Author Note: Okay, here is part two to Requiem For A Dying Heart. If you haven't read that one first, I suggest you do. All right! On with the story!
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto.
Time Skip: Less than two months have passed since the ending of Requiem For A Dying Heart.
Chapter One: Invitation
Hinata sat down on the living room couch with a small piece of paper in her hand. It was thick paper that had pink ribbons tied onto it, and beautiful writing engraved into it's surface. As she read over the words, she couldn't suppress her happy smile.You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of
On August the 26th
At 2 o'clock
Followed by reception
Even though she was in the wedding, she couldn't help but admire the beauty of the invitation. Sakura really did do a great job. She knew they wanted the wedding to take place near the hokage monument, and then do the reception at a bar they rented out. Much against Sakura's wishes, Naruto made sure that Ichiraku ramen was going to cater so he could have his precious ramen to eat. Hinata couldn't help but shake her head and giggle at that.
"You're reading that again?" Sasuke's voice sounded from behind her. Before she had time to look back, he already wrapped his arms around her from behind the couch. He rested his chin on her shoulder with his cheek brushing against hers. Despite the affectionate embrace, his face remained stoic as usual. "What, are you trying to memorize it?"
"There's not much…to memorize."
Sasuke snorted. "So, that means you did memorize it already."
She turned her head to place a kiss on his cheek. "I'm excited."
"You're excited…" he sighed and shook his head while releasing her. She watched him walk around the couch. "It's not even your wedding."
"I know…" she replied as he sat down next to her and draped an arm around her shoulders. "But our friends are getting married. You're not excited?"
He raised a brow. "Should I be?"
"Yes." Hinata's expression turned into a pout. "Naruto-kun is your best friend."
"So?" he moved them so that Hinata was now leaning back into his chest with her head under his chin. "It's not my wedding."
She sighed in defeat and smiled at his stubborn attitude. "So you'll be excited about our wedding?"
He smirked and brushed his lips across her hair. "I'll be jumping up and down and doing cartwheels."
Hinata's shoulders shook with laughter. "That's hard for me to picture."
His smirk widened as he moved to brush his lips across her neck. "Same here."
Hinata sighed and leaned back into his chest. "Sasuke?"
"We should get going. Ino-chan's party…will start soon."
Sasuke's once peaceful smirk dropped and a groan escaped his lips.
The door flung open and a smiling Ino appeared. "Hey! You came!" she moved aside so that Sasuke and Hinata could enter.
Sasuke trudged in first with his hands in his pockets while ignoring Ino's greeting.
Once Hinata was inside she faced Ino to get embraced into a bone-crushing hug. "H-Hello, Ino-chan."
"Hina-chan!" Ino released her, but kept her hands on her shoulders. "You have no idea how glad I am that you came." She leaned in closer until she was near whispering. "Here I was thinking Sasuke was going to hold you hostage since he doesn't like parties."
Hinata giggled and felt her hand being grasped onto. Both girls turned to see a scowling Sasuke, who apparently overheard them. "If you don't mind, I'll be taking my 'hostage' with me." He turned on his heel and began to lead Hinata away from Ino.
Ino stared blankly for a moment before putting her hands on her hips. "Wait a minute, Sasuke-kun! You get to see Hina-chan all the time, so share her with us for a change!"
Sasuke stopped walking and faced Ino with a smirk. He pulled Hinata against him, so she couldn't see Ino, but she could see over Sasuke's shoulder. Sasuke made sure Ino was watching while he brushed Hinata's hair to one side revealing her neck. "My apologies, Ino, but I'm not the sharing type." He leaned down and kissed Hinata's neck while watching Ino blush in embarrassment.
"Uchiha," Sasuke heard his name being called with a very angry tone to it.
Sasuke released his lips from Hinata's neck, and the couple turned to see no one other than Hinata's overprotective cousin. "Hyuga."
It was obvious to everyone's eyes that Neji was having a difficult time in controlling his anger at the moment. His arms were folded across his chest, but his hands were seen balled into fists. "Just because I approved of the relationship doesn't mean you can have your way with her in public!"
Sasuke smirked and wrapped an arm around Hinata's waist. "Why not? We're amongst friends."
Hinata gulped and cringed at the scene before her. It didn't take a genius to figure out how this was going to end.
Neji tightened his jaw and seethed. "You so much as even think about doing anything with her in my presence…" he let the sentence hang with obvious threat.
Hinata clenched onto Sasuke's arm seeing that he was going to retort. "Sasuke," she called to get his attention. He glanced over in waiting. "Please don't. You know how Neji-kun is…"
Sasuke sighed audibly and rolled his eyes. "Fine. Ruin my fun…" he smirked again as he started to lead Hinata into the living room. "We won't do anything in his presence." He paused to show Neji his sly smirk. "So maybe we should go find a vacant bedroom instead."
