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This is my first submission here on this site. I originally posted this story on TONFA under the penname "foxfire"

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"Hinata? Are you sure you're feeling alright?"

Hinata blinked when she realized he had been talking to her. 'How long has he been talking?' She shook herself out of her thoughts and replied to him, blushing as usual.

"Yes, Naruto-kun...I was...just thinking about the mission"

She couldn't believe she had allowed herself to zone out like that while they were racing through the treetops en route to the Village Hidden in the Mist. A rare illness was plaguing their country, and the only cure grew in the forests of Konoha. Her and Naruto were charged with delivering this precious cargo, and she groaned at remembering how she had passed out when Hokage-sama told them it would just be the two of them...alone..for the whole journey. And of course, as her luck would have it, she passed out AGAIN when she awoke to find herself in Naruto's arms with his large, sparkling blue eyes gazing softly at her with concern. 'Damn it Hinata...focus!' she kept telling herself, 'This is a very important mission...peoples lives depend on you! Please try to be strong for them!'

Naruto beamed with excitement, even under the weight of the heavy pack he was lugging. "It's about time granny-Tsunade lets me play the hero I am! Just think of how happy the people will be to see us come to the rescue!" He looked over at her again, the smile fading briefly "Are you sure you're alright? We can stop to rest for a bit if you'd like...you scared us back there for a moment."

Her face blazed in a furious crimson at that. 'He was scared? For ME?' She could feel herself fading out again, 'No! Don't you dare Hyuga Hinata! So he was worried about you...you've got to stop acting so childish...he'll never respect you if you fall apart every time he smiles at you! Besides, Naruto-kun has such a big heart...he cares about everyone...it doesn't make you special to him.' She forced herself to look at him, realizing he saw her angry blush and was getting more concerned. "I can keep going...unless... you think we should." She gave him her small, shy smile, hoping he'll believe her

He smiled back at her and nodded. "If you say so, I'll believe it. If I remember from the last time I made this trip, there's a clearing once we pass those upcoming cliffs. It's been quiet a while, but I'm sure it's there. We can stop there to rest, it's getting late anyways, and I'm starting to get hungry!"

Hinata let out a sigh of relief. As they followed the treeline along the rising cliffs she fell back a little to watch him as he nimbly leapt amongst the trees. It was amazing how he's grown since Sauske left. Granted he was still the loud #1 hyperactive ninja of the leaf, she didn't think he would ever truly outgrow that. But at times he could be amazingly calm and focused. She could see in him the leader he wished to become, and she wished she could have his strength. He was so confident, so sure of himself and every move he made, even if it was the biggest mistake in the world. And he always would just get up, dust himself off, and flash that silly, stupid, but oh so charming grin that made those cobalt eyes of his sparkle...those eyes she could easily get lost in...

And that's when it happened. Not paying attention she leapt onto a rotting branch that snapped under her sudden weight w/a sickening crack and left her tumbling down the cliffs into the ravine before she could react. She screamed out to him in terror, "NARUTO!" before she slammed into the dirt wall, knocking her unconscious and sending her bouncing further downward. He had heard the wood shatter, but was to far ahead to get back to her before she started falling. Realizing there was no way for him to safely jump down after her, he had only one chance to save her.

"Kage Bushin no Jutsu!" he screamed, popping out a line of shadow clones who hurled themselves over the edge, catching her and then hauling her back up the cliffs. After releasing the clones he laid her down and looked her over. She was lucky. There had been heavy rains in the days before, and where she struck was softer mud instead of the harder rocks below. She looked to just be very dirty w/a large lump on her head. "Don't worry Hinata, I'll take care of you," he whispered to her as he scooped her up gently and took off for that clearing they had talked about.

'Oh...what happened...why do I feel like Akimaru's chew toy?.. Naruto-kun?'

