Disclaimer: The characters belong to Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of Naruto and I don't own them.

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Chapter 1:

"N-Naruto-kun." was all Hinata could say as she stared, or more like oogled, at the simple but beautiful ring being held by the person she loved the most, Naruto. It was a simple silver band with a lavender small pendant in the shape of a heart atop of it. It made her speechless. It made her heart pound. It made her feel like this wasn't real, as cliche as it sounded. They were at the end of their senior year at high school, finally done with school, at the same park that Itachi and Sasuke had rejoiced 2 years ago. The wind blew slightly, making Hinata's long hair sway and Naruto's bangs cloud his vision. It was nice out, even though it was early July, it wasn't too hot, it was perfect. "I-I…" Then she fainted.

Naruto had expected this reaction and caught her before she hit the ground, smiling at her serene face.

Waking up a few moments later, Hinata stared into her boyfriend's eyes. "A-Are you serious?"

Naruto nodded. "I want to spend the rest of my life with you, Hinata-chan," he smiled lovingly at her.

"N-Naruto-kun," she whispered.

He put her on her own two feet, then kneeled once more, hoping that Hinata wouldn't faint again. "Can I have the honor and privilege of marrying the most beautiful woman in the world?" he blushed. "Will you marry me, Hinata-chan?"

Hinata's eyes collected tears and she gasped, covering her mouth with her hands. This wasn't real. After what felt like forever for Naruto, she stuttered out. "Y-Yes."

Naruto smiled, instantly forgetting about the growing ache in his right knee and slipped the ring onto Hinata's small hand, on her left ring finger. It contrasted with her pale skin, but it looked like it belonged there.

"It's beautiful," she said, admiring the ring.

"Not more than you," he said, standing up. "I love you, Hinata-chan," Naruto stated and without warning, he leaned in for a kiss, claiming her lips for himself.

"I love you too, Naruto-kun," Hinata whispered against his lips between kisses.

They broke apart, panting and Hinata said. "W-What about college?"

"Let's hope we both get into the same one so that after we both graduate, together, we can get married," Naruto said.

Hinata blushed and nodded. "Okay."

She kissed him sweetly again and joined their hands together. Looking at both of their hands, she noticed how much bigger his hand was, and how warm it was.

Hinata stared into Naruto's impossibly blue eyes and smiled, it felt like it wasn't real. Every time that she touched Naruto, she felt a feeling of electricity rush through her and she loved it. It was brilliant, as was Naruto.

They sat down on a bench under the sakura tree together. Hinata leaned her head on her fiance's shoulder and Naruto did the same, resting his atop hers. Their hands still intertwined, they sat there for what seemed like a long time.

Naruto closed his eyes, loving the moment he was in, never wanting it to end.

"Naruto-kun?" Hinata suddenly said.

Naruto opened his eyes. "Yeah?"

"I... It's nothing. I'm sorry, I…" she blushed. "I-I wanted to make sure this was real a-and that you were still there."

Naruto smiled, lifting his head and putting his free hand on Hinata's chin, making her look at him. "I'll always be there for you, Hinata-chan, because I love you."

It made her so happy, hearing those three simple words. They were commonly used among other people, but when Naruto said it, it was like they were overflowing with meaning. Like only three words wasn't enough to contain the sincerity behind them. It made her feel...content, knowing that someone loved as her as much as she loved them. Just thinking about Naruto made her blush, stutter and smile and she loved every second of it. And being with him, there, under the sakura tree, so close to him, was something she couldn't explain how grateful she was for. She smiled, thinking how lucky she was and not believing it.

"Thank you, Naruto-kun," she whispered. She didn't give him a chance to respond by saying. "For everything. J-Just being here with me is more than you know. S-So thank you."

She heard Naruto's low chuckle. He had grown since 10th grade, but he was still the doofus everyone loved. "Hinata-chan, I could never thank you enough."

Hinata smiled. "I love you too."

