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For those that know me, hello again! Yes, here it is, yet another story! Thanks so much for being here, it's nice to see you again! x)
For everyone, I'd just like you to know that this is going to be based off of The Game of Life(one of my past projects that is currently completed and probably my favorite of my ideas), but it's not going to be exactly like it. Actually, the plot is pretty different. But the character's personalities are going to be pretty much the same, and so is the basic idea. But don't worry, this is totally original in itself!
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Enjoy!

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The door opened.

A boy, hidden by the darkness of the room, sat in a leather swivel chair at a desk in the corner. Another boy entered, and he looked up and turned the chair around to face him. "Hyuuga." he greeted him in a deep, amused voice.

"Uchiha." the other boy said back in a velvety smooth voice of his own, standing, hidden as well, in the shadows of the room. "We have some things to go over. Naruto informed me that-"

"Who said my name, who said my name?!" Another boy bounded into the room. "Sasuke, Neji, what are you talking about?!"

Neji exhaled slowly. "I'm telling Uchiha about what you told me, Naruto."

"And that would be?" Sasuke asked, sounding annoyed at Naruto's sudden unwanted appearance.

"There are, apparently, three new students that just transferred here."

"Ah. Male or female?"

"Female, all of them."

"Where do they come from?"

"Naruto said they came from Kiri. I hear it's a pretty nice place, fairly wealthy."

"Why would they move here from such a nice place?"

"I don't know, we'll have to look into that. I just thought I'd inform you, is all."

"Thank you. That was needed."

Neji was silent for a bit, then he sighed. "Trying to snag them before anyone else does, Uchiha?" Neji asked with the air of accusing Sasuke of something.

Naruto laughed. "That's so obvious, though!" he said

Sasuke chuckled. "You make them sound like fish, Hyuuga." he said with mirth in his voice.

Neji turned his back on Sasuke and Naruto. "The way you act, they're nothing more." And with that, he exited the room, and the door closed.

Hear No Evil
See no evil. Speak no evil.

Disclaimer: Oh emm eff gee, I don't own Naruto. :)
Song: Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap :)

Ch. One - It Started With A Push

Where are we?
What the hell is going on?
The dust has only just begun to form
Crop circles in the carpet
Sinking feeling

TenTen

"I can't believe she's blaming it on me!" I muttered angrily under my breath.

I was walking along the brilliantly lit, sunny sidewalk of Konoha, my new home town, on Sunday, holding a soccer ball under my right arm and glaring at my shoes, a pair of scuffed, dirty red converse under some simple jeans and a tight crimson tee-shirt that hugged my body.

I was taking a walk to the park near my new house that I now shared with my two best friends, Sakura and Hinata, and had been kicking that soccer ball around to vent my frustration at Sakura. She was blaming me for this mess?! What had I done?! I was the one protecting them!

I could still remember how it all began, with that simple push…

"Get out of my way." With one shove, Sakura and Hinata, my two freshman best friends, were sent stumbling out of the way of three senior boys pushing through the hall, and slammed into the wall. Sakura, recovering, quickly checked to see if Hinata was alright, while the three boys made their way past them as if they had swatted at thin air. None of them noticed me, right behind them down the hall.

"Hey! You punks had better apologize!"

They all turned to see me. Hinata bit her lip and Sakura said, "TenTen, don't." but I ignored them, glaring at the culprits that had hurt my best friends.

The boys snickered. "And what if we don't?"

My response, as I advanced and cracked my knuckles, was not pretty.

After they found the beaten, unconscious bodies of the three seniors, the office called me and the other two down and informed us that, for the school's own sake and reputation, we were being transferred to Konoha to live out the rest of our high school lives together in a house. It was, after all, only the Friday of the first week of school, which happened to be last Friday. Now it was Sunday, and tomorrow, Monday, obviously, me and my sisters would have to go to our first day of the horrible Konoha High School, with one of the worst reps for trouble out there.

