Heya A oneshot this time Hope you enjoy, warnin, its a little angsty, but then when isnt Sasuke? XD --- Sasuke Uchiha sat in front of Tsunade, Hokage of the Hidden Leaf, without making a sound, they just looked at each other for minutes on end. It was less a battle of wills than they were simply sizing each other up, except the Onyx eyes of Sasuke seemed almost empty. In his mind he replayed the last twenty four hours over in his head, his task was finally done, Itachi was dead at his hands. He had avenged his Clan, and himself. Why did he feel so damn empty, yet so filled with pain? Seventeen year old Sasuke stared into his brothers eyes, Mangekyou Sharingan be damned, as the Raikiri sank into Itachi's chest, destroying what served as a heart for him. He had almost expected Itachi to use it before his final breath left him, but in the end all that happened was his older brother gave a tiny smile, not a smirk, a true smile. As if in death he had found peace. All the hatred he had felt for his brother, all the pain he had been through with Orochimaru, the pain of the Cursed Seal leaving him with the Snake Sannin's last breath, and the looks of betrayal on his old team mates faces, especially Sakura. It didnt disappear with his brothers life as he had always dreamed. Nothing had changed, he still felt as numb as ever, and now he had nothing, nothing to live for, he had completed his lifes goal, and all it had done was leave him empty. No Village, no friends, and within a few moments, probably not even his life. Looking around himself he took in the battle wrecked street from his and Itachi's battle, scattered around lay bodies of Leaf, Sound and Akatsuki alike. Spectating the battle, why would they complain their two strongest foes were wearing each other out? stood people he knew and people he didnt. Naruto who had taken out the Snake Sannin only an hour ago stood looking at him, that determined look on his face, Sakura stood beside him, and Sasuke realised with a stab of pain she was glaring at him, not that he blamed her, others were also glaring, and many looked shocked at the violent battle that had just played out. Neji, Lee, Kiba, Hinata, Ino, Shikamaru and rest of their gang from the Chunnin Exam stood looking at him as he expressionlessly looked back. He couldnt help but smirk a little as Shikamaru put his Shadow Bind on him before his face took on the Jounin's expression, and as he felt a sharp blow to the neck that knocked him unconscious he realised they all had something he didnt and never would again, the reason they were so strong. They fought together as Friends and Family. "So, when is the execution taking place?" he asked in his usual cold voice, why didnt he feel intimidated? he was in enemy territory awaiting what could be nothing except an execution with what he had done. Tsunade frowned at his lack of emotion, sentencing someone who didnt give a damn, especially someone she had been looking forwards to capturing, pissed her off immensely, but as Hokage she wasnt allowed to show it. "Before i Judge and Sentence you Im required to read a list of crimes to you." Tsunade looked down her nose at him "But i am also required to summon two people, one impartial, to make sure my judging is fair, and you are required to pick two people in your defence." Sasuke looked at her in disbelief, his Defence! what Defence! he was a traitor! he deserved to die! It was his fate, and though he refused to admit it, the peace of death called to him like a warm blanket. "I refuse." he glared at her, as if daring her to argue, "I confess to whatever you charge me with, get it over with." He didnt fear pain, years as Orochimaru student had given him a high tolerance for it, but keeping him waiting was needless. The Hokage wasnt in the least bit bothered by his glare and sighed "It is not your choice to make, if you wont pick them i will." Standing up and leaving the small dim room he was sat in, Sasuke assumed she was going to get the people needed. As if things went bad enough, why couldnt they just let him die? at least in death his pain would be gone, as would the pain his existence was causing others. The final battle, what a joke it had been, the Sound had barley been able to do any damage at all, they were arguably up against Konoha's greatest generation of Ninja's, and it had been a three way battle between them, the Sound and Akatsuki. He could already guess that Akatsuki had caused the biggest death tole by themselves, but even the most powerful group of criminals in the world hadnt been able to stand against a whole village of Nins. He remembered seeing Naruto as he killed Orochimaru, he hadnt even needed to use the Kyuubi to kill him he had improved so much, he had barely even been winded, even without the demon he had surpassed Sasuke who had been fighting Itachi on almost equal grounds their whole fight. Sasuke had been better, but not by a whole lot. Now he longer had his cursed seal he would probably be just a bit better than Neji Hyuuga in combat, not that he would ever get chance, nor would he wish to now, to test that theory. Slowly his mind went full circle to a place he had tried to keep it from; Sakura Haruno. The though, he had been so close to being happy the night he had left, if only he had stayed he could have been living a happy life now as a Konoha Ninja. Now he could admit it to himself, despite not being sure about love, he had been fooling himself into thinking he didnt have feelings for the pink haired girl. He did care about her, but now he wouldnt have the chance to see what it could have become. All he had cared about was Revenge, and in the end it had meant nothing. Just as his life had. His mind was pulled from this destructive circle as Tsunade entered the room again, this time tailed by four people. Kakashi, and Unknown man, Naruto and..., his heart constricted suddenly, Sakura. She couldnt even bear to look at him, she moved behind his chair out of his sight, Kakashi who glared at him stood behind the Hokage as did the mystery man. To his great surprise Naruto nodded at him before joining Sakura behind him. "Sasuke Uchiha, you are being charged by the following crimes; Deserting your Village, purposefully injuring a team mate, attempted murder, murder of various Ninja from different villages, and finally, taking a leading role in the intended destruction of Konoha." Tsunade looked him straight in the eye once again, "How do you plead." "Guilt-" Sasuke was interrupted mid-word "Sasuke Uchiha pleads insanity Hokage-Sama." Sakura, despite everything, spoke up. "On what grounds?" Tsunade was surprised, what evidence could possibly exist to back something like that up? "On the grounds that the Cursed Seal was influencing his mental state." Naruto spoke this time, Sasuke noted past his shock that the blonde sounded decidedly uncomfortable speaking like he was. "Is there proof of this?" Tsunade couldnt help but be annoyed, they can talked of this before, and even though they hadnt been able to disprove the idea, there had neither been proof, that was unlikely to have changed. "We have written witness reports from the Chunnin Forest of Death exam that state how Sasuke seemed to become cruel and sadistic when facing some enemies, Sasuke Uchiha has always been admittedly cold and distant, but he had never shown signs of cruelty or pleasure in others pain, these witnesses also happened to be in Sasuke Uchiha's class in the academy, only myself, Naruto and Kakashi were closer to him." Sasuke was deeply shocked, this was Sakura! what had happened to the weak Gennin her remembered? she had grown... and he wasnt very happy with how good a case she was making, couldnt they see he WANTED to die! "But you admit yourself he was distant, how can any of your truly know what he is like?" Tsunade sighed, knowing that her student wouldnt simply give up at that point. "As i said, myself and Naruto, Naruto especially, become closer to Sasuke than anyone, the Sasuke we knew was willing to sacrifice his life for his team, despite this Sasuke was already mentally unbalanced before he even joined the Academy." Sakura took a breath and Sasuke willed her to be quiet and let him die in peace "He not only witnessed his parents brutal death, he was also subjected to the Mangekyou Sharingan after seeing his entire clan dead."