Author: matsujen PM
NejiXTenten. A collection of holiday fics. Valentine's Day: Not His Day. Hyuuga Neji is awfully grumpy every February 14- especially this February 14.Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Humor - Neji H. & Tenten - Chapters: 4 - Words: 7,276 - Reviews: 41 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 02-14-08 - Published: 12-25-07 - Status: Complete - id: 3968228
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NejiXTenten. A collection of holiday fics- that hopefully, I can pull off. So yea, wish me luck lol.
I will be following related Japanese, I repeat, related Japanese holidays. Of course, I don't have to write for holidays like Japan's foundation day… or do I? Oh well, this will start today, and end next Christmas.
They should be 16, Shippuuden timeline.
Standard disclaimers apply.
Christmas Eve: Composition, Confusion, Confession?
Because Lee is that good of a writer.
December 24, 5:17 PM
Lee scribbled on the sheet of paper before him only to erase everything and then write again. His frothy coffee had gone cold. Neji finished his cup of apple green tea, pleased that he decided to give in to the overly enthusiastic waitress to try their new range of teas. The combination that he tasted for the first time didn't disappoint.
It was a newly opened café situated near the gates of Konoha. And quickly, it had become a favourite hang out for ninjas going to and coming back from missions. Lee requested for a stop over to write something for Sakura, since she would definitely be at the Hokage's office where they were headed to report their successful mission.
"Lee, hurry up will you."
"Just a few more minutes, Neji-kun." He said as he continued with his doodling.
Neji yawned. He was on watch duty the previous night. And when it was Lee's turn, he kept on asking for Christmas Eve date ideas- to the Jounin's annoyance. The situation ended with him ordering Lee to go to sleep as he stayed on watch the whole night. He'd rather lose sleep in silence than attempt sleeping with his teammate's exuberant words of youthfulness.
The dark colored theme of the café proved to be too cozy for him, in addition to the comfortable cushioned seats and the cold wind that blew from time to time. The terrace provided a nice view of a very white Konoha. He wanted to hurry home so he could get some sleep before running an errand that he promised to complete that night.
"Give me a break. I have a lot of things to do at the manor."
"Can you give me another word for eternal?"
"Everlasting, infinite, perpetual… just do it when you get home."
"Neji-kun, inspiration is a fleeting thing!"
He passed a hand over his face and called the waitress for another cup of green tea. He was freezing but every seat inside the establishment was occupied, save for the open area. Lee's love letter would take a while, he figured. Christmas was basically an ordinary day gone extremely commercial. The Hyuugas, however, would be very busy preparing and sending Oseibo to family friends. And yes, they did have family friends no matter how inconceivable that might seem. That year's gifts were rare seasonings and homemade sweets.
"Do you think Sakura-san would like a fancy dinner or a more youthful approach, say a date on ice?"
"How am I supposed to know?"
"You're not being helpful at all!" Lee whined.
"Call me ignorant." Neji crossed his arms in an attempt to warm himself.
"By the way, Neji-kun, you're taking Tenten somewhere, aren't you?"
"Why should I do that?"
"You have no spirit."
"I'm tasked to deliver the gifts tonight. I don't have much time."
Lee sighed at how delivering the traditional gifts sounded like a mission to his teammate. He crumpled the piece of paper and took out another one, tapping the pen against the table as once again, he started deliberating on the perfect Christmas Eve date. Neji raised his eyebrows in question when Lee was suddenly all fired up, writing briskly.
He was done in a couple of minutes and he called the waitress to replace his coffee. He was in a jubilant mood as he proudly stared at his composition. Neji shrugged at this. He probably came up with an idea for that night. He was only glad that finally, they could see the Hokage for the report and he would be home right after, to get some sleep.
"What?" He jolted at the sudden scream from his teammate.
"Grab it! Quick!"
"Are you crazy? You think I can reach that far?"
"I think we should split up!" Lee said.
"How did it end like this?" Neji muttered to himself.
Lee drank his coffee as soon as it arrived, leaving the paper on the table only for it to be carried away by the gust. He felt sorry for Lee that when his help to look for the note was asked, he replied with a nod without really thinking. He smacked his head as he stomped his way through the snow covered ground.
"Why don't you just rewrite it?"
