No, you're not hallucinating. I am updating with less than a week time.

I just wanted to do this until Sasuke's birth day.

Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto or the song "Don't speak" by No Doubt.

Chap 9

It wasn't raining. It never rained when he wanted to. It seemed that God didn't want that day to be even more depressing than it was.

It was the anniversary of the Uchiha massacre. It completed ten years that his whole family had been whipped out with the exception of himself and his brother who ironically enough was the one who killed everybody.

It had been years since he visited his family's cemetery. He thought the place was probably dead like its occupants; he hadn't gone there yet. So when he got there and found the place in better shape them he lived in Konoha he was surprised to say the least. The grass was mowed and the way the flowers were arranged made obvious that they hadn't just grown by themselves. Heading towards his parent's graves he noticed that every other grave had a fresh white flower on top of them and that made him have a pretty good idea who was taking care of the place.

Reaching his parents' graves he wasn't at all surprised to see Hinata wearing a pure white dress sitting on top of a blanket on the ground. He simply walked to her and stood behind her not even thinking about anything; for once forgetting he wasn't supposed to get attached with her.

"Hi there, Sasuke" She said lightly not even turning around to look at him.

"Hey…" He said sitting next to her. Neither of them spoke since they where both wondering what the other was thinking.

Hinata wondered why Sasuke wasn't bothered that she was here. She always visited the Uchiha graveyard even when Sasuke was still on the village. She was very grateful towards them since they provided her a second family when hers started thinking lowly of her.

Sasuke didn't get why Hinata was there. She didn't deserve the way he treated her and she didn't have any real obligation towards his family. If it was him he definitely wouldn't be here. But that was exactly it; Hinata was nothing like him.

"I can't do this" Sasuke spoke lightly; so lightly that Hinata thought she was imaging it.

"Excuse me?"

"I can't have you near me." He said deadpanned making Hinata's heart ache.

"Fi-fine. I'll le-leave then." She said getting up and turning around to leave quickly not even bothering to look back.

"You two would probably kick my ass right now if you were alive right?" He said to his parents' graves once Hinata was gone. "But if you were alive I wouldn't be in this situation to begin with."


She made her way back to the village thinking about what had happened. She honestly didn't understand Sasuke at all. She knew all his expressions; all his feeling. She had never seen Sasuke look at her like he hated her and that was the thing that made not to give up on him; she wasn't pushy tough. Hinata was never pushy.

Noises of people talking and working filled her ears when she reached the busy side of the village. Looking ahead on the street she was she saw Ren leaning against a wall. Getting a closer look she could se that standing in front of Ren was Ino and Sakura. They seemed to be happy about something but when Ino noticed her coming closer to them she got a frightened look on her voice before she got happy again and called her over.

"Hinata-chan!!" She said making the other two people with her. Sakura looked at her alarmed before smiling at her way too widely. Ren simply turned his head and smiled at her.

"Hinata-chan, you look so pretty! Do you guys have a date?" Sakura said looking at Hinata's white dress and then back at Ren who was smirking down at a blushing Hinata.

"N-no. I was just visiting my mother." It wasn't exactly a lie; she did visit her mother before she went to the Uchiha's graveyard.

"Oh. That's nice…" Ino said sounding uncomfortable.

"So, what were you discussing?" Hinata asked trying to break the uncomfortable moment. However the second the words left her mouth she could see that Ino and Sakura tensed for a second before answering.

"We were telling Ren that Sasuke's surprise party will be tomorrow at the barbeque restaurant. Choji got the owner to give us a discount and even convinced the guy to reserve the whole place just for us." Ino said smiling since the fact that her teammate ate in every restaurant of the village finally came in handy.

"That's good. What time is it going to be?"

"Around seven. But try not to be too late or you'll miss Sasuke's face when he sees what we did. I think it will be something in the lines of ' Why did you idiots do this?'" Sakura said making the face she described.

"If you know he's not going to like it why are you doing this?" Hinata asked. Sasuke was never that fond of parties; especially if they were his.

"Sasuke doesn't like a lot of things. But we need to show him that we care so we are throwing him a party whether he likes it or not."

"If you say so. Either way we will be there around seven."

"Great. See you guy there then. Look nice okay? Bye!" Ino said dragging Sakura with her.

"What are those two scheming?" She said turning to Ren and lifting one of her eyebrows in a questioning manner.

