|Haunted By The Uchihas
Author: deadly-chronicles PM
Fallen into a comatose state during the war, the last thing Hyuuga Hinata expects when she wakes up from her coma was to have three Uchiha ghosts haunting her and they are all requesting the same thing: Take care of Uchiha Sasuke.Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Drama - Hinata H. & Sasuke U. - Chapters: 29 - Words: 169,174 - Reviews: 1,781 - Favs: 540 - Follows: 367 - Updated: 09-16-12 - Published: 06-24-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8250572
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A/N: This is the final chapter guys. I have no idea what to feel right now actually. Writing this fic had been an enjoyable experience and as my first Naruto fanfic, I didn't expect it to garner such hits. So thank you so much. Unfortunately, every story has to end, so this is it. I have other ideas for a SasuHina, GaaHina and NaruHina fic respectively, but now I will focus on completing my ongoing KHR fics.
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Sorry for the long A/N and thank you for the support. This is the last chapter of Haunted by The Uchihas, so do enjoy. Take care everyone.
Haunted by The Uchihas
After a day of being in Suna as newlyweds, Hinata and Sasuke decided to return to Konoha as quickly as possible as so that they wouldn't miss out the ceremony where Uzumaki Naruto would be given the title of Hokage. Of course, there were things to settle first before they could attend the ceremony. After all, they did get married, hence it was only natural and respectful for Sasuke to meet and greet her family, especially her father.
"So," Hyuuga Hiashi began sternly as he sipped his cup of tea. Both Sasuke and Hinata sat, rather nervously, in front of him, "You married my daughter."
"Yes." Sasuke immediately admitted and tried to maintain his cool when Hyuuga Hiashi simply glared at him hearing his answer. Standing behind the stern Hyuuga, the overprotective cousin gladly joined the staring game while the sneaky little sister was smirking.
"Why are you here then? You're already married, so you don't need my permission anymore right?" Hiashi murmured sternly, his eyes never leaving the currently nervous Uchiha.
Sasuke tried to maintain his calm demeanour while Hinata inwardly panicked, wondering why her father was suddenly acting this way. Didn't he approve of their relationship before she left? So why was he acting like this? Why does it seem like he's trying to scare Sasuke away?
"I feel that it is only right of me to greet my father in law, since I will be caring for your daughter from now on," Sasuke answered coolly.
"Hinata, stay here. I want to talk to Uchiha Sasuke alone." Hiashi then said as he ordered Sasuke to follow him. Hinata obediently nodded where deep within she was anxious of what her father wanted to talk to her husband in private about. She gave Sasuke an encouraging look and the Uchiha smiled in response before following his father in law to the training grounds.
He wondered what Hiashi wanted to do with him here. Was he trying to test his strength? Or was he trying to kill him himself for just marrying his daughter so suddenly? Honestly, Sasuke had no idea. While Hyuuga Hiashi relatively seemed like a calm man, his actions sometimes weren't.
"You seemed to only smile in front of my daughter." Hiashi commented.
"She deserves only the best."
"So your smile is considered the best?" Hiashi smirked.
"Judging from my lack of facial expression, yes."
Hiashi said nothing but Sasuke could see the slight amusement in his expression. Barely seconds later, the Hyuuga got into his stance and the Uchiha stared at him in confusion.
"Fight me." Hiashi ordered.
Hiashi didn't bother explaining as he straightaway attacked the startled Uchiha. Truthfully, Sasuke had no idea how to react. He knew he should fight back, but he didn't want to risk injuring his father in law! So in the end, he just defended, evading Hiashi's strikes more than attacking him.
For a man his age, Hyuuga Hiashi still possessed the speed of many young ninjas. However, Sasuke was still one of the fastest ninjas in this world, therefore evading his strikes weren't really a problem, but Sasuke was still careful. Hyuugas could be very surprising at times.
"Do you love her?" Hiashi suddenly asked in the middle of their sparring.
"Yes." Sasuke answered without any form of hesitation. He loves her. He loves her so damn much and he wonders what else he must do to actually prove it.
Hiashi's lips twitched into a smirk as he continued attacking him. "Well, then I guess I should just accept you, huh? However, I want to ask for some things."
"Anything you want." Sasuke said.
