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Green as the leaves that covered their home, her eyes darted back and forth between them, pink brows furrowed in confusion and wariness. She was struggling to believe their words; whether she could trust them to be true or if it was another game for him to play. Tenten could understand her hesitation. The way the rumors went, Sasuke's last game hadn't ended too well for Team Kakashi.

But then, she hadn't been there to give the counter-strike.

Things were different now.

Looking at the younger kunoichi, she watched the other continued to turn the information over in her mind, severely hoped that the latter would fall in line quickly. There would be no time to look for another medic they could trust. Especially not one who could tend to her own protection, she mused, giving her bonds a quick once-over. It had been Tenten's decision to keep Sakura bound with rope and chains, knowing and having seen the strength she'd inherited from her Legendary Mentor. The last thing they needed was an attack from within their camp while trying to escape capture.

An unconscious tug drew the kunoichi's attention, trusting that they'd hold but letting her hand fall to the scroll at her hip nonetheless. "So, let me get this straight. It's all been an act?"

"...More or less." And much like their days in the Sound Village, the weapon-mistress looked to the Uchiha for confirmation. It was better that the answers came from her while he was allowed time and energy to chart their next course of action. But still, even she wasn't wholly sure what had changed and what still remained the same. "Some things, I don't have to pretend."

Here, Sakura scoffed. Understanding, perhaps. "And why are you telling me this?"

"Isn't it obvious?" And when it became apparent that it wasn't, Tenten pressed on. "We need your help. Thanks to Sparky, over there, we're down a medic."

She seemed to take in those words with a decent amount of shock, eyes wide with disbelief. As if it dawned on her then what they were actually proposing. Dissension. Betrayal. The life of a rogue. And perhaps, they were, from the perspective of an outsider. But for Tenten, at least, it would be a life worth leading if it meant finding the answers they all sought out.

Surely, Sakura understood that...

But just as quickly as her expression set in, it changed, her eyes hard-set and determined as they stared back. Proud as she gave them her final verdict. "No."

To her left, the kunoichi heard her comrade scoff. And already, she could see the smirk pulling across his lips in response. Because he had guessed it from the beginning. Sakura would not follow their path. Sakura was not made for this road, even despite the truths they'd revealed to her. But Tenten wasn't so willing to give up just yet. There was still a lot of ground to cover from here to Ame. And she would spend every step working to convince the young medic to joining. Because she was just as stubborn as any shinobi. Because 'no' was not an option.
Theme: The naked truth [ Wordcount: 526 ]
Character(s): Tenten, Uchiha Sasuke, Haruno Sakura; brief mentions of Uzumaki Naruto, Yamato, Hatake Kakashi
Pairing(s): Hints of Sasuke/Tenten
Warning(s): None.
Disclaimer: I own nothing but these words.
Note: A series of one-shots based on a plot idea originally made for the RP community of circleobetrayal on LJ that eventually inspired the fic 'Inheritance of Betrayal.' Theme borrowed from 30_tortures on LJ.
Dedicated to: ~featheredshaft
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