Naruto grinned, letting go of her hand, he pulled her into a big hug, squeezing her as close as to him as possible. He never wanted to let go. This girl...she made him so happy. Just her existence, just her presence was so meaningful. He had lost count how many times he had thanked God for the girl in his arms.

Hinata or Naruto didn't understand the definition of love before they met each other. What was it? Wasn't love different for everyone? How did someone know that they were in love?

Hinata and Naruto both knew, definitely, that they were in love. They now know that love is different for everyone. But maybe love is what happens when two people have the same definition of it. That's what they thought, at least.

They both had the same meaning, and now, they finally knew it.

"Awww!" Sakura and Ino cooed. "That's so adorable!"

They had just interrogated Hinata for every second of what happened when Naruto proposed to her.

Tenten nodded in agreement.

"Wow," Temari said. "Guess our moron has grown up, huh?"

"About time too," Tenten murmured.

"H-He's not a moron, Temari-chan," Hinata defended. "Just a bit clumsy."

Sakura smiled at her friend. "You two are perfect for each other! Keep him in line for the rest of us, will ya?"

Hinata nodded. "I will!"

Then, Hinata showed them the ring and they all squealed once again.

They were all at Sasuke's house. The boys in the living room while the girls were in the kitchen making pizza for everyone. Everyone hadn't gotten together like this for the longest time, even couples. With final exams and college applications, they all agreed to go their separate ways for a while, without breaking up.

"But that's just too cute!" Ino squealed, then she scowled. "I wish something like that could happen for me, Kiba-kun's still a moron."

Sakura laughed. "Oh, calm down, Ino-pig. We all know he's head over heels for you," her voice dropped to a whisper. "Even though I have no idea how that happened," she teased.

"Oh, shut it, forehead!"

Before anyone could say anything else, the timer rang for the pizza in the oven.

"PIZZA'S READY!" Ino, Tenten and Temari screamed.

Hinata and Sakura winced at their friend's loud voices.

They heard a "YES!" and then Naruto dashed into the kitchen. "PIIIIIZZZZAAAA! DID YOU PUT RAMEN ON IT?!"

"Naruto...WHY WOULD YOU PUT RAMEN ON PIZZA?!" Sakura yelled.

"PSH. You can put ramen on anything!" Naruto declared.

Sakura, Ino, Temari and Tenten all smacked their foreheads while Hinata giggled.

The rest of the boys walked in at a normal pace - Shikamaru trudging in - but still eager to eat.

After pizza, everyone went into the living room. The girls talked more and the guys mulled around.

The door opened while they were all watching a movie together and Itachi came walking through the door, looking dead tired.

He looked surprised at the large amount of people in "his house." "Yo." He simply said, but even one word sounded like it was too much to say.

"Itachi-kun!" Sakura said, worry in her voice. She leaped up, making Sasuke's head drop to the floor. His head was originally on her lap, but now it was on the cold floor. He didn't like it. "What happened to you?"

"Work happened," he stated.

Sakura smiled, taking his briefcase for him. "You should go to sleep."

Itachi nodded and trudged to his room sleepily.

Sakura laughed at him, putting his briefcase on a nearby chair. "Running a company must be hard, huh?" she said to Sasuke while sitting down again.

Sasuke shrugged. "I guess," he mumbled, making himself comfortable on her lap once more.

They finished watching the rest of the movie and when it was over, almost everyone was sleeping. Sasuke had fallen asleep on Sakura's lap, while Neji fell asleep too, using Tenten as a cushion. Shikamaru - obviously - had drifted off too.

"Guys, guys. Look!" Ino whisper-shouted, pointing to the sleeping couple of Naruto and Hinata. "They're just too cute!"

Naruto and Hinata were snuggled up next to one another on the small beanbag that could barely accommodate Naruto's size alone. They both looked so happy, being in the other's arms.

"Aww!" Sakura cooed. She looked down at the sleeping Sasuke in her lap. He looked like a child when he was asleep, so innocent. Weaving her fingers through his soft hair, she turned to the rest of her friends. "You guys can all stay the night. Sasuke and I will lend you our clothes."

