Chapter XV


Hinata played with a fallen leaf in her hands as she patiently sat against the tree waiting for Sasuke to finish his training. She had arrived a little early, feeling excited to see him; to be alone with him again. Both of them had been too busy during the week to meet up with each other, but tonight, they would be only spending time with each other.

When Sasuke finished, he made his way over to Hinata and like many times before, he sat down beside her and like always, her face turned red. She handed him a water bottle and he accepted it without a word.

Sasuke quickly gulped down the liquid and wiped his face with his sleeve once he finished. He looked over to the girl sitting beside him and casually asked, "have you seen him yet?"

Hinata shook her head to the side, "no, I'm suppose to meet him at the Christmas Ball." She pushed her hair behind her and asked, "Are you going to come?"

Sasuke looked at her and answered without any hesitation, "no."

"Oh."

She was hoping that he would come, but then again, if she was going out with someone else, maybe it wasn't such a good idea for him to come, but still, she wouldn't mind having him there.

She folded her fingers and placed them on top of her knees and asked in a quiet voice, "why not?"

Sasuke stared up at the sky before he replied, "I'll tell you a secret," he leaned in close and Hinata could feel his hot breath brush against her ear, "I can't dance."

Hinata's eyes widened at his confession. She couldn't believe that the all-knowing Uchiha didn't know how to dance! It was unbelievably funny and she couldn't help but giggle a little. Sasuke moved away from her and she could sense that she upset him with her carelessness. It was a little funny, wasn't it?

"I'm sorry," she quickly said as she put her hands over her mouth to prevent herself from laughing anymore. "You really can't dance?"

Sasuke shrugged, "Never found time to learn."

"Well, we were forced to learn," Hinata said calmly while looking out in the darkness. "Father made us attend numerous parties and as proper young ladies, we had to learn how to dance the waltz and ballroom."

Sasuke didn't say anything and Hinata decided to propose something that she would have never done before. "I could teach you how to dance."

She looked away from him, suddenly feeling shy and conscious.

"You want to teach me?" he asked as he looked at her with no emotion.

Hinata nodded her head, "if you want to learn?"

Sasuke rolled his eyes, "how is learning how to dance going to help me in the real world?"

"Nothing," Hinata said as she shrugged her shoulders. "It's just fun." When he didn't say anything, she smiled and continued, "you do know what fun is, right?"

Sasuke suppressed a growl before answering, "I know what fun is."

Hinata mumbled quietly to herself, "sure doesn't look like it," but unfortunately for her, Sasuke had very good hearing.

"What did you say?"

Hinata shook her head, "nothing."

Sasuke abruptly stood up on his feet and moved away from the sitting girl. She wondered is she offended him, it was defiantly not her intention to hurt him, but she found it a little funny for the over-confident Uchiha to admit that he didn't know how to dance. Hinata soon after got up from her position ready to run after Sasuke if he walked away from her, but he stood there. Hinata wasn't sure of what he was doing or going to do.

"Well, come on," he said impatiently, "are you going to teach me to dance or not?"

Hinata looked at Sasuke with a confused daze. "You want to learn?"

He didn't answer her and stood there with his arms crossed over his chest. Taking this as a "yes" Hinata quickly made her way to his side. Oh boy, this was going to be hard, especially when they would be so close and their bodies would be touching; not to mention Sasuke's attitude. Try not to think of it, Hinata kept repeating in her head. She had danced with many people before and as the teacher she needed to show maturity and control.

"O-okay. Ah, we'll start off with ballroom," she said as she walked over to him and raised her right arm. "Since, you're the m-man and taller, you have lead." Hinata estimated exactly where she would need to stand to make it more comfortable for herself and Sasuke. She stood parallel from him, one to two feet apart from him.

"Umm, we're never suppose to stand toe-to-toe, because well, we would step on each other," she smiled and scratched her head. "Okay, so, I'm half way to your left and my foot will be between your feet."

Both of them positioned each other properly, but it was the next step that Hinata was afraid of. She would need to actually physically touch him. She took in a deep breath and reassured herself that she could do this.

"So, your right arm should be placed on my shoulder blade," she said in a soft voice and Sasuke lifted his right arm and placed it on Hinata's shoulder, slightly touching her back.

"Like this?" he asked calmly, obvious that he wasn't as affected by the contact as her. She slowly lowered his hand slightly downward to the right position.

"Your fingers should be together and your hand cupped, so that you can lead properly."

Sasuke did as Hinata told him to and tightened his fingers and cupped his hand. Using her other free hand, Hinata slightly propped up Sasuke's elbow.

"You have to keep this up and it has to point to the side. The structure is very important in ballroom," Hinata said in a smooth voice, despite how nervous she was feeling on the inside. How many times had she been scolded for not holding up her structure?

Sasuke enjoyed seeing Hinata take control of the situation. She was giving him orders and commands and she seemed more confident. It was a different side to her usual shyness.

Hinata proceed and took her left arm and gently placed is Sasuke's upper arm with her fingers draped over his shoulder. She blushed as she lifted her right hand and took hold of Sasuke's left hand, engulfing her hand into his.

She blushed slightly but remained calm and still continued to focus on the task at hand. "We raise these hands to my eye level because I'm shorter," Hinata said referring to her right hand and Sasuke's left hand.

Sasuke nodded in understanding.

"Since you're the one leading you have to put pressure through your hand on my back to let me know where you want to move," she watched as Sasuke gave her the raised eyebrow look, "don't worry, the more you practice the better you'll get at guiding."

Sasuke snorted, "you don't need to worry about me not being able to lead. Just watch my skills."

Hinata laughed lightly, "okay, now that we have position, umm, move two steps towards me and I'll show you how my feet move."