Still battling Sasuke, Hyuuga Hiashi said out his request and the last Uchiha immediately froze in shock, leaving him wide open for the Hyuuga to punch him right in his gut. He coughed and was sent flying to a nearby tree, but his eyes weren't widening in pain. It was widening in disbelief.
Sasuke stood up after the hit and stared at his father in law. "What?"
"Why? You can't do it?"
"That's not it. I would love to do it, but Hinata…"
"You can explain it to her. She'll understand. I'm sure both of you have the stamina to fulfil this request, son." Hiashi smirked and patted Sasuke's shoulder before exiting the training grounds, leaving one dumbfounded and confused Uchiha behind.
"So… have you guys done it yet?" Hanabi asked with a sly grin.
"W-What?" Hinata mumbled, blushing madly.
"D-Don't act innocent, aneki. Just tell me the truth!" The younger Hyuuga pouted.
"It's an inappropriate question to ask, Hanabi," Neji reprimanded.
"Oh come on! I'm sure you want to know as well whether Uchiha Sasuke is good at everything as everyone says," Hanabi scoffed.
"Hanabi!" Hinata exclaimed, appalled and embarrassed at what her sister wanted to know. It didn't help that Neji wasn't defending her much. In fact, the male Hyuuga simply gave her the curious look, as if he was interested to know as well.
"So?" Hanabi prompted, grinning again.
"W-Well, I-I… H-He… W-We…"
Thankfully for Hinata, she was saved from further embarrassment when her father entered the main hall again. Her blush disappeared though when she saw her father by himself with Sasuke nowhere to be seen.
"F-Father, where's S-Sasuke-kun?" She politely asked.
"Training grounds." Hiashi pointed out. "You should go to him. I think my son in law is still in shock."
Her father was smirking and Hinata blushed hearing him said the term "son in law." However, he mentioned that Sasuke was in shock, thus worried for her husband, Hinata made her way towards the training ground and found Sasuke standing still, seemingly in a daze.
"Sasuke, what's wrong?" She asked worriedly, snapping the Uchiha out of his talk.
"Hinata." He smiled. "Nothing really."
She gave him a coy look. "What did father say?"
"He approves of our relationship." Sasuke smiled. "Though he requests for some things…"
"What is it?"
"A wedding ceremony to be held here." Sasuke said.
Hinata smiled. "Ah, that's not surprising. Of course he wants to see his daughter's ceremony."
"That's not the only request though." Sasuke continued, scratching his head in what Hinata knew was an act of nervousness. Now she wondered what else her father requested for.
"He wants something else as well?"
"He wants grandchildren."
Hinata immediately blushed. "W-Well, that's not surprising. F-Father would want to continue the bloodline and you need to restore the clan, so I did expect father wanting 2 or 3 grandchildren."
"Well, that's the thing. He doesn't want only 2 or 3."
"Huh?" Hinata looked at him wondering what he meant.
"He wants a lot."
"How many is a lot?"
Sasuke sighed as he recalled Hyuuga Hiashi's words. He really didn't mind it. After all, the process of making babies is after all enjoyable. However, he wondered if Hinata could handle it. He is pretty sure giving birth is a painful process. He wasn't even sure if Hinata wanted to get pregnant again after giving birth to one, so how was he going to get the amount Hyuuga Hiashi wanted?
"Sasuke?" Hinata held his hand when she noticed he seemed to be lost in thought. The Uchiha sighed again and just told her what her father really wanted.
"Your father wants more than 10 grandchildren."
Hinata blinked. She blushed and gripped her husband's hands tighter. She processed the words and blushed harder. Her father wants her to give birth to more than ten kids.
More than ten. That's like having a baby EVERY single year. She would have to be a baby-making machine.
At that thought, Hyuuga Hinata, no, Uchiha Hinata, promptly fainted.
"I wonder how he'll react," Mikoto pondered as the three Uchihas followed their son and their beloved daughter in law as they made their way to meet a certain blonde.
"Knowing him? He'll most probably yell loudly, just like his mother last time. You remember how Kushina was like." Fugaku growled.
"Yes I do." Mikoto chuckled as she recalled the eccentric mother of Uzumaki Naruto.
"But is this a good time? His special day is coming after all. I wonder if you should ruin it by breaking the news." Itachi offered his rational perspective.
"It is happy news. Why would it ruin his day?" Sasuke argued.