"Why do you think they are scheming something?" He said smirking at her and also lifting an eyebrow but in an amused manner.

"They were all nervous when I got here. They also had a look in their eyes that told me they are hiding something."

"You know your friends well. However you will have to wait until tomorrow to find out because I'm not telling you anything." Ren said walking closer to her and ruffling her hair.

"So you do know." She said rearranging her hair and watching Ren walk away from her.

"Yes. But again; I'm not telling you." He said lifting his hand in a way to say good bye and vanished into the crowd. She knew any other girl would be mad at him for ditching her like that but she was used to Ren and his weird way of doing things. What made her mad was the fact that he, Ino and Sakura were obviously scheming something that involved her.

"I just hope is not something embarrassing"


The next day came on quickly and Sakura was beginning to wonder if this party was worth all the trouble. So far she had screamed at Lee tree time, hit Naruto twice and argued about the decorations with Ino more times she would like to remember.

In spite of that the place looked pretty good. They had put some of the tables away so that there was more moving space and arranged something that looked like a stage in one of the wall. Overall the place looked somewhat like a club.

"Thanks a lot guys. The place looks great." She said smiling at her tired looking friend who only grunted in response.

"Look, I know you are all tired and whatnot but you have to go get ready for the party. And don't be late!" Ino said with her hand on her hips and in a bossy tone.

"Troublesome woman." Said Shikamaru getting up from his spot on the floor and walking away from the establishment being followed by Choji, but not before Ino gave him a death glare.

"Naruto!" Called Sakura before her blond teammate left.

"What is it Sakura-chan?"

"When your done getting dressed with the clothes I picked out for you, go to get Sasuke and make him dress up to. I don't care what excuse you give; just don't tell him about the surprise ok?"

"Yes ma'am. But do I have to wear those clothes?" Naruto said hopefully.

"Yes you do. I'm not going to have you walking in that orange thing of yours" She retorted looking in disgust to said orange thing.

"What is the problem with my jumpsuit? It's awesome!"

"I don't have time to discuss this Naruto. Just go, get dressed and don't complain" She said turning around and walking away from the blond boy.

Naruto just sighed and went to his apartment. There he showered and then stared at the clothes Sakura gave him to wear. They were nice actually; but he liked his jumpsuit. The clothes consisted of a dark blue long sleeved shirt, a dark green t-shirt with orange dragons embroidered on it that went on top of the long sleeved one and tan baggy pants.

"Well, at least it has something orange on it." He reasoned picking up the clothes and getting dressed. Once he was done he headed towards his friend's house; it was almost the time Sakura said for him to bring their teammate there. When he finally reached the place he felt a slight shiver got through his spine; the Uchiha compound had always given him a creepy feeling.

He nodded towards the Anbu that was watching over Sasuke that day and entered the house without knocking.

"Why don't you ever… what are you wearing?" Sasuke said from his seat on his couch when he got a look of Naruto's clothes.

"Sakura-chan wants to go to a nice restaurant today and she said the only way I could go was if she picked what I wore." Naruto said rolling his eyes.

"Hn. It's really weird not to see you with that thing."

"Don't get used to it, and go get dressed."

"I should I get dressed?" Sasuke said arching an eyebrow at his blond friend.

"Weren't you listening? We are going to a nice restaurant and if I have to wear these clothes you'll have to dress up to." Naruto said walking up to Sasuke and dragging the guy to his room.

"Who said I'm going?"

"Could you not argue for once in your life and just get dressed?" Naruto said closing the door before the Uchiha got to answer. Once Sasuke was out of his room he looked rather nice too. He was wearing a dark blue t-shirt with the Uchiha fan on the sleeves, a black long sleeved shirt underneath the dark blue one and black pants.

"Happy?" Sasuke said with sarcasm dripping from his voice.

"Very. Now let's go before Sakura-chan gets mad for making her wait."

"Whipped" Sasuke said smirking and earning a glare from his blond friend.

They continued walking with Naruto babbling nonstop the whole time. Only when his companion stopped talking did Sasuke pay attention to his surroundings and then he found the reason why Naruto had stopped talking. Ahead of them stood Sakura wearing a strapless pink dress that was lighter shaded than her hair, reached a little above he knees and had little darker pink flower patterns on it; she also had a dark red jacket on. Even Sasuke had to admit Sakura looked very pretty.

"You are late!" She screamed once she noticed they were that and Sasuke mentally flinched. Forget what he thought before; as pretty as Sakura could be it did not compensate for how loud she was.

