A/N: I'm back and this is chapter nine! Well I thought that I should start speeding things up because it's chapter nine and not too much has happened. So if things seem to go by really quickly, I'm sorry. But I'm sure some ppl are waiting for the neji/hina drama fluff…stuff…lol. so I'll be moving things as quickly as I can…but not too quickly! Anyway, please enjoy this chapter! Excuse any grammatical errors and leave a review in the end! Thanks! And srry for the long update, I thought since it was summer, I'd be able to update more…but I guess my writer's block was pretty big…ehehehe.
Under A Moonlit Sky
Hinata continued to look down at the ground as she walked behind Neji. They had been walking down a path leading to the village for some time now in complete silence, which made Hinata feel awkward.
"Is something wrong?" Neji asked as he stopped walking and turned around to face Hinata, who had stopped walking and was standing a couple of feet behind him.
"I-it's nothing…really…" Hinata replied quietly.
"Are you sure?" Neji asked again.
"W-well….it's just that…um…y-you really seem like you don't want to go to the village…" Hinata said looking down at the ground. "I-if you don't want to go…w-we can always go somewhere else…"
Neji sighed. "I really don't mind. I said I'd take you anywhere. And since Hinata-sama wanted to go to the village, we'll go the village." (A/N: I don't even know why I made him talk like that…)
"What makes you think that I don't want to go to the village?" Neji questioned.
Hinata looked up at Neji. "It's just that you seem really quiet, that's all."
"I see…Come on." Neji turned around and continued to walk.
Hinata walked at a faster pace so that she could catch up to him, and slowed her pace down so that she was right behind him.
"I do admit though. It's been a while since I walked on this path and went to the village." Neji said.
Hinata just continued to walk behind him in silence.
When the pair reached the village, they saw everyone running around hanging up streamers and banners, setting up stands, and other things. Neji and Hinata stared around with a confused look on their face, but snapped out of their confusion when they heard a voice yell, "NARUTO! LOOK OUT!"
Hinata and Neji turned around to see Naruto, who was carrying a bunch of boxes and couldn't see them, running in their direction. Trying to catch up to Naruto was Kiba, who was the one who Hinata and Neji heard yelling earlier. Naruto continued running down at a fast pace when all of a sudden, a foot popped out of nowhere, tripping Naruto. Naruto fell with yell and the boxes that he was holding went flying into the air and crashing on top of him.
"Naruto-kun! Are you alright?" Hinata asked as Naruto moved the boxes off of him.
"Yeah…" Naruto said as he was still recovering from the fall. Then he turned his head to the right and glared at the person who had tripped him.
"SASUKE!!! Why'd you trip me!!!"
"Hey, I got you to stop."
"Pft. I did not need your help." Naruto said getting up.
"Yeah, yeah. Say what you want." Sasuke said picking up a box and shoving into Naruto's stomach. "Hurry up and clean up. We have to finish before it's nighttime." And with that, Sasuke walked off.
"Geez, you say that, yet you're not doing anything at all." Naruto said sticking his tongue out.
Kiba had finally caught up and was gasping for air.
"Kiba-kun, are you alright?" Hinata asked.
"Y-yeah…just…let me…catch by breath." Kiba said. Once Kiba felt alright, he immediately hit Naruto on the head.
"OW! What was that for?" Naruto said rubbing his head.
"I told you not to run with all those boxes." Kiba said with a glare.
"Eh…but it's alright now. Besides, it's not like anything broke." Naruto said opening one of the boxes and showing it to Kiba. "See!"
Hinata peered into the box and saw a bunch of fireworks inside. "What's with all the fireworks?"
"We're having a festival today!" Naruto said happily. Picking up a box, he saw Neji standing quietly to the side and said, "Oh? Neji! I haven't seen you in the village in like ages!"
Neji didn't say anything and everyone was standing around in silence.
Then Kiba broke the silence by saying, "Hey, if you two don't mind, how about helping us out?"
