AN: Anyone who knows me knows I'm not particularly fond of NaruHina. Why did I write this? I'll explain at the end.

Disclaimer: I disclaim.
Pairing: NaruHina

Half-Baked Ideas

Satsukiyami


The first rains of the season came that day, and with it came dark clouds, distant rumblings of thunder, and the sudden sound of water hitting the floor.

She stopped when she felt it break. Her eyes widened as she stood there, holding the heavy box in her hands as Naruto ran into the room, having heard her gasp. After all, he was acutely aware of when things were amiss when concerning his dearest wife.

"Hinata-chan?"

She turned to look at him and saw the perplexity on his features as he stared at her.

"You're leaking."


Naruto irritably paced back and forth in the hospital waiting room. He was notorious for his impatience and this time it was no exception.

Which was why Nara Shikamaru nearly had his hand bitten off when he approached Naruto from behind and clasped his shoulder. "Hoi, Naruto, calm down."

The young man whirled around, mouth opened to dish out a nasty retort when he saw the familiar lazy look of Shikamaru that he'd grown accustomed to over the years. Immediately he relaxed, shoulders slumping. "Ah, Shikamaru... y'got my call?"

"Yeah. Came over as soon as I could," Shikamaru replied, shoving his hands in his pockets of his slacks. "How's Hinata?"

Naruto folded his arms over his chest in a bout of insecurity. "She's OK... Sakura-chan says that the baby could come at any time."

Shikamaru arched one fine brow. "But she's not due for another month at least."

"Her water broke. Sakura said that means the baby's coming."

Shikamaru nodded, glancing toward the doors Hinata was behind. "She must have forced herself into premature labour."

Naruto looked guilty. "I kept telling her to let me do everything but she wouldn't listen. She insisted she could help..."

"You're not at fault, Naruto. She's in good hands. Sakura's an excellent doctor."

"I agree."

Naruto and Shikamaru looked up to see white eyes staring back at them. "I came back from my mission and received word from the Hyuuga that Hinata-sama was in the hospital."

Naruto cringed. He knew how that must have sounded to the Hyuuga prodigy. Neji's expression softened slightly. "I was also told that she is fine and in good hands."

Naruto exhaled softly as he meandered over to a chair and slid into it, running his hands over his face. "It's going to be a long night, eh? Any idea on how to pass the time? Only thing on TV is reruns of Gilligan's Pennisula."

"Island."

"S'what I said."

Neji sighed and reached for something in his pocket. "Here. Maybe this will help."

Naruto pulled his hands away and stared at the object hovering in front of his face. "...Go Fish?"

Neji gave Naruto a flat look and pulled the packet of cards away. "First of all, it's Uno, not Go Fish. And secondly, cards are a good way to pass time."

"Says the man who meditates methodically on a daily basis," Naruto muttered under his breath.

Neji rolled his eyes, or so Naruto thought, and sat down Indian-style on the floor, taking out the cards and shuffling. Shikamaru sat behind him and after a moment, Naruto shrugged and slid onto the floor with them. "Alright. Who deals?"


"Neji, you are so cheating."

"No, I am not."

"You so are! You're using your Byakugan to see my cards."

"No, I'm not. You just happen to be very obvious about what cards you do and don't have."

Naruto pouted, holding his cards closer to his face as he peeked over them to glare at Neji and Shikamaru, the latter struggling between looking bored and amused. It was getting into the early morning hours, the rain continued to fall steadily, and the men were on their sixteenth game of Uno. Some empty bowls of take-out ramen sat beside them and the TV was churning out old lifetime movies on low volume.

Just when Naruto began to shuffle the cards for a new game, the doors opened and Sakura emerged, pulling her haircap off. Smiling, she wiped the sweat from her brow. "Congratulations, Naruto. You're a daddy."

Naruto's eyes widened as his hands went on strike mid-shuffle, sending cards spraying in all directions. He stood abruptly, stared at Sakura for a moment and then inquired, "Can I go see her?"

"Of course."

Naruto hurried past Sakura and into the room and stopped at seeing Hinata holding a small bundle in her hands. Cautiously, the young man approached the bedside. Hinata looked up and smiled at him. "Come see, Naruto-kun. She's beautiful."

A girl. It was a girl. He felt giddy. He leaned over the bed and stared down at his newborn child. Wide, white eyes stared at him as Naruto noticed tuffs of bright blonde hair peeking out of the blanket. And on her red cheeks were little whisker-marks. "She is beautiful... What are we going to call her?"

Hinata looked at the bouquet of wildflowers on the nearby table, then down at the little bundle of joy in her arms. Softly, she whispered, "Satsuki. Her name is Satsuki."

End.


Omake:

And outside, Neji was doing a dance of joy. "I'M AN UNCLE!"

...Or not.

AN: What is it with me and writing pointless oneshots about Hinata getting knocked up? (I should be shot for that comment.)

Now! I've never been a huge NaruHina fan. It's cute, but I just don't like it much, but my favourite Naruto RPG OC happens to be the offspring of Naruto and Hinata. This idea came to mind last night as I tried to fall asleep. And well, it was a shameless plug. Though Sats got no real screentime. That's OK, though. I'll make it up to her by RPing as her with some friends. XD

Note: Satsuki, for those of you who don't know, is the name of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. Also, it's a base used in a lot of words that deal with rain and early summer. Like the title, Satsukiyami, is a dark night in the rainy season. We can just assume the child was born in May or June-ish.

Please enjoy!

Phoe-chan