I hate Mondays.
Then again, who doesn't?
On Mondays I had Chemistry of all subjects for my first period. It's not like I found chemistry difficult, quite the contrary, Chemistry was a piece of cake. Which I now realize is the perfect analogy, since that particular phrase denotes something that can be done effortlessly, while in the same time mentioning cake, something I hate. Ergo, Chemistry was easy, but I hated it. I was doomed to sit and actually listen to Kakashi talk about ions and neutrons and whatnot. The only upside was at least he wasn't rambling on about how he misses the plot of the Icha Icha series getting better and hotter while he walked around in his pimp robe…
I sighed as my train of thought went towards the idiotic and bitterly searched within my locker for my Chemistry textbook…
And couldn't find it.
How awesome. I just earned myself a detention.
No matter how aloof Kakashi is outside of school, he's so stingy about things like forgetting books. I don't know what the big deal is. I could just follow along with Naruto! But that wouldn't matter now would it?
"Oh my god! Mei, look at this!" an overexcited girl squealed. I glanced at their direction and noticed they were standing near the bins that held the newest edition of The Flash.
"Sasuke joined the paper!?" Mei exclaimed as she ripped the newspaper from the hands of her friend. I glared as I slammed my locker shut and threw my bag over my shoulder.
I wanted to shoot myself.
I can't believe those idiots actually printed the stupid "Welcome to the paper Sasuke!" message.
It wasn't even necessary! My cover up for being the "new" Agony Aunt is arranging the Opinions and Lost Items pages. Nothing extraordinary! To top it off, I wasn't even joining in the club permanently!
As I walked down the hallway, I could see everyone who held the paper following me with their eyes wide and mouths hanging open. I inwardly smirked at their surprise. If only they knew what else was new with the paper.
It's a good thing I don't give a crap what the students of Hashirama High think of me, because it won't be hard for me if they don't like my advice. Why spurt out sugary sweet lies when I can just slap them in the face with the bitter truth, right? At least their hopes won't be so high up, only to be crushed in the end. Besides, Hinata's advice will be there as well. Her fluff will even things out.
Speaking of Hinata…
I've haven't heard from her since Saturday.
Not that I wanted to. I was just surprised she didn't blab to Kiba and Shino about what happened at the video store. Or worse: Ino and Sakura.
"Isn't the Uchiha guy a loner?"
I ignored the comment and hurried my pace before I could hear anything else. I already had one detention in store; I didn't want another one due to rearranging someone's face, albeit they might desperately need it.
"Welcome back!" someone in the hall suddenly greeted.
"Thank you!" a familiar voice replied.
I looked straight ahead and stopped in my tracks.
There she was, busy organizing her locker and politely greeting the other students.
Shit! I didn't want to see her, or be seen by her!
"How you doin'?" a nameless guy asked as he walked past her, a proud smile on his face.
Lay off the Friends reruns dude.
"I'm fine thank you." Hinata chirped. Ugh! Didn't she realize she was getting hit on? I thought she's supposed to be smart?
I rolled my eyes and continued walking. I don't know why I had a mild panic attack over there. I wasn't expecting her to be back so soon I guess.
Thankfully since she was so "busy", I easily slipped past her without her noticing me.
But like some pathetic plot device a kid abruptly ran past us, knocking the books Hinata was holding to the floor.
"Sorry!" The boy yelled as he continued his race.
She can take care of her self.
I indifferently turned away from her and was about to walk away when curiosity got the better of me. I glanced back, only to see her on her knees and picking up the books.
Wasn't she going to say anything!? Do anything!? Yell at him to watch where he was going? Tell him to use his eyes? Threaten that she'll make him regret crossing her path? That she's now sworn to avenge her fallen books?
Why didn't she punch him!?
Argh! She's so annoying! She can pick up her books by herself for all I care! It's not like she's a little kid that needs attention every single minute of every single fucking day!
A second crash of books to the floor was heard and some girls giggled as they "discreetly" pointed at Hinata and whispered to themselves.
I groaned as I stopped walking and turned back to her once again. Stupid conscience. I thought I didn't have one anymore.
