|Tenten's MP3 Player
Author: Rai Lockhart PM
Team Guy is on a mission to Kumogakure. Tenten brings along her MP3 player to pass the time while in the city, and on the way home. What's does she listen to?Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Tenten & Neji H. - Chapters: 6 - Words: 10,969 - Reviews: 65 - Favs: 36 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 05-19-07 - Published: 04-10-07 - Status: Complete - id: 3487305
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A/N: Okay, update! This is it, folks. The moment you've all been waiting for. The winner of my contest is RawrRemy. She got seven out of the eight right! I'll PM you about the oneshot later. Oh, hope you all enjoy! Please review!
Disclaimer: I don't own anything mentioned here. I only own the idea.
It has been a good week, I guess.
I've mostly been spending time with everyone but my team members. I just haven't felt ready to talk to them yet. Especially not Neji, whom I made such a fool of myself in front of. I feel so mean now... He's talked to me for a whole year. He's missed me so much. And all I could do was yell at him? My teammates were definitely the last people I wanted to see since I've woken up.
But today is different. Today, I will have lunch with Lee. We will talk about old things, new things, and things that have happened this past year.
Just not about Neji.
I made my way to the restaurant we were going to meet at.
"Tenten, my youthful flower!" Ah, I was almost happy to hear the word youth said. Almost.
"Lee, do you have to call me that?" I turned to see a tall, dark haired, muscular man. A different Lee than I had remembered, but I should have been expecting that.
"Of course, Tenten. I always will call you that," he said with a wide smile.
I shrugged, and followed him inside. The host led us to a table, and we sat.
In silence, I might add.
"So... 'sup?" I thrive on conversation.
"Nothing much. I have become a jounin since we last... met."
I nodded, sipping the water I had ordered moments earlier. "Yeah, so I've heard." He shot me a questioning glance. "Naruto told me," I quickly lied. I didn't want him to know that girl had been me. It was bad enough Neji knew, and my reaction to him finding out was bad enough for me. Besides, it was believable.
Naruto and I have been talking more and more recently. Something I never thought would happen, but then again, everything else is changing. Change is natural.
More silence. Our food came, and we ate in silence.
After the dishes were picked up, Lee looked at me with an intensity I've never felt from him before.
"I missed you, Tenten," he admitted quietly. I was taken aback by the sadness in his voice, the softness and care in his eyes.
My mind returned to the rose that had since withered and died. Was it his? Had I really been wrong?
The check came and went, and we talked for a bit on what he had done, what I have been doing, and what we will do later this week.
Twenty minutes later, we emerged into the sunny street. I was smiling, and I waved to him as I left. "Bye, Lee! Thanks for lunch!"
"Any time, Tenten." He smiled again, and went in the opposite direction.
Instead of going home like I was planning, my feet carried me to our old training ground. I hadn't been here since the episode with Naruto, Neji, and Lee.
I surveyed the area. It hadn't changed at all. I decided in that moment that I loved it here, where everything was exactly how I left it.
I sat down and leaned up against an old oak tree. I slipped my ever faithful MP3 player out of my pouch, and inserted the earbuds into place.
All night, Hearing voices telling me, that I should get some sleep, because tomorrow might be good for something. Hold on, I'm feeling like I'm headed for a, breakdown.
And I don't know why.
I closed my eyes and sighed.
Matchbox 20's Unwell played in my ears. It was bittersweet.
And I've been talking in my sleep.
The song ended, and another started. The soft melody made me whole body relax as I looked up at the clouds. I felt like Shikamaru now.
I've got a cupboard with can's of food, filtered water, and pictures of you. Ah, the Postal Service. We Will Become Silhouettes.
I zoned out of my music, going into thoughts I wanted push into the back of my mind. Thoughts of Neji, Lee, and that damned rose.
Was it Neji who gave it to me? I mean, he wasn't complete anymore without me. He had said so himself. And I had felt myself thinking back to Neji's voice in my dreams instead of Lee's voice. That had to mean something, right?
I slowly closed my eyes, letting the music engulf me.
There were millions of thoughts zooming around my head. My emotions were running high.
The seemingly age old question hit me again. Neji, or Lee? Who would go through the trouble of getting me a rose?
It seemed out of character for Neji. He was so cold, distant, and stoic.
But Lee seemed like the type who would buy another type of flower. One that represented health and... youth. Not love.
Did anyone really think of me in that way? Maybe the rose was a fluke. Maybe they ran out of the average, boring flowers. The ones made just for me. The ones that said 'Yeah, sorry you're in here. See you soon."
That was what I normally got, anyway.
But the look in Lee's eyes when he said he missed me. The hurt in Neji's when I told him to get out, that I didn't want to see him.
Those just weren't average expressions for my teammates. I knew they cared, but did they really care that much?
He's everything you want, he's everything you need. He's everything inside of you that you wish you could be. He says all the right things, at exactly the right time, but he means nothing to you and you don't know why.
But who was he? Who was it that I wanted, that completed me?
Lee, or Neji?
I felt like slamming my head against a wall.
I started to sing along with the song subconsciously.
Neji would never feel that way about me, I reasoned. I'm just that girl with an obsession with pointy objects.
And Lee wouldn't, either. I mean, this is the same youth obsessed kid who pronounced his undying love for Sakura.
As far as I know, I'm not a pink headed medical ninja. If I were, I wouldn't be battling with confusion and self depression.
Everything that had been so constant under my feet was falling apart. My teammates, whom I had known for so long, were like new people to me.
I didn't know anything about them anymore. Screw what Tsunade had said; they did better without me. I stood up, and slammed my fist into the tree.
It hurt. But I didn't cower from the pain. I cherished it. It was a true, non mixed up feeling. Pain never changed, either.
I was just about at the end of Vertical Horizon's 'Everything You Want'.
It was then, even through my music, that I heard the most heavenly voice sing along with the song.
"I am everything you want. I am everything you need. I am everything inside of you that you wish you could be. I say all the right things at exactly the right the right time. But I mean nothing to you, and I don't know why."
I spun on my heel and came face to face with him.
My eyes widened. There was a look like I had never seen before.
It was soft and caring. No, it was a loving look.
My heart leapt for joy. Someone did care.
I turned my music off, and ran to him. The earbuds fell out of my ears, following my MP3 player to the ground. It made a soft thud as the blue music player fell, forgotten, on the ground. I would come back to get it later. But now, I was so immersed in my happiness that I didn't care.
I gave him a huge hug.
He returned my embrace with equal passion and love.
"I love you, Tenten. This year has been hell without you."
The tears were coming again. But these were tears of pure happiness, not hurt and pain. I buried my head into his chest, feeling complete. I felt a hand on my chin as he lifted my head.
It came closer, and closer... And our lips met. My heart raced, and my eyes closed. The pain was going away.
This was definitely not what I was expecting. Someone really, really did love me. There was no mistaking who left that rose now.
When our lips finally parted, I looked into his eyes, and I smiled.
"I love you too, Neji Hyuuga. I love you so much."
A/N: Bet you all saw that one coming. So, this is the end. My story is now complete. I know, sad, isn't it! It is a happy ending to a very depressing story. I kinda wanted to make it sad, and have the rose actually be a fluke, but I already had a plan for my story. Neji had to be the one to save her from the depression. And I was inspired to write this story after an AMV using Vertaical Horizon's 'Everything You Want.'
I hope you all have enjoyed my story. It's been fun writing it, and reading all the reviews. To everyone who has read this story, I thank you. It's you all who make writing worthwhile. I salute you all. I hope you will continue to read my other stories! Lots of love, and tons of thanks.