"Naruto-kun!" she yelped as her eyes shot open. She groaned as the pain went shooting through her temples. She sat up slowly, taking the wet cloth off her forehead and looking around. There was a small bloodstain on the cloth, and she was covered in muck. "That's right.." she said to herself quietly, "I fell didn't I? Cause I was being stupid and not paying attention like I should have. Instead I was daydreaming about him again. Baka." She realized that it was awfully quiet, and Naruto was no where to be seen. However she found water and bandages, as well as the pack of medicine sitting next to her, her jacket having been removed and rolled into a pillow under her head. The sky was getting dark...or was that just the fuzziness in your head? "He must have cleaned me up and then went off to find firewood to set up camp for the night." She smiled quietly to herself. "He took care of me..." she stopped and bit back the tears. "he wouldn't have to take care of you if you weren't such an idiot"

She threw down the cloth in self loathing, and tried to stand up. "A little wobbly...nothing's broken...but ooohhh," she moaned as she stretched, "damn I'm sore." Just then she realized she could hear a loud rushing sound, like a waterfall. "We must be close to the river." She looked down at her bloody, muddy clothes and sighed. "I suppose I'll go clean up... show him I'm alright after all." And with that she headed off the short distance through the bushes to the water.

On the other side she found a narrow waterfall cascading down into a good sized pool. A mist of fog is rising off the pool and drifting lazily across the grass. "Perfect," she said to herself. "I'll just clean up here and be done before Naruto realizes I'm up. Won't he be surprised?" As she walked down to the edge, she lost her balance and slipped down the slick rocks, landing waste deep in the water. "Baka Hinata! Can't you do anything right?" She sighed again, fighting back the tears. 'get ahold of yourself...it's just water...besides, you needed to get the mud out of your clothes anyways. Just give them a good rinse then set them to dry on the grass. Naruto won't be back for a while...and besides, it's not like he'd know to come look for you here...'

She swam out into the deep pool a little ways, enjoying how good the icy water felt on her sore muscles before slipping out of her pants and underwear. After she rinsed them carefully she tossed the dripping wad back to shore and repeated the process w/her shirt and bra. Then she climbed out of the water, spread her clothes out and sat down on a large rock. "Now...lets see what kind of damage you did to yourself you stupid klutz" she sighed to herself as she carefully moved her hands over her shivering, naked body, looking for cuts and bruises...

"Don't worry, Hinata, I'm back w/the wood and I'll soon have a big fire going. And then I won't have to leave your side again...except maybe to go take a leak or something...but other then that I'm going to take real good care of...Hinata?" Naruto drops the wood he was carrying as he arrives back at the clearing to find nothing but their packs lying on the ground. "Hinata? Hinata! HINATA! Where the hell did you go? Are you alright!" Naruto starts bouncing around the clearing, looking hear there and everywhere for his missing companion. "Oh this isn't good! Not only is it bad enough she gets hurt the first time I get left in charge...NOW she's MISSING! Granny-Tsunade is gonna KILL ME FOR THIS!" he cries as he collapses by their stuff in tears.

As he picks up the scattered bandages, he notices a set of footprints heading off towards the river. 'Ahha! She must have gone to rinse the mud off herself! I better go make sure she's ok and without a second though jumps up and heads to the bushes. Just as he starts going through he hears an unexpected sound. Singing. He pauses and the creeps slowly to the edge, peeking between the branches, and nearly chokes at what he sees...

Hinata is perched delicately on a large rock, her back towards him and singing softly to herself...completely nude!


As she sings to herself, she's gently sliding her hands along her body, the colours of the setting sun causing the light and shadow to dance across her smooth skin. He admires the line of her neck, the hourglass of her waist, and the round firm shape of her buttocks. A strange warmth runs through him, and he realizes his pants are suddenly getting very tight.

'I shouldn't be looking at her like this...I shouldn't be...'

But instead of turning and acting like he saw nothing, he moves to try and get a better view...

