Note: This is the last chapter of Secrets. I've had fun writing this big ball of cheese and I'm glad everyone else liked it too! =D
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto or any of its characters.
Lies to Love
Hinata took a deep breath, feeling her chest begin to tighten. They were going to see her outside of Kiba's house and she'd never hear the end of it.
"Hey, Hinata!" Sakura called out louder this time, waving her arms.
Hinata looked up, taking one last breath, "H-hello."
"We've been looking everywhere for you," Ino had a huge grin plastered on her face. Hinata looked around and noticed that all of them were grinning, "What for?"
Sakura couldn't stop smiling, "We have big news! Tsunade-sama said we could have that party we've been bugging for. She we should celebrate all the hard work we've done as chuunins."
"P-party?" Hinata repeated, a bit dumbfounded. She had never been one for parties, but she didn't want to spoil her friends' excitement. She managed a small smile.
Ino raised her slender finger authoritatively, "It's more a festival, really…"
Sakura ignored the blonde and continued gushing excitedly, "Anyway, we all have to go shopping now and wanted you to come with us!"
Hinata was really only half listening by now. She chewed on her bottom lip, waiting for them to notice where they were. She waited for them to tease her unmercifully. It was only a matter of time before it got around to the whole town that she'd fallen for Kiba Inuzuka.
"Hinata-chan?" Tenten asked, waving her hand in front of the pale girls face.
Hinata jumped, and rambled out, "S-sure! Let's go!"
The three girls grabbed her arms and proceeded to drag her down the streets. Hinata stumbled behind them and tried to protest but it didn't seem to be working. So she allowed herself to be towed down the road and into a tiny shop. She straightened up, dusting herself off.
Hinata looked around, noticing that the three girls had gone starry-eyed. They were in a kimono shop. Hinata grimaced at the idea of shopping. It's not that she didn't like to shop, but the idea of people fussing over her and gawking at her, wasn't exactly pleasant.
Sakura, Ino, and Tenten immediately dove into one of the racks, sorting through all of the kimonos. Hinata lagged behind, looking more slowly. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Ino heaving a pile of outfits to the dressing rooms.
Hinata sighed, her thoughts drifting back to Kiba's house.
I almost told him…I can't believe it…At least I still have a chance and next time I see him I have to say it!
Hinata's thoughts were interrupted when her eyes landed on a yellow kimono. It wasn't obnoxiously bright yellow, yet it wasn't dull either. She pulled it off the rack, her eyes scanning over the tiny, pinkish-red flowers on it. Wrapped loosely around the waist was a matching obi. It was the same color as the flowers.
"That's a cute one, Hinata-chan!" Ino said from behind her. Hinata turned around to see Ino was trying on a kimono. It was violet with large, dark blue butterflies and a dark blue obi.
Hinata clutched the kimono tighter, deciding that it would do. She didn't bother to try it on and went to pay for it. Then, she sat down, waiting for the others to finish.
Sakura went with a pale purple kimono that had crimson flowers and a matching obi. Tenten's was emerald colored and an obi that was one shade darker. When they had finished paying, Tenten turned to the group, "I'll see you guys later. I need to go find Neji."
She walked out of the shop, swinging her bag. Sakura and Ino watched her leave and then turned to Hinata.
"She's probably going with your cousin," Sakura commented nonchalantly. Ino nodded in agreement and then added, "We should probably start asking around too. You know, before all the other girls hear about it."
Hinata stiffened and then quickly asked, "Who are you going to ask?" Anything to keep the focus off of herself...
Ino looked thoughtful for a moment before answering, "Probably Shika or Chouji…"
Sakura frowned. Her first choice wasn't currently in the village. She let out a small sigh, letting her shoulders slump, "Naruto…"
Hinata noticed Sakura seemed to shudder at the thought of going with Naruto. Hinata giggled lightly, clutching her bag tightly. She already knew who she was going to ask tomorrow at practice.
((The Next Day))
Hinata hopped out of bed the minute the sun was up, pulled on her boots and raced out the door. She could feel her legs begin to ache with exhaustion because she was moving as fast as possible to get to practice. Her heart was practically in her throat, but she didn't care.
She made it to the clearing, feeling her heart flutter when she saw him. His back was to her, and he was staring intently at the training posts. Hinata looked around and noticed that their sensei and Shino had not arrived yet.