"Sasuke!" Hinata reprimanded only to be drowned out by Neji's booming voice.
"Uchiha! I'll kill you!"
When the couple entered the living room, a few faces looked up to them in question. Naruto was the first to speak up. "What did you do now, Sasuke?"
"Yeah," Tenten added while sitting quite close to Lee on the couch. "Neji's usually pretty well composed, but you seem to know all his buttons to push."
"It is only because lovely Hinata-chan is practically Neji's younger sister." Lee explained in a know-it-all voice. "He is quite protective."
Sasuke grunted and looked away.
Hinata smiled and looked around the room noticing someone was missing. She faced Naruto with a worried expression. "Naruto-kun?"
"What's up, Hinata-chan?" He smiled.
"Did Sakura-chan not come?"
Naruto's smile wavered. "No, uh, she's here alright. She's upstairs in the bathroom, though. She said she hasn't been feeling too well lately. She says she's nauseous one minute and fine the next." He shook his head. "Odd…"
"Hina-chan!" Hinata looked behind her to see Sakura coming down the stairs looking a little pale.
Hinata left Sasuke's side to run up to Sakura worriedly. "Are you all right, Sakura-chan?"
"Huh? Oh…" she laughed nervously. "I'm good. I just get a little nauseous, throw up, then I feel perfectly fine for awhile."
Ino entered the living room with Choji, Shikamaru, and Neji following behind her. "Maybe you shouldn't have come then, billboard-brow."
Sakura frowned. "You invited me, remember?"
"Yeah, I remember." She placed her hands on her hips. "But how can you enjoy the party if you're going to be stuck in the bathroom the whole time?"
"I won't be!" Now, Sakura's hands were on her hips. "I feel perfectly fine now, so let's get the party started already."
Ino smirked. "Okay," she turned around to rummage through a box that she had on her coffee table. When she faced the group again, she was holding two glass bottles of clear liquid. "Look what I got."
Hinata quirked a brow and glanced to Sasuke in question.
He saw her questioning gaze and leaned down to her ear. "You're not going anywhere near that stuff."
"Why not? It looks like water." She whispered softly.
The corner of Sasuke's mouth twitched upward in amusement. "Those bottles, my love, are called Vodka and Bacardi."
Hinata's mouth formed the shape of an 'O'.
Sasuke chuckled. "Your innocence never ceases to amaze me."
Neji snapped his attention over to Sasuke after hearing the last statement. "She better stay innocent, Uchiha."
Sasuke smirked slyly.
The party continued on starting with their meal. Once everyone was done eating, they immediately began playing random games. Most of the group was drinking a mixture of all the types of drinks Ino bought. The only ones that weren't drinking happened to be Sakura (who wasn't feeling well to begin with), Lee (for obvious reasons), Hinata (because Sasuke was making sure she wouldn't), and Sasuke (so he could watch Hinata).
By the time the group had finished their fifth or sixth game for the night, a good handful of them were pretty drunk. An inebriated Ino and Tenten were dancing quite sloppily in the living room with Lee and a tipsy Choji there to steady them before they hit the ground. Kiba was pretty wasted, and challenged Naruto, who was borderline drunk, to an arm wrestling contest. Neji, Shino, and Shikamaru had been drinking just as much as the others, but they managed to hold their liquor quite well. If one were to look at them, it wouldn't seem they were even tipsy yet. But once they got up off the couches to go join in the arm wrestling contest, their staggering steps became quite noticeable. Seeing that most of the boys were now holding a mini tournament of strength, Sakura ended up wanting to watch in utter amusement. And there was no doubt that it was indeed amusing.
As for Sasuke and Hinata, they remained sober still and lounging on the living room couch. Hinata was leaning toward Sasuke with his arm around her shoulders. In his other hand, he held a sake bottle, which he happened to find in Ino's cupboard of endless alcohol. Sasuke, like Neji, had an amazing alcohol tolerance, but he had a feeling Hinata didn't. He allowed her a few sips to try it, but one look at her scrunched-up face made him believe she had no interest in the drink. Her reaction made it entirely impossible for Sasuke to repress his laughter.
Just when it got pretty quiet in the living room where Sasuke and Hinata were, the rest of the group barged in and began sitting on the floor forming a circle. Sakura turned to the couple and smiled encouragingly. "You guys should play. I think this is our last game for the night, anyway."
"No." Sasuke replied quickly, but Hinata seemed to have different plans.
