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A/N: Hahaha, so, I ate so much ramen that I got food poisoning of some sort and spent a good part of my morning puking. Lmao. So typical. And then I spent the other half of the day working on my stupid French oral. Seriously, France needs to go the hell away. I hate it. If only my school offered Japanese! My life would be complete.
Oh, and 200+ reviews? Yeah, you guys are pretty much the epitome of awesomeness. And a special thanks to Estheriana. 200th review. What up new best friend? Seriously. :3
So, sorry about the OOC and shortness about last chapter. I just wanted to get something out, and obviously that resulted it pure crap. However, I hope this chapter makes up for last chapters flop. Uhm, I think there's going to be one more chapter after this. And then the epilogue. There's a lemon in this chap, just so you know. And there's a lot of clarification about the whole Sakura problem, as well as Hanabi. And the baby shower! :] And, also, check the end of the chapter because (as always) I'm looking for some input! Okay, well, hope you guys enjoy! And I apologize in advance for any spelling or grammar errors! Thanks! ~
Chapter 14 – Nightmares
Hinata's eyes eagerly swept over the mountain of presents before returning to the cluster of guests that were scattered all over the Uchiha manor's backyard. The weather was perfect; there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and the blue canvas above seemed to stretch for forever.
Biting her lip, Hinata happily turned back to the group of smiling friends that were crowded around her. She couldn't put into words the happiness she felt. She had been so worried that the shower would be a disaster; ruined by the memory of a missing comrade. However, just like Hinata, everyone seemed to have pushed that memory to the back of their mind, replacing it with a wide grin.
"Oh, Hinata, you're simply glowing!" Tenten squealed, pinching Hinata's cheeks affectionately. "When're you due? Soon, right? God, you're like the size of a blimp!"
Hinata smiled shyly. "Yes, very soon. And thanks again for coming. It m-means so much."
Tenten waved her hand dismissively. "Don't mention it. I wouldn't have missed it for the world! But god, I just can't get over the size of you!"
Hinata laughed softly, and tore her eyes away from the bubbly weapons mistress. Scanning the yard, she paused many times to offer a familiar face a warm smile. It was so wonderful to see all of her friends; she missed them all. Unsurprisingly, Sasuke had been playing the role of an evil Nazi, making Hinata stay in the house at all times. So, unfortunately, she hadn't been able to see any of her friends.
"Hinata-chan!" Kiba pushed his way through the crowd before pulling Hinata in for an affectionate hug. "You look great!"
Hinata grinned. "Kiba-kun! I feel great. Where's Shino-kun?"
Kiba tucked a long lock of hair behind Hinata's ear and gave her a warm smile. "He'll be here soon, don't worry. He just needed to pick up something on the way here. Don't worry about it." He gave her a quick wink.
"Inuzuka," Sasuke's cold voice interrupted Hinata's and Kiba's friendly moment.
"Bastard," Kiba said curtly, earning a light smack on his arm from Hinata. "Hey, he started it. I've been nothing but nice to the jerk."
"Yes, threatening his life is very nice, Kiba-kun," Hinata said playfully, rolling her eyes.
Kiba laughed, pulling Hinata in for another hug. "Hey, you're like a sister to me, Hina-chan. It's my job to watch out for you, even if it means threatening a bastard or two."
Hinata sighed. "Thanks, I guess."
Kiba grinned. "You're welcome, I guess."
"Shino-kun!" Hinata said happily, her face breaking out into a wide grin. "It's lovely to see you! Thanks so much for coming!"
"Of course," Shino said softly, a smile tugging on his lips. "You look radiant, Hinata-chan."
Hinata blushed. "Thank you, Shino-kun. That's nice of you."
Shino nodded, and then turned his attention to Sasuke. Giving him a curt nod, which Sasuke returned, Shino let out a soft sigh and looked around.
"Good turn out."
Hinata nodded eagerly. "Yes, I'm very pleased."
Shino smiled softly. "I'm so happy for you, Hinata-chan. You deserve nothing but the best."
Hinata set him a shy grin. "Thanks, Shino-kun. You and Kiba-kun are so nice. Oh, Kiba-kun, where's Akamaru?"
Kiba's expression darkened. "He's at home with Mom. He's not doing too well."
"What's wrong with him?" Hinata's eyes widened. "Oh no, is everything alright?"
Kiba shrugged. "Yeah, he's just getting old. Mom's working with him though. He should be just fine after a few days of rest. We just pushed it a bit too far in training the other day. Don't worry about it."
