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"Our last performer this evening is Hyuga Hinata, with her choice of song 'Listen'. Give it up for her!" Tsunade handed off the microphone to a blushing Hinata before heading offstage. Neji was jostled backwards during his attempts to get to Tenten and gave up, turning his attention to his cousin, since there was no way to get to her now. The poor girl was bright red and wondering how she had ever let her friends convince her to do this. Her deep purple dress was basically strapless, as the thin spaghetti straps kept falling down; the color of the floor length gown set off her hair and violet eyes to perfection.

Hinata held the microphone up to her quivering lips as the music began. She closed her eyes against the harsh spotlights and gawking faces of the audience. Tenten looked around the audience, but couldn't find her teammate. She crossed her arms and her face fell – she must have been wrong about Neji's song and his feelings.

To the song here in my heart

A melody I start
But can't complete


To the sound from deep within

It's only beginning

To find release…

Oh, the time has come

For my dreams to be heard

They will not be pushed aside and turned

Into your own

All cause you won't


Hinata's voice has started out shaky and soft, but as she entered the chorus, it grew in volume and strength. Tenten was absolutely stunned – the girl was amazing!

I am alone at a crossroads
I'm not at home in my own home
And I've tried and tried
To say what's on my mind
You should have known
Oh…Now I'm done believing you
You don't know what I'm feeling
I'm more than what

You made of me
I followed the voice
You gave to me…
But now I gotta find my own…

You should have listened
There is someone here inside
Someone I thought had died
So long ago…
Oh, I'm free now

And my dreams will be heard
They will not be pushed aside or turned
Into your own
All cause you won't

I don't know where I belong
But I'll be moving on
If you don't…
If you won't…

At this point, the entire audience was entranced by hinata's powerful voice. Tears streamed down her cheeks as she sang her heart out:

To the song here in my heart
A melody I start
But I WILL complete

Oh, now I'm done believing you…
You don't know what I'm feeling
I'm more than what

You made of me
I followed the voice

You THINK you gave to me
But now I gotta find my own…
My own!

Hinata held the last note for a few moments as the crowd jumped out of its seats and went wild. Her chest heaving, eyes still stinging with tears, she stumbled offstage into Kiba and Shino's embrace. Sakura and Ino descended on her, squealing with excitement.

Tsunade snagged the mic and dragged the stunned girl back onstage. "And now for our judges comments, as the rest of our performers get everything ready for the finale. Kurenai?"

The female jonin smiled. "Beautiful Hinata…you and the song. I'm so proud of you!" Kurenai wiped away a tear.

"Well done!" Asuma crowed, banging his fist on the table. "You really won the crowd with that number!"

Iruke grinned. "I had no idea what you were capable of…nice job!"

Kakashi was silent, but then even Tsunade could see the broad smile hidden under his mask. "Stupendous. Really superb work…"

"Amazing youthful energy! And that voice! An angel of music has blessed our stage!" Gai yelled out.

"And that about wraps it up for the competition. As our judges deliberate, to determine the winners of various sums of money, please enjoy the finale – where all our competitors will be singing 'Hard To Say Goodbye'!" Everyone filed onstage with their handheld microphones; Tsunade gave hers back to a flushed Hinata.

Sakura: We didn't make forever

We each got to go our seperate ways…

Shikamaru: And now we're standing here, helpless

Looking for something to say…

Kiba: We've been together a long time

We never thought it would end…

Tenten: We were always so close to each other

You were always my friend...

All: And it's hard to say good-bye, my love

Hard to see you cry, my love

Hard to open up that door

You're not sure what you're going for…

Lee: I didn't want this to happen

But we shouldn't feel sad…

Ino: We had a good life together

Just remember, remember all those times we had…

Neji: It's not that I don't love you

You were my family…

Shino: It's just that I'm feeling there's so much more

Waiting out there for you and me…

All: And it's hard to say good-bye, my love

Hard to see you cry, my love

Hard to open up that door

You're not sure what you're going for...

Choji: You'll know I'll always love you

You'll know I'll always care…

Hinata: And no matter how far I may go

In my thoughts, you'll always be there!