Tenten woke Neji up and Sakura woke up Sasuke. Shikamaru got rudely woken up by Temari who kicked him. Everyone decided to let Naruto and Hinata sleep in peace.

Once everyone changed, Sakura said. "Sasuke and I will sleep in the living room with Naruto and Hinata."

"What?" Sasuke said. "What about my bed?"

"Let our friends sleep there, you doofus!"

Sasuke rolled his eyes. "Whatever."

Temari and Tenten decided to take over the bed, letting, more like forcing, their boyfriends to sleep on the ground of Sasuke's bedroom.

Kiba and Ino slept in the other guest room.

"Can you grab a blanket and a pillow?" Sakura asked Sasuke.

"Yeah, yeah," he answered.

Sasuke did and they both creeped into the living room, not wanting to wake up Naruto and Hinata.

They laid down near the couch, sharing the blanket and pillow, falling asleep in a position similar to Naruto and Hinata's.

The days went by and soon enough, everyone get their college letters back.

Naruto and Hinata decided to open their letters together, so Hinata went over Naruto's apartment.

"YES!" Naruto yelled, dropping the letter to the ground, his eyes filling with actual tears. He lifted Hinata into his arms and twirled her around. "It's like a dream come true!"

Hinata laughed, her eyes filling with tears too. "It is, Naruto-kun."

They had both gotten into the same college, just like they had wanted, so they could be together.

"Guess all that studying finally paid off," Naruto commented, setting Hinata down.

Hinata nodded. "You did great, Naruto-kun."

Naruto hugged her. "It's all because of your awesome teaching skills, Hinata-chan," he smiled sheepishly. "And your never-ending tolerance for me."

Hinata kissed his nose gently. "I always have had tolerance for you, Naruto-kun. You're too cute to resist."

Naruto blushed and kissed her in response.

Tenten called Neji as soon as she got her letters. "Neji-kun?"

"Hey, Tenten," he paused. "D-Did you get into Konohagakure Academy?" he asked.

Tenten shook her head, even though he couldn't see it. "No," she said. "But I got into Sunagakure Academy." Those were her two top schools.


"D-Did you get into Konohagakure Academy?" she already knew the answer.

Tenten heard Neji sigh. "Yeah. I did," he answered.

"Oh," Tenten's eyes filled with tears. "I-I…" her voice started to break. "I guess we won't be going to the same college then, N-Neji-kun."

"Tenten," he sounded hurt. "Please don't cry."


"Do you want me to come over?" Neji asked.

Tenten nodded. "Yes...p-please," she pleaded.

"I'll be over in about 10 minutes," he answered.


They hung up and Tenten flopped back on her bed. What's going to happen to our relationship now? The two colleges are so far apart. More tears fell when Tenten thought of the possibility of them breaking up because long-distance relationships during college would be hard to handle. They had been together for almost 3 years now and they were so happy, it couldn't just end like that.

She clicked her phone on, seeing a picture of them two. They had recently taken it on the last day of school. Neji was giving Tenten a piggy-back ride because she had won a bet they had. On both of their faces were humongous smiles, like they were finally content with life.

Tenten closed her eyes, holding her phone close to her. "Come quickly, Neji-kun." she whispered.

Ino and Temari, who lived close to each other, were at Temari's house, since Ino came running over as soon as she got her letters. Shikamaru was already there with his letters and Kiba came as soon as possible.

"On three! One, two, three!" Ino said.

Everyone tore open their letters.

"I got into the Amegakure Academy!" Kiba shouted.

"Me too!" Temari yelled. She leaned over to see what Shikamaru's letter said. "YAY! You did too!" she hugged him tightly, while he smirked, holding her close too.

Kiba smiled and looked over at Ino, who was wearing a glum expression. "Ino? What happened?"

She looked up at him and shook her head, handing him her letters. She had two. One was rejected from Amegakure Academy, but the other was acceptance into Sunagakure Academy.

