Disclaimer:I don't own Naruto

A/N: First off, let me just say (if by some reason the title didn't give it away), this is a Kiba/Hinata pairing. I'm not exactly opposed to Hinata and Naruto, or any other pairings with these characters for that matter (except maybe Hinata and Shino…two quiet people just doesn't work for me… but to each his own)… anyway, I LOVE Kiba/Hinata, therefore that's the couple I chose to do this collection of one-shot stories on, so… if you don't like the pairing, you don't have to read it.

DEDICATION - This story is dedicated to Laney. Hope you like the story ;)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HINATA
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December 27. Another year ending, another year older. Anyone else would probably be thrilled that it was their birthday, but not Hinata. Her birthday meant that for an entire day everyone's attention would be focused on her, and she never liked being the center of attention. Anytime that she was, usually meant that someone was going to tell her what a disappointment she had turned out to be. Most years she would make it through the day by finding something else to do and hoping everyone would just forget. This year, however, would not be as easy. Her father had decided that because she was turning 18, and thus an adult, as the future clan leader, the Hyuga's were obligated to throw her a birthday celebration.

"Why?" Hinata quietly moaned. Why couldn't it just be any other day?

"Hey Hinata!" a loud cheerful voice called out to her from behind.

Hinata turned to see her teammate and his faithful companion coming up the small dirt path she had used only moments earlier.

"H-hello K-Kiba-kun." Hinata softly stuttered. Even at 18, she was still unable to completely remove the speech impediment she'd had since her childhood.

"We thought we'd find you here." Kiba grinned widely.

Arf arf. The giant white dog beside the Inuzuka barked, as if agreeing with it's master.

"D-did you need something K-Kiba-kun?" Hinata asked.

"Nah." He shook his messy hair violently, "Just wanted to wish you a happy birthday, that's all." Kiba replied, smiling wide enough to show all his teeth.

"T-thank you." Hinata blushed lightly.

"So, why are you out here anyway?" Kiba asked as he and Akamaru moved to sit next to Hinata on the fallen log resting in front of the lake she liked to frequent. "Shouldn't you be getting ready for your big party?"

"Hai." Hinata bowed her head and began nervously playing with her fingers.

She had been getting ready, and had even offered to help, but her father had found her and began berating her, saying that a proper heiress should not be doing servant's work, nor should she be stuttering when talking to the help. Hashi had instructed that she leave the preparations for the servants to do, and that she should instead focus on making herself presentable and trying not to shame the Hyuga name.

Sensing that something was wrong, Kiba attempted to lift his friends spirits by changing the subject, "So what time do you have to be home?" he asked.

"Ano?" Hinata turned to face the young man curiously.

"I just want to know how long I can steal you away before you've got to get to your party." Kiba replied.

He knew the reasons Hinata disliked her birthday, despite the fact that she had never told him. It broke his heart to see the woman he had come to love, though had as of yet been unable to tell, saddened over something that should be a happy occasion. Having picked up her sent earlier, and realizing that she was not in the Hyuga compound, he decided to take it upon himself to make THIS birthday something she would always remember fondly.

"O-oh well, the party begins at six." Hinata informed him.

"That's perfect!" Kiba replied, "That means we've still got a good seven hours before you have to get back." he added, looking down at his watching and confirming the time.

"Ano…" Hinata began nervously.

"Yeah?" Kiba encouraged her to go on.

"More like five." Hinata replied, "I should get back with enough time to get ready." she explained.

"Right." Kiba nodded, "Still, plenty of time." he smiled, standing up from his seat on the log.

"Time?" Hinata looked confused.

"Yeah, we're going to celebrate your birthday the proper way." Kiba smiled, offering the blue haired kunoichi his hand.

"Proper?" she repeated, looking up at him questioningly.

"Yup." Kiba nodded, "We're going to do what YOU want to do." With that, the young shinobi took hold of the girl's hand and pulled her up.

Akamaru looked eager to go along with his master's plan, as he bounced over to where the two were standing. Kiba quickly placed his hands around Hinata's waist and hoisted her up onto Akamaru's back, then jumped on behind her.

"K-Kiba-kun?" Hinata sounded unsure. She had ridden on Akamaru's back many times before, but she had never been the one steering the giant dog. Hinata felt unsure as to whether she would be able to handle so much.

"Don't worry about it." Kiba replied as he adjusted himself behind her. "Akamaru trust's you, and so do I . You'll be fine." he smiled broadly to encourage the girl. "Now tell him where you want to go."

"H-hai." she nodded and began thinking it over. "A-ano…" she bit her lower lip nervously.

"What is it Hinata?" Kiba asked.

"I-I'm not sure where to go." Hinata confessed.

