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Chapter 28

Finale

In the end, it was all hopeless, wasn't it?

I think that's how it always is, in the end, nothing matters.

It doesn't matter how strong you are, or how hard you worked, when you get to a point where you're only a second away from losing someone who is precious to you…it doesn't matter.

None of it.

I had conquered my fear of Neji.

So what?

I had stopped stuttering in front of Naruto.

So what?

I had gotten past the chunin exams that I had once feared.

So what?

What did any of that matter anyway? Everything up to this point…has it been…hopeless?

I pondered these things as I walked towards the Konoha gates, the very same place I had been the night before…when…

No, I can't think of that or I'll just start crying again.

Before the gate were also Shikamaru, Chouji, Neji-nii-san, Kiba, Lee, and Naruto.

Lee was obviously not going, for he was on crutches, but he was there to support.

"Alright, let's get moving," Shikamaru grunted.

"W-Wait!" I cried. They all turned around and I felt like I had been put on the spot. It had seemed odd that I hadn't even spoken to Naruto before this point. But he was going to try and rescue S-

…I can't say his name or I'll…start to cry.

I'm…pitiful aren't I?

"Are you alright?" Naruto asked.

"Lady Hokage told me everything. I'm sorry but you won't be able to go on this mission," Shikamaru stated. I knew that, but it still hurt when he said it.

"I know you tried, but even you couldn't convince Sasuke, could you?"

…Please…don't say such things…It hurts so badly…

I know…I know that I failed…I tried…but it doesn't matter if I tried or not, because the fact remains that I failed.

Failure…

Heh, after everything, that's what I am.

"The only option is for us to force him to come back to the village. I'm sorry, but there's nothing more you can do for him."

…Just don't cry.

Whatever you don't cry.

"Hinata-chan, does that mean Sasuke turned his back on you?" Naruto asked.

Whatever…you…

Too late, I lowered my head and the first tear fell.

"Naruto-kun…I will…never ask you for anything ever again…" I sobbed. "Just bring him home. I…need him…"

Great, now everyone is watching me cry.

"I tried, I thought that maybe I…could at least do something…but in the end…I just couldn't, even now…So, please, just bring him back to me…"

Naruto smiled softly, he didn't look ashamed at all.

"Hinata-chan, you must really like Sasuke, huh? I know how you feel, losing someone you care about like that…" he grinned and gave me a thumbs up.

"Don't worry at all, I'm going to bring Sasuke back! I'd bet my life on it!"

Naruto…

Thank you…

"Whoa, that's a big statement; you think you can live up to it?" Kiba smirked.

"Of course! When I make a promise you can count on me!" Naruto retorted. "Let's go then!"

And in a matter of minutes, they were off.

For a second, I was left wiping my tears next to Lee, feeling embarrassed.

"Did you see how he gave the thumbs up sign when he made that promise?" Lee asked, "That means he will succeed no doubt about it!"

I looked at Lee, he was so kind to me…me…the failure.

"Arigatou, Lee-san."

Sasuke

He had punched me, that baka.

"How could you do this, teme!" he shouted. He had me on my back and was gripping my shirt. "You think that you can just leave like that!"

He punched me again.

"And even…Hinata-chan."

No expression.

"Do you know how much she cried? How much she might still be crying?! And for what…a guy like you…?"

That girl…why did she matter to me? Obviously not a lot since she couldn't even stop me from leaving…

"The way you're talking Sasuke. It's like your saying it's my fault that there's nothing I can do…"

No! Don't think about her! Focus on your hate! Only hatred.

If you think about her, you won't be able to kill your emotions.

She means nothing…

Nothing at all!

Nothing…

How come…I am never able to convince myself...?


-A hundred days have made me older, since the last time that I saw your pretty face-

I looked down at the unconscious blonde, he too had failed. My headband slipped from my forehead.

Che, perhaps I sort of wished he had stopped me…

Nah.

I began to walk away from the scene.

I think…I can forget about her now. I won't say her name for fear that her face will come to mind and…feelings will come back.

She is nothing.

Nothing to me.

If I don't think about her long enough, I can convince myself of this fact.

-A thousand lies have made me colder and I don't think I can look at this the same-

In fact, the way that she blushes meant nothing now.

The way she smiles…the way she says my name…

The way she cries…

"Sasuke-kun!"

…Dammit! I see her face now! No, go away…leave me!

-But all the miles that separate disappear now when I'm dreaming of your face-

I continued to walk, but slowly.

Dammit, now that I've seen her…memories will start to come out at me…

Especially the last ones I had with her…

-I'm here without you baby but you're still on my lonely mind I think about you baby and I dream about you all the time-

"Don't go, I ask you this…with utmost selfishness…I know I am being very greedy, but please don't go…I need you so badly…yes, I know there's always Naruto-kun but…without you here…I won't be able to go on!"

…I felt a twang of a feeling in my heart. This was bad.

Stop it! You mean nothing! I can't see you anymore! Go away!

-I'm here without you baby but you're still with me in my dreams-

Not just for me, but for you, I'll just taint you…I'll crush you…

So leave me alone!

I…hate…I hate you!

Suddenly, as if in slow motion, a small purple butterfly flittered past me.

"I-I love you more than anything! I'd do anything if it meant you would s-stay!"

-And tonight it's only you and me-

…I…hate…

Che, I really have never been good at lying to myself.


Fate's a funny thing. It can change by just one little instance. Sometimes it's for the best, maybe it's not. Though, it may seem inevitable, we have more control than you think.

Even a simple butterfly can change destiny.


Naruto

I had failed, how could I have done something like that to her?

"Oi! You still beating yourself up about that?"

