Sasuke looked down at Naruto's face. "Naruto, are you dead?" He asked quietly.
There was no answer. He wasn't expecting one, but somehow he was hoping. He was hoping that Naruto would open his eyes. He was hoping that Naruto would get up and yell and laugh off the injury as only Naruto could. But he didn't. He just laid there as Sasuke hovered over him, his eyes tracing the line's of the other boy's face.
Suddenly, there was warmth on his cheek. Sasuke started as he realized that Naruto's hand was cupping his cheek. Naruto's eyes opened and Sasuke was staring down into eyes like the summer sky. Not a trace of red tainted the pure blue color as Naruto looked up at Sasuke.
"Don't go," Naruto said softly.
Sasuke removed Naruto's hand from his cheek. Naruto's arm fell bonelessly to the ground. "I have to go. You know why."
Naruto closed his eyes and coughed. He tried to keep the blood from passing his lips, but failed. Sasuke stared as though hypnotized by the specks of blood that suddenly decorated Naruto's lips. The blond boy wheezed slightly before opening his eyes again. "No. Stay," Naruto insisted. "I'll help."
"Help? How exactly?" Sasuke snorted.
"If you stay-" Naruto coughed again. Sasuke had to move to avoid getting Naruto's blood in his face. Naruto panted softly, Sasuke could hear his breath rattling, but Naruto ignored it and went on. "If you stay, I'll be your weapon."
Sasuke's eyes widened. He stared down at the boy in shock. "You..."
"Let me. Just stay. I'll be yours," Naruto wheezed desperately. He stared up at Sasuke earnestly as he reached for Sasuke's hand, trying to keep him there.
"Stupid, let me go," Sasuke said, tugging at his hand half-heartedly.
Naruto shook his head. "No. Stay. Promise you will." Another round of coughing overtook him and he turned his head, spewing a mouthful of blood onto the muddy ground.
"Dammit! Stop talking! You're making it worse," Sasuke hissed.
Naruto's hand tightened around Sasuke's. "P-promise." He choked out.
"Promise." Naruto gurgled, blood dribbling from the corner of his mouth.
Sasuke closed his eyes for a moment, brows knitting together as he listened to Naruto struggle for breath.
"Fine! I promise. I won't leave. I'll keep you as my weapon, just don't fucking die!" Sasuke grabbed Naruto's face, looking down at him. "You hear me? You can't be my weapon if you die, so you'd better live."
Naruto gave a triumphant smile as his eyes slowly drifted shut.
"Damn you," Sasuke whispered as he watched Naruto slip into what he hoped was a healing sleep.