I know they’re just fictional characters, it’s been
78 years and this is not good for my blood pressure, but it
physically pains me when people take the best scenes of Sasuke caring
as proof of how much he doesn’t care.
Sasuke can’t word. Like, at all. He’s absolutely terrible at stuff like giving verbal reassurance or even at explaining himself clearly. He’s your go-to guy if you have a meteorite problem or an alien problem or… some other highly unlikely problem like that, but to assume that he possesses the basic skills necessary to send an obligatory ‘get well soon’ card to someone without accidentally insulting the person’s intelligence and ancestors in the process would be a mistake.
To make things even more hilarious (or sad depending
on the context) it’s not even a tsundere thing. He doesn’t say the
opposite of what he means, he says exactly what he means but in such
a succinct and blunt fashion it leaves people feeling like he’s being
purposefully vague or just straight up rude. This is because Sasuke
can not only not word but he also can’t people, so he’s the
type who will assume that his partner in conversation will just get
what he means if he gives them a nudge – or a hn, I suppose –
in the right direction. A prime example of this would be every time he called Sakura “annoying” when what he really meant was, “I already decided to leave you and everyone else I care about behind so could you maybe stop actively reminding me of how incredibly difficult that was,” as well as this glorious mess right here:
What Sakura thinks Sasuke just said: My life is none of your business.
What Sasuke thinks Sasuke just said: It’s my road to redemption. You have nothing to do with my sins. [It doesn’t matter whether or not I want you with me because this isn’t your cross to bear. I can’t expect you to leave your family and friends behind and put your career on hold in favor of wandering around the continent with me while I sort out the mess that is my life. You have a life of your own and while I’m grateful for your offer, I care about you too much to take you up on it.] *forehead poke*