Disclaimer: This is fanfiction, am I wrong?

To Oxygen Pirate: Sorry about my last fic if I wasn't being specific enough. What I meant was you may choose any Ino pairing from my profile. I'm not familiar with Kankurou, but I'll let you know when I am.

Author's Notes: On pairings, keep in mind: things are not always what they seem.

Warnings: I'm not sure what I will do in the future, but if yaoi, yuri, or incest disturbs you, please do not continue reading. I will not tolerate ignorant flaming from people who do not know how to read.

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The Gate

By: thunder sister

What is destiny?

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Prologue

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Was this heaven?

Colors of yellow and light orange tinted the sky in its noon-ish phase. The flower petals sailing the wind matched the sky and only served to frame the people in this scene. Two figures, one boy and one girl sat on a silken sheet next to a pond.

The girl stared at the pond with an almost-absent smile.

The boy stared at the girl with an absent smile. He couldn't take his eyes off her.

The golden sunlight reflected off the shimmering pond, dancing on the girl's jet-black hair. Her face radiated a warm glow that matched the hazy background behind her.

"Neji-niisan, what are you staring at?" The girl turned to him. "Is my face so repulsive?"

The boy shook his head. "No, it isn't." He took a calloused hand to her face, brushing her cheek softly as he supported himself with his other hand. "You're beautiful, Hinata-sama," he murmured quietly.

The girl leaned into his hand and sighed contently. "Now I know you're lying." She looked at him with a nostalgic longing. "Forget about me."

His back bolted up straight, but his hand remained gentle on her cheek. "What for, Hinata-sama?"

The girl took the hand caressing her face and pushed it to him. "You don't love me."

"What?" His whole body tensed. The boy couldn't do anything but look at her in disbelief as she stood up and turned away from him. "Please, after all this time, you still don't believe me, do you?"

"Because you lie," was her whispered answer," And you don't know that you do."

"What?" He put his arms around he waist and pulled her close, hugging her from behind. "Please believe me when I say, I love you."

She turned around to face him. Looking him in the eye, she said," Why do you love me?"

"What? Have you gone mad? Why do I need a reason! It's fate! It's destiny! We are meant to be!"

Her eyes cast downwards, long eyelashes fluttering against her cheeks. She muttered," What is destiny?"

The boy was at a lost for words. Unbeknownst to either of them, the sky slowly got darker and rain clouds hummed as they covered the sun. With the last inch of sunlight, the boy caught an unnatural sparkle glitter from the right corner of his eye.

He turned to look. Only to have a warm liquid splatter all over his face. Fingers reached up to examine this mysterious substance. His eyes widened at the sight of it. Blood.

"Hinata-sama!"

The boy's attention returned to the girl. More blood spurted out of her neck where an arrow was lodged.

"Hinata-sama!"

What was he to do? He couldn't move his body!

The girl dropped to her knees and fell to her right. The loud splash of water was heard. Red seeped into the pond.

The boy still couldn't move but managed to creak his head to look where the arrow had come from. There stood in the distance a lone figure hidden among the bamboo forest. Though his face was shadowed by cloud, some features were distinct. Crimson hair and sea green eyes.

"You-" His accusation cut short when the stranger set his bow next to his hip and a sharp sound whizzed through the air. An arrow shot into his very neck.

The stranger disappeared.

"Hi-na-" His vision turned red, then faded to black.

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End Prologue

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AN: If you're going to trust only one thing I say, then believe me when I say that Ino is the leading lady in this fic.