Perfect! She thought and proceeded towards him. She walked up behind him and smiled a little, "Kiba-kun?"
Kiba turned around, somewhat startled by his teammates voice, "Hey."
He was grinning, as usual, and Hinata was thankful that he didn't seem to notice the faint blush that had crept onto her cheeks. She decided that the best way to get this over with was to be quick, before her nerves got the better of her.
"Um…Kiba-kun?" She began, twiddling her thumbs.
Kiba looked down at her, noticing her serious expression. He presented her with his full attention, "What?"
"Um…H-have you heard the news?" She stuttered.
Kiba scratched the back of his neck and shook his head. Hinata looked down at her feet and mustered up the courage to continue, "T-Tsunande-sama said we c-could have a festival here…"
Kiba's eyebrows shot up in surprise. She gave him a quick, shy glance before looking away again, "A-and I was wondering if…"
Hinata could feel the question on the tip of her tongue but it wouldn't come out. The anticipation that had etched its way onto his face was evident. She took a deep breath and squeaked out, "I-ifyou'dgowithme?"
Kiba felt himself blush to the roots of his hair. His eyes widened in shock, but he couldn't have been happier, albeit a bit confused, "S-sure."
She sucked in another relaxing breath, just as Kurenai arrived. She gave the duo a perplexed look because they were standing there, awkwardly trying to avoid eye contact, and blushing like crazy.
She decided to ignore that and get their practice started.
Throughout their training, Hinata could feel his confused glances focused on her. She was almost thankful when the practice ended. Kurenai dismissed them with a curt nod. Hinata was just about to get on her way when she felt someone grab her arm.
It was Kiba, naturally. She gulped and looked up at him shyly, "Um?"
He smiled down at her, calming her down a bit, "I'll pick you up at like six, okay?"
Hinata returned his smile, her cheeks glowing a faint pink color. She nodded eagerly and her released her arm. She watched him walk off, and noticed a faint skip in his step. She giggled to herself before beginning to make her way back home.
((The Eve of The Festival))
Hinata raced from the main hall towards her room, nearly knocking a few people down on the way. Sakura, Ino and Tenten had just finished a visit, to show her how to do her hair and makeup. She had gotten so caught up with her friends that she didn't notice what time it was. Kiba would be arriving any minute.
She practically slammed her door shut and threw open her closet. Hinata snatched the kimono and pulled it on. She adjusted it so it fit right on her figure, poking at herself in the mirror. Hinata pouted while examining herself. The kimono was a little more low-cut then she would have like, but not much she could do now.
She ran a brush through her silky raven hair. She pulled it into a low ponytail, similar to how Neji wore his long hair. She secured it with a dark pink ribbon.
Next Hinata reached for the makeup that her friends left for her. She swept a soft pink color across her cheeks with a brush. Then, she thickened her lashes with the black mascara wand. Finally, she slicked a strawberry flavored lip-gloss on.
Hinata gave herself one final examination before there was a tap on her door. Her sister poked her head in, "Your friend is here."
Hanabi gave her older sister a bemused look before shutting the door. Hinata pulled on her sandals and ran to greet Kiba. She slid the door open and looked down, gasping for breath.
"Hinata?" She heard his gruff voice above her and she forced herself to stand up straight. Her cheeks went red when she got full sight of him.
He was wearing a navy blue yukata, secured by a white sash around his midsection. Hinata thought that the color looked really good on him, "H-hey…"
Kiba grinned at her, trying to hide his blush. He tried to think of something to say but he only blurted out, "You look nice…"
Hinata chuckled and replied, "So do you."
It was nice to know that he was just a nervous as she was. Hinata bid her sister goodbye before following her teammate out the door. As they walked down the street, toward the festival, Kiba couldn't help but steal a few glances of his date.
'Nice' was an understatement… He thought, debating on what to do next. His eyes fell to her hand, which was plastered to his side. He slowly inched closer and took her hand in his.
Hinata's cheeks reddened upon contact, but she thought it felt nice. Kiba waited for her to let go, or push him away, like she did before, but when she didn't he let out a content sigh.
"There it is," Hinata whispered excitedly. Ahead of them, Kiba could see bright lights in the sky. As they approached the festival, the sounds of the excited crowd got louder. Multiple, bright colored paper lights were strung from rooftops. Shopkeepers had opened up stands, selling various foods or prizes.
