Kakashi regrets the way things have turned out and gathers up Naruto. Because of the rain he has lost Sasuke's trail, so he carries Naruto back to Konoha. Sasuke staggers towards Orochimaru, having decided not to kill Naruto. Although that would have given him strength in the form of the Mangekyō Sharingan, acquiring it would have been what Itachi wanted, which Sasuke is not willing to do. Kakashi marvels at the choice of location for Naruto and Sasuke's battle: the Valley of the End. Their battle being much like the one that formed the valley, Kakashi wonders if battles like this will continue forever. Meanwhile, an Akatsukimember emerges from the ground and comments on the battle.