22 Jan 2019
(“You guys are like part of my soul,” Naruto had said once, when they were lying under the stars as they waited for Minato-sensei to return. “I love you so much I don’t think I could survive losing you. I don’t think I want to.”
And Sakura had squeezed both of their hands and replied, “Then it’s a good thing you’re never getting rid of us.”
Sasuke wished it had been him to die instead; she was their anchor, the one who could ground them and direct them where they needed to go. She would have known how to comfort Naruto, how to deal with this in a way that was healthy, and for all that Naruto would have still been hurt, it wouldn’t have been like this. It wouldn’t have destroyed him.
It’s surprising, Sasuke thinks, how many problems could be solved if he had simply died in someone else’s place).