Hinata nodded, still looking worried.
Hinata turned, a small smile spreading onto her face. "Oh, Naruto-kun! It's s-so great to see you! Thanks for c-coming!"
"Whoa, you're huuuuge!" Naruto gaped, his blue eyes widening almost comically. "It looks like you ate Chouji!"
Hinata giggled, and Sasuke rolled his eyes. "Dobe."
"Ah, teme, you're here too?"
Sasuke's eye twitched. "Dobe, it's my baby."
Naruto shrugged. "I know that. But hey, I was just trying to remain positive. A guy can hope, can't he?"
Sasuke pursed his lips.
"Anyways, Hinata-chan," Naruto looked away from the miffed Sasuke. "Is the baby doing well? Baa-chan says you've been paying her routine visits, right?"
Hinata nodded. "Yes, the b-baby is doing w-wonderfully. Hokage-sama herself confirmed it, so, we're h-hoping that it continues this way."
"I'm sure it will," Naruto gave her a foxy grin and struck a nice guy pose. "Oi, Hinata-chan, I almost forgot; have you thought of any names yet?"
Hinata sighed. "Thought of some, y-yes. But reached a decision… that's a w-whole different story."
Naruto nodded sagely. "Yes, I know what you mean. Hey, here's a wild suggestion. How about you name the child… NARUTO!"
Hinata laughed, as Sasuke snorted. "Over my dead body, dobe."
Naruto cocked an eyebrow. "Is that a challenge, teme?"
Sasuke shrugged nonchalantly. "I don't know, dobe. I don't really consider you to be much of a challenge…"
Hinata turned away from the two bickering boys, a smile on her face. "Ino! Oh, and Sai! How l-lovely to see you!"
"You've gotten fat," Sai observed bluntly.
"No shit," Ino snapped at her boyfriend. "She's pregnant, you baka."
"I know that," Sai shrugged. "I was just saying."
"Well thanks for that," Ino rolled her eyes. "But wow, seriously, Hinata, you've gotten huge. Oh, and you're seriously glowing! I'm soo jealous! I'd seriously get pregnant just to look the way you do right now!"
"Wait, oh my god, is that a ring?"
Hinata froze, her face going red. "Oh, um, y-yes."
Ino gasped enthusiastically. "Holy shit, lemme see! This is incredible. Oh wow — Hinata, it's gorgeous. Where did you get something like this?"
Hinata smiled at her hand, which Ino was thoroughly inspecting. "It's was Sasuke-kun's mother's ring."
"God, it's gorgeous," Ino complimented with wide eyes. "And it suits you perfectly. Oh, Hinata, I am soo jealous."
Hinata shrugged sheepishly. "It was Sasuke-kun's idea. Apparently he had another one he had b-bought, but he thought that this was a better idea; more s-sentimental, I guess."
Ino grinned at the blushing girl before pulling her in for a hug. "Aw, Hinata, I'm so happy for you and Sasuke-kun. I wish you nothing but the best!"
"Thank you, Ino," Hinata returned the girl's hug. "That m-means a lot."
Ino nodded, before pulling away quickly. "Oh god, I meant to ask, you're having a boy, right?"
When Hinata nodded, Ino let out a relieved breath.
"Thank god. Oh, when are you opening the gifts? Because I honestly got you the cutest thing ever, and I cannot wait for you to open it! I'm glad you're having a boy, because I totally guessed with the color. I was going to get yellow, like you, neutral, but I decided against it. Phew, this is a relief!"
Hinata beamed at the rambling girl. "Thanks, Ino."
The blonde girl shrugged. "Don't mention it, Hinata. I love shopping for babies. So cute!" She cooed happily. "Oh, speaking of which, have you began decorating the baby's room yet?"
Hinata shook her head. "No, not yet. We're p-planning on starting soon though."
"Thank god!" Ino exclaimed. "Can I help? Please? Oh my god, that sounds like so much fun! I'm great at arranging and decorating, I promise!" Ino flashed Hinata a smile.
Hinata nodded, amused at Ino's enthusiasm. "Of course, Ino. That'd be l-lovely."
"Great!" Ino grinned. Looking around, the grin slid from her face. "Sorry, Hinata, but you'll have to excuse me. I've got to go locate Sai before he does anything stupid."
Hinata smiled before nodding. "Of course. See you later, Ino." Hinata sighed happily as the blonde girl walked away from her. If she wasn't already ecstatic enough about the baby coming before she talked to Ino, she sure as hell was excited now.
