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"Please hang on," she whispered to his ear.

He lay still in her arms, his eyes barely open. Sweat beads hung on his face, trailing their way down through the shape of his face. Tears glistened in her eyes and they fell landing on his orange jumpsuit that was now torn and ripped. She looked away tears flowing down her angelic face.

He reached up and grazed her chin with his warm hand, turning her face to look at him. "Hinata… I love you," he said wincing.

"Naruto…" Hinata whispered, her voice was barely audible.

What did he just say?! Don't faint, don't faint.

"You… you didn't stutter when you said my name," Naruto said quietly smiling despite the gash on his lip. Hinata stared at him in complete shock. Her already shaking body shook more violently now.

I MUST NOT FAINT!! I have to get him to the village...

"HINATA!" called a voice from the trees. Kiba approached running toward Hinata. He stopped in front of her gasping for breath.

"Hinata I was looking all over for-" he stopped short absorbing the scene in front of him with wide eyes. He stared at Naruto lying in Hinata's arms. He looked from Naruto to Hinata. Hinata's face was full of anguish and desperation. She was covered in scratches and she appeared to have several kunai wounds. Men lay everywhere with kunai in their backs and some lay unconscious on the ground.

"K-Kiba… I… we w-were attacked." Hinata muttered. Kiba looked away for a second. Akamaru wined.

"Come on let's get him out of here," Kiba said urgently.

Running through the trees, Kiba held a limp Naruto on his back and Hinata ran beside Kiba, glancing every once in a while at Naruto. His eyes were closed, but he was breathing. Tears threatened to fall, but Hinata held them back turning forward to look ahead.


Naruto awoke in the hospital. He had seen this white room so many times. The window shades were down, but the sun shone through reflecting off of the white sheets. He often came in after training to get some treatment for scratches, and chat with Sakura.

Naruto attempted to sit up. He grunted in pain as he pushed himself upright.

"You had better stay still," Kiba said laughing slightly. "You can't rest even for a minute can you?" he added as he walked over to the bed.

"Kiba!" Naruto exclaimed startled.

"Look, if you don't want me here I'll leave. I wouldn't have come anyway, but Hinata insisted that I come. " Joked Kiba. Hinata blushed lightly. She was sitting in a chair near the window fumbling with her fingers.

"H-how are y-you feeling N-Naruto?" she asked quietly.

"Are you kidding?! I feel great! Better than ever. Believe it!" Naruto responded smiling.He winced slightly as he shifted in the bed. "Ok, maybe I am a little bruised…" he admitted. He scratched the back of his head awkwardly.

The door to the room opened and Sakura entered. "Hiya, Sakura!" Naruto greeted enthusiastically. Hinata couldn't help, but be surprised at how fast Naruto healed. He was already sitting up and smiling! The night before Hinata had feared the worst...

I thought for a moment when, I caught him as he collapsed into my arms, that he wasn't going to make it...

Hinata quickly shook the dark thought from her head.

Sakura rolled her eyes at Naruto. "Up already? Well, after last night I didn't know if you would even get up until tomorrow. How is your side? Does it hurt still? I gave you some pain medication. Don't over do it though. Just because it doesn't hurt now doesn't mean it won't hurt later." Sakura warned rambling on.

"Yeah, Yeah. I'm fine Sakura." Naruto said crossing his arms. Sakura raised her eyebrow.

"He is lucky I even gave him the medication…" she muttered as she slipped out the door.

"Well, see you later Naruto. I am going to train with Shino today," Kiba announced. He stepped out of the room and left.

There was an awkward silence between Naruto and Hinata. No one seemed to have anything to say.

"N-Naruto… ummm… you said something last night." Hinata stumbled to find her words.

"Hmmm?" Naruto asked wondering why Hinata was acting so weird.

"Well, you said t-that y-y-you l-l-l-l-love-" she paused unable to go further.

"What is it Hinata?" he asked with a worried expression.

"N-nothing. I forgot…" Hinata responded lamely looking at her feet. Just then Tenten burst through the door.

"Hinata! I am so glad I found you! Ino and I are going to do some fun stuff today and take a break from training. Do you want to come?" she asked eagerly. "Oh, unless you have plans of course," she added.

"Ummm…" Hinata thought about it. She hadn't made any training plans with anyone.

"Great!" Let's go!" Tenten said grabbing Hinata and pulling her out of the chair. Tenten paused on the way out the door. "Feeling better Naruto?" she asked.

Everyone had heard of the ambush last night, but no one knew the extent of it like Naruto and Hinata. Naurto hardly remebered anything... the last thing he remembered was Hinata's worried look as she looked down at him. He thought he might have mumbled something, but he didn't remember.

Naruto looked up from his book that he had picked up as soon as Tenten started talking to Hinata. He knew that he didn't want any part of their girly conversation. "Yup! I should be out by today!" he said almost glumly. He knew that there was no way that the nurses would let him out today or even tomorrow. What was he going to do?! The hospital was so boring!

"B-bye Naruto." Hinata shouted as Tenten pulled her into the hallway.

"Bye Hinata," he said annoyed. This was going to be a drag.


"Didn't you want to get out of that stupid hospital anyway?" Tenten asked Hinata as they walked down the street.

"Yeah, seriously. What a drag." Ino added.

"Yeah I guess," Hinata responded.

"Hinata… are you ok? I mean you know what happened last night. " Ino asked looking at Hinata's less than joyful expression.

"Yeah, I just…" Hinata paused not knowing what to say.

Should I tell them? I trust Ino and Tenten to keep it between us... and of course Ino will tell Sakura...

Ino and Tenten pressed Hinata with eager looks. "N-Naruto said that he…" Hinata struggled again to say it.

"He what?" Tenten pressed.

"He said he loves me," Hinata whispered in a barely audible tone.

Ino and Tenten looked at each other in shock. "What?!" they both exclaimed at the same time.

Oooh sorry for the cliffhanger. Hmmm... why did Naruto say that? In that moment when he was dazed and injured did he express his true feelings for Hinata that he never knew he had? What happened at the battle? So many questions! Anyway hope you enjoyed. Please review!