Now that might have seemed harsh, but that wasn't the first or last time that something like that had happened. People would always gang up on me, Hinata, and Sakura, and I had recently gotten sick of it and decided to just take action. And me taking action usually included mindless violence.

"Damn it! I can't believe this!" I yelled furiously. It was only the first day in our new house, and the stress of it all had ticked me off to the limit. I kicked the soccer ball with all my strength, and it flew away. But then I remembered how much the thing had cost me, and my eyes grew big. "Not good!"

I took off running after it as it rolled down the hill and down into the street. I didn't see cars coming, and I was almost going to run into the street and get squashed by them like a bug, when I skidded to a halt.

A terribly handsome boy that looked about my age with long, coffee brown hair that was tied at the bottom stood across the street, his back to me, one of his brown Vans stopping the ball effortlessly. He was wearing somewhat simple cloths; a dark brown shirt that hugged his muscles, and ripped jeans. He turned his face to look over his shoulder, and I found something surprising; a pair of two, lovely, pearly white eyes that were horribly familiar set into his pale, attractive features. "This yours?" he asked in a monotone. His voice was velvety, deep, and as smooth as butter…

I gulped when I realized my throat was a bit clogged up suddenly. "Uh…yeah…" I said. Meanwhile, my mind was spinning. Those eyes could only mean one thing…

"Here." He kicked the ball over to me, and I caught it easily in my hands, not flinching, but staring at him.

"Um…thanks."

"Whatever." With that he turned his back on me and walked away. And I took one turn on my heel and ran for it back to the house.

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"I'm home!" I yelled impatiently, bursting through the door of the house and removing my shoes, throwing the soccer ball aside.

The first room I entered was a small living room, a sofa and a coffee table at it and a television in the corner. Half of this room was also a kitchen, separated from the room by a small counter with three bar stools at it. There were numerous packets of chips and food on the counter. There were cabinets and drawers for dishes and silver ware, and a refrigerator as well in the tiny kitchen, but that was about it, simply enough. There was a storage closet for cleaning supplies and things like that, a door that led to the bathroom, and a door that led to the bedroom, leading out of this room. It wasn't that big of a place, but better than my old apartment that I used to live in by myself back in Kiri. I lived by myself since I turned fourteen and was allowed out of the orphanage, where I was dropped off at the age of six when both of my parents were killed in a car accident in front of my eyes.

Coming out of that bedroom door was Sakura Haruno. She had long, silky pink hair and emerald green eyes. She was always bossy and always stuck to the rules. She did what she thought was right. But when she had to be, she could be really sweet and kind and loving and all those things. Her greatest dream in life was to become a doctor. She used to live with her mother when we were in Kiri, but not anymore… "TenTen, what are you yelling for? What's the problem?" she asked with a frown on her face, green eyes narrowed.

Hinata came out after her. She had long, violet-blue hair and pearly white eyes trademark to the Hyuuga family, which was what I was concerned about currently. She was absolutely adorable, even if she was pretty shy, and she was basically like the housewife in this new 'family' type gang. She was great at cooking and cleaning and taking care of us, and she always knew what to say. She lived with the Hyuuga family in the gigantic manor that belonged to her father, Hiashi, the head of the family, until we moved here. "Did something happen?" she asked me, immediately concerned at my face.

I nodded and walked over. "Hinata, I ran into a boy in the street that has the same exact eyes as you!" I said excitedly. "I think he's a Hyuuga! I really do! Do you know who it is?!"

She looked confused at this. "TenTen-nee-san, I don't remember any of my family moving here. Are you sure he had the same eyes as the Hyuuga's…?" she asked shyly.

"Well, yeah, I'm totally-!"

"You might be seeing things, TenTen." Sakura said, rolling her eyes. "Or maybe the dude's blind."

"No! He stopped my soccer ball, he saw it coming! I know he's a Hyuuga!"