"No we are not." Naruto said grinning down at the girl.

"Whatever. Let's just go in." Sakura said walking into the place with Naruto next to her and Sasuke behind the other two. Once they were in Sakura and Naruto split and Sasuke noticed for less than a second that the whole rookie nine was there plus Gai's team, Yamato, Sai. Heck, even Tsunade, Shizune and their pig were there.

"Surprise!!" They all said at the same time smiling widely at the confused Uchiha.

"What the f…."

"Happy birthday man!!" Naruto said patting him heavily on the back and grinning widely.

"My birthday is not until next week." Sasuke said looking at Naruto as if he was stupid.

"But it wouldn1t be a surprise if we did it on the day of your birthday would it?" Sakura said grinning at him too. Looking around the room he realized that everyone that was there had made some kind of effort in trying to bring him back all those years ago. It felt somewhat nice to know that they didn't loath him.

"Thank you." The words where out before he knew what he was saying; he even felt his lips barely twitching upwards. Everyone went silent after that; Sasuke had actually sounded sincere.

"Oh my God! Did you guys see that?! He smiled!" Ino said making her way towards Sasuke and pointing at his lips as if she had never seem something like it. Ino was looking very nice like every one else in her blue dress that complimented her rather well.

"You saw it too? Good. I thought I was hallucinating." Shikamaru said from his seat at the bar.

"Maybe we did hallucinate." Kiba who was next to Shikamaru said.

"Group hallucination?" Shikamaru said looking at Kiba skeptically

"It is a good explanation to why all of us seemed to have seen Sasuke smile" Kiba said smirking; he was obviously getting a kick out of this.

"Guys, Sasuke isn't a total ice cube! Can we start this party now?!" Sakura said looking threatening to anyone who contradicted her. Everyone started chatting among themselves and for once he was thankful to Sakura.

"Sakura-chan! You got Gai-sensei and Lee not to wear their jumpsuit!!" Naruto said making Sasuke look at the direction his blond friend was looking with his mouth open. Sakura really did convince Lee and Gai not to wear their horrible jumpsuit; but they were still wearing green and identical clothes.

"Of course. I got you out of your jumpsuit; you think I wouldn't get Lee too?" Sakura said without thinking. Soon enough Kiba who was passing by them snorted and Naruto had a trickle of blood coming out of his nose. Only then Sakura noticed what she had said and blushed so much that her hair looked pale. When she came to her senses she punched Naruto so hard that he went across the room.

"Pervert!!" She said now red with anger.

"Now it's a party." Kiba said smirking and quickly dodging so that Sakura's punch didn't hit him too.

"I'm going to leave you two idiots and go have a nice talk with Ren and Hinata." She said mainly to Kiba and Naruto who had come back to where he was previously. When Sakura walked away from them Sasuke watched her until she reached Ren and Hinata. The both of them couldn't be a bigger contrast. Ren was wearing a loose white sleeveless shirt with a black leather jacket on top of it, tight black pants and leather boots. While Hinata looked beautiful as he expected; she was wearing a chinese styled lilac dress with the details in white that reached her knees but had such wide slits on the sides that she was wearing black leggings with it.

The party was going on pretty good; everyone seemed to have what to talk about and Sasuke found himself discussing politic with Shikamaru. How did that happen he did not know. Everything was just fine until Ino and Sakura decided to go up on the unused stage that held a keyboard and a guitar case.

"Hey guys! The best part of the party has come! No Choji; is not cake" Ino said looking at her disappointed teammate and earning a few chuckles from the gests.

"Ino and I got to know recently that we have an artist among us besides Sai." Sakura said with her eyes glistening with excitement.

"So, if she'll bless us we are going to have Hinata sing us one of her songs!" Ino said excitedly. Everyone turned to the direction Hinata was to see the heiress as white as a paper sheet and clutching Ren's and Neji's arms so she wouldn't fall down. When she started breathing again Ren helped her walk to the stage where Ino and Sakura were looking guiltily at her.

"Wh-why did yo-you tell them?" Hinata said looking at Ren and cursing that she was stuttering again.

"It wasn't Ren who told us Hinata-chan" Sakura said hurriedly trying not to get the musician to get in trouble for something he did not do.

