Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto.

Note: When she's called Nadeshiko, that means that we know what Neji's thinking. Otherwise, it's from her point of view. Just thought that you'd like to know that.


"I have an important announcement. So listen up!" The Fifth Hokage's voice sounded throughout all of Konoha. Immediately, all of the heads of the resident ninja shot up – they'd been subject to the blond woman's temper before, and didn't want to risk setting it off. "I have decided," she continued, "to hold a ball. Or a gigantic party; call it whatever you please. All ninja are invited – no, ordered – to attend; don't make me send ANBU after you. It will be held outdoors next week from six to twelve. I hope to see you all there." Everybody caught the threatening tone in her last sentence.

A certain yellow-haired ninja was heard to remark, "That was her important announcement?" Then a loud and resounding clunk rang out. Naruto's voice was not heard again that day.

Suddenly, a flurry of activity began as kunoichi prepared for the party. Only some of the less excitable women and almost all of the men stayed calm.

"T-Tenten-chan, a-are y-you g-going t-to the p-party?" Hinata stammered. The dark-haired kunoichi smiled mischievously and beckoned her blue-haired friend closer. When they were done whispering, a look of understanding was exchanged between them.

They strolled together to the practice grounds, grinning happily. The two girls found Neji already there. As they passed Hinata's cousin and Tenten's teammate, he paid no attention to them, only pausing when Hinata spoke.

"A-ano, Neji-niisan… Are y-you g-going t-to the p-party?" she inquired softly. He only grunted in response. Tenten rolled her eyes, sighing in exasperation.

"What an elaborate answer, Neji. I'm sure you planned it because I certainly couldn't come up with such a well prepared reply. Don't hold back now; we won't get bored listening to you talk on and on…" she muttered.

Neji scowled, turning to face the bun-haired shinobi. "The Fifth will kill me if I don't," he growled, then returned to training. That was all they could get out of him. Shaking their heads, Tenten and Hinata left him.

As they walked casually down the busy streets of Konohagakure, a shock of pink hair mixed with a blur of yellow rushed towards them. A second later, Sakura and Ino were squeezing the air out of their lungs. Gasping, Tenten slipped out of Sakura's arms.

"So, so! What will you wear to the ball?" The pink-haired girl asked breathlessly after letting Hinata go. She and Ino took it for granted that everybody they asked was going. Hinata and Tenten exchanged glances. Tenten nodded.

"You'll see." When the two other girls pouted, she quickly added, "What about you?" Ino placed her hands on her hips, squealing excitedly.

"I'm going to wear a cute outfit I found a few minutes ago. It's purple, with silver embroidery on it – wait 'till you see it!"

"I don't know what I'm going to wear… Oh, yeah! I can wear one of my mom's dresses! I like one especially; it's green and it's really short, but my mom was taller than me when she wore dresses like that, so it should be okay," Sakura said, not wanting to be outdone by her rival.

Tenten turned to Hinata and cocked her hear curiously. "What will you wear, Hinata-chan?"

"I-I don't know, T-Tenten-chan," the shy girl replied, blushing. Tenten clapped her hands in delight, beaming.

"Then you must let me help you pick!" she cried in excitement. "Since I already have what I need…" She giggled childishly, dragging the poor Hyuuga heiress off in a cloud of dust. Hinata managed to wave at Ino and Sakura before she was gone.

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Short chapter, I know, but it'll get longer! I promise!!!