"What game is it?" she asked curiously.
"It's called 'I Never'. It's Ino and mine's favorite game. Come on!" The pink-haired kunoichi motioned to the two empty spots between her and Shikamaru.
"Hinata—" Sasuke tried to warn, but she had already walked toward the circle and sat next to Sakura.
She turned back to Sasuke and smiled pleadingly. "Please come play, Sasuke."
"No way." He folded his arms across his chest.
Naruto and Sakura frowned in disappointment. "Why not Sasuke-kun?"
Sasuke narrowed his eyes. "This game is idiotic."
"Don't be such a pansy!" Naruto barked out. "What, are you scared?"
"I'm not scared." he growled back. "I'm not stupid either."
"Please, Sasuke?" Hinata's meek voice drew his attention back onto her.
His features softened. "No. You shouldn't play either."
"Please?" she pouted her lip. "We can…go home right after."
He raised a brow and tightened his mouth into a thin line. Sasuke sighed deeply and moved to sit down next to a now cheerful Hinata. How does she always manage to get her way in the end? Once he sat down, he gave her a soft glare in which she giggled lightly at.
"Okay!" Ino raised a wobbly arm. "First, everyone needs a drink! Who doesn't have a drink?"
Hinata timidly raised her hand.
Ino's face brightened. "Hina-chan!" She stumbled in standing up, and Choji jumped up to help her stand still. "I'll go get you a drink, so what do you want?" she slurred and didn't seem to notice Choji's firm hands on her waist or some of the group's snickering.
"Um…" Hinata put her finger to her lip. "Do you have juice?"
Ino stared blankly. "Uh…"
Choji sighed. "Yes, we have juice. I'll go with her to get you some, Hinata-san."
Before Choji entered the kitchen, he turned to look over his shoulder at the group. "Anybody else need a drink?"
"Yeah! Get me another beer!"
"Water if you don't mind."
"Tequila will do."
"It's troublesome, but I guess I'll have another beer."
"Another sake bottle as well."
Choji sighed heavily before entering into the kitchen. Suddenly, he regretted being a nice host and asking such a question.
When Choji and Ino had left into the kitchen to prepare the drinks, Hinata leaned toward Sakura, who happened to be the only sober one there besides her and Sasuke. "Um, Sakura-chan?"
"Hmm? What is it?" she smiled while trying to ignore the shouting between Naruto and Kiba.
"How do you…play this game?" Hinata asked with her brows furrowed slightly.
"Oh." Sakura laughed. "Well, it's really easy. It's originally a drinking game that we all used to play to get drunk really fast,"
"Which is why I didn't want us to play." Sasuke interrupted in a grumble.
Sakura ignored him just as Hinata did and continued. "But, you don't have to drink something alcoholic. As long as you have a drink, you can play. Now, this is what happens. One person starts out and names something they've never done, and anyone who has done it has to take a drink." She paused and pointed to herself. "For instance, if I started out I'd say something like, 'I've never smoked before.' But anyone who has smoked before has to take a drink. Make sense?"
Hinata slowly nodded. "Yes…I believe so."
"Good. Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it soon. It's not hard at all."
Sasuke snorted. Yeah, because giving away your secrets is always fun and easy. He thought sarcastically feeling immense regret for being pulled into this.
"Okay," Choji studied the different drinks in front of him while Ino sat at the counter across from him. "I got Hinata-san's juice, Sasuke's sake, Sakura-san's water, the beers for Naruto, Shikamaru, and Neji…" he pulled out a few more drinks. "Rum for Kiba, Tequila for Shino…"
Ino lifted up a tall bottle completely full of liquor. "And Vodka for Tenten—" she hiccuped. "And me."
"You really don't need anymore of that, Ino." Choji lightly reprimanded.
"I'm fine." She opened the lid and tipped it to her lips. "I'm not drunk yet!"
Choji shook his head and watched as she began to chug down the liquid. He turned away from her and looked around for a tray to put all the drinks on. Inwardly, he was wondering how he was going to balance the tray of drinks and his girlfriend at the same time.
Ino sighed happily after swallowing, and glanced to see Choji's back turned. Her drifting eyes landed on the grape juice in front of her. "It's not full enough…" she poured some of her vodka into the juice drink until it was near the rim. "There…that's much better…"
Choji turned around after finding a tray, and immediately began loading the drinks onto it.
Ino entered into the room first with Choji following behind. She stumbled over and managed to sit down next to Shino without falling on anybody. Than again, Shino did have his hands ready to stabilize her if she had come close to falling. Once he saw Ino secured in her sitting position, Choji began distributing the drinks to their owners. After he finished, he sat next to Ino and the game began.
