Smiling indulgently at the very excited Neji as he pointed out his fish in the Hyuuga pond Kangae allowed herself to pulled and the others with her in a little train. Ino holding her other hand and Hinata holding hers as they squatted down on the bank of the water.
"I named him Nemo!" Neji beamed, cute little missing tooth on display. "Tou-chan even said it was a very good choice."
She was sure he could have named it Poopy McToiletton and Hizashi still would have said it was pretty but that was his job as a father. She can't count how many times her own dad had smiled that special smile reserved for horrible ideas that children come up with and flashed it at Ino and her.
Just for that she made sure to concoct the most disturbing food combinations and make him eat it. The pouty face held powers untold.
"It certainly fits him," She agreed. "Especially with the coloring."
The three other children glanced down into the water and scrunched up their noses.
"I don't get it." Hinata said with a hint of shy confusion and Kangae grinned and ruffled her hair to which the little heiress squeaked adorably at.
"It's nothing Hina-chan, just something I remember." She hummed staring idly at the orange, white, and black fish. "Just be lucky you don't have to find him and bargain with sharks and a crazy blue girl named Dorothy. Just keep swimming indeed."
Chuckling lowly she ignored Ino's outburst of "She's always laughing at jokes I can never understand so get used to it!" as the two Hyuuga turned to her for an explanation, Kangae stuck a finger into the water and giggled at the feeling of the fishes little mouths.
"Okay, so what do you guys want to play?" Ino asked with a raised brow, turning to face the Hyuugas.
Neji shrugged. "I haven't really played games with other people before so why don't you pick Hinata?"
Said girl looked at them pensively from underneath her lashes before she answered. "U-um, we could play hide and seek? I've heard that it's fun."
Nodding Kangae stood up. "And I'll be it, do we all know the rules?"
Seeing them shake their heads she told them what to do. "Then we'll put our own twist to it. All of you are being hunted by me, you all will hide and I will search for you." She said to them. "If I find you remember that you guys have the choice of waiting for me go tag you or to fight and run. If you are caught you help me get the others, clear?"
Seeing a bit of excitement in their eyes she nodded, it was good they were all dressed in their rough and tumble clothes. Luckily her parents had a messenger dropped off some clothes to change into so now her and Ino were in shorts and t-shirts, Hinata and Neji the same.
"When I clap I want you all to scatter!" Bringing her hands together she was pleased to note that they sprinted off in different directions. It was obvious that Neji and Hinata had already started their physical training but so did Ino and her. They were clan heirs it was only proper they get a head start.
Deciding that while she could just use her telepathy to find them it was more a challenge to do it manually and would be good practice. Kangae didn't want to create a crutch out of her useful ability. Putting up her shields she raced into the Hyuuga territory woods.
Straining her ears she listened and recalled her knowledge from blind knife throwing. She needed to pause and wait. Hearing a rustle off to her left she took off towards it and the startled shout and sound of running made her smile.
So Neji was first up then?
Catching up to him was easy but actually catching him proved to be difficult. Though he was still clumsy and a bit off kilter with his movements, he could move well and Kangae saw the genius he was fabled for peeking through.
Diving right as she jumped to tackle him Kangae cartwheeled out of it before turning to face the boy a second later and lunged again. Pretty soon it turned into a flip-away-from-the-other kind of thing and both of them were laughing before they ended up in a tangle of limbs.
"Caught you!~" Kangae chirped officially, slapping her hand down on Neji's red face. "Now you have to help me."
"Okay, okay!" Neji sighed as she got up and held a hand out. "Now let's go catch someone else."
Grasping it he pulled himself up and they started off to search
In Hinata's defense her hiding place was perfect and she had been quieter than anything but the smell of lavender and chamomile practically lead them to her. They would need to talk about that.
Staring at the little heiress crouched down between two perfectly placed boulders Kangae decided to play a prank.
Holding up a hand for Neji to stay she slunk over, lowered herself down next to Hinata's ear and grinned.
"BOO!" She shouted as the other girl jumped. Now what happened next would forever be her fault.
