Usual disclaimer.

By the time Shino got home, he was a little annoyed. He had spent the rest of the day after Hinata's victory shirtless and clutching her hand. This actually would have been a very nice way to spend the afternoon if it weren't for Kiba.


"Yahoo! Hinata won!" Kiba hollered when the two ninjas returned after their match. "So, what was it like?"

"What was what like?" Hinata asked innocently.

"Shino's eyes," Kiba said as in exasperation.

"Kiba kun," she said reproachfully, "That is something that you will have to find out for yourself."

"Aw, man."

"Hinata," Kurenai sensei began, "What jutsu did you use?"

Hinata blushed at this and looked shyly at the ground. "Ano," she began, "You know how the basics of gentle fist work?"

"Yeah," Kiba said, "You shove chackra from your body through your palms into your opponents body."

"Right. This causes severe internal damage. Well, the jutsu I used concentrates chackra into my hand, like the gentle fist style, but instead of doing damage, it disrupts the flow of chackra used to communicate. For Shino that means his bugs. In theory it might even be effective against the Kazekage of Suna, but I'm not going to even think about trying it on him." Everyone laughed at this, which caused Hinata to blush because she had been serious. She would never think of fighting Gaara sama. She had seen the damage that he could do.

"So, what did you tell his bugs to do?" Kiba asked.

"They wouldn't listen to me," Hinata began, "so I tricked them into believing that Shino was ordering them to stay where they were."

"Well Hinata," Kiba began, "You completed one of your goals. You know what that means." Before Hinata could reply he continued, "It means that we take you out for a celebratory meal. Where do you want to eat?"

"Maybe we should wait until later Kiba," Hinata suggested. It was a reasonable request considering that Shino was half naked and couldn't let go of her hand. Kiba wouldn't hear of it though, and so the three of them went to an out door café where they wouldn't object to Shino's lack of shirt.

All would have been all right even then, if Naruto and his team hadn't shown up.

"Hey Hinata!" The blond shouted. "Who's that with you? He looks a lot like Shino, but he's not wearing his coat!"

"This is Shino," Hinata said.

"No way!" Sakura shouted, "He's hot!"

This statement caused many heads to turn, making Shino very nervous. He felt exposed without his coat on. With the coat, he had a shield against this kind of scrutiny. 'With out my coat I might as well be naked.' Of course Shino did his best so that the others wouldn't know how uncomfortable he was feeling.

"Maybe we should leave," Hinata whispered to him. He nodded a little at this and the two stood up. This brought their joined hands into view.

"Hey!" Naruto shouted, "Are you two dating?"

"What kind of question is that?" Sakura screeched while Hinata blushed, "Of course they're dating!"

Neither Hinata nor Shino felt the need to correct her notion. They just quietly away from the table, trying to avoid eye contact with everyone, but especially with each other.

Halfway back to Hinata's house, he could move his fingers again, so he let go of her hand. It felt kind of empty and cold when he let go, so he quickly put his coat back on, ignoring the kunai holes, and shoved his hands in his pocket.

When they reached the gates of the Hyuuga compound, they stood awkwardly at the gate. Shino felt that there was much to say, but he didn't know where to begin, so instead he stuck with silence.

Finally after several minutes of the silence, Hinata bid him good night and dashed into her home, not even looking back.

End Flashback

Shino's mood didn't improve as he went over the days events in his mind. So, instead of brooding over it and doing nothing for the rest of the day. He decided to brood over it and start dinner. The sauce had just been left to simmer when there was a knock on the door.

Grumbling under his breath at the idiot who had interrupted his brooding session, he flung the door open and glared at the intruder from behind his coat and glasses. Immediately he stopped when he saw that it was Hinata at the door. Wordlessly he gestured for her to come in.

Once inside, she turned to face Shino and blushed. "Ano… Is it safe now?"

Shino was slightly confused by her question, until he remembered what he had told her earlier. After a long pause, he went over to the window and shut the curtains. Then he faced Hinata again, with his back to the window and removed his glasses.

She stared at his face for a while not saying anything. 'I know they're a little different, but they aren't that weird are they?' At this thought, he started to put his glasses back on, but was stopped by Hinata, who was closer to him then he realized.

"Please don't," she whispered. "I really like them." Then she smiled that smile. The one of truth and beauty. The smile that always made him glad to be on her team. The smile that he loved seeing more then any other smile on any other face.

Because it felt right, Shino did something that he normally never would have. He leaned forward, and gently pressed his lips to hers. They stayed that way for a while, neither wanting to ruin the moment. But of course, Shino finally did, staring into Hinata's pale pupiless eyes.

"Thank you," she said softly.

Thus started the relationship of Shino and Hinata and whenever people asked Hinata what it was that she saw in Shino ( because people soon forgot that he was a hottie under his coat), she would reply "It was in his eyes."

And done. Thanks for all the support. I hope you enjoyed the story.