"Maybe he doesn't want you to get married before him." Itachi countered.
"Then he has to suck it up."
"What a kind friend you are, little brother." Itachi snorted and Sasuke merely rolled his eyes.
Hinata giggled at the scene before her. Though none of them had any idea as to why Sasuke could see the ghosts now, it warmed her greatly to see the Uchihas bickering with each other. She knew this was what Sasuke deserves, for him to spend time with his family again before they officially depart. At the thought of them leaving, Hinata felt sad, but she had no right to stop them. In reality, they were no longer part of this world.
"Hinata-chan, what's wrong?" Mikoto approached her with an air of concern around her. "Don't look too sad. I don't like seeing my daughter in law looking sad!"
The timid Hyuuga smiled. "S-Sorry, Mikoto-san. I was just thinking of something."
"Call me mother."
"You're my daughter in law now right? So I insist."
She blushed. "M-Mother."
Uchiha Mikoto smiled before squealing loudly and then floating around happily. Fugaku looked at the actions of his wife with a sigh yet there was an air of contentment around him. Itachi on the other hand looked greatly amused.
"I guess you should call me brother then, though I prefer you to call me by my name. It sounds nice when you say it." Itachi added with a small smirk causing Hinata to blush again.
"Don't flirt with my wife," Sasuke scowled and took Hinata's hands, pulling her closer to him as he glared at his one and only brother.
"Ah foolish little brother. Your jealousy transcends no boundary. To even be jealous of a dead man," Itachi shook his head with a sigh.
Sasuke's scowl deepened and he just tightened his grip on Hinata's hands, not letting her go at all as they made their way towards Naruto's place, grumbling something about his brother being a sly flirtatious ghost.
Hinata chose not to comment on anything, knowing how possessive Sasuke could be. Even though she was amused by the current situation, she decided to maintain a neutral expression as Sasuke could be sensitive at times. She wondered if he realized that Itachi just loves to tease him. Perhaps he did realize, and his natural response was to act stubborn just like he always was even though deep within, he was secretly enjoying this moment. Once again, as the Uchihas argued, Hinata was left to wonder what would happen once they left. Would she be able to say goodbye? This entire year had revolve around them and she had in fact gotten attached to them. Saying goodbye wouldn't be easy, but Hinata knew she had to be prepared for it.
Since she had this feeling it would be soon.
After constant squabbling among the Uchihas, they finally arrived at Naruto's place. Sasuke didn't bother knocking, strongly kicking the door open much to Hinata's horror. When she reprimanded him, he just answered nonchalantly that he was returning the favour as Naruto always destroyed his door thus it was only natural for him to destroy his.
Since they didn't knocked, they were greeted by the sight of a stunned Naruto with an equally shocked Sakura who was currently massaging his back. The two stared at the "intruders" and Sasuke stared back, while Hinata simply gazed at them nervously. Their eyes clashed where both parties didn't say a single word, leading to a moment of awkward silence.
"The hell?! Bastard, what happen to knocking?!" Naruto finally yelled after minutes of uncomfortable silence.
"It no longer exists ever since the day you were born."
"Teme!" Naruto wanted to punch him, but immediately stopped when Hinata stood in between and bowed apologetically.
"Naruto-kun, Sakura-san, we're sorry for intruding and coming uninvited."
"No, it's fine Hinata!" Naruto beamed. "So I guess you two are back together, huh?"
"Well, what do you think?" Sasuke rolled his eyes.
"Hehe, it seems like the plan works."
"You don't know how torturous it was to plan it out! We figured jealousy was the only way to wake you up, so Gaara, old granny, Hinata's father and I cooperate and sent Hinata to Suna so that you would feel threatened by her disappearance!"
Sasuke blinked. So it was all a plan. Cunning bastards, he mused. Irritated with their intrusion in his love life, he knocked Naruto's head, though the truth was, he was actually thankful that the four of them had planned it out or else he and Hinata wouldn't even be married now.
"Geez, what a way to show thanks," Naruto grumbled before turning to Sakura and showed her the puppy eyes Sasuke found irritating. "Sakura-chan! Sasuke-teme is so mean to me!"
If he was looking for sympathy from his fiancé, he definitely didn't receive it as Sakura blatantly ignored him and gave her attention to the two guests.