"Yeah. We came across the lyrics in your room the last time we went to your room. We noticed that it was a song even tough it looked more like a poem. We've wanted an excuse for you to sing it since them; it's such a beautiful song! Please Hinata-chan!!" Ino said sounding hopeful.

"I don't know. I never sang in front of so many people." Hinata said trying to get out of the whole thing.

"Just concentrate on playing the keyboards and singing; forget about your surroundings." Ren said already getting his guitar out of its case and warming up with it.

"Fine… Which song is it?" Hinata said since she had a few songs that Ren had made melodies for.

"This one." Sakura said handing Hinata a piece of paper that made Hinata's eyes widen for a second.

"Of course it is…" She whispered.

"What did you say?" Ren said eyeing her worriedly; he noticed a certain reluctance from Hinata.

" Nothing. Let's just get this over with." Hinata said sitting herself in front of the keyboards and adjusting the microphone in front of her. Ren had taught her to play some instruments saying that it helped to relax.

Not bothering to introduce the name of the song to the perplex crowd that was watching them she started playing the keyboards and then started singing.

Don't speak (No doubt) :

You and me
We used to be together
Everyday together always
I really feel
That I'm losing my best friend
I can't believe
This could be the end
It looks as though you're letting go
And if it's real
Well I don't want to know

Don't speak
I know just what you're saying
So please stop explaining
Don't tell me cause it hurts
Don't speak
I know what you're thinking
I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me cause it hurts

Our memories
Well, they can be inviting
But some are altogether
Mighty frightening
As we die, both you and I
With my head in my hands
I sit and cry

Don't speak
I know just what you're saying
So please stop explaining
Don't tell me cause it hurts (no, no, no)
Don't speak
I know what you're thinking
I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me cause it hurts

It's all ending
I gotta stop pretending who we are...
You and me I can see us dying...are we?

Don't speak
I know just what you're saying
So please stop explaining
Don't tell me cause it hurts (no, no, no)
Don't speak
I know what you're thinking
I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me cause it hurts
Don't tell me cause it hurts!
I know what you're saying
So please stop explaining

Don't speak,
don't speak,
don't speak,
oh I know what you're thinking
And I don't need your reasons
I know you're good,
I know you're good,
I know you're real good
Oh, la la la la la la La la la la la la
Don't, Don't, uh-huh Hush, hush darlin'
Hush, hush darlin' Hush, hush
don't tell me tell me cause it hurts
Hush, hush darlin' Hush, hush darlin'
Hush, hush don't tell me tell me cause it hurts

Finishing the song with her voice failing a bit she looked up at her friends and saw they were all shocked. Then Ino and Sakura started clapping loudly with everyone following their moves right after. She blushed prettily and then her eyes locked with pure black ones. There were so many things that his eyes were saying she couldn't get any of them; she was just certain that her heart was aching.

"Th-thank you" She said bowing to her friends that had seized clapping. She walked out of the stage really fast not bothering to pay attention with all the people that talked to her; she needed to get out of that place. She rapidly glanced at Shikamaru and Neji to warn them not to follow her; they beside herself and Sasuke were probably the only ones that understood the song completely.

Ren seeing the state Hinata was in rapidly followed her. He was stopped by two set of arms before he could reach the exit of the place. In each side of him stood Shikamaru and Neji.

"Hinata wishes to be alone right now." Neji said in a warning tone.

"What got her so emotional? She never reacted like this when we were practicing that song." Ren said not even trying to tug his arms away from the two other men since he knew it would be useless.

"It's really not our place to say." Shikamaru said glancing at Neji for a second before both of them released Ren's arms. "Just leave her alone for tonight okay? Ask your questions tomorrow" Shikamaru said walking away from Ren together with Neji. Ren glanced one last time at the exit just in time to see Sasuke leave without anyone else noticing


Bigger chapter than it usually is. And I do realize I ended in a cliffhanger but I'm dead tired. Sorry.

Some things I feel the need to explain:

I have no idea if the Uchiha massacre has a precise date. I've read somewhere that Sasuke was seven when it happened and Itachi was thirteen. So I put in my head that it had to happen near Sasuke's birthday.

I do realize that the 'song message' thing is overly used but this song basically resumes this whole fic; so I do not care.

In case I did not explain it before; Shikamaru knows so much about Hinata and Sasuke's past since he is a genius and he liked to observe people. He unlike his friends noticed the little gestures Sasuke and Hinata exchanged when they were younger.

That's basically it. Please do tell me what you thought of the chapter.