(Boys) Girls: (It's so hard) hard to say good-bye, my love

(Baby, it's hard) hard to see you cry, my love

(It's hard) hard to open up that door

All: When you're not sure what you're going for!

(Boys) Girls: (It's so hard)

Good-bye my love
(Baby, it's so hard)

We didn't make forever
(It's so hard)

I can feel there's something more
(When you're not sure what you're going for)

All: We've got to work it

We've got to try
Though it's hard, so hard…
We have to say good-bye!

One last round of applause roared to life in the audience as all the shinobi waved and took their bows. Tsunade got back onstage, holding a silver envelope.

"OK everyone. Third prize, a nice sum of seventy-five dollars goes to…Hyuga…Neji!" she called, as everyone clapped. He collected his own envelope and snuck back into the crowd onstage, trying to catch Tenten's eye. She ignored him.

"Second prize, of one hundred dollars belongs to…Tenten!" The kunoichi skipped upstage to grab her prize amid cheers and slid back with a sly smile to wait for the next announcement.

"And the first prize winner of three…hundred…dollars…is…drumroll please," Tsunade teased, shaking silver sparkles off the paper, "Hyuga HINATA!" The crowd burst into applause, rising to their feet, screaming her name. Shino and kiba steered the blushing girl forward so she could accept her envelope.

Everyone onstage was fussing over Hinata and the judges were trying to calm the crowd. Neji congratulated his cousin right after Tenten, and saw the brunette slip outside. He went out after her and saw her seated quietly on a bench, facing away from him.

"Hey!" he called to her. Tenten looked over her shoulder at him, stood up and started walking away. He chased after her, grabbing her arm roughly. "What's with you? I wanted to say congratulations on getting second place…" She yanked her arm out of his grip. "What IS your problem, Tenten?!"

"You are!"


"It was stupid, I'm sorry, but I just – I thought, that maybe – I couldn't believe it – but now, I'm sorry, it won't happen again – it was stupid, really foolish –" he cut her off.

"What on earth are you talking about?!"

"Your song…I thought…well, when you dedicated it to someone, I just…" she trailed off, her eyes avoiding his anxiously.

Neji grabbed onto her shoulders and forced her to look at him. Her breath caught in her throat. "You just what?" he asked calmly.

"I just…thought…it was…for me," she answered, wincing, her voice sounding pitiful to her own ears. He was silent and she pulled herself away from him again, a layer of ice already forming over her heart

"Well…maybe it was," his voice cracked.

She laughed, a short and harsh sound that echoed in the misty darkness around them. "Please…spare me your pity. The great Neji Hyuga, secretly pining for his pathetic teammate Tenten, who's been in love with him forever? I tend to doubt it," she smirked. Her brown eyes revealed the pain she felt, waiting to get her heart crushed.

"So your song dedication was for me?" His cool voice was still infuriatingly serene and Tenten could feel herself getting even more worked up.

"Yes, you idiot! Of course it was! How could you not see it before tonight? I've ALWAYS been in love with you. Apparently I didn't even register on your ego," she spat at him, her eyes flashing with fury and tears.

"In my wildest dreams, I never imagined that you might return my feelings," he murmured, stepping closer to her.

"You didn't?" she snapped, before what he said registered. "Wait…return your feelings?"

"Tenten, you ARE my 'Dream Girl'. Always have been, always will be," he said seriously. She gasped and tried to back away from him. It was much easier to be defensive and guard herself against heartbreak than to fall for him again and get shattered. Tenten tripped over her sandal and started to fall back.

Neji grabbed her by the waist and pulled her upright, straight into his arms; he locked his arms around her as she struggles to get free. "Tenten, I'm not playing around anymore. I think I'm in love you," he whispered and leaned in to kiss her. Her eyes went wide with shock before fluttering shut as she gave in and flung her arms around his neck, deepening the kiss. Gai and Lee both sighed from the window where they had watched it all unfold.

"It's about damn time they got together!" the student exclaimed to his sensei.

Gai wiped away fresh tears. "Ah, the love of youth…"

Well that's all folks! Hope you enjoyed this fanfiction! Please leave reviews to encourage me or critique me. COnstructive criticism only! And lots of love!!!

~ Phantom

PS: Not sure if anyone else can catch the reference to another musical in here? Let me know in the comments!!