"So what brings both of you here?" the pink haired medic asked with a smile.
"To congratulate the dobe in becoming the Hokage. We know the ceremony is in a few days, but Hinata insists on coming earlier to congratulate him personally." Sasuke stated uncaringly.
Hinata took a step forward and handed her gift to the still grumbling blonde. "Congratulations, Naruto-kun. I made this ramen as a gift. Hope you'll enjoy it."
As the scent of Hinata's home-cooked ramen reached his nose, Naruto stopped grumbling and transformed back to his lively happy self before he practically hugged the shy Hyuuga out of gratitude. "You're the best, Hinata!"
"Naruto…" Sakura called out menacingly, but the blonde still didn't let go of Hinata. In fact he purposely went further by rubbing his cheeks against hers.
"What, Sakura-chan? You didn't want to comfort me, so I'm hugging my awesome friend, Hinata! She's the best!" Naruto grinned still embracing the now embarrassed girl.
All of a sudden, another deadly aura was felt and without warning, Naruto found himself flying to a nearby wall as the Uchiha stared at him with a deadly gaze. "Get the hell off my wife!"
"Heh, sorry! I was just hugging a friend!" Naruto protested. "Geez, you are too possessive— wait what?"
"What?" Sasuke grimaced.
"You just called Hinata your… wife."
"Because she is."
"We got married in Suna."
"MARRI— WHAT?!" Naruto practically jumped out and shouted, staring at his two friends completely appalled.
"We are married." Sasuke repeated currently annoyed that his friend didn't believe him.
"No. Way." Naruto shook his head in disbelief.
"If you don't believe me, asked Gaara. He was the one that married us off." Sasuke rolled his eyes.
Silence filled the room where both Naruto and Sakura stared at Sasuke and Hinata wide-eyed. They opened their mouth to speak, but they couldn't find their voices. Sasuke and Hinata are married. They are husband and wife. Uchiha Sasuke and Hyuuga Hinata are now husband and wife. Somehow, they still find it hard to process that fact. Hinata left for Suna hurt. Sasuke chased after her hoping to get her back. They left a village with a broken relationship and now they returned officially married?! Silence still consumed the room, until Naruto dropped to his knees and started bawling.
"Naruto-kun! What's wrong?" Concern filled the timid Hyuuga, no, Uchiha, the moment she saw Naruto's reaction.
"Why? Why?!" Naruto mumbled out.
"Why?" Sasuke gave him a sceptical look, confused as to why Naruto was unhappy. "Shouldn't you be happy for us?"
"WHY? WHY ARE YOU MARRIED BEFORE ME, TEME?! AND I THOUGHT I FINALLY CAN BEAT YOU IN SOMETHING! AND MY HUNDRED BUCKS. OLD GRANNY IS GOING TO MOCK ME." Naruto pouted childishly.
"You bet on my wedding?" Sasuke stared at him in disbelief.
Somehow, Sasuke knew he should be angry, but he couldn't. So that's why Naruto was upset. Other than the bet, it seems like Itachi was right. Naruto did want to get married first. Somehow, Sasuke couldn't help but smirk at his friend's childish response. It really reminded him of the old times, when they were 13 and still a team. It reminded him of how grating Naruto could be, and he still is now, but that's just what made him Naruto— his eccentric and lively best friend.
As Naruto continued to grumble and grumble, Sakura congratulated them, before turning to her fiancé to appease him. Sasuke watched and he remembered. He remembered the time they spent together when they were 13; the mission they undergo as a team. He remembered Kakashi's quote of those breaking the rules are scum, but those who leave their friends behind are worse than scums, and Sasuke knew his two friends had embraced the quote perfectly because they never once left him behind.
Even when he left them, they continued to search for him, they continued to reach out to him, they continued to fight for his life, they continued to believe in him when no one else did and they kept allowing him to live even when they had so many chances to kill him themselves. If they had given up on him, if they had wanted to end his misery themselves by taking away his life, he wouldn't be here. He wouldn't fall in love with Hinata. He wouldn't be in this world because he would be dead. If they had given up on him, his current life now would have been non-existent.
"Thank you." Sasuke uttered out and both Naruto and Sakura immediately looked up to meet his gaze.
