Hi!!! I'm back… this time with my first try to write a Naruto fan fiction. I so love Neji x Hinata pairing!!! Hahaha! In my story, Sasuke didn't join Orochimaru, so please bear that in mind!! Please review!!

"The Crane's Song"

One hour before:

Hinata, Kiba (with Akamaru) and Shino were returning to Konoha after completing a highly successful D- ranked mission. She still couldn't believe that she was able to give an enormous help to the team. She was so happy that she hugged Shino, Kiba, and Akamaru without even realizing it and blushed like a ripe tomato after she realized what she had done. Shino just nodded at her, Kiba laughed, while Akamaru barked loudly.

"Um, shall we go now?" asks Hinata shyly, her face still a bit flushed. Shino nods and all of them are on their journey back home while suddenly Akamaru suddenly barks loudly and is alternating between growls and snarls. "What is it, Akamaru? Is it an enemy?" asks Kiba and Akamaru just yips in reply. "How many are there?" Two yips are heard.

"Everyone, be careful." warned Shino "They might have traps and might be even stronger than us." Kiba and Hinata nodded quickly. Hinata wondered who the enemies are and what they are doing near Konoha when suddenly Orochimaru and Kabuto appeared in front of them. "Well, well, well. Look who we have here, the Hyuuga girl, the dog boy and the insect boy. What an interesting mix we got today" said Kabuto, smirking.

"What do you want?" asks Shino. "Well, I need the Hyuuga girl. So here we are, going to take her away to my sweet home. She got such lovely eyes so she'll do nicely." said Orochimaru evilly. Hinata gasps in fear while Shino and Kiba shield her using their bodies. "We won't let you have her." snarled Kiba. "Well, now, isn't that sweet? But I WILL have her! Nothing and no one will stand in my way!" yells Orochimaru advancing on them with Kabuto preparing to attack.

"Run Hinata!" shouts Kiba, pushing her backwards to the direction of Konoha. Shino and Kiba began to defend themselves against the attacks of Kabuto and Orochimaru. While Hinata runs toward Konoha for help, she realizes that she is being followed. Using Byakugan, she traces Orochimaru just a few trees behind her. How could that be?! Orochimaru is fighting against Shino and Kiba. Please be safe, Kiba, Shino and Akamaru.


A powerful blast of genjutsu hits Hinata from her behind and knocks her down. Pain slammed into her body as she tries to stand up quickly to get help from the others in Konoha. Orochimaru appeared in front of her, smirking. "Well, Hyuuga, it seems to me that the dog and insect boy will not be able to help you this time. Poor Hyuuga. I still remember that time you fought with your cousin, Neji. He really did a number on you, hmm?" taunts Orochimaru.

"Shut up! I am not weak at all! I will defend myself!" says Hinata, panting with some effort due to her wound. "Really? Let's see what you got, Hyuuga girl." With those words, Orochimaru began to attack Hinata using a series of powerful genjutsu. Hinata tries to deflect the attacks using Byakugan and her newfound strength, but it proved to be too powerful for the blossoming Hyuuga. One strong attack sent her to her knees and Hinata becomes dizzy and weak with the loss of her blood.

Seeing this near victory, Orochimaru quickly punches Hinata twice in her stomach, making blood spurt from her mouth; spattering on the forest floor. Hinata begins to lose her consciousness, Kiba, Shino and Akamaru, thank you for your help and friendship. You'll always be in my heart. Naruto, I'm sorry I won't be able to fulfill my promise. Neji-niisan, I love you and I'll always will. With those thoughts running in her head, Hinata drops down on the forest floor, with Orochimaru standing over her, smirking.

Orochimaru whistles loudly and Kabuto quickly appeared next to him. "Is she still alive?" asks Kabuto. "Yes, I just knocked her out. Don't want to give us any trouble when we get back. How about dog and insect boy? Did you leave them alive like you're supposed to?" asks Orochimaru. "They're okay I think. They're unconscious when I left them." laughs Kabuto.

"Let's go." Said Orochimaru, yanking Hinata's forehead protector and drops it on the forest floor. He laughs as he hoists Hinata on his shoulder. "This will be one of my most ambitious experiments ever. I can't wait to get started." He and Kabuto disappeared into the deeper recesses of the forest.


Shino, Kiba and Akamaru woke up and began to look for Hinata. They found her forehead protector on the forest floor and Kiba begins to cry. "Why her? She didn't do anything wrong. She was so sweet and gentle. She never hurt anyone in her life and this is what she got?" Akamaru whines softly and puts his paws on Shino's knee, as if asking for confirmation about Hinata. Shino nods and scratches Akamaru's head gently, "Kiba, we got to go back to Konoha quickly. We got to tell the Fifth Hokage and Hinata's family. They will know what to do."

Kiba nods and they quickly went back to Konoha. On their way to the Fifth's office, they met Naruto and Neji just coming out of the Fifth's office, with Naruto looking sullen and Neji with his trademark poker face. Seeing them, Naruto gives them his trademark grin and asks, "Hey Shino, Kiba, was your mission successful? Where is Hinata by the way? I don't see her with you guys." Kiba and Shino just look away while Akamaru whines softly. "Is the Fifth Hokage in her office? We need to talk to her, its emergency." said Shino quickly. "Yeah, old Tsunade is there, alright. Hey, where's Hinata? Isn't she coming? We were supposed to have ramen together when she comes back. She promised." replied Naruto.

Kiba and Shino went passed them quickly and opened the doors leading to the office of the Fifth Hokage. "Fifth Hokage, forgive our intrusion but it is an emergency." said Shino. "What is it?" asks the Fifth Hokage. "We were able to complete our mission but on our way back to Konoha, Orochimaru and Kabuto attacked us and took Hinata." said Kiba. "What?!" yells Tsunade, "What for?!" "Something about needing Hinata for an experiment." replied Shino. Naruto and Neji stood by the doors, frozen in shock with what they just heard.

To be continued…