Some people were staring at me, and some guys who were about to help her looked at me in annoyance before I gave them a glare that caused them to retreat. Chh, wussies. Did those guys seriously think they stood a chance? Don't they know how oblivious Hinata is?
I stopped in front of the dumb girl and picked up the book that fell nearest to me. "Here." I grumbled.
Hinata looked up from where she was kneeling and stared at me, that ever "deer-caught-in-headlights" look on her face.
"Oh, thank you S-Sasuke." She stuttered as she rose up with the many books in her arms. I placed the book I held on top of her stack, causing her to wobble dangerously.
I took back three books from her pile in exasperation. So she can punch me in the face but can't carry a pile of books?
"You don't have to!" Hinata gasped as she reached for the books I held. "I c-can do it!"
"I know!" I snapped as I quickly shoved the books I held in her locker, ignoring her complaint of them not being in their "proper place" and rushed off.
"Thank you!" She called after me.
My throat was oddly dry so I stopped by a fountain to drink disgusting metal water. "Did you see that?" Someone whispered next to me. I looked over and saw two second year boys staring at me.
"Is she your girlfriend?" one of them asked with blood trickling down his nose.
I shoved him in his locker.
"UCHIHA!" someone screeched. "WHAT ARE YOU DOING!? MY OFFICE THIS INSTANT!"
I charged into the Chemistry lab without looking at anyone.
"Ah! Mr. Uchiha finally decided to join us!" Kakashi teased as he approached me and blocked my way.
"See me after class." He whispered.
"Shut up." I seethed.
He snorted and turned away from me. "So as I was saying before being interrupted-"
I continued to the table where Naruto was seated and dropped my bag on it.
"Hey, you went to see Granny?" Naruto asked in a hushed tone.
I glared at him. Oh I saw Tsunade alright.
When I turned to see who had screamed at me I noticed Tsunade stomping towards me, her chest bouncing with every step. She yelled at how inappropriate I was acting (no pun intended) and pulled the "little boy" out of his locker before he sprinted away with his friend in terror.
After yelling at me at how wrong I was for "attacking" a younger student she then dragged me by my bag to her office. What was even more embarrassing was how everyone stared in shock.
"What did you do?" Naruto chuckled.
"Nothing." I replied.
"He pushed a boy into a locker." Someone stated. Naruto and I looked back at a smirking Sakura. Hinata sat next to her and had an obvious blush on her cheeks while avoiding both our stares. She tucked a stray hair behind her ear and I noticed a bandage on her hand. So that's why she couldn't carry her books properly! I glared at her before turning my attention back to Kakashi.
"You what!?" Naruto asked as he burst into fits of laughter that he failed to cover up.
"Excuse me!" Kakashi's voice resounded. "If anyone isn't interested I suggest they get out of my class room."
Naruto instantly shut up and turned to face the board. Unfortunately not even five seconds passed before he giggled again.
"Stop that." I hissed. He bit his lip and his eyes watered.
"Stupid." I sighed.
A snort escaped his lips, making the whole room chuckle. But something followed that snort that sent the whole room into a laughing frenzy.
A loud fart.
"I'M SORRY! SORRY!"
"Oh perfect example! Can anyone name the major components of the flatus Naruto just released?" Kakashi beamed.
Fuck my life.
Kakashi's "conversation" with me was pointless.
He already knew what happened, and only used the time to laugh at me. Stupid man wasted five minutes of my recess.
"I'm sorry I told him Sasuke!" Sakura apologized as she wrapped an arm around mine heading in the direction of the cafeteria. "He was just worried about why you were late! So since I knew I-"
"I get it." I said as I tried to pull away. Yet again her death grip was stronger.
"But what made you do it, huh? Pushing around kids like that. Bastard." Naruto said as he slowly shook his head.
"I felt like it." I shrugged.
Naruto laughed and Sakura let go of me to hit his head. No wonder he's such an idiot.
"Hey Pinky!" someone yelled.
We all turned around to see Kiba waving at us from a table along with Sai, Hinata and Ino.
"Shut up bitch!" Sakura laughed as she pulled me towards them. Oh hell no… I did not want to sit with them.