Thank you for believing in him. Thank you for becoming his friends. Thank you for reaching out to him when he was alone in this village after the masscare. Thank you for letting him live. Words couldn't describe his gratitude and since Uchiha Sasuke had always been horrible with words, he hoped those two words could reach them and seeing the smiles on their faces, Sasuke knew that the words had in fact did.
"I will see both of you during the ceremony. Congrats dobe," he smirked and taking Hinata's hands, they left the house leaving the couple behind. Naruto and Sakura were still smiling as now they knew that their actions weren't futile. Their actions did reach the cold enigma called Uchiha Sasuke.
"Hey Teme!" Naruto shouted and the Uchiha turned to face him again. "I'll definitely memorize the wedding vows so I can marry you and Hinata properly in this village as my first job! So you better be a good husband, you bastard!"
Sasuke said nothing. He just waved him off and took Hinata's hand again to leave, but they saw it, the way his lips twitched into a smile as Naruto 'congratulate' him and they saw it too, the look of conviction in his eyes when Naruto told him to be a good husband. Now as Naruto and Sakura gazed at Sasuke who was holding Hinata's hands protectively yet lovingly, they knew that he definitely would.
Because Uchiha Sasuke doesn't love easily, but when he does, he will definitely treasure it.
Even when they tried to keep it low profile, news about Sasuke and Hinata being married and would hold an official ceremony in Konoha spread fast. It didn't help that Naruto loudly announced to the entire village that he would marry off his best friend right after the Hokage inheritance ceremony. Sasuke really wanted to kill him for making the event big, but Hinata calmed him down, saying that even she didn't wish for a huge wedding, but no one could really stop Naruto from doing what he wants. As he had experienced Naruto's persistence for years, Sasuke understood and decided to suck it up. A wedding ceremony only happened once in his life, well in his case twice since they already had a ceremony in Suna, but anyway, he guessed he should just enjoy it even if he would be annoyed by the crowd.
Days then passed and before they knew it, the day of the ceremony has arrived. Hinata waited nervously at the Hyuuga compound for the time she was supposed to leave. Keeping her company was her excited little sister who was smirking at her.
"What are you so nervous about? Technically, he is ALREADY your husband." Hanabi reminded her.
"B-But our marriage in Suna only has two witnesses. T-This is a big ceremony. Why did Naruto-kun have to invite the entire village?"
"Since it is taking place right after the Hokage Inheritance ceremony, I'm really not surprised." Hanabi blinked. "But don't worry aneki! You look beautiful with this lavender kimono that I'm sure Uchiha Sasuke will eat you up again after this!"
"Hanabi! S-Stop embarrassing me."
"I refuse. It's my hobby." The younger Hyuuga grinned.
Hanabi just laughed while Hinata tried to control her blush. Minutes later, Hyuuga Hiashi and Hyuuga Neji arrived at their location, meaning that it was time for Hinata to leave. Since Hiashi was her father and Neji was like a brother to her, those two offered to be her escorts, wanting to spend their final moments with Hinata before she was handed over to Sasuke where the responsibility would then be on him. They made their way towards the ceremony where the crowd had gathered to watch the current Hokage passed on her title to Naruto, as well as to watch the anticipated wedding ceremony which would be held after this.
She saw Sasuke standing with Sakura and Sai. He was wearing his traditional Uchiha clan's yukata which made him looked extremely good looking and their eyes met, causing her to blush while the Uchiha smirked. Without further ado, the ceremony began. Tsunade started her speech, reminiscing the times before she was Hokage and how a special friend as well as a special kid managed to convince her to become a leader. She continued talking about her special friend, how he would be proud of Naruto if he was still here and she ended her speech with a tribute to this special friend; Jiraiya, as well as all the other ninjas who had sacrificed themselves for the village.
Tsunade then turned to Naruto, looking at him with pride as she smiled. "This is the boy that no one cares about, the boy that everyone refuses to accept because he's the Kyuubi, but this is also the same boy that changes so many hearts and this boy will be the one to lead and protect the Hidden Leaf from now onwards. Uzumaki Naruto, son of the Fourth Hokage Minato Namikaze and Leaf Ninja Kushina, as of today, you are the Sixth Hokage of the Hidden Leaf."