"Huh." Kiba scrounged his mouth and squinted his eyes as he thought about it a moment. "I know!" he exclaimed. "Akamaru, take us to our secret spot." he ordered.

In break-neck speed, Akamaru took off in the direction to which he was instructed. Hinata clung on to the large nin-dog's fur, but found it far more difficult to be riding up front then it usually was when she was holding on to Kiba's back. Sensing her uneasiness, Kiba quickly circled his arms around her, wrapping his left arm around her waist as he moved his right arm to cover hers and help her guide Akamaru.

The three rode swiftly through the backwoods surrounding Konoha until they reached the area Kiba had suggested. It was a fairly difficult place to get to, and, as far as Kiba was aware, no one in the village knew of it's existence. Years earlier, on one of their many walks through the forest, Kiba and Akamaru had stumbled upon the spot. It had been a mesmerizing sight, and the two had instantly fallen in love with the place, vowing never to tell anyone else about it; that was… until now.

As they approached a break in the trees, Kiba quickly moved his right hand to cover Hinata's eyes.

"Kiba-kun?" Hinata asked questioningly.

"Trust me." Kiba whispered, "It's a surprise. You're going to love it." he assured her.

"Okay." She nodded, having complete faith in her friend.

"Don't peek." he instructed.

Coming to a complete stop, Kiba jumped off of Akamaru's back, then turned and helped Hinata down, all the while making sure she kept her eyes closed. Taking hold of her small hand in his, the pair began walking in the direction of the sound of rushing water. Despite having the ability to see through any solid object, Hinata kept her word and resisted the urge to peek. She could feel a spray of mist rising to her face as they neared the source of running water.

"Okay." Kiba's voice called out as they came to a complete stop. "Open your eyes." he softly directed.

Taking in a deep breath, Hinata did as she was instructed and opened both eyes cautiously. The sight before her left her in completely awe, that upon opening her eyes she immediately lost the breath she had only moments earlier taken in.

Stretched out before the pair was the most magnificent waterfall Hinata had every seen. It seemed almost surreal; surrounded by lush greenery, and various flower's Hinata had never before seen. The water was crystal clear, shimmering in the sunlight; rainbow colors bouncing through each water droplet.

"K-ki.. she began, but was unable to continue.

"I know." Kiba grinned widely. "it is pretty amazing isn't it?"

Unable to speak, Hinata merely nodded her head in agreement.

"Come on." He took her hand and began walking down a small path towards the mouth of the waterfall. "Akamaru and I found this place a few years ago." he told her as they reached water level. "There's a cave in the back big enough to walk through." he gestured to a nearly invisible opening a few yards away.

"K-Kiba-kun…" Hinata began; once more regaining the ability to form words.

"Yeah?" Kiba turned to face his friend and secret crush.

"You called this your secret spot." She began, "Why did you bring me here?"

"Well," He paused a minute, "I thought you might like it." he said matter-of-factly.

Looking up into his feral eyes, she got up onto her tip-toes and planted a small kiss on one of the boy's fang marked cheeks. "Thank you Kiba-kun." Hinata smiled sweetly.

He smiled back at the girl, attempting to suppress the blush that was threatening to overcome him. "You're welcome." he replied.

The two sat down side by side on the water's edge, watching as the strong current crashed down upon the water below.

"So what do you want to name this place?" Kiba asked.

"Huh?" Hinata looked at him uncertain.

"Well Akamaru and I have been coming here for a while now, but we never really gave this place a proper name." he explained, "Why don't you do the honors?"

"Really?" Hinata stared in surprise; he only nodded to show her he was serious. "Well… How about, Kouseki falls." she suggested. (1)

"Kouseki falls." he repeated. "I like it. Kouseki falls… our secret spot."

"Our secret spot." she sighed, leaning into Kiba's shoulder.

"Happy Birthday Hinata." Kiba whispered before planting a chaste kiss on the girl's forehead.

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THE END
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(1) Kouseki means Crystal

Author's note: Originally this was going to be about the party that the Hyuga's were going to throw for Hinata's birthday… I had this whole thing with Naruto planned out, but somehow this ended up happening… I don't know though, I liked it. It wasn't too overtly Kiba.x.Hinata-ish, but as the first in a collection, I don't think it's too bad.

I love Kiba and Hinata, but honestly my favorite pairing is Neji and Tenten, so chances are pretty good I won't be updating this one as regularly as my Neji.x.Ten collection; just the same, I'll probably come up with a Kiba.x.Hina one-shot from time to time. I'm definitely going to be using the original plot line I had thought up for this one (minus the party stuff) later on in another chapter, but… please do not be surprised if I don't update this one as regularly as I do my other one-shot collection…

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