Hinata looked around, overwhelmed by it all. Her eyes locked onto a giant, stuffed panda bear handing from one of the stands. She thought it was quite cute.
Kiba followed her gaze and smiled, "Want to try that one?"
Hinata nodded and they approached the stand. Kiba saw a pile of three balls in front of him. Across, in the back, was a stack of bottles. He guessed you had to try and knock over all of them to win.
He dug into his pocket, fishing around for some change. Hinata's eyes widened when he pulled the coins out.
"Y-you don't have to!" She protested, tugging on his sleeve. Kiba only responded with a wave of his hand and placed the money on the counter. The owner scooped it up and moved out of the way.
Kiba picked up one of the balls, aiming carefully. He pulled his arm back, winding up and releasing as hard as he could. Hinata held her breath, as the ball spun through the air and made direct contact with the bottles.
And bounced right off.
"What the hell?!" Kiba growled, snatching up another ball, "I'll get it this time."
He repeated the same motion, only this time; he threw the ball even harder. Hinata giggled when the ball bounced off again. Kiba glared at the shopkeeper before picking up the last ball.
There was no reason why he shouldn't be able to knock those things down. He wound up again, released, and watched with baited breath. The ball collided with one of the bottles, tipping one over.
Kiba faltered and grimaced, "Just one?"
Hinata smiled and grabbed his hand, "It's okay Kiba-kun…Maybe we still get a prize?"
The shopkeeper rummaged around and pulled out a mini replica of the same bear Hinata was eyeing up before. She took it from him and smiled. When she looked back at her date, he still didn't look very pleased with himself.
"It's really cute. Arigato, Kiba-kun…" She smiled shyly at him.
Kiba stopped pouting and returned her smile, "N-no problem…"
He took her hand again and started to drag her down the road. Hinata awkwardly loped along; trying to catch up with has larger strides. Thankfully, he stopped when a certain smell assaulted his nose.
"You smell that?" Kiba asked, his nose twitching.
Hinata wrinkled her nose and shook her head. He gave her an apologetic look, "Sorry. Forgot your nose isn't as good as mine. I smell food."
Hinata giggled, "Then lets go."
Kiba led her towards the smell that was driving him insane. He soon found the culprit and slapped his money on the counter, ordering three helpings of whatever they were serving. Hinata waited contently by his side, still holding his hand. Her eyes began to wander while they waited for the food. Kiba stood there patiently, although Hinata could hear his foot tapping.
Her eyes caught sight of her friends across from them, waiting by another stand. Sakura, Ino, Shikamaru, and Naruto were all standing together.
I guess Ino-chan decided to invite Shikamaru-kun…She thought, a small smile appearing on her face. Her eyes then fell on Sakura. Hinata thought the pink-haired kunoichi looked really pretty. Her hair was pulled back into a messy bun, strands of pink falling around her perfectly made-up face. Hinata thought she was practically glowing.
Naruto-kun is very lucky…
Suddenly, the warmth around her hand disappeared. Her eyes enlarged and she turned around to face Kiba. He was staring down at her, and she tried to read his expression. His eyes were lowered so she couldn't see them, but his chest was heaving up and down. His mouth had curved down into a slight frown.
Hinata could tell he was angry, "K-kiba-kun?"
She desperately tried to think of what she could have done wrong in the last thirty seconds. He lifted his head and Hinata could see that his black eyes were coated with a mix of suspicion and misery.
"So that's why," He practically growled.
Hinata could only let out a confused, "Huh?"
His hand curled into a fist. Now she was playing dumb?
He had seen the whole display. The way she smiled at him still. The envious look she had given Sakura. He had been trying to figure out why the hell she wanted to go with him to the festival instead of Naruto and now he knew.
What she told him a few days ago had been bull shit. She still had feelings for Naruto. She still wasn't over Naruto, but she'd settle for him. She would take pity on him and go with him instead. Maybe even make Naruto jealous at the same time.
"Don't give me that," Kiba spat out. The look on her face made his stomach churn. He hated making her upset, but he couldn't take it anymore, "This was for him, wasn't it?!"