"Would you calm down already?!" Sakura snapped at me. "Listen, I don't think it's anything to be worried about, okay? And even if it is a Hyuuga, then we'll probably see them around or at school or something and we can worry about it then."

"Well, okay…But I just thought it would be exciting, that's all." I tried to sound as disappointed as I could.

"Geeze, when you say that it makes me feel like I should be jumping for joy." Sakura said sarcastically.

Hinata giggled. "It is exciting, TenTen, don't worry. I'm interested in meeting him."

I smiled at her generous gesture. "Thanks, I guess. Well, are we finished packing?"

"Yeah, we finished since you can't pack for yourself!" Sakura said, glaring at me. "And now Hinata's going to make us lunch. I would tell you to help, but I remember the last time you helped her cook."

I could remember too. It was the equivalent of a forest fire in one kitchen. I laughed nervously. "Good idea." But I couldn't help but have a strange feeling about that boy I'd run into earlier…

Sakura

"Iwish you'd listen to me more often, TenTen! Then we wouldn't be in this mess!" I snapped as we drove to school in her rusty black pickup truck the next day. I had spent fifteen minutes of the morning trying to get her to wake up as Hinata cooked us breakfast, and we had ended up late. Now I sat in the passenger seat, Hinata in the back, and TenTen in the drivers seat, all of us in our new uniforms, which consisted of a white button up collared shirt, green striped tie, green plaid skirt, green stockings that went up a little below the knee, and the usual school shoes.

"Oh shut up, Sakura, I got to sleep late last night because you just had to give me and Hinata a lecture about being responsible for an hour and half!" she snapped. Always the immature one, that TenTen. I was constantly having to lecture her as if I was her sister instead of her best friend, even though she was a year older than me and Hinata. At the moment her chocolate brown hair that matched her eyes was up in the usual twin buns she always wore on top of her head. She said she liked it because it kept the hair out of her eyes. I said I liked it because, even though it was childish, it was cute on her, and showed off her pretty face. And it also made her look like a panda, which was my nickname for her; 'Panda-chan'.

"Well sorry, for trying to keep us out of trouble this year." I said, huffing and crossing my arms, shifting my brown, one-shoulder-strap school bag that was identical to TenTen's and Hinata's on my lap. We were not only required to wear that uniform but carry around the same bag.

I stared out of the window, watching the scenery. Konoha was actually a nice looking place. Trees and green grass everywhere, the occasional shrubbery lining someone's lawn. I watched it all flash by, putting a hand up to shade my eyes from the sunlight glinting in through the window, until TenTen gasped suddenly. "Is this our school…?!"

I looked over, and we all stared out of the windshield at the school that TenTen was parking in the front parking lot of. It was a two story brown brick building. Graffiti was everywhere, and the bricks were chipping and the paint was peeling on the aging sign on the front lawn that stated the school's name in choppy, cheap letters: Konoha High School.

"Oh! I knew we were in for it!" I cried dramatically, slumping against the window and hiding my face with my hand. "If this place's reputation wasn't enough, the appearance of the school just gave it away!"

"No, let's just calm down." Hinata said soothingly as I started to feel panic spread through me, sounding a little scared herself. TenTen parked in a spot and turned off the car, but none of us made any move to get out, and Hinata continued. "Looks can be deceiving. We don't know if they had bad weather recently or they don't have a lot of money or what. But we shouldn't be too scared, alright? Let's just walk in there confidently and set a semi-good impression."

TenTen and I glanced at each other uncertainly, but then both of us turned back to Hinata and nodded. We all took a deep breath and then opened the car doors and climbed out. TenTen locked the car behind us, and we turned to face our new school.

Other people were crowding in, all dressed in their uniforms and with the same brown bags that were required to carry. They were all different, had different hair styles and plain styles in general. And they were all hugging each other and laughing with each other and bragging with each other and just flaunting exuberant, overenthusiastic qualities that I didn't share. In other words, these kids looked like freaks compared to where we used to live…

There were also the many kids leaning against the walls and puffing cigarettes while teachers entered the school with their over-stuffed bags and completely ignored them, as if nothing was going on.

