I wonder if you guys missed me. Na, probably not but here's the next chapter anyway, written without much thought to what happened before... Okay, with a lot of thought of what happened before. I got stuck. That was it but now here is my attempt to become unstuck from this sticky mess I've gotten myself into. Hopefully it will be good.

Edit: This chapter is now the new last chapter. (Smile) see end for details.

I do not own Naruto

Chapter Eight

Hinata sat stiffly in the chair of her desk, her hands tapping lightly on the hard surface. Her cell phone sat neatly in the center and every now and again she picked it up, checked for missed calls, and then placed it down making sure it was straight. The feelings she felt for Sasuke were wrong, she stayed up the rest of the night figuring that out, and now she had to tell Naruto. Why? To clear her conscious? I'm so selfish, what am I thinking?! What will happen to their friendship, no I shouldn't come between them... She sighed heavily, her mind wanted to go back on the decision she had spent hours trying to make.

"Hinata?" Neji poked his head through her door, his eyes softened at her fidgeting. Somehow, before they got home, he had gotten her to crack about the kiss and her unfaithful thoughts, as she called it. "What're you doing?" Her shoulders drooped and she leaned an elbow on the desk.

"I'm waiting for Naruto to call." He walked over to her.

"Why don't you just call him?" She tilted her head up a bit in thought. Yes well, why didn't she just call him?

"I'm scared Neji, whenever I thin about it, I get a strange feeling in my chest. Almost as if my heart wants to burst with, I dunno nervouse-ness." He chuckled and shook his head. He wanted to be comforting but he couldn't help think that his cousin was being silly. She had really done nothing wrong and the fact that she felt so guilty made her a very faithful girlfriend indeed.

"Hina, just call." With that said, he left the room, closing the door firmly behind him. A thud came from when she let her head hit the desk, eyes focused on the object in front of her. She picked it up and hit Naruto's speed dial number; she took deep breaths and held up the phone. The ringing seemed to get louder and louder, she hoped she would get his answering but then she stopped. It would be a worrying thing, hearing her strained voice saying they need to talk. It would probably scare him to death.

"Hello? Hinata?" Her smile was small but very welcome to the muscles in her face.

"N-Naruto..." Her voice cracked and hot tears prickled her eyes. "I have to tell you this, it's very important and I just want you to listen." He cleared his throat and gave his consent to go on. She took a deep breath and began. "I-I know that you and Sasuke are very close friends, a-and s-somehow I... also came to be very... c-close to him." She rested her head in her arm.

"Somehow... along the way o-of this very i-inocent friendship... He k-kissed me." She licked her lips and closed her eyes, still remembering how warm his lips were. Forcing her eyes open and mentally slapping herself, she continued. Naruto was speechless; he didn't know what to think because this is what Sakura was talking about before. "P-please understand... I was utterly... s-shocked!" She stifled a sob as best as she could and continued on through her tears. "It was an accident N-Naruto but after that... I think... I-I... fell in love with him." Her nails dug into her check as she realized what she'd said. "B-but I don't want to be in love with him!"

"Hinata..." The hurt in his tone made her gasp. "You don't want to love him?" She shook her head; he let out a small laugh. "Did you shake your head?" She sniffed.

"Yes. Naruto, I only want to l-love you... So I-I've decided... I'm not going to talk to S-Sasuke anymore." He sighed.

"But Hinata, if you love him, and he makes you happy, I don't want to be the one to keep you from him." Hinata's head shot up.

"No! Naruto, don't you see. Because of all this... I've been more miserable than any other time in my life. I've decided, Sasuke's a good friend, but I love you Naruto and I only want you..." She could practically hear the grin on Naruto's face. What a girl he chose.

Sasuke paced around the kitchen with a cupcake in hand, Itachi watched him curiously nibbling on his own cookie. "Do you think she'll break up with him? Then confess undenying love for me? We could live happily ever after and all that and I would vow to make her happy!" Sasuke took a furious bite out of the cookie; he shook it at his brother. "These are pretty good you know I never really took notice." Itachi grinned.

"You're already making plans, what if she stays with her boyfriend?" Sasuke stopped and his shoulder's fell.

"I dunno..."

"You shouldn't worry Hinata, sure it's kind of cold what you're about to do, but you shouldn't worry. Just get it over with." Ino laughed cheerily and patted her friend's back. Hinata drew herself closer and shivered. She was basically going to tell Sasuke to buzz off without much of a second though, as it would seem to him. Hinata Hyuuga was about to do a bitch move and she wasn't liking it. She felt Ino nudge her.

"Look, here he comes; I'll be waiting inside okay?" She shook her head vaguely and Ino took off. Sasuke approached, not as confidently as normal though, because what Itachi said had shaken him a great deal. What kind of a girl would Hinata turn out to be?

"H-Hi S-Sasuke..." He smiled and nodded. This was it, who would she choose? How could this have all happened so fast? It didn't matter; all that mattered was what comes out of this beautiful girl's mouth next. "Sasuke I spoke to Naruto... and we both think... w-well... I think it'd b-be best..." She took a deep breath. It's just like when you get into a pool; you've just got to jump in...

"I don't think we can be friends anymore." He couldn't help the dumb expression that came upon his face. It was half between a smile and disbelief. All around him, the world fell to his feet; Hinata had successfully crushed this young man. , crushed him successfully into many little tiny pieces.