After Kiba scanned over them, he looked up at Ino who was silently crying. He hugged her close to him while she clung to his shirt, sobbing. "Ino…" he soothed. "It's okay. Sunagakure is one of the best colleges, just like Amegakure."

Ino shook her head again. "N-No, Kiba-kun. That's not what I'm sad about. I-I won't be with you in the same college, like I wanted."

Kiba froze, he didn't think about that. He pulled away from Ino once he got over the shock and shook her. "Hey!" he said. "Don't think like that! What do you mean you won't be with me? We'll still see each other, we can still be together. I won't let you go…not now," he pulled her flush against him. "I would lose too much," he whispered against her hair.

Ino's eyes widened, before closing and hugging Kiba. "T-Thank you, Kiba-kun."

"Sasuke!" Sakura called, running back into Sasuke's house. "Our letters came!" she exclaimed, holding a stack of letters addressed to the both of them.

Since Sakura had been basically living with Sasuke, Sasuke had told her to write on the "Return Address" his house address. Sakura had recently sold her parent's house, but she still had possession of the company. It was being run by other family members, but she was in control of it. Sasuke helped her along the way. (A/N: Thank you sakuraseeker2792 for reminding me about this.)

"Really?" Sasuke said, walking into the living room.

Sakura nodded excitedly and sat down on the couch. Sasuke came beside her and they started to open their letters.

Sakura gasped. "I got into Konohagakure Academy!" she yelled.

"I did too," Sasuke said, smirking.

Sakura smiled widely. "Yes!" she hugged him tightly.

"Wait, you've got another letter too," Sasuke said, handing her her other letter.

Sakura opened her other letter too. "I ALSO GOT INTO KIRIGAKURE ACADEMY!" That was her dream college and she had always wanted to go there. They had one of the best medical programs in the world and she could easily become a successful doctor if she was selected into the school. But not many people get picked, so she was nervous about submitting her application there, but Sasuke made her.

"It's like a dream!" she stated, but then, reality came to her. "Wait," she turned to Sasuke. She didn't like the look on his face, it was like he knew what she was afraid was going to happen. "B-But then…which one should I choose?"

Sasuke looked up at her slowly. "What do you mean? Of course you'll choose Kirigakure, it's one of the best schools. And it's your dream college, isn't it?" Even though his words sounded indifferent, Sakura knew him all too well to know that he was hurting inside. His eyes showed what his words didn't.

"I…But I can't just leave you like that," Sakura said. "We could both go to the same college and be together, b-but Kirigakure and Konohagakure are really f-far apart."

Sasuke's eyes drifted to the carpet underneath them. "I know. But," he looked up at Sakura. "you should do what you want. Kirigakure is an amazing school and I know that'll you'll be a successful doctor there."

Sakura looked away as well. "Well, I can't just leave you like that."

Sasuke sighed, running a hand through his hair.

Sakura leaned against Sasuke. "What should I do?"

"I think you should do what you think is best for you," Sasuke replied, intertwining their fingers.

"Yeah, but, what is the best for me? I…I know I'll be able to be successful at Kirigakure, but what about you? About us?" her grip tightened on his hand. She didn't want to lose him.

Sasuke didn't answer for a while. He suddenly hugged Sakura to him. "Don't worry about us," he whispered against her hair. "We'll be fine. I want you to think about your future. I know that we'll be able to find a way," he pulled away and brushed Sakura's bangs out of her eyes. Sasuke kissed her forehead gently, making Sakura's eyes close. "I'm not going to lose you that easily." he said.

Sakura nodded slightly. "Okay," she said, still unsure of her decision. She snuggled her head in his neck, feeling his warmth. SIghing, she wondered. What am I going to do?

Author's Note:

Heyyyyy! I'm back! Hehe. How was it? Bad? Cheesy? Meh? Please tell me. Also tell me some ideas if you have any, they are greatly appreciated. Thanks to all the people who reviewed for "Melting the Human Ice Cube," it meant so much! I love you all! Stay tuned and please review!

~ booklover333