"Hey, I'm not a female dog!" Kiba replied followed by a howl, startling some of the students walking past his table.
Sakura pushed me down on a seat as she laughed and seated herself to my left.
"Some dog you are!" Naruto smirked as he took some pretzels from Sai's mix bag and sat to my right.
"Your hand's feeling better?" he then asked Hinata. She nodded.
"You should be careful!" Sakura said as she reached over to observe Hinata's hand.
"I know!" Hinata giggled. "It's just it's been a while since I've t-trained, with the chicken pox and all."
Hmm, so that's how she bruised it.
"I heard someone let out a big one in Chemistry." Sai said with surprising emotion. Mockery I think.
"You're the one who farted in class!?" Ino gasped before laughing with Kiba. Hinata tried not to laugh by shoving a cookie into her mouth.
"How did you know!?" Naruto and Sakura screeched. My poor ears…
"Dude, when something like that happens how can everyone not know!?" Kiba snorted.
"Oh guys! There's Shikamaru and Shino!" Hinata said as she pointed behind me and waved.
"Hey Shika! Yoo hoo!" Ino screeched as she stood from her seat and made big waving motions. I wish they wouldn't scream so much.
"Hey." ShikamarU sighed as he reached our table and dropped his bag to the floor.
"Guess what I overheard!" someone suddenly beamed. Oh great, ANOTHER person!
"YES! ALRIGHT! I'M THE ONE WHO FARTED IN CLASS! HAPPY!?" Naruto yelled as he stood from his seat.
The whole cafeteria turned silent and stared at our direction.
Chouji was standing in front of us in shock, holding up two muffins. "That was you?"
"That wasn't what you were going to say, was it…?" Naruto slowly said. "Aw man!" He whined as he slumped back down. Thankfully the cafeteria went back to their usual mumblings.
"Anyways, I was standing in line for muffins and I overheard some people reading Agony Aunt!" Choji continued as he closed in on the table, his voice hushing for us to hear.
"And?" Shikamaru asked.
"They love it!"
"Really!?" Sakura gasped. He vigorously nodded his head.
"It was 50-50. Kind of like our first reactions. Some of them liked it, some of them didn't. They kept going on and on about how Agony Aunt was going through PMS or something."
"What?" Hinata blurted out. "I-I'm not!"
"We know Hina." Ino giggled as she glanced at me.
"I guess with the two of you," Shikamaru said as he nodded to both us, "giving out your own advice, it might seem like Agony Aunt suddenly has a split personality."
"I don't know if I'd call what Sasuke's giving out 'advice'…" Kiba mumbled. I glared at him.
"True." Shino agreed. What do you know freak?
"So what's going to happen now?" Naruto inquired.
"I don't know yet, let's meet up after school." Shikamaru suggested.
"Can you?" Sakura asked me as she nudged my arm.
"Don't you have detention?" Naruto asked.
"No." I fumed.
Tsunade thought about giving me detention, but thought it would interfere with my "club activities". When I clarified that I was only in the newspaper until Hinata came back, which was now the case, she had none of it. She ordered that instead of detention, I'd have to remain in the paper for the rest of the year…
"Why not?" Kiba asked.
"He's joining the paper. Tusnade told me." Shikamaru stated. "Am I right Sasuke?"
I shrugged. I'd rather do detention than constantly spend my after-school hours with these people.
"But wasn't Sasuke only supposed to be a replacement for Hinata!?" Kiba whined.
"Well I guess not anymore!" Naruto beamed as he slapped my back.
"Ah! This is great!" Sakura excitedly said. "Oh Sasuke, I'm telling you, you're going to have so mu-
"You'll do articles with me right!?" Ino piped in.
"Now I'll have to rearrange everything…" Shikamaru complained.
"We're all in this together!" Choji laughed.
"Quote High School Musical again and I'll have to hurt you." Shino warned.
"I'll help." Sai said.
Unsurprisingly, the only one who didn't join in the hoopla was Hinata. I glanced at her and caught her softly smiling. She caught me looking at her and simply widened her smile and mouthed a "welcome".
