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Kakashi: I figured something was up.
Yamato: What is it, Sai?
Text: Sai exposes Sakura's true feelings!
Sai: Sakura didn't come out here to confess her love.
She was supposed to tell you the collective decision made by all your former Academy classmates.
Naruto: I KNEW something didn't feel right.
So she WAS hiding something.
Sai: With everything I've learned, I can understand
why she acted the way she did.
Naruto: Sai...tell me.
Sai: The Leaf is going to dispose of Sasuke itself.
Your ex-classmates are preparing to act as we speak.
Naruto: And Sakura-chan,
Sakura-chan's okay with it too?!
But Sakura-chan loves Sasuke!
She wouldn't just-
Sai: Sasuke is only helping spread his darkness across the world.
Letting him live will only sow the seeds of another war.
He's just another criminal now.
Sasuke lost all hope of coming back when his group, Akatsuki,
attacked our village. Your fellow Leaf shinobi would never accept him now.
Sakura's not stupid, either.
She understands the position he's put us all in.
Sai: That's why she came all the way out here.
To tell you herself.
didn't she tell me the truth!
Kakashi: It's not an easy thing to say,
especially since she knew how much it would hurt you.
Naruto: But still...
Sai: Giving up on Sasuke and choosing you was Sakura's way
of freeing you from your promise.
She just couldn't bring herself to tell you the truth
when you refused to stop trying to save him.
Sai: She was only thinking of you.
And...I think you understood that.
Actually, Sakura forbade any of us from telling you the truth.
She said she wanted to tell you in person...
that it was her duty.
Yamato: But she must've known how Naruto would react...
She never intended to tell him the truth at all, did she?
What's she going to do now?
Sai: I honestly have no idea, but if I had to guess,
I'd say Sakura...
Kakashi: She plans to kill Sasuke HERSELF.
Yamato: Does she, Sai?!
Sai: Probably, yes.
Sai: Please don't think you have to shoulder all the responsibility.
I'm part of Team 7, too.
You're absolutely right.
Sai: Sakura smiled at me and said she'd work with everyone,
but THIS time, I knew it was a facade.
Naruto: No way...
Sakura-chan would never...
She loves Sasuke so much-
Sai: It's BECAUSE she loves him
Sai: That she doesn't want him to sink any lower.
It's BECAUSE she loves him that she wants to rescue him from the evil path he walks now.
Even if the only way to do it is to kill him with her own two hands,
I believe she's prepared to do it
because she loves him.
Sai: Which also means
she's willing to let YOU hate her forever, Naruto.
I think it's her way of atoning for saddling you with the burden of that promise for so many years.
She's asked too much of you...
so she's trying to end all this herself.
Why are YOU telling me all this?
Sai: Sasuke may have deeply hurt Naruto,
but so have you.
I feel like I may have helped push Sakura into her current state of mind, too.
So I wanted you to know.
I knew I couldn't just let her go alone.
Like I said, I'm part of Team 7, too.
Naruto: Uh huh...
Kakashi: Naruto's mind must be reeling from all this...
What'm I gonna do...
Temari: We came to bring you guys up to speed...so listen carefully,
because a LOT went down at the Kage Summit.
Madara: It's been quite some time, Danzou...
I haven't seen YOU since the Uchiha massacre.
Yamato: Wow...talk about a long meeting...
I knew Danzou couldn't be trusted.
Kakashi: I've never been enthused about the idea of becoming Hokage...
But even in this situation,
I can't do anything until we get back to the Leaf Village and get everyone else's opinions.
Temari: Madara declared war on the whole world,
there's no time for politics.
Yamato: I have a feeling everyone will agree right away...
We can continue the discussion once Kakashi-senpai is Hokage.
They know that if they wait
Madara and Akatsuki will make the first move, and we'll be stuck reacting to them
Kakashi: Very true...haagh..
Yamato: Then there's Sasuke...
I can't believe he attacked the Kage Summit...
Naruto...Just so we're clear, this is a war to protect the Eight-and-Nine-Tails.
In other words, a war to protect YOU
and in doing so, the whole shinobi world.
I, as the Kazekage, am putting my life on the line for you.
Gaara: And if Sasuke,
a member of Akatsuki, stands against me,
he'll be shown no mercy.
You ARE like me, Sasuke.
You've walked in the darkness of this world.
You must still see that one point of light in the distance.
You saw it then...do you see it now?
Sasuke: I shut my eyes a long time ago.
The way to my goals lies in the other direction, within the darkness.
Gaara: Sasuke has stopped looking for you.
He seeks the darkness of his own free will.
Naruto...you once said to me, "I'm the future Hokage!"
Well, I became the Kazekage.
If you're TRULY prepared to take up the mantle of a Kage,
then as Sasuke's friend, you know what you have to do.
Danzou: Fuu, Torune, back me up.
I'm releasing my right arm.