"No Neji-kun! I can never rewrite something so perfect!"
"Fine. Go that way."
He activated his Byakugan and he saw something good- he immediately caught a glimpse of the paper gliding through the wind, and something bad- the skies told him that it would be snowing soon. Great, he thought as he sighed. He rushed after the note. It seemed to be heading toward their training ground.
He slowed down when he saw Tenten at their training area. He wasn't expecting to see her there, especially when he had known her disliking of the extremely cold weather. She loved spring and summer but the winter always brought out her gloomy side. At least I could ask her about Lee's composition, he thought.
"Tenten, have you seen a note somewhere around here?" White smoke puffed with his breathing. "Please give it back to me."
She was facing the opposite direction when he saw her. And she remained looking at that same direction. He wondered if there was something wrong with her- maybe she wasn't feeling well. He thought that she was acting weird, like she was hiding something from him because she seemed to be holding a piece of paper in her hands- it must be the freaking love letter.
"Tenten?" He asked as he approached the kunoichi.
She turned around and had her arms around his neck. Before he was able to utter any sound, her lips suffocated his words. His eyes were shut upon contact. Suddenly, it was really warm, and it felt really, really good. He found his arms encircling her waist. The kiss was delicate and gawky at the same time. It was sort of rushed at the start but then they were able to find the right pace, the right rhythm. He had never done something so inexplicably exhilarating, addicting, intoxicating and- my knees are shaking, he thought.
"I love you too." She said when they broke for air, not taking her arms off him.
He stared at her sparkly large brown eyes. Why did it seem like they were unusually brighter that time? Hopefully, she had never done it before- just like him. Heaven and hell forbid that someone else had been there. She was holding on to that note. Damn it, was Lee's letter than convincing? He made a mental note to thank his teammate- and make him swear to never spill the truth about the cursed, nay, enchanted note. He licked his lips, as if her softness was still there.
"This is the best love letter ever. Thank you." She said, smiling at him.
Yes, point taken, so can I kiss you again? He didn't know if he actually said it because it was meant to be kept within his thoughts but then she closed the gap between them and what the heck, the gods must be in a good mood. She sure liked leverage and he whimpered when the snow touched his back. He lay on the frosted ground, she was on top of him, and who cares about pulmonary complications. He relaxed soon enough, accepting all that she had to offer and giving back his own in gratitude. Tenten's kisses were like candy. And he felt like he was six. The snow had started falling gently.
"I would love to go." She said as she pulled him to sit up.
"So, I'll see you at nine?"
"Nine…" He said because there was nothing else to say anyway.
She disappeared, leaving him seated on the carpet of snow. It was only then that he realized that the skies were darker. Just how long were they like that? He snapped. He should be doing something… what was that again, crap, nevermind. There were a lot of more important things to do. First, he needed to get a gift for Lee.
The Hokage had been informed by Izumo and Kotetsu that, indeed, Hyuuga Neji and Rock Lee had arrived that afternoon. The Hokage could only mutter a curse- because she had been waiting for their report the whole day. There were witnesses who said they were together at that new café though they were no longer there when she asked Sakura to check.
The Hyuuga clan was in panic because no one would be delivering the gifts that night. Everybody had something else to attend to since someone promised to take care of the delivery. But until that time, Neji had not stepped inside the manor. Shizune even checked for him. Apparently, the Hokage had been waiting for him as well.
A certain Hyuuga was seen carrying a basket of goodies at the front door of the so-called Beautiful Green Beast of Konoha at nearly eight that evening. No one dared to come near him because he had an odd hint of delight on his face and by such an unbecoming expression, something must be wrong- or right. In any case, he wasn't being his usual self. And it was better to be safe than sorry- especially when, upon close observation, one would notice that that hint of delight would occasionally grow into a dreamy smile.
"Lee, please. What's in that letter? Where are you taking Sakura tonight?"
"And you were pretending to be uninterested! How could you, Neji-kun!"
Oseibo is an end of the year gift, not to be mistaken as a Christmas gift because Christmas is not really a national holiday in Japan. However, Christmas Eve is considered a night for lovers. And as for the date, I will leave that your youthful imagination XD
Thanks for reading and reviewing, and please don't give me death glares for writing this instead of an update because I will update in time T-T
Kurisumasu omedetou minna!