Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto.
By Silver Sailor Ganymede
Hyuuga Neji lay on his back, watching the clouds roll across the sky. He never usually had time to do such things, but the fact was that their supposed teacher hadn't taken one thing into account: he and Ten Ten had been able to do this exercise since they started at the academy, it was only that moronic Rock Lee that had no idea what he was doing. How that boy had even graduated was a mystery even to Neji's normally all-seeing eyes.
"Why are you just lazing round like that? You're so arrogant, Neji!"
The Hyuuga looked up and rolled his eyes, completely unsurprised by Lee's outburst. The boy was a fool; he'd never known when to keep his temper in check. But then again what right did a failure like Rock Lee have to tell him, Hyuuga Neji, that he was arrogant? He just accepted his own genius, and there was nothing wrong with that was there?
"I'm surprised you even know what 'arrogance' means," Neji replied. "In fact I'm amazed your even literate considering how awful your tests scores in the academy were."
Lee looked like he was about to say something but stopped himself.
"No, I'm not going to waste my youth arguing with stupidity," Lee said.
"I think I'm the on trying to argue with stupidity here," Neji retorted.
"You're the arrogant one."
"Arrogance is better than inherit idiocy," Neji snapped. "You're a loser, you fool. You'll never amount to anything, not like me, so stop trying to better me. It's never going to happen. A loser always remains a loser, no matter how hard they try."
"So you just think that you can lie around here all day instead of doing the task Gai-sensei set for us, and you'll still be able to beat us?"
"To put it in a simple enough way for you to understand, yes." Neji resisted the urge to break this boy's jaw so he couldn't come out with any more foolish comments. "And that idiot you call out teacher only set that task for you. Ten Ten and I have already mastered it anyway. In case you haven't noticed, she doesn't have to do any work either. This is the sort of thing even first year academy students could do with ease."
"We've only been a team for about a week and you're already acting like you hate me! Why?" Lee practically screamed.
"Because you're an idiot," Neji replied. "How many more times do I have to tell you before it sinks into your thick skull? Or is there no brain in there at all?"
Lee shot Neji a hurt look then stormed off to resume his training.
"That was too harsh, Neji," Ten Ten sighed, wandering over and sitting next to Neji. "At least he's trying to better himself, which is more than most people would do. You've got to admire his resilience at least."
"That means nothing," Neji coldly replied. "A failure will always remain a failure."
Ten Ten shook her head in disbelief. "You know what, Neji? He was right. You really are too damned arrogant! One day someone's going to come along and beat you, and then you'll be sorry for saying all these things."
She stormed off too and Neji rolled his eyes. Fools, like that would ever happen. He would never be defeated by Lee or and other imbecile; it was the way destiny had planned things to be.