"I'd be happy too." Hinata smiled. She turned to Neji, "Is that alright?"
Neji gave a small nod. "It's fine."
The four of them began to pick up the boxes that were lying on the ground.
"Hinata, you think you can go help out Sakura and Ino? They're…uh…" Kiba stopped.
"They're at Ino's mom's store." Said Naruto.
"Okay. I'll head over there right now then. Are you sure you don't need my help?" Hinata asked.
"Don't worry, I think we've got everything under control. We'll all just meet up later after we're done." Kiba said.
"Alright then." Hinata said and then took off leaving the three ninjas behind.
Night time (A/N: just skipping ahead)
Everyone in the village gathered outside of Konoha's gates and began lighting up small fireworks and sparklers. (A/N: is that what they're called…? I'll just call them that…Srry, I don't know too much about fireworks.)
Hinata and everyone else were in a group, lighting the sparklers and looking at the lights that were coming from some other groups.
After all the little fireworks were gone, most of the children and some adults climbed onto the roofs of the buildings and treetops, while the remaining villagers stayed on the ground or were allowed to sit on the walls surrounding Konoha.
Some fireworks shot into the sky making a loud 'BANG!' and flashes of yellow, red, green and blue light could be seen.
Sakura and Ino wanted to sit up higher to see the fireworks so the two of them asked if anyone else wanted to go. Naruto jumped up almost immediately, along with Rock Lee. The four of them left, along with Sasuke. Somehow, they had persuaded him to come along with them.
"Would you like to go as well?" Neji asked.
Hinata looked at Neji who was sitting right next to her. "Um…w-would it be alright…if we sat on one of the roofs?"
Neji got up, "Let's go then."
Hinata got up and the both of them found a roof that had two little kids and a parent already sitting there. They were allowed to sit there, so Hinata and Neji found a space and sat down as more fireworks shot into the sky.
"It's pretty, don't you think, Neji-nii-san?" Hinata asked looking at the colors.
"Yeah…I think…that she would have liked it…" Neji said the last part quietly to himself.
Hinata looked at Neji from the corner of her eye and saw that Neji had the same sad look in his eyes as he did when he was at the graveyard.
Hinata started to feel down and quietly slipped off of the roof and made her way back to the group where everyone was sitting. Sakura, Ino, Naruto, Rock Lee, and Sasuke were with the group because they couldn't find a place to sit, however, they all still seemed pretty happy.
Hinata took her seat next to Kiba.
"Hinata, where's Neji?" Kiba asked.
"Um…I lost sight of where he was…so I thought it would just be better if I came back here." Hinata said quietly.
"Oh…ok…" Kiba said looking up at the sky.
Hinata drew her legs closer to her body and could see Neji sitting on the rooftop by himself staring into the sky. 'He really can't seem to forget her…' Hinata thought to herself.
A loud shooting noise was heard followed by a large explosion, and the sky was lit up in different colors. Everyone's faces lit up with excitement. "Ooooh's" and "Ahhh's" where heard from the children as well as the adults. Smiles could be seen on everyone's faces, except two.
Neji continued to stare into the sky not noticing the fireworks. The only thing in his mind was Tenten.
Another explosion was heard and the last batch of fireworks exploded into the sky, lighting it up with colors of the rainbow and pictures of animals.
When Hinata looked up at the rainbow of colors in the sky, tears were falling down her cheeks.
A/N: And that's the end of this chapter. Did you like it? Did you hate it? I know it's been a long time since I've updated, so I'm sorry if there were a lot of things that didn't make sense and were confusing…or if you just thought what I wrote was really lame. (Ah! I'm srry, please don't hurt me!!!) I've gotten kinda rusty…and I've been on a huge writer's block.
But please leave a review telling me what you thought of this chapter. Thank you for reading!!! Until then, see you in chapter 10 of Under A Moonlit Sky! BYE!