"You look happy," a low voice said into Hinata's ear.
Leaning back onto the figure behind her, Hinata closed her eyes. "I am."
Sasuke gently kissed the side of her neck. "As am I." He was silent for a moment before saying in a barely audible breath, "you looking stunning with that ring on your finger, Mrs. Uchiha."
Hinata felt chills run down her spine.
"What?" Sasuke asked playfully, also having felt the shiver. "It's going to be your official title."
"I know," Hinata breathed, eyes still shut. "It sounds so… perfect."
Sasuke chuckled into her soft hair. "I agree, Mrs. Uchiha-to-be."
Hinata wiggled restlessly in bed, angrily kicking Sasuke's soft sheets off of her. Perspiration coating her brow, Hinata let out a soft whimper.
"Goodbye Haruno Sakura."
Hinata moved in with lightening speed, her hand buzzing with collected chakra. Jabbing in gracefully, Hinata barely missed Sakura's slender neck as the pink haired girl sloppily dove backwards.
"You're a fool if you think I'm going to be taken down that easily," Sakura sneered.
Hinata wordlessly shook her head, but moved in again, her feet sliding silently across the glossy wooden floor. Once again, Sakura barely managed to get out of the way of Hinata's gentle strike. Sakura was an absolute wreck, it was obvious, and it was apparent that it was affecting her fighting ability.
"You bitch," Sakura cursed from her squat on the ground. "You're nothing compared to me! I trained under the Hokage herself. You're nothing!"
Hinata watched Sakura's ranting, pale eyes full of compassion, before letting out a shaky breath. Then, with narrowed eyes and a postured spine, Hinata gracefully swept in, easily avoiding Sakura's chakra enforced punch, before slamming her fist into Sakura's spinal cord, instantly paralyzing her. With wide eyes, Sakura collapsed to the floor, motionless, gurgling shrieks echoing through the empty Hyuuga manor.
"I will make this quick, because I'll imagine that must not be a very comfortable position for you," Hinata got onto her knees next to the collapsed figure. "I warned you, Haruno Sakura. I told you that no one hurts my sister and gets away with it. I told you that I would kill you. Did you think I was bluffing? Because that was the biggest mistake you ever make, underestimating a Hyuuga, and it ultimately cost you your life."
Hinata looked at Sakura one last time before gently placing her hands on either side of the girl's filthy head.
"Good bye, and may Kami have mercy on your soul."
Hinata shook her head as unpleasant memories washed over her.
Hinata let out a strangled sob when she caught sight of her little sister, who was almost unrecognizable.
"Hanabi…" Hinata gasped, falling to her knees.
Sasuke watched the sight unfold, his heart contorted painfully. It was hard for him to recognize the bloodied corpse as the young firecracker he had bantered with only days ago. Feeling sick to his stomach, he tore his eyes away from Hanabi, and looked sadly at Hinata. However, that did nothing to help his stomach. If anything, it made him more nauseous.
"Hinata," Sasuke said, his voice hoarse, "we've got to alert the Hokage."
Hinata nodded wordlessly, still crying uncontrollably. "I can't believe she's gone… Hanabi… she was so young. Why did it have to be her?"
Sasuke closed his eyes, balling his hands into fists.
"I don't understand," Hinata continued miserably. "Where were the ANBU? Isn't it there job to look for these kinds of things? But now, because of their stupidity, Hanabi is d-dead." Once the word 'dead' passed through Hinata's lips, she promptly burst into another fit of tears.
Sasuke hesitantly approached Hinata, his hands still in fists. Kneeling next to her, he comfortingly wrapped his arms around her shaking figure.
"Come on, love." He whispered gently. "It won't do any good just staring. Let's get you home, and then alert the Hokage as soon as possible."
Hinata reluctantly nodded, leaning into Sasuke's embrace. Her heart was broken; her sister was dead. It felt like half of her had vanished. Like it had been stolen from her, and she knew she'd never get it back.
Hinata quickly wiped the tears from her eyes as Sasuke's soft voice pulled her from her nightmare.
"Sasuke-kun," Hinata hiccupped. "I'm sorry I woke you. I just had a nightmare, that's all."
Sasuke sighed and lovingly stroked Hinata's hair. "It's alright, Hinata. It's just a dream."