I looked away, and fumed at how irritatingly sweet she was.
I breathed in the fresh air as I pushed the school's doors open.
This frickin day has finally ended, and not soon enough if you ask me.
Thankfully, Naruto and Sakura left me alone to go eat someplace. Naruto claimed it was a date, but as usual Sakura denied it. I wonder when she'll stop deluding herself and just accept the fact she-
"Sasuke!" a familiar voice called, followed by a loud honk. I looked in front of me and saw Kakashi's car. Five hands waved at me from in it.
I rolled my eyes, approached the black car and peered in. There was Kakashi at the steering wheel, Kurenai at his right, and Yamato, Anko and Guy in the backseat.
I would've jumped for joy at the knowledge of there not being any room for me, but I think you all know I'd never do such a thing.
"Hello." I tried to say politely.
"Hello!" They greeted in return.
"As you can see I'm going out tonight," Kakashi beamed as he looked at the people with him, "so if you get hungry the leftover mushu is in the fridge okay Sasu?" Kakashi said.
I shrugged as I tried to hide my embarrassment. Why did he always do this in front of everyone!? I know they've all been to our apartment one time or another, but still, having him "father" me in front of the other teachers just makes me want to dig a hole and jump in.
And stay in it and rot actually.
"Anyways, we have to go now; I'll be back home at around 8. Bye!" he said as he started the engine and drove off.
I watched as the car drive further away and could've sworn someone from it yell: "HAPPY HOOOUUUUR! RAH RAH RAH!"
I shivered before continuing my walk. Damn I hate them.
Another thing I hate is no matter how much I'd like to deny it, there's no going around the fact that I'm now part of the school newspaper.
It never really hit me until I found myself sitting in the newsroom, in front of a computer screen next to Hinata, and staring at the blinking cursor on a blank page.
Our job? Revamp the advice page.
It was decided that since I was "such a hit" with the students I was going to stay where I started. But since we were now two people working on it, with extremely different points of view, Shikamaru said we had to try and incorporate both our thoughts into it.
However, there's one problem.
I'm not into it. At all. So excuse me if I found the task rather difficult.
It also didn't help how Hinata could not talk whatsoever.
She'd constantly stutter and stumble whenever she had to say something to me. Because of it we didn't get anything done! Sure, I could've contributed, but I didn't feel like doing shit. It also irritated me how she was perfectly alright talking to the others, hell; she was even more understandable while she talked with Naruto! Now that I mention it, didn't they already go out on a couple of dates two years ago? I sighed loudly. Maybe I should listen whenever Naruto talked to me.
I looked to my sides as a feeling of being watched swept over me. You'd think that after years of being followed by admirers and people who hated me I'd finally get used to it. I shoved my hands into my pockets in search of my iPod and pulled it out from my left pocket. Maybe some music would help me relax for a while.
Before I could put on my earphones a loud sneeze came from behind me. I glanced back and was surprised to see Hinata.
She meekly excused herself and looked to the ground.
I swiftly turned away from her and continued my walk, before I heard a second sneeze.
"Bless you!" I barked in annoyance.
"Thank you." She replied as she wiped her nose with a tissue. ARGH! I didn't even say it nicely!
"What, so now you have a cold!?" I snapped.
"A-Allergies." She replied as she neatly folded her tissue. I continued glaring at her.
"There's medication for that you know." I said. She nodded.
"I kn-know. But they just started t-today."
I tutted. Whatever.
We awkwardly stood there as other people merely glanced at us in curiosity as they walked past.
"What are you doing?" I asked abruptly.
"I'm n-not following you if that's what y-you think." Hinata said with slight defiance. "I live a couple of blocks further from you."
I glared as stupidity slapped me in the face and turned away from her. I took five steps forward, until this annoying feeling within me made me stop, and take two back.
"So?" I snapped as I looked at her.
She jumped back and stared at me with a confused look on her face.
"Are you coming or what?" I hissed. I can't believe this.
"Oh!" she stupidly exclaimed as she treaded towards me. I started walking at a pace she could catch up with and continued on when she did.