I looked up and saw Temari with an annoyed look on her face. I grinned. I had just gotten out of the hospital, enough time to say goodbye to her. She had told her two brothers to go on and that she would catch up later.

All that effort for me.

Heh…

"I've told you already, once that guy sets his mind on something, he won't be swayed," she repeated for at least the umpteenth time.

"Yeah…" I muttered, still ashamed. She sighed.

"You tried your best, so if you don't cheer up I'll just have to knock some sense into you," she growled.

"Er, I'm good!" I grinned sheepishly. She gave me another one of her rare smiles.

I wanted to keep that kind of smile in pocket, so that I look at it anytime I wanted.

I felt my heartbeat quicken.

This feeling, it was so familiar to me, like an old friend coming back home.

Whoa…no way…It's just like with…

Hinata-chan…

I knew what I felt.

"Well, I guess I'll see you later!" she grinned, turning away.

"I love you."

She stopped in her steps.

My words hung in the air, heavy.

"You What?" she asked, turning back with her eyes wide.

"I love you," I repeated it without fear, my eyes bold. I loved her. This crazy blonde that took her pleasure in pummeling me with her fan. This freaky chick that almost always treated me roughly. This girl…that never let anyone see her tears.

She slowly walked back towards me, her eyes full of bewilderment. She bent down and grasped my shoulders softly.

THWACK!

"Owww! I just got out of the hospital! What the hell was that for!?"

"Baka! What're you trying to pull?!" she shrieked.

"You think…I was joking?" I asked quietly, rubbing my sore forehead. "Well I'm not, my feelings are serious and genuine. I know it may sound weird, and I know it is most likely sudden, we haven't known each other long...but I feel like I've known you all my life. I love you, Temari-chan."

Another silence. I saw the very very slight blush on her cheeks.

THWACK!

"Oww! Again?!"

"What makes you think I'd want to go with a short guy like you!? Don't you think that's creepy? I'm like three years older than you! That'd be weird! I'm like half a foot taller than you!" she shouted. Heh, this was the girl I loved.

Gee, I sure know how to pick them.

She started to walk off in a huff.

"Don't try that again until your at least my height, pipsqueak!" she screamed over he shoulder.

I smirked, "Will you wait for me then?"

Once again, she stopped.

"Yeah…" she breathed. And then she was gone.

I have never felt happier.

But now…I just wish…she could find happiness as well.

"Hinata-chan…"

Hinata

Pain, sorrow, loneliness.

These are not the feelings one wishes to gain for being in love.

But it's odd, I feel like I can feel our separation.

-The miles just keep rollin' as the people leave their way to say hello. I've heard this life is overrated but I hope that it gets better as we go-

Now that I think about it…it's weird…isn't it? Me loving Sasuke.

We are totally different creatures, him and I.

Like night and day, dark and light…

But, because we were different, I think is why fell for him. He is such a wonderful person, I admire him so much. He is so strong…but apparently, he didn't think so.

He was everything I wasn't.

And that's exactly why I loved him.

He completed me…

I…think that's how it is with everybody who falls in love.

Two people who are 'incomplete' come together and make each other 'one'. They are a 'whole'.

But now…what am I now?

Am I incomplete?

If that were true I wouldn't be crying would I?

-I'm here without you baby but you're still on my lonely mind. I think about you baby and I dream about you all the time-

No…if I was 'incomplete' I would be like I was before I met him.

…Now, I am 'broken'.

"Oh…Dammit Sasuke, why did you have to leave?" I gave up and started crying…again. I was sobbing on my bed, the lights were off. Invisible tears.

-But you're still with me in my dreams and tonight girl, it's only you and me-

It hurts…I can't explain how much at all…

But I…don't want to forget.

No, that is the one thing I refuse to do, forget. Even if these memories will just end up hurting me…

"Look, all the stuff that happened yesterday, if you want to forget about…I really don't care."

"Wh-What?! …Ano, th-that is, I don't…want to forget it. I mean, I know th-that you m-might not have had sincere r-reasons for, ano, well, d-d-doing what you did yesterday...B-But, it is…a-a very precious memory to me. …S-So, maybe someday y-you may regret knowing me, a-a-and I in return…B-But even then I would treasure that memory."

I smiled.

Through my tears I smiled.

-Everything I know, and anywhere I go it gets hard but it wont take away my love. And when the last one falls, when it's all said and done, it gets hard but it wont take away my love-

"Damn you…Sasuke," I sobbed.

-I'm here without you baby but you're still on my lonely mind-

"Now there's something that you don't hear everyday. Hinata-chan swearing, what would your mother think?"

My eyes widened. That voice! No, it couldn't be, I'm hallucinating…I know I am…it can't be true…

"Oi? So now you're not going to acknowledge me? And after all this time? How cruel."

The very same voice that filled me with hope, fear, everything…

Before I could respond I heard a soft thud as he hopped in from my window sill.

-I think about you baby and I dream about you all the time. But you're still with me in my dreams-

And then I felt something wonderful.

His arms around me.

"I'm sorry."

I cried.

Not from sorrow, no this time it was a feeling people do wish for when they fall in love.

Joy!

Pure and simple joy!

"I couldn't do it in the end," he chuckled, "But that's your fault you know, for being so goddamn cute."

I blushed. Silly right?

"Do you hate me?" he softly whispered. I gasped, how could he think such a thing?

"Of course not! Sasuke-kun…I love you," I couldn't stand it anymore, I turned in his arms and kissed him, the man I loved.

I felt his shock, but then he kissed me back.

After a moment, he broke it and smirked.

"You're blushing."

-And tonight girl its only you and me-

Finis