He pointed an accusing finger at the blonde across from them. Hinata was beginning to panic. People were starting to stare at them. She had no clue where Kiba had gotten this idea. She Hinata reached out to grab his sleeve, but he pulled away.
But he abruptly turned on his heel and raced off. Hinata called out after him, but her knees buckled beneath her and she fell to the ground. Her mind flashed back to her dream from a few nights ago.
Hinata shook her head. She hadn't lost her chance. She couldn't have. Not again.
But he still didn't trust her. Kiba didn't believe that her feelings for Naruto were gone. She supposed he had every right to believe that because her feelings for the blonde had been so strong.
But they were gone now and she loved her teammate. I guess he doesn't know that still…asking him here wasn't enough.
"Hinata-chan?" A soft voice asked from above her.
Hinata looked up to see Sakura, Ino, Shikamaru, and Naruto standing near her. Sakura was hovering over her and had placed a hand on Hinata's shoulder.
"Oh…um, I guess I must look pretty silly sitting in the middle of the road," Hinata pulled herself up and dusted herself off.
Sakura frowned, "Are you okay? We saw the whole thing…what happened?"
Hinata lowered her eyes, trying to keep herself from bursting into tears, "He just got a little mad…"
"A little?" Shikamaru scoffed and Hinata frowned. Ino glared, elbowed him in the ribs and hissed, "Be quiet!"
"I'm going to go look for him," Hinata said, turning to leave in the direction Kiba had.
Naruto took a step after her, "Want us to come? I'd like to give that dog a piece of my mind. You don't leave a girl by herself like that…"
Hinata blushed and slowly shook her head, "N-no thank you, Naruto-kun. I need to do this on my own."
Hinata took off after him, but she was limited in movement because of her kimono. She activated her byakugen to try and locate him, but she wasn't having any luck. Hinata's search led her to the training area, far from the festival.
She felt her energy drained from her body, so she decided to rest. Hinata sat down in the tall grass, sucking in deep breaths. She looked up at the stars beginning to form above her. Hinata forced herself to push him out of her thoughts for the moment, desperately trying to shake his angry outburst out of her mind.
Suddenly, she was torn from her thoughts by the sound of a rustling near by. Her fingers curled around the blades of grass beneath her, "K-kiba-kun?"
A shadowy figure darted through the trees. Hinata felt frozen in place, but her mind was screaming at her to run.
"W-who…" Her voice gave out as the figure appeared. The man was dressed in head to toe black, with a familiar crimson ribbon at his waist. His arm was in a white sling, "Remember me, sweetie?" He cooed.
Hinata glared at him, "You're the one who kidnapped me."
He laughed, "Very good. Now I suppose you'll be asking me why you can't move."
"You're doing that?" She gaped, her eyes wide.
He smirked, "It's a special technique. I've drained all your chakra. Your too weak to move right now, so I wouldn't try."
It was true. No matter how hard she struggled, Hinata couldn't get to her feet. The man inched closer to her and she blurted out, "W-what do you want?"
"Well, let's see. You spoiled our plans. You escaped. Oh, and lets not forget that your friend's dumb mutt damaged my arm."
Hinata's eyes fell on the sling, "Akamaru-kun did that?"
The man frowned, "Yeah. I can't move it, but since he's not here I guess I'll settle for taking my revenge out on you. He did seem pretty attached to you…"
Hinata winced. Yeah…did.
"It's not hard to see why though. You're pretty cute."
He took a step towards her, his lips curling into another grin. Hinata began to get feeling back in her legs and she scrambled to her feet. He glowered at her, "What the hell?"
She didn't waste anytime and rushed at him, her palm smacking into his chest. She gasped when he snatched up her wrist. Hinata winced, realizing that the chakra surrounding her hand had been rather weak.
I guess I wasn't fully recovered.
She yelped when she felt herself being lifted off the ground. The man tossed her aside like she was a twig. Hinata tumbled to the floor in a heap and rolled to a stop. The man continued to advance towards her, "Now then, lets try this again."
He was inches away when she finally sat up. Hinata tried to jump up, but the wind had been knocked out of her from that last blow. He was going to get her.
He's going to kill me…
Just when she was about to squeeze her eyes shut, a dark blur flew threw the air and smashed into the man's side. The man collapsed and the blur stood over him, snarls ripping from its chest.