Don't ask me why I did what I did, because I myself don't know exactly why. I guess it's simply because it'd be awkward to know someone I knew was walking in the same direction I was and staring at my back.
Or maybe because I pitied her so much.
I don't know.
Her hand accidentally brushed mine as we walked side by side, and she instantly jumped away from me in embarrassment.
I rolled my eyes and stuffed my hands back into my pockets and arched a brow at her. Hinata's face reddened. I looked down at her hand and noticed her bandage from this morning.
"Umm Sasuke…" Hinata started. I glanced at her.
"A-Are you mad at me?"
I glanced at her again, and looked back at the sidewalk ahead of us. There wasn't much for me to be angry at her about. Sure she punched me, she was afraid of me and she couldn't articulate her words properly, but I'm not dumb enough to think it was all her fault.
Well… her speech problem is her fault, but I did cause the other two things.
"Should I be?" I asked, curious to what she thought I was thinking.
"Well, umm, yes… no…"
"Whatever the right answer is, right?" I mocked. She then did what I think was a glare.
I sighed and ran a hand through my hair in exasperation. "I'm not mad."
"Really?" she asked as she looked up at me. I nodded.
"Okay." She smiled.
This is the part where I apologize isn't it?
"Forget what I said Saturday." I mumbled.
"Last Saturday," I said a little clearer. "Just forget about it."
I looked down at her and saw her staring at me with a goofy smile on her face.
"What?" I asked sharply.
"Nothing." She replied as she looked away, covering a small giggle with her hand.
"What's so funny?"
"Nothing." She answered as she shook her head.
"Fine." I shrugged.
The rest of the walk home was uneventful, with none of us really engaging in any kind of conversation. We spoke briefly on what we could do for Agony Aunt and figured we had a whole week to think about it.
It surprised me how she didn't seem to annoy me as much anymore. It seemed like that weird feeling I'd have whenever she was around disappeared after my "apology." If you can call "Forget about Saturday." an apology…
Before we knew it, we were in front of my apartment's building. I took out my key and approached the door. "So, uh, this is my place." I said.
Ugh. I love how I state the obvious.
"I'll give back the shirt you lent me tomorrow." I continued. It actually gives me a reason to do my laundry now.
"Oh ok." Hinata replied with a small smile.
"Bye." I shrugged.
Ok, that's it!
"Sasuke." I said forcefully.
"I-I beg your pardon?"
"My name. It's Sasuke." I repeated as I opened the door. "Not 'Sa-Sa-Sasuke' or 'Umm Sasuke'."
"I'm sorry!" she squeaked as she looked at her feet in embarrassment, her cheeks turning their usual shade of red. She looked at me.
"Say it." I smirked.
"G-Goodbye…" she said before stopping herself. "Umm Sasuke."
Without another word or glance, she quickly turned around and ran straight into a lamppost.
"I'm fine!" she squeaked before running away as fast as her feet could take her.
All of that because of my name?
My smirked widened and I forced back a laugh.
Say my name baby, say my name.
Well this one came out pretty quickly!
Well, "quick" as in LostInspiration312's definition of "quick".
This is what happens when an author decides to write under the influence. Her birthday was a couple of days ago (happy birthday once again! The food was AMAZING! And damn it was fun! I should've been your friend a LONG LONG time ago!) and I guess this is what she came up with. I don't see why she hates this chapter so much since Sasuke and Hinata are finally in speaking terms… And I actually got to say more than one line. (hehe…)
Wait, are they in speaking terms? Both of them aren't the greatest talkers in the world and-
I think I should stop before Sasuke reads this. I might die before I get to finish my baby back ribs. Anyways, she would like to thank everyone for reading!
(Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to help LostInspiration312 empty out her leftover-filled fridge.)
I will not strip for you.
Hello Miss, I realize you are of legal age now and that if anything were to happen between us I would not go to jail, but I'm not sure we can do what you suggested without me feeling guilty and disgusting afterwards. However, I'm flattered.
Happy belated Birthday!
Just name the time and place babe.
Hey what's this orange sparkly thing you sent me? Is it an eye patch? I tried putting it on but the two strappy things got in the way. Anyways, I'm meeting up with Kiba! See ya!