Chapter 38: Naruto

I walked into the doors and immediately spotted Neji, who was standing right in the door with his uncle and cousins, greeting guests. At least now we knew where he got it from. He looked absolutely amazing in his all black suit, so black it matched his hair, which just so happened to be tied back in a pony tail. My heart rate began to quicken as we approached. I smiled at him as I went passed; spotting a cute little girl he was holding hands with.

I had quit my job so I could be more respectable in his eyes. I went so far as to agree with my fathers training to take over his company. I would start as soon as I was capable of walking a mile without the help of anyone.

My father had us talking to some mayor from another city, and then introduced me to an old friend of his. I got increasingly irritated as so many people knew who I was, but I'd never heard of them before. I went along with it though, because my father was so proud of me. The thing that annoyed me the most was that my phone kept going off. I told people I wasn't going to be able to answer it for the entire evening. I turned it off and put it back in my pocket, not even bothering to check who had called.

I started to blush when I spotted Neji in the crowed, leading his cousins over to where we were. He had a bewildered expression on his face, and then a smile broke out when he saw us. It must have been subconscious because he began to blush when he realized he's smiled. My father engaged him in a small bout of conversation; I didn't hear most of it. I did find out that the little girls name was Hanabi, but that was the only thing I heard.

"Neji, you look good," I blushed. Neji was nudged forward by Hinata, who then began to take my father and Hanabi somewhere else. Soon Nejis' face was as red as mine. I laughed nervously. He led me over to a secluded spot, somewhere we wouldn't be over heard.

"Thank you, you look very handsome as well," before he'd said the compliment we'd stopped blushing, but as soon as the words left his mouth our faces went red as beets.

"Thank you…" I mumbled and scratched the side of my head. The plant over to the side seemed pretty safe to look at. Things were quiet as we fidgeted nervously.

Last night I had fought with myself on weather I should tell him my true feelings or not. I just couldn't keep it in with him getting engaged and all. It just hurt too much. Everyone knew I loved him but him, even Hinata knew!

This was the only chance I was going to get.

"Neji… um… Can I tell… you something?"

"Sure." He said it so casually, like anything I said couldn't hurt him. His confidence left me floundering for words. I stammered and stuttered, trying to tell myself to quit being a little bitch and get it over with! I took a deep breath, squared my shoulders, and looked him dead in the eyes.

"Neji, I know this is a big day for you and all but I just can't keep it to myself anymore. I know it's sudden and quick, but its how I truly feel. Something I felt when I first laid my eyes on you. Neji… I love you, with all my heart. I'm not expecting an answer from you so you don't have to feel obligated or anything. But…" I trailed off due to his shocked expression. An awkward silence ensued. Something fitted across his face but I couldn't really identify the feeling, it went by to quickly. It was replaced with determination and confidence. He opened his mouth to speak.

"Naruto… I…"

"Excuse me Neji-sama. Hizashi-dono requires your presence by the stair case. He wants you there immediately," someone intervened. Neji sighed, whatever he was about to say died on his lips. He bowed to me with furrowed brows.

"I'm really sorry, I'll be back if I can," he promised and ran off with the servant. Not long after hidden speakers boomed with Hizashi Hyuugas voice.

"Welcome to the Hyuuga mansion, all of you who have so graciously attended. We all know why we're here, but I still need to announce it officially to the press! But first-" He began to say something but someone tugged on my shoulder. I turned to find my father standing there with an unpleasant expression on his face.

"It's the hospital." He informed me. "Shinu's in labor." I blinked in confusion until realization hit my like a garbage truck of bricks going 200 miles on a high way. My baby was being born.

"-My daughter Hinata has been engaged to Neji, this fine boy here-"

I felt claustrophobia creeping up my body, like an abortion with home sickness. The walls were closing in. There were too many people around me. I had to get out. I HAD TO GET OUT!