Hinata's eyes widened when she realized what had saved her, "K-kiba-kun…"
Kiba had repositioned himself between Hinata and the enemy. He was half crouched, like he was going to pounce the minute the guy moved. The villain struggled to his feet, but the minute he was up, Kiba jumped. He landed on his opponent, pinning him to the ground. He raised a fist and swung at the man's face. He punched him square in the noise, all the while growling ferociously.
Hinata could do nothing but watch helplessly as Kiba began to pound the guys face into mush. She had never seen him like this. He truly seemed like an animal, like the wolf he was always compared to. She had never seen him this angry before and it scared her.
"Kiba-kun…" She whispered hoarsely.
He didn't hear her and continued his assault.
She cleared her throat and tried again but there was still no response. Hinata sucked in a deep breath, squeezed her eyes shut, and screamed, "KIBA!"
He turned around at the sound of her voice. Kiba scrambled over to her and crouched down beside her.
"Hinata…" He breathed. Hinata sensed relief in his voice, "Did he hurt you?"
Hinata nodded dumbly, sucking in deep breaths. She felt like her chest was going to burst and she would break down in tears. He was probably going to walk away, once he remembered he was mad at her.
Kiba turned around, glowering and snarling at his unconscious opponent, "You…damn scumbag…" Was all he could manage to mutter.
He turned back to her and noticed that her eyes were welling up with tears. He closed his eyes and let out a small sigh, "This is all my fault. Now you're freaked out."
Hinata raised her head, letting the tears fall freely down her cheeks, "So you're not mad?"
He chuckled and ruffled her hair, "Nope. And I never should have gotten mad in the first place. Like I said yesterday, I just have to get used to the fact that you simply want to be my friend…That was probably the dumbest thing I could've done..."
Hinata squeezed her eyes shut and started crying even harder. Kiba's eyes widened in alarm, "H-Hinata? What did I do?!"
"Y-you're wrong." She sniffed.
"I've been trying to tell you that I don't want to be your friend. I want more. You ran away before…got so mad. Then, I thought I was going to be killed and I would never see you again…I thought you didn't want me anymore…" She babbled, her head falling against his chest.
Kiba's heart practically jumped into his throat as he listened to her. He wasn't sure if she was just talking crazy because she was so scared, but he didn't care. Everything she was saying was music to his ears.
Kiba pulled away and cupped her face in his hands. He gently brushed away her tears with his thumbs, "This feels sort of like deja-vu, huh?"
Hinata blinked, "What?"
Kiba grinned, trying to cheer her up and distract her from her crazy thoughts, "Think about it. A few days ago, you ran away to here and I came after you. We held each other like this, well that was mostly on my part, but still. We're doing the same thing now."
Hinata giggled and fell into his chest, "Thank you, Kiba-kun."
Hinata was glad he had lightened the mood. She felt so comfortable that she could have fallen asleep right then and there.
He cupped her cheeks in his hands again; "Maybe I should take you home?" He murmured, "But first…"
Hinata's eyes widened as he leaned forward. She let out a tiny gasp as his lips pressed lightly against hers.
It wasn't at all what she had expected. He was surprisingly gentle, considering the beastly act she had just witnessed. He molded his lips very carefully against hers, careful not to pass any boundaries. All in all, it was very sweet.
He pulled away after a moment, allowing them both to catch their breath. Kiba enjoyed the frazzled expression on her face, "Ready to go? I'll come back for that dirtbag later. He's not going anywhere."
Hinata could only nod, but let out a yelp when he pulled her up and into his arms. He was carrying her bridal-style, "Kiba-kun!"
"What?" He pouted but let her down anyway.
However, Hinata stumbled when she tried to walk, so he got his way. Her head was spinning, probably because of the kiss. Not to mention, she had just released her biggest secret.
He carried her through the woods and back towards the village. Once they were back in town, Kiba set her down and let her try walking again. Hinata managed but still held his hand.
When they reached the Hyuuga mansion, Kiba looked down at her unwillingly. He tenderly pushed back her bangs, "I love you, Hinata, but you already know that."
Hinata smiled and squeezed his hand, "That's what happens when you let your biggest secret out of the bag. I love you too."
He returned her smile and watched her disappear through the gates, his heart still thumping in his ears, and his mind replaying those words over and over again.