"Okay!" Ino held up her bottle of vodka with a smile that stretched ear to ear. "The person that's going to start is…" she paused dramatically while pointing to random people. "Shino!"
Shino's eyebrows drew together in disagreement. "Very well. I'll begin." He spoke simply, and everyone waited to hear what he had to say. It was made pretty obvious that most of the group was quite interested; Shino was a mysterious guy after all. "I've never…worn shorts."
Everyone quirked a brow.
"That was pretty lame, bug boy." Kiba commented.
Shino merely kept a straight face while everyone else drank from their choice beverages.
Hinata sipped at her juice, and licked her lips in confusion soon after. This juice tastes kind of funny.
"My turn!" Ino hollered in excitement. "All right! I've never been on an S-rank mission before!"
Everyone else took a drink.
Choji straightened knowing it was his turn now. "I've never…uh…let's see…" He smiled in knowing. "I've never dated more than one person."
"At a time?" Naruto questioned.
"No. Just ever." He corrected and they nodded in understanding.
Hinata, Naruto, Neji, and Ino drank.
"I've never…" Shikamaru began and mumbled 'troublesome' under his breath before continuing. "I've never sang in public."
Ino patted his back. "That's a good thing!"
Sakura, Naruto, Lee, and Ino drank.
All eyes turned to Sasuke with the same anticipation they had with Shino.
Sasuke sighed inwardly while watching as he swirled his sake around inside the bottle. He hadn't drank very much of it yet. In fact, Hinata was getting more drinks in than he was.
"Sasuke?" Hinata peered at him with concern.
He glanced at her. "I've never…owned a pet."
Hinata smiled while a few of the others drank.
Now, it was her turn. She tapped her chin with her finger in deep thought. "Um…I…" she lowered her gaze to her drink and her face brightened. "I've never gotten…drunk before."
Everyone besides her drank. Sakura smiled cheerfully now that it was her turn. It took awhile to think of something she's never done before, but she was happy that she finally thought of it. "I've never dyed my hair." She spoke confidently and snickered when Ino drank from hers.
"What?" Ino shrugged her shoulders. "I wanted some blue streaks okay?"
"Oh!" Naruto bobbed up and down. "My turn! It's my turn, right? Right, Sakura-chan?"
"Yes, Naruto. Now go." Sakura shook her head and sighed. How was it possible that his happiness could increase just by drinking? Wasn't it already at top level?
"All right!" Naruto grinned widely and pointed his finger out in the air. "I've never ever in my entire life…hated ramen!"
Seconds later, he had to avoid various punches and smacks from those around him who called him an idiot. Nevertheless, Sasuke, Sakura, Neji, Tenten, Shino, and Ino drank.
Tenten leaned against Lee since she couldn't even sit up straight. Lee whispered to her that it was her turn, so she widened her eyes to gain focus before blurting out her words. "I've never—" she stifled a hiccup. "Worn a skirt!"
Not surprised, everyone waited while Sakura, Hinata, Ino, and Naruto drank from their cups. When everyone gave Naruto questioning stares, he waved his hands in front of his face defensively. "It was for my sexy jutsu, okay? I was in disguise!"
The rest muttered disbelieving responses under their breath, which only angered Naruto more. Their attention quickly turned to Lee, though, when he pumped his fists into the air in his excitement. "I have thought much about something I've never done! It was quite difficult, but I have managed to come up with something worthy!"
Tenten smacked him in annoyance. "Just say it, Lee!"
"Oh, right." He hardened his expression into one of sobriety. "I have never killed anyone, mission or otherwise."
The room became eerily silent as each one's gazes drifted to something or other. Shino drank his impassively while Choji and Shikamaru drank theirs reluctantly. Naruto took a slow drink from his, and looked remorseful. Sakura leaned closer to him and kissed him on the cheek comfortingly, which he appreciated. Hinata glanced over to Sasuke seeing him tighten his grip on his sake bottle. His eyes stared blankly at the liquid, but they contained a hidden grief. The lives he had taken were numerous, and not something to be proud of.
Neji neared his cup to his lips while closing his eyes briefly. "You think that was 'worthy', Lee?" he remarked and drank with his ever-present stoic facial cast.
Lee's eyes widened slightly in realization, and soon lowered to the floor in shame. "I did not…I apologize…" Tenten patted his hand in understanding.
Hinata continued to watch Sasuke and his unreadable face. She didn't see it, but everyone else in the room was watching him warily. In one quick movement, he began taking large gulps of sake. He finished and placed the bottle next to him while looking a little disgruntled. Hinata could only guess that he was remembering all the deaths he's seen and caused. Maybe she didn't have to guess…Maybe it was something only visible to her when she looked into his dark abysmal eyes.
