Hinata woke up the next day, and immediately hid her face in her pillow as she recalled all that had happened on the previous afternoon. She was engaged. To Sasuke. It was…weird. She wasn't sure if she was happy about it or not. She knew that he must care for her a great deal, and she was grateful that she was going to marry someone who actually wanted to marry her. But…how much did she care about him? All her life, she had been dreaming about Naruto, and now she was marrying his best friend.

She got up and began to dress, her thoughts rolling over in her head. The whole situation was awkward for her, and confusing. She wasn't sure how she was supposed to act, or what Sasuke might expect from her. She stared absently out her bedroom window as thoughts of all that had happened flew through her head. A few weeks ago she had thought Sasuke hated her…now they were going to be married. She felt a little bewildered as to how all of this had happened in such a short amount of time. How had he managed to get an invitation to the formal party? He was the only ninja in Konoha to receive one…and how did he get past the council? For that matter, how had he known that the meeting had been switched? Hinata's eyes narrowed as the strange coincidences of that past week started to add up in her head. Like how Sasuke was with Hanabi when she had needed comforting, after Neji hadn't shown up…and how she had inadvertently walked in on the meeting between the avenger and her father…Neji had sent her with tea. And when Sasuke had met her in the garden…Neji had been the only one who knew where she was.

Hinata blinked at the sudden conclusion her thoughts had led her to. There was no way Neji had set her up with Sasuke. The idea of her cousin playing matchmaker was just ridiculous; Neji wasn't at all interested in those sorts of things. She shook her head to clear it and walked out of her room. It was a silly idea, Neji as a matchmaker, and she pushed it out of her head.


"Tsunade-sama," Neji greeted, bowing respectfully. He had been officially summoned to the Hokage's office. He wasn't sure why, but he assumed it had something to do with a mission.

"Neji, glad you're here. I've summoned you to give you and important, top-secret mission. Your particular skills are needed for it, and you need to complete the mission with the utmost delicacy and secrecy," Tsunade said seriously. Neji nodded and took the scroll she handed to him. He read it once, and then glanced at her, annoyed.

"This isn't funny," he said.

"I'm not laughing," she replied, her mouth twitching suspiciously. Neji glared at her.

"I refuse," he stated.

"You can't. It's a direct order from your Hokage, and if you don't do it, I'll let Kakashi know exactly how involved you were in pairing up pretty much all of the Rookie Nine. And you know how good Kakashi will be a keeping such a thing a secret…" she trailed off and smiled as Neji's grip tightened on the scroll. Without saying anything, he turned on his heel and left. Tsunade smirked, the words of the mission appearing before her in her head.

This mission involves the Aburames, a very important clan in Konoha. They are a very private set of people, and any interference in their lives will not be taking lightly. Hence, this mission must be completed with the utmost discretion.

The Aburames unique ninja skills make them very important ninja of Konoha. Unfortunately, these same skills make finding a girl difficult. Your mission is to find a woman to make a suitable wife for the Aburame Heir, Shino.

Mission: Matchmaker must be completed within five years.. Good luck, Neji!



NOTE: Before you all flame me for ending like this, there will be a sequel to Neji Hyuuga: Matchmaker dealing with Sasuke and Hinata's new found relationship. I just didn't want to start it here, 'cause technically, this story (which was about Neji hooking up the Rookie Nine) is finished.

Look for the first chapter of the sequel soon. Dunno what I'm going to call it, but it will deal with the two year interval leading up to Hinata and Sasuke's wedding.

Thanks to everyone for reading and reviewing. I'm so glad that you all liked it, and hope you'll enjoy the next one.