"No, that's the thing," Hinata whispered, her eyes squeezed shut. "It's not pretend; it's all real. It's like a movie, Sasuke-kun. I never ending movie in my head. Every time I try to sleep, I see them. I see Sakura and Hanabi. I see them die over and over again…"
Sasuke shushed Hinata. "I know how hard it is, Hinata. I know how it feels to see it happen again and again. But you need to believe me when I tell you it gets easier."
"When, Sasuke-kun?" Hinata asked with bloodshot eyes. "I can't handle this; it's driving me insane." Burying her head into Sasuke's bare chest, she sniffed. "Please, Sasuke-kun, help me forget."
Sasuke watched Hinata through hooded eyes, feeling his body tense when he felt Hinata's petal-soft lips brush against his neck.
"Please," Hinata rasped again. "Help me forget."
Sasuke nodded, gently meeting her lips with his own. Roughly fisting her hands in his hair, Hinata deepened their kiss. Sasuke killed back with just as much fervor, feeling the wetness of her cheeks on his own. When they broke the kiss, Hinata rested her head in the crook of his neck, panting deeply. Then, without warning, Hinata pushed Sasuke back, so he was lying beneath her, while she was straddling his lap.
"Sasuke-kun," Hinata panted. "Help me, please. This is a lot harder than it looks."
Sasuke let out a throaty chuckle before pushing himself up, and lightly grasping her hips. "Wouldn't it help if there weren't any clothes between us?" He shot her a playful smirk.
Hinata giggled and leaned in, sucking on his neck. "Then why don't you do something about that."
Sasuke hummed at her ministrations, and eagerly found his way to his hips, before slowly discarding himself of his pajama pants and boxers, hissing quietly when the cool night air met his already half-hard erection. Then, with skillful fingers, Sasuke found his way to Hinata's panties, which was all she was wearing beneath one of his large t-shirts. Fingering the elastic playfully, he grinned when he heard her whine for him to hurry up.
"Patience, love," Sasuke whispered, slowly slipping the cotton panties down her hips. Once they were finally off, Sasuke wasted no time slipping two fingers into her familiar heat. As Hinata hissed and ran her nails down Sasuke's back, the raven-haired boy growled approvingly at her actions. Then, with lust-filled eyes, Sasuke began to discard Hinata of the oversized t-shirt.
"Wait, Sasuke-kun," Hinata panted, grabbing Sasuke's hand. "Don't; leave on the shirt."
Sasuke removed his fingers from Hinata's heat, shooting her a confused look.
"I'm really, really pregnant," Hinata said, flushing deeply. "It's embarrassing for you to see me like this right now."
Sasuke shook his head, before leaning in and capturing Hinata's lips in a soft kiss. "You are the most beautiful woman in the world. And the fact that you're carrying my child only makes you even more radiant."
Hinata watched Sasuke with wide eyes, and then said hesitantly, "are you sure, Sasuke-kun?"
Sasuke nodded. "Of course, love."
Hinata bit her lip, but never the less slowly moved to the off the t-shirt. Sasuke smiled inwardly at the cute blush that was staining Hinata's cheeks. When the shirt was finally removed, Sasuke's lustfully ran his eyes over Hinata's nude, and very pregnant, figure. She was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen.
"Fuck, Hinata," Sasuke swore, leaning in and taking a pert nipple between his teeth. "You're a goddess. You're the most beautiful woman I have ever seen in my whole entire life."
Hinata blushed, not only from Sasuke's words, but from his actions, which were making her squirm in his lap. Switching to her other nipple, Sasuke grinned Hinata let out a throaty moan while arching her back into Sasuke's open mouth.
"Sasuke, please," Hinata whined, clawing impatiently at Sasuke's chest. "Stop teasing; it's not fair."
The raven-haired boy chuckled darkly before gently hoisting Hinata up by her hips, and positioning her over his erect member. Lowering Hinata down slowly, Sasuke let out a soft moan as Hinata yelped.
"Nice and easy then," Sasuke panted, his hands still firmly on Hinata's hips. "We'll start this off slow, and then pick up the pace once we get the hold of things."
Hinata nodded in agreement. "It's weird we haven't been together since I've really started showing."
Sasuke nodded, slowly beginning to help Hinata's ride him, his brow furrowed in concentration. The two worked in silence, every so often emitting a soft moan or mewl.
"Okay, Sasuke-kun," Hinata said after a long minute of slow thrusting. "You can pick up the pace. I'm ready."
Sasuke nodded. "You're sure?"
"Yeah, I'm sure," Hinata panted, biting her lip.
