ease somehow soaked through.

"I know... I know Itachi sacrificed for me," Naruto whispered, and Sasuke's eyes widened with shock.

The warmth leaves Sasuke's body as Naruto pulled away from him standing up.

"So I have a full responsibility to be in place of your brother!" Naruto demanded loudly.

He then stretched out a helping hand to Sasuke who was still down on the ground in front of their brother's grave.

"I'll be your brother from now on, Sasuke."

Sasuke bowed his head down low as he felt the tears stream down his cheeks and he blindly stretched out his arm to get pulled up by Naruto.


Death is not unwelcoming, as it comes to knock on everyone's door one day, and it's a natural, unavoidable part of a sequence in life.
But it's natural to be afraid of it, and to grieve in loss of another.

But you know, there's always someone out there to help you get through it.
So don't close your eyes, and look around at the people beside you.
Because you have the eyes to see the people who care for you.


*oshibana ??= press-dried flower
**washibana??=hooked nose

because hana/bana can both me flower or nose, depending on the kanji character.
I'm sorry that some people are not gonna like this ending, but I don't like to change my ending to give what they want.
I want my story to go through with my message and purpose, right till the very end and not like a lovely fakey fairytale where everything is a happily ever after, when in reality, some people can't achieve that.
I wanted to show the both positive and negative sides to life at the end.
You can never get all of what you want, it doesn't mean you can't get anything out of all you want.
I hope you'd understand, although I was originally gonna let Naruto die, but then thought that I still haven't brought up Itachi in the picture, and it was random to make him just appear without a reason, so I decided to play along with the death roles in the actual Naruto manga series.
At least its not totally depressing *"Yes it is!!!" bashed by fan-girls streaming with tears*
Okay... sorry. I guess my stories can be very depressing.
But I did warn you that my stories can be non-happy endings.
...what? I didn't? I'm sure I had....oh, well.
Well... now you know. *knives thrown by fan-girls and dies*

Anyways, thank you VERY much to all those favs, reviews and moral support!

Okay, now that I'm done with this series, I will go and try finishing off All Hearts
Oh well, you'll see me soon with another Naruto FF!

I found that some people didn't like the ending but meh. I'm not doing it for pleasure of readers.
I'm writing to send a message through and write a good story, so I don't plan on changing it or writing an alternative.
I already changed it enough to keep the main characters alive (which wouldn't actually be possible if it were real life), so at least readers don't get totally depressed at the very end.
People just don't to admit or see to reality do they?
Especially since most have a happy healthy life and body without having to care for the world about those who are stuck inside hospitals for good and have shorter lifespan than average people.
Although we complain about the stupid internet crashing down on us, the stupid uni is just way too overload of work, your younger sibling is annoying, the food doesn't taste good, waste of money for watching a bad movie, hating the compulsory triathlon run, don't want to get up for school, hate the teacher or lecturer, your cellphone is shit, (and I can go on and on...), at least these complaints are so simple, can easily be fixed, temporary and not a big deal when you think about it.

Because some people cry, suffer and can be immobile and wish to even walk, talk, move, eat and yet cannot do some of these things and not having enough time to even do these things.
They can't complain about it and have them corrected like our subtle every day complaints.
They have a limited choice in life and time.

So you can't ignore the existence of these kind of people, and have to appreciate what we have and what freedom are given to us.
Be thankful for the mobility we are given, the time we are given, and the ability to do something about it. Love your life and never says it sucks.


Title: Eyes Bleed Tears
Category: Anime/Manga Naruto
Author: :iconnorthernryu:
Language: English
Main Characters: Naruto, Sasuke

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weaboo2001 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017
Oml, this story was so amazing. Ugh i can't even. It was so good and beautifully written.
animelover4ever2002 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
No! It's over! And they weren't even together as a couple! Why?!?! Wh!?! *SOBBING*
baldingbeauty Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
I had been reviewing. But when I was getting close to the end. I just wanted to finish the story. I must say that I really enjoyed this story very much even the end of it.

This story was well written. The plot was carried out wonderfully and with nice pacing.
Great job! Thanks for writing this one!
Neko-Shounen Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for reading till the very end.
I'm glad my story was worth reading and humored you till the very end :)
baldingbeauty Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Yes, your very welcome! A very nice story.
Starfox111 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Neko-Shounen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for reading and faving and making the time to leave a comment for me.
I am really grateful and it really makes my day. :)
If you'd like, I recommend my other story "I wanna protect you" too.
It's a naruto & sasuke related story that I wrote before this one.

Edward-ElricLOVESYOU Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Writer
awww itachi nii san!!!
Neko-Shounen Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooorrryyy ;_;
Edward-ElricLOVESYOU Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Writer
why are you anon?
Neko-Shounen Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Edward-ElricLOVESYOU Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Writer
animelover-boredgrl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconlazycryplz: so sad, bittersweet kind of end, but not bad xD
Neko-Shounen Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Mixed feelings, lol.
Loved your support all the way. So grateful and can't thank enough.
Hope to see you again in some other FFs.
YaoiTotoro Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Neko-Shounen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
First ever positive comments without a complaint about anyone's death or it being depressing!! *bows down low to the ground* (asian way instead of glomps, lol)
YaoiTotoro Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah there were some sad moments but that's what makes it touchy and good. If the readers don't feel something then theres no point reading it. Again, great story. I'm kinda jealous. See I write in a way thats more shits and giggles. I only have one serious fan fic but even then it's a comedy. Hence me being jealous over your work. I can't write like that.
Neko-Shounen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not really a funny type so its hard to make it a general comedy story...
I think people just have different genres they specialize, and mine just happened to be angst-y stuff.
I would be jealous of you for being able to make a comedy FF, because being able make readers smile and laugh is a great thing.
Nothing that I can achieve there.
YaoiTotoro Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconomaiblushplz: Thanks. ...would you mind reading my stuff?
Neko-Shounen Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If I ever have the time to, I will promise to have a look.
I'm so busy right now that I'm taking ages to submit my next FF too...*sobs*
Ah, if only I had the ability to slow down time...
YaoiTotoro Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You want the ability to slow down time and I want to be a time lord. Sucks how we can't get what we want huh?
Neko-Shounen Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Time lord huh? Well we can get a lot of other things we want with our given time already, so we just have to appreciate what we've got since and live with it because that's fact isn't really going to change, is it?
Let's use our time wisely and be thankful for it rather than moan and bitch about it^^
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channellehazel Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;-; Itachiiiiii....

You wrapped the story up nicely. D: I'm very sad though. I need to find some happy music to listen to or something..
Neko-Shounen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry~~~~ but I was gonna get more complaints if Naruto died.. ^^;
DogloverXD Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwwwww <3333333333333333333333333333 Totally faved the whole story xD
Neko-Shounen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!!!!!!!
DogloverXD Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome!!! :hug:
DAKFish Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
I'm sad for Itachi's death, but even sadder that Sasuke and Naruto didn't get together lol what can I say XD

However this was a fantastic story from begging to end, and I loved being able to read it ^_^
Neko-Shounen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. Lol.
I don't do yaoi stories, sorry.
I've appreciated your support from beginning to end as well.
Coeb Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012

I would have rather Naruto died than Itachi after what just happened with Itachi, in all honesty.

I'm crying so hard, I dont think I'll ever stop. So hard...cant stop...SOBBING.
Neko-Shounen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol. Sorry.
I was originally gonna have Naruto die, but I just happened to have some re-arrangement with the character that dies cause that's what happens in the real Naruto series, and I'll get more protests about Naruto dying than Itachi.
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