Love Rival
By Night Beauty


Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto, nor do I own Atashi wa Bambi of which this fanfiction is based off of.


Chapter 7: The End


He shoved me away, "Shut up!"

"S-Sas…"

"This is reality," he blurted. "You can't understand my feelings. So stop trying to. You're tired of me right? Tired of everything's that happened? You don't have to stay with me."

'But I want to stay with you.'

I stood still. I should have followed you, Sasuke, but my legs wouldn't go. It was painful, watching your back. You didn't even turn around…

The next day, you didn't even look at me.

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"Hinata, what's wrong?"

"Huh?" I blinked, looking up from my bento to my best friend.

Tenten sighed. "You've been poking at your bento for the past five minutes."

I looked down again, realizing that my octopus-shaped sausages had poked mercilessly by my chopsticks. I blushed. "Oops."

"What's wrong this time? Is it Naruto still?"

"No," I shook my head. "It's actually…"

"Sasuke, right?"

I nodded meekly. "We… kind of got into a fight." Or rather, he's angry with me…

She girl placed a finger on her chin, thinking. "Oh! Why don't you write a letter?"

I bit my bottom lip. "A letter?"

"Yeah! Put your feelings on paper!" Tenten smiled. "You want to tell him how you're feeling, right?"

"What… What s-should I write?"

"Your real feelings, duh!" she poked my cheek.

'I'm lonely, Sasuke.'

I want to go back to the way we were.

Did you ever consider me your friend?

Or was I just a worthless rival to you?

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I stared at the note in my locker.

I want to make up with you. Can we be friends again, please?

Love, Hinata

I twitched, feeling a bit… guilty. Uchihas are not meant to feel guilty.

"A love note?" Naruto asked as he looked over my shoulder and snatched it.

"H-Hey!" I glared, snatching it back.

Naruto put on a serious face. "I talked to Hinata today."

"That's nice." I shrugged.

"She seemed depressed about something. You two fought?"

"Maybe," I shut my locker and glared at him more. "Why do you care?"

"Because we're friends," Naruto said, grinning. "And Hinata is our friend too, right?"

I smirked. "Yeah…"

But to me… maybe… she's more than that?

I slammed the locker shut.

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"Sa-Sakura?" I blinked, noticing a pink bob of hair sticking out from the bush.

"Uhhh… hey Hinata-chan!" she stood up and laughed nervously, rubbing the back of her head.

"What are you doing here?" I asked, though secretly I was glad she was here.

"I… wanted to check up on you. I heard from Naruto that you haven't been feeling well."

"It's just--"

"Sasuke?"

I blinked. "How did you…?"

"Intuition. You and him are pretty close… he normally doesn't let people get to him like that."

I stayed quiet.

Sakura continued, "I mean… do you feel anything for him?"

"I-I don't know," I answered honestly. "Right now, I'm worried about being friends again."

She put a hand on my shoulder reassuringly. "It'll all get better Hinata, I promise." She smiled.

I smiled back. "Thank you, Sakura-chan."

"Ah crap, I gotta go or I'll be late from lunch break," Sakura said, glancing at her watch. "I'll catch you later, Hinata!" she waved and ran off before I could say anything.

"See you," I said, though I know she couldn't hear me. I headed to my locker, wondering if Sasuke had said anything.

I opened the locker and saw a note I was hoping for.

Let's be friends again, then.

Love, Sasuke

I wasn't expecting the "love" part, but I noticed erase marks around that area. I wonder if he was having conflicts?

"Amused?"

"E-eh! S-Sasuke!" I turned around and was faced with obsidian eyes. He shut the locker door behind me, both arms locking me in.

"Scared?" he smirked.

'Is he enjoying this?'

"O-Of course n-not!" I inwardly kicked myself at the stutter. I gripped his wrists. "What're you--"

And then it happened; His soft lips against mine. His eyes were closed, and mine were widened in shock, but slowly I fluttered them shut. His body shifted against mine, against the locker. Slowly my gripped loosened, but his hand caught mine, intertwining our fingers. His other hand trailed down my back, sending me excited shivers I never thought I'd feel, and finally it settled around my waist. Was it minutes or seconds that passed? Was I dreaming or was this real? Was this right or wrong?

He pulled away—hesitantly—I think. His breaths were quick, mingling with mine. When did my heart start pounding like it was about to explode?

Sasuke licked his lips. "That was interesting."

I was speechless.

"Did you enjoy that too?" he smirked again—that smirk I hate, but now I feel as though I love it.

We stayed in the same position. His left hand on my waist, his right intertwined with mine. My other hand lay on his toned chest.

"Hey, get a room!" a familiar voice called.

"Naruto," Sakura scolded from behind a set of lockers.

"Hee," he grinned a fox-like grin, rubbing his nose. "I'm glad you guys made up! But I didn't think so literally."

Sasuke sent a glare at him. "Dobe, you have until three. One. Two."

"Sorry, Sasuke-kun, Hinata-chan!" Sakura bowed and grabbed Naruto's arm, carrying him off.

I blushed, squirming a bit in the position we were in. "A-Ano, Sasuke, I think there's a combination lock poking my back."

He blinked before letting go of me, but still kept my hand in his. I missed his warmth.

"Was that… okay?" he asked quietly.

Blushing harder, I nodded.

I finally managed to speak. "I thought… I thought you liked…"

"Things change, for better or for worse. I just like experimenting," he said nonchalantly. "You are a very successful experiment. I might keep trying you for a while."

My eyes looked down. Does that mean he doesn't know? Was he tricking me?

"Hey."

Was this all a game to him?

He grabbed my chin gently, forcing me to look at him. "I was only kidding. It's not… over right?"

"No," the answer escapes my mouth, smiling at his gentleness and honesty. "It's only the beginning."

The End...

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