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23 March 2005 @ 03:22 pm
more random Naruto fic  
Training is still boring. Hence, more fic.

Note, 3/4/06: This has been written over by the real "Guardian," which you can find in the rough version with comments here on my livejournal, or in the cleaner version here on ff.net.

The Guardian in Spite of Herself

Sasuke glared at the walls as the woman talked about the latest apartment. It was the fifth one she'd shown him and he could tell she didn't want to be here either. He almost liked that. It was better than crying all over him and hugging him and calling him "you poor dear," the way the medic-nin and the foster-family did.

He didn't need an apartment. He already had a house.

They said it would remind him too much of his parents and Itachi.

Why else did they think he wanted to stay there?

The woman sighed and thumped her hand against the doorframe, calling his attention back to the room. "Okay, so you don't like this one either. I have one apartment left -- you either take it or I tell Sarutobi Hokage-sama that you'd rather stay with your temporary foster-family."

"I don't need an apartment and I don't need those idiots," Sasuke informed her. "I already have a home."

"No," she said, "you don't. Hokage's orders -- you can't live completely on your own. So either I check up on you once a week or you go to the foster-home."

Sasuke glared at her.

The woman sighed again, running her hands through her blue-green hair. "Why do I get all the problem kids?"

Sasuke scowled. He wasn't a problem. If people left him alone, he'd be fine. He'd get strong and kill Itachi; he'd rip his brother to pieces like he deserved. All this fussing was just getting in the way.

But if he had to have someone watch him, better this woman than the foster-family. He couldn't stand the way the mother cooed over him, and the way the little kids followed him around all the time. If he played along here, maybe he could go home in a few months.

"Fine," Sasuke said. "I'll take the last apartment."

"Without even looking at it?"


The woman looked like she'd wanted to say something important but had changed her mind at the last minute the way Father used to do. Sasuke dug his nails into his palms. "It's on the top floor in the back, number 7-K," the woman said. "Come down to my office -- I'll give you the keys and we'll talk payment. Who's handling your accounts at the moment?"

Sasuke shrugged. He hadn't asked. It wouldn't matter if he could stay home -- he could charge food, clothes, and weapons to the clan account -- but he didn't know if that worked for apartments. No Uchiha had lived outside of the clan district for generations.

The woman raked her hands through her hair again, muttering something Sasuke didn't quite catch. "Okay. Do you know what bank your family used?"

That he knew. "Falling Leaf Savings and Loan."

"Good. We'll head down there now and figure out what's happening to your clan accounts and who has signatory access. Don't scowl at me," she added, rolling her eyes at Sasuke. "The sooner we get this straightened out, the sooner I'll leave you alone."

Sasuke shrugged and followed her downstairs.

red wolf: wisdomredwolf on March 24th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
Looks like fun times ahead.
Asuka Kureruaskerian on March 24th, 2005 11:35 am (UTC)
ohhh cute sulky sasuke! *cuddlesquish*
Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...edenfalling on March 24th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
He's going to have so much fun with his new neighbors... *evil grin*
(Anonymous) on March 25th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC)
I love your symbol! I'm a UU and I'm assuming you are.
Also, this is a cool story. I like Yukiko a lot.
Elizabeth Culmer, only a *little* bit crazy...edenfalling on March 26th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yep, UU since I was about two years old. Am now a brand new member of the Ithaca church, and a Sunday school teacher. :-)