The crowd erupted into applause and cheers as Hinata watched the first boy she ever had feelings for took the stage, her eyes beaming with pride. Naruto might not have return her feelings, but he was still her special friend and she was proud of him. Besides, because Naruto didn't accept her, she found someone who loves her more than himself; that someone being Uchiha Sasuke. It was a blessing in disguise.
Naruto kept his speech short, before grinning widely. "As you all know, we have another reason for being here other than me being the Hokage. Today, we will be seeing the union of the number one asshole and one the most gentlest and timid girl of the village. Surprising yea? However, I can't describe how happy I am to see my two good friends in this union and I'm proud that my first job is to marry them off, even when I lost 100 bucks to old granny Tsunade."
Sasuke scoffed, Hinata giggled and Tsunade who was still beside Naruto grinned over the fact that she had finally won a bet before hitting him hard to show her appreciation. Yet, the blonde still grinned widely and wasting no time, he began the ceremony. It was short much to Sasuke's delight, the vows were simple but it was said with so much emotion by the couple. Naruto didn't screw up. He wasn't kidding when he said he would memorize the marriage vows to marry them off because he really did. The ceremony was then sealed by the traditional kiss and once they broke apart, the crowd erupted into cheers while some fangirls and fanboys cried. Who would have thought of all the girls in Konoha, the one to win Uchiha Sasuke's heart was the shy Hinata? And who would have thought of all the man in Konoha, the kind and gentle Hinata would end up with the cold asshole, Uchiha Sasuke?
When the ceremony ended, the villagers started to leave while the closer friends remained in a small gathering to congratulate the couple.
"Well Hinata, I never thought I would see you get married so soon, but it seems like my dream to see you get married came true. I might not like your choice of husband, but I'm still happy for you, Hinata!" Kiba grinned and hugged his shy teammate.
"Congratulations, Hinata. May your life be blessed with further happiness." Shino added.
"I think he meant kids," Kiba teased and Hinata blushed deeper while still hugging her two precious teammates.
"You better take good care of her Uchiha Sasuke," Kiba then told the Uchiha, "Hinata is like our sister, so you know what'll happen if anything goes wrong."
Despite the threat, Sasuke smirked. "I will, dog boy. I will take good care of her."
One by one, they offered their congrats. Ino gave them flowers, Chouji offered free barbeque for a month as part of their 'honeymoon package' while Shikamaru just congratulated them saying that he was too lazy to prepare a gift.
Tenten gave Hinata a new weapon set, telling her that it would be useful if Sasuke tried to do 'anything funny' against her will. Lee offered his youthful advice and Neji embraced his cousin.
"You're an Uchiha now, Hinata-sama. It's an honour to have someone as gentle as you as a cousin and now, I wish for your happiness."
"You've been a great cousin, Neji-niisan. Thank you for everything," She hugged her elder cousin and Neji smiled as he returned the embrace. When they broke apart, Neji glared at his cousin-in-law who willingly stared back.
"I will take care good care of her. You don't have to be so overprotective." Sasuke snorted.
Neji rolled his eyes. "Well, well, look at this. The pot calling the kettle black. Who's the extremely protective one here?"
"Both of you and I'm not kidding." Hinata answered and the two males looked at her before their lips twitched into a smirk.
"Well, take care of Hinata-sama well, Uchiha Sasuke, because I'll be watching you."
The next set of congrats were from the senseis. Kakashi gave Sasuke an Icha-Icha book much to the Uchiha's annoyance but Kakashi just grinned saying it would be useful during the process of you know what. Sasuke made no attempt in hiding his irritation as he hit Kakashi right on the stomach. Gai then offered another part of youthful advice while Kurenai who was holding her daughter, embraced Hinata and told her she didn't mind being the godmother of her kids.
Team Seven was next. Sai gave them a new painting while Sakura congratulated them heartily, her emerald eyes shimmering with happiness. Naruto's gift was a six months worth of coupons from Ichiraku Ramen and both Sasuke and Hinata wondered if they were ever going to use it.
The final congrats came from Hinata's father as he kissed his daugher's forehead telling her to be happy. He told her no matter what others had said, he had always been proud of her and that he was glad to have such a gentle and kind girl as his daughter. Hinata showed her appreciation by embracing her father tightly and when they let go, Hiashi patted Sasuke shoulders and demanded him to take care of Hinata well since she was an Uchiha now. Of course he ended it by reminding the two of his request of having more than ten grandchildren, causing the couple to blush madly.