Hinata slipped her hand over Sasuke's fist and squeezed softly. In response, he looked over to her blankly before gazing down at her hand that rested over his. Slowly, he turned his hand over so their fingers could entwine. When he looked back up to her face, she was smiling warmly, and it allowed him to feel a sense of familiar peace within.
Neji cleared his throat drawing the attention away from the scene. "I believe it's my turn." He waited until most of their eyes were on him before he started. "I've never…had short hair."
Oddly enough, the tense atmosphere lifted and most of them laughed while agreeing to Neji's statement. Neji watched with a raised brow as everyone else took their drinks.
After taking yet another sip from her juice, Hinata looked at it quizzically. It was starting to taste better, but now she was beginning to feel a little dizzy. When she looked around, it took great effort to focus on something.
Kiba laughed heartily knowing it was finally his turn. It didn't take much to see how truly intoxicated Kiba was, which meant he wouldn't bother controlling what came out of his mouth. "I've never had sex before!" There was a whole two seconds of silence before practically everyone was laughing, which ended up embarrassing the drunken Kiba.
But then came the serious part. Everyone's eyes, unfocused or not, glanced around to see who was going to take a drink. Shino was the first to take a drink.
Naruto pointed in disbelief. "No way! There was actually someone sane enough to sleep with you!"
Shino glared. Ino and Choji drank next, and nobody was really surprised at that. Shikamaru followed after his teammates. Sakura tilted her head in question. "Wow, Shikamaru. Who's the girl?"
The genius sighed and folded his arms over his chest lazily. "Why does it matter?"
Sakura smiled. "I'll bet it was Temari!" her suspicions were confirmed when they could see a light tint of pink on his cheeks.
Neji drank next, and before anyone could open their mouths, he spoke. "My personal life is none of your business."
Naruto and Sakura took their drinks making Ino snicker and Kiba stare in amazement. Hinata, on the other hand, began to wonder to herself. That is, until Sasuke nudged her lightly before taking a drink himself. Catching onto his hint, Hinata followed suit and took another sip of her weird juice.
A few were impassive, but most felt their jaws drop to the floor. It wasn't that they were surprised at Sasuke, oh no, it was Hinata. After all, she was supposed to be the sweet and innocent one. Although, no one took this harder than Neji, who's eyes widened much farther than the others. "Hinata? What? You…" he couldn't seem to form the right words. He saw her blush and take a quick glance to Sasuke, who was smirking quite smugly. At that, Neji's anger rose to an unparalleled level. "You bastard! I'll kill you!" he lunged at Sasuke only to be halted when most of the men were holding onto him to keep him at bay.
Sasuke merely took another drink from his sake and smirked at the fuming Hyuga. "What's the matter, Neji? You look shocked."
"You dared to deflower her before she weds!"
"Neji-kun, please, don't be angry with Sasuke…" she tried to plead, but it went unnoticed and her dizziness only increased.
"We are getting married." Sasuke explained as if it was obvious. "Not to mention…our personal life is none of your business."
Neji scowled even more when he recognized that he just repeated what he said earlier. The moment was interrupted, though, when Sakura began to cough and gag before running up the stairs with her hand covering her mouth. Naruto released his hold on Neji and ran up after her. "Sakura-chan! Are you all right? You're not throwing up again, are you?"
Hinata stared after her worriedly, and stood up to go stand at the foot of the stairs. As she stood and absently tried to steady herself, something inside her mind clicked and her face fell into shock. By this time, Neji was slowly calming down, but the men were still holding onto him.
Sakura finally came back out with Naruto holding onto her supportively and a glass of water in her hand. When she made it down the stairs, she saw Hinata and smiled. "Sorry. I guess I have the flu or something."
"Sakura-chan…I don't think that's it." Hinata murmured.
"What do you mean, Hina-chan?" Sakura questioned.
Naruto seemed confused too. "Do you think it's something worse?"
Hinata shook her head and tried to smile in reassurance. The ex-heiress didn't know where she suddenly found the courage and urge to speak loud and clearly, but she didn't care. In fact, she smiled wider. "Sakura-chan…" Hinata giggled. "I think you're pregnant."
Again, there was silence until Sakura's glass fell from her hand and shattered on the floor.
All right! This was mainly just a fun chapter for me to write. It does have to do with the actual story line, but I wanted to put in a fun chapter to start things off nicely. Now, this is just a part two or a continuation of the story. I don't know how long it will be, but I have my ideas already planned out. Please Review btw!