I gulped. "Let's go…"

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When we'd gotten into the school, we all had to split up to go to our individual homerooms. And finally I had gotten into my own. A silver haired man with a blue bandana covering half his face who was my new homeroom teacher, Kakashi-sensei, was seated at a desk, reading a little orange book, which, when I dared a quick glance at, read, 'Icha-Icha Paradise' on the cover. I immediately made a mental note to avoid this guy at all costs.

"New student?" he asked, barely glancing at me over his book.

"U-um, yeah." I said, shifting nervously.

He heaved a lazy sigh and looked up. "Are you one of the three transfer students?"

"Yes."

"Name?" he demanded.

"Sakura Haruno." I said, trying not to sound as scared as I actually was.

"Aa." He wrote it down on his attendance sheet and looked up at me again. "The only empty seat is between Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha." He looked over the class and yelled over all the chattering kids, "Naruto, Sasuke! Wave your hands so she can find her seat between you!"

I turned around and my eyes skimmed over the class to find in a corner a little blonde boy with laughing, cerulean blue eyes, waving like a maniac. Two seats behind him was probably the hottest boy I'd ever seen! I resisted the urge to gasp. He had pale skin and onyx black eyes, and his hair was dyed a raven blue and was styled strangely so it stuck up in the back a bit, long bangs framing his round face, which was drawn in annoyance at his blonde friend's excitement. He leaned over and yanked the blonde down into his seat, muttering, "Dobe."

I gulped and walked over to sit between them. I wondered if I should introduce myself, but I was saved that when the blonde twisted around in his seat and gave me a huge grin. "Hey! I'm Naruto! You're pretty hott!" Suddenly, his hand shot out…to my chest!

And that was where I drew the line. I could put up with peeling paint and chipping bricks, I could put up with kids smoking out in front of the school, I could even put up with a lazy, perverted homeroom teacher, but this I could not!

BAM!

I punched him right in the head, and he toppled onto his desk. "Wanna try that again…?" I asked dangerously over my fist clenched in front of me.

Normally I was a pretty mellow person, sure! I stuck to the rules, I was pretty timid. But when I got pissed, I would not let someone go without a fight!

I punched my palm. "Don't ever try to grope me! Got it?!" I asked him furiously.

"Y-Yes!" Naruto moaned, holding onto his head.

"Good!" I suddenly noticed half the class staring at me, their mouth's hanging open. I blushed bright red. "S-S-Sorry!" I squeaked, and I sat down in a flash and hung my head. That is, until I heard laughing behind me. I twisted around and glared at so called Sasuke, who was trying to stifle his snickers with his hand.

"That was hilarious!" he managed to blurt out. "Who the hell are you, some girl from Gai's class?"

I frowned. "I don't know who you're talking about. I'm new here."

He stopped laughing immediately. "You're one of the transfer students?!" he asked, his eyes widening.

I nodded simply and turned around again, crossing my arms grouchily. This was not the way to start the school year.

Hinata

"Ah!" I fell backwards and landed on the ground. It was lunch, and I was on my way to the cafeteria where I would hopefully meet Sakura and TenTen, but suddenly someone running down the halls had slammed into me, sending me to the ground, my new books that I had just gotten tumbling out of my arms.

"Ah! Gomen!" Suddenly a hand shot out and grabbed my books from the air, gathering them in someone's arms.

I looked up at the culprit. He was a young, blonde, blue eyed boy that I had never seen before. His eyes widened as he caught sight of me. "Wow…" he said quietly, his eyes seeming to glaze over. Then he shook his head and held out a hand quickly. "I'm really, really sorry, I was just going so fast and-!"

I took his hand gently, still a little bewildered, and let him pull me up. "N-No, it's alright. It was my fault, really, I wasn't paying attention."