"Oo-oh" Sasuke scratched the back of his head. She chose Naruto... but how could he expect her to suddenly choose him. They'd only really known each other for a couple of months and who knows how long she and Naruto had been together. It was obvious their feelings for each other were stronger. 'Heh, I must be the worst best friend in the whole entire world..'. A dark anger swelled at the pit of his stomach, something he couldn't really explain but it felt better than the pain he'd just experienced.

"So I guess this is goodbye..." Her pale eyes were cast downward and she held out her small hand. He so longed to take it and hold it but he narrowed his eyes. Scowling he muttered an 'I guess...' and strode away. Hinata winced but could not cry anymore, her tear duct would more likely bleed than produce more tears. The feeling she had for that boy was something she couldn't explain but Naruto was her one and only. The one she so cherished, admired, and adored. But then... why was this so hard?

As school was dismissed that day Sasuke walked around menacingly. He had a chance to simmer and justify his anger to an extent; really he knew he couldn't blame her, how could he honestly ask her to choose between her boyfriend and him? Oh yeah, he'd made a fairly impressive of list of how he could ask her honestly but he wasn't paying attention to that know. He needed to find someone, someone to be a bridge between them and that person was sitting at a bench right ahead of him.

"Hey Sasuke, wow you look pissed. I guess Hinata did gather her courage about her huh?" Ino chuckled and took out a compact, primping herself in its mirror.

"I need you to be friends with me." Ino snapped her head up at him; she noted the crazed look in his eyes. She smirked; Ino was blond but not stupid.

"And why should I be friends with you Mr. Uchiha? Why the sudden interest?" He cut his eyes away from her and took note of who was around, he clenched his fists.

"I need to keep Hinata close to me somehow and TenTen is too weird to be friends with. Ino... please." She laughed and tossed her hair back.

"Wow, you're really vulnerable right now aren't you? Well alright, if you want to stay close to Hinata somehow but... what about Neji?" Sasuke ran his hand through his hair.

"Yeah, thought of that but he's probably mad at me from Saturday. I don't think he'd want to help me stay close to her and right now Naruto seems pretty good to him for Hinata right about now." Ino laughed again nodding her head in agreement. This made Sasuke feel a lot better but he was still mad and he was going to be mad for a very long time.

Naruto sat rigidly in the Hyuuga living room, fidgeting his fingers and eyes darting around in every direction. Neji sat at a piano, playing a strange combination of notes and rhythms, they could hardly be called a song.

"N-Naruto?" Hinata said quietly. "You can come up now..." Neji kept his fingers moving but his cold gaze remained fixed on Naruto as though to say 'Don't try anything funny...' A silent warning that Naruto would defiantly take to heart. Hinata led her boyfriend up to her room, walking slowly with her head bowed.

Once arrived, they just stood. Awkwardly facing each other, neither exactly sure what to say. Hinata finally found the courage to look up and speak.

"I'm really sorry..." Naruto smiled warmly and took her small frame into his arms. He squeezed her tightly and laughed.

"Don't ever be sorry about anything because everything's okay now." Hinata shut her eyes and nodded into his chest. Naruto was back from Oklahoma (or Ohio, I can't remember anymore) and everything was peachy. The only thing missing was...

'Sasuke...'

Itachi was perched on the fence of the family's backyard as he watched his brother stare down a strange blonde girl he had brought home from school. He swung his legs playfully and munched on an apple as the two talked.

"You know you're really weird, I thought you would be sexy and mysterious. I thought I would fall in love with you but your really weird and quite the opposite of what everyone at school thinks." Ino flipped her hair and snapped her gum. Sasuke smirked.

"Well it's good that you won't fall in love with me because I don't need that from you anyway." Ino sighed in frustration. The more she thought of it the more she regretted suddenly agreeing to become friends with this guy.

"You know what? Now I'm going home, why the hell did I come here anyway! Screw this." She flipped her hair again, which was starting to become a habit, and stomped away. He sighed and called after her.

"Ino, you invited yourself over because you said it would be boring at your house. Maybe I should have gone with someone else like Sakura or something..." Ino scoffed and threw her book bag at him.

"Sakura? She would totally go for it just to spend time with you; you know she's been acting really slutty lately." Ino cut her eyes to the side and shook her eyes. Sasuke blinked, he'd never been much for gossip but he had sort of been in the dark about what's been going on with everyone else lately.

"What's been going on lately?" Ino's eyes widened.

"You mean you haven't heard?" Sasuke shook his head innocently, Itachi jumped off the fence.

"Gossip isn't good for you little brother, you wont be able to tell right from wrong and you little missy." He pointed his half eaten apple at Ino. "You shouldn't be spreading these stories around..." They all stayed quiet and Itachi's eyes darkened, then his face broke. "Haha, sorry I'm just kidding, go on girly! I wanna know about Sasuke's little classmates too!"

"Okay, yeah I was right, it was totally worth coming here. Sasuke!" She patted his back. "This is the start of a beautiful friendship. As for the story on Sakura..." She looked around. "It's not safe out here, let's go inside." Sasuke blinked again then smiled and Itachi skipped around excitedly.

Oh my darlings I have come back from the dead with a fierce passion in my heart for this story as well as with Things We Can't Say When We're Alone. What do you think? I'm doing a sequel. Things will be settled. It's called Shattered. I hope you'll enjoy it. Thank you for your patience.

NewRageInc.