When both Sasuke and Hinata were being congratulated, the three Uchiha spirits watched from above with a smile on their pale faces. Even though he had the annoyed expression on because of the crowd, Sasuke looked very happy. His dark eyes were glistening, something which they hadn't seen for years. They knew then that Uchiha Sasuke has achieved his happiness.
Their one and only wish had been fulfilled which means it was now time for them to go.
Hinata looked at the three ghosts, sadness evident in her eyes. The three ghosts had approached them a week after the wedding to tell them that it was time for them to leave since their wish had been fulfilled. Though Hinata knew that this day would come, she wasn't ready to let go yet. She had spent so much time with them that saying goodbye was just unbearable.
"Yes Hinata-chan, we have to depart. Our wish has been fulfilled, thanks to you and now it's time for us to finally rest in peace." Uchiha Mikoto smiled.
"B-But…" Hinata clenched her fist.
Seeing this, Sasuke took her hand and held it tightly trying to provide comfort. His family was leaving and he was sad as well, but he knew they were already dead, hence even though it hurt, he had to let go because they deserve the peace. After all they had done, they deserve at least that much.
"Hyuuga Hinata, you know we can't stay in this world forever," Fugaku smiled, "But do know that even when we leave, we'll never forget about you because you made us feel so alive even when we're dead."
"Hinata-san, we may be leaving this world forever, but we'll always stay near you forever." Itachi spoke with a gentle smile as he pointed towards her heart, "We'll always be in your heart."
"Though before we leave, we do have one last request." Mikoto said. "Will you help us?"
Hinata didn't answer. She knew if she said yes, she wouldn't be able to see them again. She really wanted to be selfish right now. She wanted to say no, because she wanted them here where all of them could be together as a family. However, the fact remains that they are still ghosts, and they'll have to leave sooner or later, but it was hard to let go. It was hard to bid farewell after all the teasing, the laughter, and the jokes. It was so hard to say goodbye after what they had been through together.
"Hinata," Sasuke whispered into her ears and pulled her closer to him. "It'll be fine."
Hearing her husband's voice, Hinata reluctantly nodded her head, implying that she would help them, that she would fulfil their last request.
"W-What is it that you guys want us to do?" Hinata tried to sound normal, but her voice was choked as she held back her tears.
"We want to take a picture. All of us. As a family."
Hinata looked at Sasuke who just nodded in understanding. He prepared a camera and set the timer. Both he and Hinata then sat on the couch as the three Uchihas stood behind.
"C-Can the camera catches you?"
"You'll see once the picture is complete." Itachi smiled.
As the clock ticks, Hinata held onto Sasuke's hand as she smiled for the picture. The timer was set off, a flash was seen and then Hinata felt a fading presence behind her. Sasuke and her abruptly stood up and turned around only to see that the three Uchihas were slowly degenerating into particles but they were smiling.
At their final moments, the ghosts gazed at their son and daughter in law again, their expression serene and joyful. Hinata by now was crying, and Sasuke smiled sadly seeing his family disappearing forever with such a peaceful expression.
"Sasuke…" Fugaku called out and Sasuke looked at him longingly, wishing he could just hug him for the first and last time. "I know that I haven't been a good father to you when I was alive, but I want you know, I love you Sasuke…always do and always will… That's why now, I'm glad… that you're happy."
Mikoto then continued. "To me, you'll always be my baby boy, Sasuke. My baby boy had been through so much pain… that I felt obliged to not depart till you find joy in living. Now look at you, you look peaceful Sasuke. My baby boy has grown up so much, now married to a beautiful woman. I'm so happy for you Sasuke. I'm glad that you're happy now. Take good care of Hinata-chan, and stay happy okay? Smile more!"
Sasuke nodded, tears brimming in his eyes and then he turned to the last Uchiha; his big brother that had done so much for him.
"Remember when I told you, no matter what path you take, I'll always love you?" Itachi asked and Sasuke nodded. Itachi smiled and approached his little brother, flicking his forehead one final time. Even though Sasuke couldn't feel his touch, that action means so much to him. It fully represents the relationship between him and Itachi throughout the years. "I just want to say that statement still stands little brother. No matter what happens, I'll always love you… No… We will always love you, little brother."