"Are you kidding?!" He suddenly started dusting me off with one hand, my books towering in his other one. "It was my fault, really!"

"So right, Naruto. Dobe." Another boy came up behind him, hands in his pockets, smirking a bit. He had raven blue hair and onyx eyes. He looked me over and seemed to decide he didn't really care about me.

Naruto glared at him. "Shut up, Sasuke-teme!"

"Would both of you shut up? I don't want to see you fight." Suddenly another boy came up, and I froze. He looked familiar. Dreadfully familiar. He stopped in front of us and looked at Naruto. "Naruto, who did you run into this time? Was it…?" His voice trailed away when he caught sight of me, and his eyes grew huge.

"I don't know who it is." Naruto said. He turned to me and grinned. "Hey, you want me to carry your books for you? These are really heav…Hey, wait, where are you going?!"

I didn't even listen to him. I had just turned on my heel and ran for it.

TenTen

"TenTen, Sakura!"

"Oh, Hinata, there you are." Sakura said, both of us smiling as she ran up to us, alone at a table in the cafeteria. However, our smiles vanished as we saw her horrified face.

"Hinata, what's wrong?" Sakura demanded.

"Tell me who did it, I'll take care of em." I said immediately.

"No, nothing, it's just…TenTen, I know who you're talking about, the member of my family that's here!"

"What?!"

"You do?" I asked, leaning forward as she sat down next to me. "Long brown hair, right?"

"Yes! It's my cousin, Neji-nii-san! He ran away from the Hyuuga family when we were younger, I had no idea he'd come here! He must have come because it was so unexpected, no one would have guessed…"

"Wow, really?" I asked. "That's really cool! Wait, did you say his name's Neji?"

"Yes."

"Dude!" I gaped at her. "He's in my homeroom!"

"He is?!"

"Yeah! But he wasn't there today. I sit behind him and in front of this dude named Rock Lee that keeps going on about youth!"

"…Youth?" Sakura asked, raising an eyebrow. She shrugged and took a sip of her Coke. "This school is full of weirdoes. I was in between a guy named Sasuke, who's just kind of dark and creepy, and a guy named Naruto, who's the total opposite and kind of freakish."

Hinata gasped. "Oh no!"

"What is it now?" Sakura asked.

"It's just, I ran into Naruto in the hall, and he caught all my books before they fell…and he still has them, because Neji and Sasuke came up, and when I saw Neji-nii-san, I…I ran…"

I groaned. "Just great. Our first day in this place and this has to happen!"

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"Don't worry, Hinata." Sakura scolded her gently as I drove us home after school was finally over. We had met in the parking lot in front of the school again, and Hinata hadn't seen Naruto again the entire day. Neither had Sakura, and I didn't know what he looked like, but I still kept my eyes and ears open, and I hadn't seen a sign of him either. "For the last time, I'm going to ask him tomorrow in homeroom, and you'll have your books back just in time! I promise!"

"You're sure?" Hinata asked timidly… "I mean, what if he keeps them?"

I snorted. "For what, money? Why would he do that? From what you've both said, he doesn't seem the type. Sakura will just ask him politely and it'll all be okay."

"Alright…I'm sorry…" Hinata said sadly.

"Don't worry, Hinata-chan, it's alright!" Sakura said quickly.

I smiled. "Yeah, Hinata, we don't mind! It's not your fault! Oh, we're home guys."

Sakura sighed as I stopped in front of our house and we all opened up the door. "My first day in our new school…God, this is the worst day of my life…"

"No. This is just the worst town of your life." I corrected her glumly, and she didn't protest, as was usual for her, but just nodded in agreement as we collected our things and slammed the truck's door's shut.

Little did we know that it was even worse than we could imagine.

This was just the beginning.

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No kidding, right? x)
lolz. Ok, so as you can see, this story is going to be somewhat like The Game of Life, but better! That's right, I'm taking things to the next level! Get it…? Sorry, that was lame… -.-;
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