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The Wolf Inside - A Naruto Fanfic - Watty Award Winner 2013

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Hey guys, I'm sooooo sorry it's taken me so long to update! I've just been so busy with my new job, and because I work on a computer most of the day, I don't really wanna come home and spend hours typing :P I'll try not to take so long again, but I can't guaruntee that lol. Anyway, hopefully you enjoy :)


Totally awesome pic of Team 8! :D  --->


Ashley’s POV


I land on the window sill silently, in a crouched position.

‘I knew it!’ I think darkly, as I watch Gaara surround Lee with his sand.

Shikamaru quietly sneaks in next to me and catches Gaara in his Shadow Possession Jutsu.

Naruto leaps in through the window with a shout, aiming a fist for a surprised Gaara’s face.

“Naruto!” I exclaim. “What didn’t you understand about the element of surprise?”

Shikamaru suddenly stumbles back at the same time as Gaara, as Naruto’s fist connects with his cheek.

“Sorry!” he apologises quickly, before turning to Gaara.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?!” he asks angrily.

“Hey! Take it easy moron!” Shikamaru complains, rubbing his cheek with the back of his hand. “I’m using my Shadow Possession Jutsu, so when you’re beating him up, you’re hurting me as well! Understand?”

“Oh, sorry Shikamaru” Naruto apologises again, before shooting a menacing glare at Gaara.

“Alright, what were you planning on doing just now?” he asks lowly. Gaara stares back at him evenly.

“I was going to kill him” he informs us coolly, making Naruto and Shikamaru shift uncomfortably.

“What?” Naruto asks quietly. I feel both of their heart beats speed up slightly.

“You already beat him in the Exams” Shikamaru speaks up, narrowing his eyes at Gaara. “What’s your problem man? You got a grudge against him or what?”

I glare at Gaara as he shakes his head.

“Ichibi……” I hear Hakuba’s faint voice growling. “My………chakra……”

I mentally roll my eyes. Hakuba’s not too keen on the other Tailed Beasts, especially the Nine Tails, but he yearns to have all of his powers back. As much as he dislikes the Tailed Beasts, he needs them to return to his former glory.

“I have no grudge against him” Gaara says calmly in his creepy voice. “It’s not that complicated, I just really want to kill him.”

“Oh, well that makes it okay then” I scoff, sitting down on the window sill.

Gaara’s soulless eyes flick over to me, before Naruto suddenly drags his attention back to him.

“Ya know what?!” he barks, pointing at Gaara. “You’re sick in the head!”

“Yeah, you’re crazy” Shikamaru agrees.

Gaara’s eyes………..they kind of remind me off what my own used to look like. Dark, empty, unfeeling, void of any sort of emotion. And lonely. I know what loneliness can do to a person. It slowly, but surely, drives you insane……..

Being alone is horrible. It’s the worst form of torture. I should know, I was alone all the time when I was with Orochimaru. I stayed in my small, dark room unless Orochimaru wanted me. I was his favourite toy you could say. (A/N: No, not in a dirty way! Get your mind out of the gutter! Lol. Besides, he’s got Kabuto for that…..Eww…..)

“Do you really think we’re just gonna kick back and let you do what you want?” Shikamaru asks Gaara sharply. “Yeah right, you selfish psychopath….”

“If you don’t get out of my way, I’ll kill you both too” Gaara informs Naruto and Shikamaru. I feel a bit left out now…….

“Oh yeah?!” Naruto challenges. “Let’s just see you try i- oof!”

Naruto is interrupted by a jab in the gut from Shikamaru.

“Take it easy kid!” he advises the hyped up blonde, before smirking at Gaara. “We saw your match with Lee, so we know you’re strong. But we have a few tricks up our sleeves. We held back during the Exams you know.”

I raise an eyebrow at Shikamaru. Does he really think he can bluff his way out of this?

My eyes drop down to the sand still creeping around Lee.

I clench my jaw.

“Besides,” Shikamaru continues, “it’s three against one. You should just take my advice and get out of here.”

“I’ll say this again” Gaara growls. “Get in my way, and I’ll kill you.”

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