Itachi retracted his hand, turned to face Hinata and smiled at her for the final time before joining his parents again as they were about to fully disappear. Sasuke reached out his hand, wanting to reach out to them for the last time, but it was too late. Their hands had degenerated leaving only their smiling faces before they completely disappeared into the light and what was left was just their fading presence.
"Thank you for helping us and our little Sasuke… Hyuuga…. No… Uchiha Hinata."
"We will always watch over you from the other world. Always. Be happy, both of you..."
Those were the final words Sasuke and Hinata heard before the presence of the three ghosts completely vanished from the apartment and from the world and the moment their presence completely faded away, sadness overwhelmed Hinata. The three ghosts that had been her friend, her support and even became a family to her throughout this entire year were now gone... forever
She felt strong arms around her waist embracing her from behind protectively yet gently. "But they're at peace," he whispered, "my family… no… our family is finally at peace."
Hearing it, Hinata smiled sadly as the tears continued to fall. She turned around and kissed her husband's lips, rubbing away the tears that were also falling from his eyes. He was crying and she cried with him and this memory was something they knew they would remember and treasure forever.
When the photo was processed, Naruto, who offered to do the processing, freaked out when he saw the three pale figures in the picture. He told Sasuke about it, and the Uchiha just told him to give the photo to him.
"Are you sure?" The Hokage looked at him skeptically.
"Obviously." Sasuke deadpanned.
"But that's like extra people in that photo!" Naruto shrieked, horrified.
"No, they are not extras." Sasuke smiled looking at the picture. "They are meant to be there."
Months passed and Sasuke stared at the photo now hanging proudly on the wall. He smiled seeing his pale dead family in the picture with him and Hinata and mused how fate had brought all of them together.
Fate was indeed a funny thing. Hinata and him barely talked when they were little. He rarely acknowledged her presence and she was too caught up admiring someone else. Their lives had never been connected. However, fate was strange. Fate brought back the dead to the world of the living and the dead brought them together. The dead Uchihas, his family, were the ones that connected them. It was because of them that they were now together. It was because of them that they were now a family.
"You miss them, right?" Hinata's voice chimed into his ears. Sasuke turned and faced his wife who was leaning on the couch, her hands on her now bulging tummy. He walked to her with a loving smile and sat beside her, kissing her forehead before pulling her gently closer to him.
"Of course and I know you miss them too."
"I do. If not's for them, I don't think I'll be with you. I'm so thankful, Sasuke. So thankful." Hinata whispered, tears threatening to fall from her eyes.
"Shhh," he comforted her, "I know."
Hinata smiled before she leaned closer to steal a kiss. Seeing this, Sasuke gladly connected their lips together and they kissed with passion.
"I think they are kicking," Hinata murmured in between their kiss. Curious, Sasuke placed his hands on her tummy and he could feel the kicks Hinata was talking about. He immediately looked into her eyes with love and kissed his wife once more and Sasuke then felt the kicks of the unborn twins again.
"They seem to react a lot when I kiss you." Sasuke smirked.
"I guess they like it," Hinata giggled and kissed her husband again.
He smirked and deepened the kiss, kissing her with intensity, wanting to show how strong his feelings for her are. They broke apart and she blushed and leaned against his chest. Sasuke smirked at how embarrassed Hinata could get sometimes and played with her hair, admiring her beautiful features. She was indeed beautiful and the pregnancy just enhanced her beauty. Ever since he married her, he had always thanked his dead family for connecting them, because god, he didn't know where he would be if he didn't have her. He always felt at peace whenever he was with her, but most importantly, he was very happy with Hinata.
"I love you, Hinata." He whispered lovingly. "Thank you for everything. Thank you so much."
Her eyes widened and then she smiled, the gentle smile he knew he would always love. "I love you too, Sasuke. I love you too."
He had always been a hateful man, but now he was at peace. Anger had always consumed him, but now he felt joy. Sasuke always felt alone, but now he knew he wasn't. He has a family who has always loved him, watching him from the other side. He has two close friends who will always support him. He has a beautiful wife who showers him with endless love and soon in a month's time, he will be a father of precious twins; a girl and a boy.
Hinata was right. He would never know what life had in store for him unless he lived it and now, Uchiha Sasuke was indeed glad that he chose to keep on living.