Hinata turns to check her shoulders for anything, 'It'd be easier if Naruto were here to help with my back' she giggled softly to herself, imagining what he would do if he saw her here like this...and then she froze... 'wait a second...that bush just...HE IS HERE TO SEE THIS!' She spotted him out of the corner of her eye, crouching in the bushes w/a look of amazement on his face...and what appeared to be a slight grin. She turned away slightly as the blush warmed her face, "well, you always wanted him to look at you...it seems you finally got his attention...but now what do I do?' Her mind raced, she never expected this situation to ever arise...certainly NOT like THIS! Not even in her wildest fantasy. They were finally alone, his full attention on her, and she was starting to clam up again. 'No Hinata...stop hiding from yourself...you finally have the perfect chance to find out how he feels...if you give up now...you'll never forgive yourself.' She swallowed hard on that last thought, and slowly started to stand up...

Naruto froze in his hiding place. 'Crap! Did she see me? She's gonna kill me! WhatdoIdowhatdoIdowhatdoi...huh' Instead of turning around and screaming, as he fully expected her to, she calmly walked partway down into the water and began washing herself off. 'SHE DIDN"T SEE ME!' he squealed jubilantly to himself, taking in the scene before him.

Hinata was standing in the water, slowly rubbing the water up and down herself. He watched intently as rubbed her way upward over her muscular thighs and those petite hips. He longed to touch those hips, guide them in his hands. His gaze traveled higher, following her hands across her smooth, kissable stomach to her soft, round breasts. He'd never realized what a perfect body she had...she always hid it under that jacket. She reached up and squeezed her breasts lightly, almost playfully, the cold water making her nipples hard and perky. His groin throbbed as his pants grew tighter, his desire mounting. He rubbed himself lightly...feeling dirty for doing this..but at the same time unable to help himself...until he realized something

'is she...looking at me? does she know I'm hiding here?'

"Hinata-chan..." he whispers quietly to himself, "are you...do you...want me to see you?"

'You must have hit your head harder then you thought to be acting like this' she said to herself as she caressed herself in front of him, gently teasing a pert nipple. She was even more amazed at the fact that she was enjoying it. She couldn't help herself and kept looking back at him, watching him watching her, amazed at the longing she was seeing in those eyes. She felt so hot despite the freezing water, a dampness growing between her legs that was definitely not from her splashing around. The intensity in his gaze, the realization...

'the realization that he know's I know he's there!'

Her hands paused as this sunk in. They had full eye contact, he wasn't even trying to hide anymore. Her heart pounded in her chest, and she felt like she couldn't breath. 'What is he thinking? Have I scared him? Oh god...I knew this wasn't a good idea...' She started to step back further into the water...

Realizing he was caught, Naruto righted himself so she could see him. She had smiled at first, but now she looked panicked...scared...she started to back up into the water to hide...he had to do something or she'd hate him forever, and he couldn't stand that thought...

"Hinata! Wait!" he jumped out of the bushes and rushed to her. She froze where she stood as he jumped into the water and pulled her to him. He was so warm, and his hands were shaking as he clutched her to his chest. "I'm sorry, I shouldn't have spied on you," he whispered into her ear. His breath was hot on her neck and sent shivers all over her body. "I'm sorry, but I was so surprised to see you here like this...and you're so beautiful...I couldn't stop myself...please... don't hide from me...don't hate me."

Hinata couldn't believe what she was hearing, what he was doing. Those powerful arms she had longer for were finally wrapped around her. She was overcome by his intoxicating scent of musk and sweat. And the words kept ringing thru her head "please...don't hide from me."

"Naruto-kun..." she said quietly. He pulled back a little, his forehead resting against hers. A small tear slid down her cheek as she dared herself to move that achingly painful distance to touch her lips to his. He met her halfway, lightly brushing them together, almost afraid she would vanish in his arms like a puff of smoke if he actually kissed her. She was trembling now...from the cold? from fear? from excitement?

'Damint Hinata! Just DO It!' she screamed to herself one last time.

Suddenly she had his head gripped between her hands, kissing him with everything she had.

Naruto was now the one frozen with shock, unable to believe that this was happening to him. 'Oh, Hinata-chan' he thought to himself as he wrapped her up in his arms and returned the kiss. She started to relax her grip on his skull, moving her fingers through his spiky hair. He ran his hand down her back, to her soft, firm cheeks. Naruto realized she was getting covered in goose bumps, and then that they were still standing in the river. He gently broke from her hungry lips and scooped her up in his arms. "I think we should move to a slightly more appropriate place," he grinned at her.

