Look and see, love will find you.
Oh, Hell, and No
I grit my teeth, worried, as I walked through the park.
'He probably doesn't even care about me anymore.' I thought, angry at myself. 'After how I ditched him like that…like I didn't care in the first place…'
I spotted the bench. Our bench. The one that we'd shared so many memories with.
The one where he had taught me so many things.
I sat down on it slowly and closed my eyes, regaining my breath. One more time, just to get it out to myself, I said quietly, "I'm so stupid." My voice shook a little and I fisted my hands on my lap.
But when I opened my eyes again, they spotted him. Neji, walking through the park, his hands stuffed into the pockets of his jacket, looking up at the trees. His face serene, yet troubled. His breath fogging in front of him. I stared for a while.
'He's done so much for me.' I thought sadly as he walked along. 'He's been the nicest person ever to me.' I bit my lip.
'And here I am, sitting like an idiot on a bench just staring at him.'
I jumped to my feet and started running.
'Where do I think I am?!'
"Neji!" I yelled when I got nearer to him. He stopped and turned around, startled, and I skidded to a halt in front of him, breathing hard, and I looked up at him and narrowed my eyes determinedly.
"You win, alright?!"
"You win! I'm not moving!" I said, straightening up and catching my breath again. "I'm not moving back to Kiri. I'm not leaving." I clenched a fist. "Cause I love Konoha." I declared. "I love the people, I love the places, I love my friends, your friends. Everything. And…I love this place because…if I hadn't moved here…" I smiled a bit and looked right into his eyes. "I never would have met you."
Neji looked surprised. He was silent, then he relaxed and laughed, sighing. "Alright, then. I win." he said, and he pulled me to him, holding me. I wrapped my arms around his waist and closed my eyes, my head on his chest. After a while he said, "So you love Konoha now?"
"What do you love the most?" he murmured.
I looked up at him. "You." I said honestly.
He smiled. "Thought so." he said, leaning down to kiss me.
It was the next morning. I was walking to school from my car. I had given Matsuri a ride like I'd promised her not too long ago, and she and Gaara were walking away now. Kankerou was with his new girlfriend Ayame over by the side of the school with some friends. They'd all said goodbye to me with smiles on their faces, for once.
And finally I saw who I wanted to see. Shikamaru, his hands stuffed in the pockets of his jeans, walking along and looking exhausted. I laughed a little. He never was a morning person.
I sped up and caught up to Shikamaru, walking by his side. He didn't notice me, and I frowned and whapped him in the stomach. He straightened up and coughed.
"Oof! What the fuck?!" He turned to me. "What was that for?!"
"Don't slouch!" I snapped. He groaned and rubbed his back. I glanced up at him and took his hand suddenly.
Shikamaru blinked, startled, and looked down at me. "…Not that I mind, but why…?"
I smiled. "Holding your hand. That's what your girlfriend's supposed to do."
Shikamaru's eyes widened, then he smiled back a bit. "I guess you're right." he said softly. We continued walking, and he said, "There's something else a girlfriend's supposed to do."
I laughed, and he pulled me over to him so I could kiss him. When we pulled apart, his forehead touched mine and he stared right into my eyes. "Was that correct?" I asked quietly.
"Perfect." he murmured. "A+, princess."
I laughed one more time and took his hand again. "Come on, we'll be late lazy ass."
"Ouch, not so tight, troublesome woman."
"Then hurry up!"
As we walked I gave Karin a wave, ignoring the stares and points and whispers we received. She smiled and waved back happily, holding onto Suigetsu's hand. Gaara, Matsuri, Kankerou, and Ayame were waiting for us near the doors. The air was cold, but Shikamaru's hand was warm.
'I guess I really do have a lot left, don't I?' I thought. 'Everything's fine just the way it is.'
It was lunch. I wasn't in the cafeteria but outside in the court yard. It was cold, but I could manage. And there was also another reason I was out there.
"That's wonderful, Naruto, Sasuke." I said honestly, smiling brilliantly at the two. Naruto's arm was around Sasuke's shoulders, and Sasuke's hand was up and touching his on his left shoulder. The two had just thanked me for all I'd shown them, and confessed that they had talked it out once I left. They said there had been many tears, many confessions, and a lot of hard times for them, but now…
They were in love, and it was true. And it was alright with me.
'Who cares if they've broken a few rules?' I thought happily as they bid me goodbye and walked away, arguing a bit between themselves. 'Who cares about any of that? When you see how happy they are…who cares…?'
I turned in surprise and my smile only grew. Kiba was walking over, looking excited to see me. He jogged over and sat down by me. "Did you already eat?"
I nodded. "Have you?"
"Yup, I was over there with a few of my friends when I saw you. I hated seeing you alone out here, so…"
I giggled. "Thank you."
He smiled. "Oh, I got you something." He started rummaging in his pockets for something and finally pulled out a necklace. I gazed at it in awe. It was pearls, strung together. He dropped it into my hands and grinned. "It reminded me of you. That's real pearls on there. I didn't think fake ones would suit you…Nothing fake would suit you…"
I turned my face back to Kiba, who was still smiling at me. "Kiba…" I whispered. For the first time, someone was thinking about me. Someone was watching me. And that was him.
I leaned forward and kissed him lightly. He froze. This was our first kiss. We weren't even going out yet. But this was our first kiss, and I felt so honestly in love with him that I didn't think we would stay 'just acquaintances' any longer.
When we parted, he looked astounded. Then he laughed when something wet landed on his nose.
"Look, it's snowing…!" he said, surprised. I looked up and giggled as he pulled me closer to him. Together we sat in the snow, and talked about things. Just talked for what seemed like forever.
And over and over again, I could only think one thing.
After school, Neji had met me at the usual bench. It was cold again, and so he had yet again gotten us some hot chocolate, so we could sit at the bench and talk things over.
Now his arm was around my shoulders, and I sighed a bit. "So we're not going to be doing much touring stuff anymore, are we?"
He shrugged. "I dunno. You said that you knew this place by heart already, right?"
"You love it too. I think the deal's off."
"But I'm not leaving."
"No, you're not."
I laughed. "You probably wouldn't let me if I tried."
I grinned and lay my head on his shoulder. "So is this what we'll do every day? Just wait for Sakura and Lee, Ino and Sai?"
"If that's okay with you."
"And some days we can go for a walk or something? Or take Akamaru for a walk again, or go to the museum. Or I can show you some dancing. Babysit Hanabi and Megumi…?"
"Anything you like." he said softly, kissing the side of my head.
I smiled. "I'm gonna like it here, then."
"Of course you will." He smirked. "And there's always more."
"There's rumored to be underground tunnels in Konoha…"
I turned to look at him and gave him a look.
He laughed and kissed me. And in the distance, I could somehow feel two other stories ending as I said three words.
"Oh hell no."
When nothing else seems left, love is there. When no one else seems to care, the one that loves you does. And when you seem lost, love is your home.
Bleh. It didn't end on the note I wanted it to end on, but oh well. It was still fun! Thank you to all reviewers. For those that haven't, please check out my other stories as well! :D On another note, ELECTION DAY! OBAMAOBAMAOBAMA! XD
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