Sasuke did as he was told and kept his head down to look at her feet, as did Hinata. He simply moved two steps forward, making no effort to put any rhythm or beat into his steps and as his feet moved forward, her feet angelically moved backwards. She looked like she was dancing but it didn't feel like he was dancing because he was simply walking.

Sasuke decided to voice his opinion. "This doesn't feel like dancing."

"Because we aren't really dancing," she said with her head still downwards, "these are the most basic steps. Okay, so now we'll move in four steps and you have to lead me."

Sasuke moved four steps forward in a straight line, once again with no rhythm or beat. He was just simply, well err, walking.

"Ah, you don't have to walk straight, you can move any way you like."

"I can't dance with no music," Sasuke said as he moved in steps of four but still didn't feel like he was dancing.

"Ow, ow," Hinata squeaked when she felt a very heavy weight fall upon her foot.

"What?"

What did he mean by what? He just stepped on her foot and he didn't even realize it!

Hinata shook her head, "nothing."

"We look like idiots dancing in the forest with no music."

"Well, at least we look like idiots together," Hinata said as she gave him a small smile. "Imagine the music in your head," she said softly as she continued to look down at their feet. Sasuke was moving his feet properly but he was putting absolutely no feeling into his movements.

A fumble here, a shuffle there and Hinata had to stop him. It just wasn't working like this.

"Okay, how about I lead?" Hinata said as she let go of Sasuke and positioned her arms and hands like Sasuke had done before. "Umm, and close your eyes."

Sasuke simply stared at her before replying, "why?"

"You'll understand in a moment, please?"

Sasuke rolled his eyes but still complied with the smaller girl's request. Once he closed his eyes he could feel Hinata tugging at him, suggesting him to move along with her.

"Picture that we are on the dance floor. Our feet are gliding over the smooth surface with grace and elegance. There is a orchestra in the corner playing music with the piano, flutes and violin."

"This is stupid."

"Shh… Where's your imagination?" Hinata opened one of her eyes to peek at Sasuke and make sure that he was keeping his eyes shut; surprisingly he did have his eyes closed. "Now, keep moving with me… 1... 2... 3... 4.."

"This is not fun."

Hinata furrowed her brows, "stop complaining," she whispered. "1...2...3...4... Move each step with my count."

Sasuke tightened his grip around Hinata's hand and she gave him a tight squeeze back to reassure him. Hinata continued to count steps and they moved through the darkness together. They both moved with each others steps.

They continued moving in steps of four for a few moments with their eyes closed and each of them trying to imagine the music and atmosphere in their heads.

"Hey," Hinata whispered, "you're doing it. You're dancing."

Sasuke opened his eyes. "This is dancing?"

Hinata scrunched her nose, "well, there is always room for improvement, but you have the basic steps down."

They continued to count the steps and move around in open clearing for a few more minutes before Hinata spoke, "you want me to twirl you?"

Sasuke coughed, "what?" He watched as Hinata giggled at her own suggestion. "I don't twirl," he said firmly.

"I think that you would be great at twirling."

Sasuke growled, "No."

"Okay then, how about you twirl me then?"

Sasuke raised both their hands up above their heads and Hinata swiftly twirled underneath. "See? Its really very easy," she said after she got back into position.

Sasuke remained stoic and spoke, "I stop when there is twirling involved." Continuing to dance around the clearing Sasuke suddenly moved his hand so that it would rest in the middle of her back and swiftly dipped her down. Her back lightly rested on his knee and his face remained a few inches away from hers.

"Eeek." Hinata shrieked out from his sudden actions and her hand quickly grabbed onto his shirt. Her hair slinked backwards and her breathing pattern increased from the quick actions.

He dipped his head down and whispered in her ear, "you didn't see that one coming."

Just as quickly as he had dipped her, he pulled her up once again and continued to dance like they were before with a smug smirk plastered on his face.

Hinata was still trying to get over what had just happened and shook her head to clear her thoughts. Sasuke always managed to surprise her when she was least expecting it. Feeling like maybe she should grant him the same experience, she squeezed hers shut and hoped that she wasn't making a fool of herself.

She lifted herself on her tiptoes and kissed him on the cheek.

Sasuke felt the small, soft peck on his cheek and asked, "what was that for?"

Hinata blushed as she looked down at her feet, "I don't know."

"Well, if you're going to kiss me, might as well do it properly." Sasuke got a hold of her chin and made her look up to him. He brought his face closer to hers and asked, "can I?"

He was asking her? He was asking if he could kiss her? That was that nicest thing she had ever heard him say.

Hinata was too dumbstruck to say anything so she simply nodded her head.

Slowly he brought his head down as he lips hovered over hers. She unnoticeably licked the outside of her lips with her tongue, making them look more irresistible to Sasuke. He wanted their first kiss to be gentle and easy. Hinata closed her eyes, too nervous to keep her eyes open.

He softly pressed his lips against hers. The kiss wasn't too long, or too short; it wasn't horrible, or magical; it was just their first kiss.

They both departed shortly and Hinata finally opened her eyes. She smiled shyly and Sasuke once again grabbed onto her hand and continued dancing. It took her a few moments before she could get into the movement of her steps.

He pressed his forehead onto hers and closed his eyes. Neither of them spoke because neither of them had to. Everything was right the way it was.


A/N: Hey! I managed to get an early update out before I start my exams. I hope this chapter wasn't too slow and boring. Just wanted to let you guys to know that I have a new SasuHina story out, but it's MUCH different then this one. Its more darker and angsty and just... different. I wanted to write somthing new. Its rated M, so all kids under fourteen should stay away, but who am I stop you, nah? Anyways, thanks for all the support and reviews! Bye!

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