Drabble, ch 304, NaruSasu and SaiNaru.
He's close enough to taste it, now. There are tremors in the earth, and he swears he can feel every movement Sasuke is making, butterflies against his skin that reflect the motions and carry their half-impressions through the air to Naruto.
Sasuke has to know he's here. He has to, because they can feel each other-Naruto has needed to for too long, and it has been nearly three years, and Sai is looking at him with something cut down from his eyes, and receeded; there are no walls, and he puts his hand on Naruto's forearm.
Orochimaru is coming up the hall with his polite, snaky smile, Sai is declaring his loyalty to Naruto's cause because already he has been changed.
Naruto can only search for Sasuke in the poorly lit hall with his eyes, because he doesn't know how to translate 'Sasuke is here' from his heart to his mind.
It's enough that he is here, though, even it means going through this monster that takes everything.
Even exhausted as he is-even broken in places, he can stand for this because Sasuke is all that matters at this point; has mattered up to this point.
Sai falls in beside him with a bit of paper and a brush, because he will fight, too-for Naruto.
And so it begins to end.