Oh to be in those arms! How she had dreamed of this moment, to be swept off her feet by the one she had loved and admired for so long! 'I definitely must have hit my head harder...I must still be unconscious...but I definitely don't want to wake up yet!'

Naruto carried her back up onto the grass, setting her down in a spot that was covered in spongy moss that tickled her skin. He removed his jacket, rolling it up and tucked it gently under her head before kissing her deeply. Their lips parted, allowing each to explore the others mouth, to taste each other fully. He broke again and began to kiss her down along her graceful neck, biting playfully along her collar bone. She moaned with delight as he ran his hand across her stomach, circling her bellybutton teasingly with a finger before continuing upward to cup her left breast. "You're skin is soon soft," he growled into her ear before licking his way down to her breast, taking the nipple into his mouth and sucking gently on it. She squealed lightly at the sensation, running her fingers into his spikey golden locks, tugging them gently as he flicked his tongue, driving her crazy. Naruto grinned to himself, enjoying every squirm and squeak she made in response to him. He alternated between her breasts with his hands and mouth, never going any further south then her navel, which he would also tease with his tongue. Finally she couldn't bear it any longer, gasping for breath. "Naruto...what are you doing to me?" Naruto looked up at her, deep into the opaline eyes that seemed to see into forever. "Something I should have done a long time ago, " he said with a touch of regret, "loving you."

She gazed back at him dreamily, letting herself float away in those deep blue pools of his eyes. She loved those eyes. The Byakagun of her family were cold, expressionless. Everyone around her seem to stare right through her. But Naruto's eyes were windows to his soul! His eyes looked at her, finally REALLY looked at her, and all she saw back in them was love.

He bent down to kiss her lightly again, her lips soft and yielding, before getting up to his knees and moving down by her feet. Hinata looked at him, slightly confused. he was still fully dressed, though his pants appeared to desperately wish otherwise. Naruto only smiled and parted her legs gently, bending down to kiss her every so lightly on the inside of her right knee. She gasped at the electric feeling that shot upward, and fought to sit still as he slowly made his way. "What...what are you doing to me...Na..naruto-kun?"

Naruto was loving every second of this. Between Kakashi-sensei and Ero-sennin, he had had plenty of "study material" for this, but had never had the chance to actually try it out. He was going to do his best to please Hinata, she deserved it.

He slowly made his way up the inside of her right thigh, amazed at how Hinata was responding. He could smell her sex now, and it made him dizzy with anticipation. She was writhing under his touch now, begging him with her eyes for release but at the same time egging him on for more. He was pleased to see she kept herself trimmed, that should make his job easier he thought to himself. Looking up at her one last time, his lightly kissed her on those pouting lips, feeling her tense under his grasp. Ever so slowly, he parted them with his tongue, licking lightly and listening to her squeaks and gasps. Naruto gently brought his hand up, rubbing the velvet fur before running a finger firmly down the middle, gently massaging her clitoris before parting those lips again and sucking on it gently. He couldn't believe how wet she was already, and he became painfully aware of his own throbbing erection, his pants getting damp and sticky from his excitement.

Hinata couldn't take it anymore, her head was spinning as she clawed desperately at the ground beneath her. Where did Naruto learn to do this at? He continued to suck on her clit, rubbing it lightly in his mouth with the tip of his tongue and gently slid his long, slender finger into her slit. Always in everything he did soooo gentle, so careful with her...as if he was afraid to break her. She called to him, and he quickened the pace...the sensation a mix of pain and pleasure... 'Is this what I'm supposed to feel like?'

Naruto felt her tensing around his fingers, her hips moving in time with him. Hinata had a huge clump of moss in her hand that she was slowly beginning to rip out of the ground when suddenly her whole body shuddered. Her other hand that had been absently playing with his hair suddenly tightened and pulled slightly as she cried out his name, and then lay still. He climbed up between her legs and touched her face gently.

"Hinata? Are you alright...?"