Tightening his grip on Hinata's hips, Sasuke raised her a little bit further off his member, and then quickly brought her back down, simultaneously thrusting his hips upward to meet her. He repeated this action again, earning a moan of approval from Hinata.
"Just like that, Sasuke-kun," Hinata coaxed him approvingly. "Do that again."
Sasuke nodded and obliged. They stayed at that steady pace until Hinata asked for a change of pace again, to which Sasuke tried his best to oblige without being too rough, which required more self control than he had ever had to use in his entire life.
"So good, Sasuke-kun!" Hinata yelped, clawing at Sasuke's chest. "Just a bit more…" Hinata let out a scream when she unexpectedly climaxed, digging her nails into Sasuke's pale flesh. The raven-haired boy gritted his teeth when he felt Hinata's walls spasm and clamp around his member. Then, with two or three more bucks upward, Sasuke also climaxed, emptying himself into Hinata.
Falling back onto his pillow, exhausted, Sasuke looked at his lover, who was still straddling him. Her head was resting on his heaving chest, her arms still wrapped around his neck. Looking up, her dark hair acting like a curtain in front of her face, Hinata gave Sasuke a small, tired smile. Leaning forward, she pressed a light kiss to the tip of Sasuke's nose.
"It's weird, not talking with you while I lay here," Konohamaru confessed, staring intently up into the night sky. "I miss your voice. I miss your insulting comments that I told you I hated so much. I was lying. I loved them. I loved them so much. They always made me smile because no matter how mean they were, I could always tell by the look in your eyes that you weren't serious."
Konohamaru sniffed and wiped irritably at the tears that were slowly falling down his face. "I know I say this all the time, but you're funeral was amazing. You looked like an angel. I'm sure you're an angel now, aren't you? Watching over us all? I bet your listening to every word I say, laughing your head off. I can picture it."
Closing his eyes, Konohamaru let out a soft sob. Shaking his head, he covered his face with his arms.
"It's so weird. I barely got to spend any time at all with you, but I miss you like I've been with you forever."
The teen sat up, glaring at the star littered sky. "Is this what love feels like, Hanabi-chan?" He chuckled, shaking his head. "It sounds crazy, but I think I was in love with you." He pursed his lips. "Well listen, it's getting late, and I'm in the mood for dessert." He shot a grin up into the heavens. "See you later, weirdo."
Then, with a heavy sigh, he picked himself up off the ground and started back towards the center of Konoha, feeling painfully empty.
Hinata wrinkled her nose as she browsed the many isles that seemed to be filled of the exact same product, only with a different label. It was maddening. How was she supposed to know what brand she wanted?
Sighing, Hinata ran a finger through her hair. Leaning on the shopping cart, she looked up at the store's ceiling. She was exhausted. However, this is what she got. Sasuke had told her numerous times that she wasn't up to doing the shopping, but she insisted. And now, here she was, about to pass out in the middle of the spices isle.
"You look rather lost."
Hinata turned, startled, and then smiled when she caught sight of an unruly mop of blonde hair and bright, sparking green eyes. The girl, who must have only been a year or two younger than Hinata, was proudly sporting the store's logo on an official-looking apron.
"You need any assistance?" The girl shot Hinata a wide grin. "I'll try and help the best I can."
Hinata sighed. "Well, to be honest, I don't know which p-particular brand of paprika I'm supposed to be looking for." Hinata cocked her head to the side. "I've been browsing this isle for what seems like forever, and I'm still t-terribly lost."
The girl nodded knowingly. "Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. Well, first things first, what do you need to paprika for? As an ingredient for something, to lightly season something, or – holy shit, are you okay?" The girl broke off, rushing to Hinata's side, who was panting heavily and holding onto the shopping cart like it was her only hope for survival.
Hinata shook her head before meeting the girl's worried stare. "I… I think my w-water just broke…"
Oh no! Baby is on the way! Hehehe. Okay guys, so, here's what I'm hoping you can help me with! Naming the offspring! I'm thinking something along the lines of:
Kenshin – (ken) "modest" and (shin) "truth"
Ryuu – "dragon"
Ryou – "cool, refreshing", "distant", or "reality"
Yasu – "peaceful", "peace", or "level"
I was thinking that the name could reflect the baby's personality. So, basically, which parent the baby takes after the most. And then with Ryuu… I just thought it sounded cool. Oh, and feel free to name another name that I didn't mention. Whatever works!
Alright, well, until next time! :] Ja!