RIYE Chp 18: Eternal
Morning sun poured through the window. Neither Aster nor Itachi had slept through the night. The pair sat on the floor beside the bed, her knees drawn up, his legs out stretched. Her far away stare was unreadable and he worried about the thoughts racing through her mind.
“Please, you need to talk to me.” Itachi pleaded. “Say something before I have to leave again.”
She sighed. “I’m thinking… of a way to free him.”
Inwardly, he screamed, wishing Sasuke had never said anything. “He’s a prisoner of Konoha. He must be heavily guarded and held dishonorably.”
“The first step,” Aster continued quietly, as if unaware he had spoken, “is to find him. I need to know the source of Sasuke’s information.”
He took her hand, trying to reach her across the void. “He won’t reveal his source. They must be an affiliate of Konoha, and if this information is found to have been leaked, they will
RIYE Chp 17: Trapped and Alive
Waving slowly, Aster watched Itachi and Sasuke start down the path to the training grounds. A pit formed in her stomach as she realized she couldn’t accompany them. I’m trapped in this house. She shut the door silently.
Deliberating, she surveyed the empty living room and dining room. What am I supposed to do now anyway? The double doors across from the couch called her. Using both arms, she flung the doors open. The garden sat waiting, as if smugly expecting her to tend to it. Then a better idea struck her. I’ll show Itachi!She grinned to herself and slipped into her shoes. Almost running, she headed out and towards the bustling town center.
The brothers walked in silence at a leisurely pace. There was no sense worrying about the next mission until the council and Tsunade had come to an agreement on the importance of what Naruto had found. Itachi noticed the tense way Sa