"Eiii!" She shrieked and whipped out a hand coated in chakra at her. Quickly rearing back the jab struck her arm instead of her chest. Rolling away with a hiss she heard the sound of two sets of feet racing towards her as she felt Ino jolt in her mind.
Shaking her head she blinked past the pain and set a wave of calm at her twin.
I'm fine, I made a mistake and I'll handle it. She said on a mental huff. Stay where you are, there's no reason for you to get involved..
There was pause before a feeling of determination paired with a familiar stubbornness sailed through her mind.
Rolling her eyes because most of the pain had passed she sat up and saw that Hinata was crying furiously. Ah, she should have seen this coming. The poor girl was blaming herself.
"K-Kangae-chan I'm s-so sorry!" She sobbed, throwing her arms around her neck and she shifted her completely numb arm over to the side and used her other one to return the hug.
"Hey, hey, it's fine I shouldn't have tried to surprise you like that." She cooed, petting her hair. "I should have known that you were packing a whole lot of awesome inside of you."
Glancing over at a worried Neji she nudged him with her knee and he stopped staring fearfully at the group and his gaze jumped to hers.
"I-I'll go get help!" He said loudly before dashing away towards the main house as if he was afraid that she would be angry at him or something.
Sighing she patted Hinata's back before moving into a stand. "Let's go back before he makes it out to seem like I got hit somewhere dangerous."
In response Hinata merely hugged her tighter. Hearing the leaves rustle as Ino spilled out of them and took a catalog of her injuries she looked at the crying heiress and back at her.
"I scared her and she accidentally jukken'd me." She shrugged and Ino frowned.
"Hinata-chan, it's not your fault." Kangae said leading them back to the complex. "If anything I want to congratulate you."
Jerking the white eyed girl pulled back and hesitantly met her gaze.
"C-congratulate me?" Aw, she sounded so confused that it was cute.
She nodded with a smile. "That was pretty hard to do am I right and it's apart of your clan style? Why wouldn't I be happy for you?"
Hinata flinched and fiddled nervously with her fingers. "Because I h-h-hurt you?"
Sighing louder Kangae decided she wouldn't have her feeling bad for hurting someone even after she apologized. They were going to be ninja, that was a good habit.
Stretching out an arm she grabbed Hinata's hand, rolled up her sleeve, and delivered a sound pinch to her skin.
Listening to her yelp and withdraw to rub at her red skin she nonchalantly checked out her nails. "Are you done now?"
"What was that for?!" Hinata frowned, her brows furrowed.
"Me getting even." Kangae told her. "Let's make a deal, when you hit me I hit you and when I hit you, you hit me."
Looking uncertain but relieved she nodded. "O-okay."
"Good." She said, before sheepishly tugging at her dead to the world arm. "Now can we go find Neji and get this treated? The swinging sensation that I can't feel is tripping me up."
"Hyuuga-sama," Kangae called as she saw her father approach the compound to pick them up.
"Hinata promised to be my sparring partner from now on, is that okay?"
Innocent blues meeting calculating whites for the longest of movements before the man nodded.
"I believe that is satisfactory." He said, glancing down at the equally shocked Hinata. "I shall arrange this with your father later."
Bowing she smiled gratefully. "Thank you Hyuuga-sama."
Turning to go she gave Hinata a hug. "Don't forget our deal kay?"
Feeling her nod she raced off to her dad.
"Did you have fun today?" He asked with a raised brow as he shifted Ino in his arms and she grabbed his hand. "You know, outside of being jukken'd and all that?"
"Yeah," Kangae snorted with an eye roll. "I got me a training partner."
And thus is the start of Hinata's training. When I wrote this I wanted to convey the fact that Hinata is hesitant about hitting and hurting other people she knows. I felt like that was a big block in her becoming more confident and Kangae is going to work on that with her. Hiashi thinks Hinata hanging out with the smart Yamanaka twin is good for her and Kangae hopes to prove him right. They are going to train together and the twins are going to exprience they're first not being together all the time thing.
So they didn't get to finish the game but hey, progression reigns supreme. Excuse any errors and review. I'll try to update again soon.