A/N: Decided to post this up so I can now officially put this fic under my belt, dust off my shoulder and be proud I wrote a trilogy |D Also, a lot of people have been asking me about writing an alternate ending where Sasuke did die, but I honestly really just feel like I want this fic to be THIS fic. No alternate ending, no "go to chapter 25 for the dead Sasuke version" or whatnot. I finished it this way, and I kinda wanna just... let it be ^_^;; Also, sorry to everyone who wanted a nice little love scene/happy reunion for Sasuke and Naruto but, as above, this last part was always how I intended to finish the series (albeit, with a few obvious adjustments |D) so this is it, guys. I'm sorry :(
Disclaimer: Welp, after many, many years of attempting to steal Kiba, I guess I'll have to find solace in the fact that K. Masashi is kind enough to share him with me on paper. The thievery attempts were fun, though, as bad as they always went.
Four years later.
"He's gonna kill him."
"He's gonna kill him."
"Dude, he's totally gonna kill him."
Sasuke turned to Naruto, a little annoyed. "Will you stop and just have a little faith?"
"I agree with blondie," Sakura insisted, leaning into Lee and grinning. "Kiba's gonna die tonight."
"Will everyone stop talking about Kiba dying?" Sasuke grunted, annoyed. "Isn't it bad enough he actually almost did once upon a time? What happened to no more jokes about dying?"
"That was before today," Naruto insisted with a grin, licking Sasuke in the cheek. The Uchiha let out a disgusted sound and shoved the blond away, his hand in the other's face.
Kiba wandered back into the dining room from the kitchen, checking his watch, and beginning to pace.
"Do either of them even know why you invited us all to dinner?" Ino asked Kiba, eyeing him with concern.
"Of course not!" Kiba insisted. "And you guys talking about me dying isn't helping! And also happens to be exactly why I invited you all here!"
"Really? I thought it was to brag about how successful you've become by showing off your giant table." Sakura knocked on it. "Real wood, too."
The doorbell rang, interrupting whatever Kiba had been about to say, and he paled considerably.
Naruto grinned and leaned closer to Sasuke. "He's gonna die."
"Faith. Have some."
"I do have faith—that he's gonna die."
Sasuke rolled his eyes and watched Kiba lead Hinata and Neji into the dining room. He waved to the two of them, Naruto standing up to give Hinata a hug and to wring Neji's hand. Sasuke resisted the urge to roll his eyes again. It wasn't like Naruto hadn't seen them both recently. Considering the years of craziness they'd all spent together, it was hard to break those kinds of bonds, and all of them saw each other at least once a week. Not all in this large group, usually, but Sasuke could honestly say he'd seen everyone sitting at this table at least once in the past five days.
"Okay, so, we're all, ah, here." Kiba said, laughing nervously and rubbing the back of his head. "Um, Neji, you sit, uh, there. Beside your, ah, wife. That would be awesome." He motioned Tenten, who rolled her eyes and pulled Neji down beside her.
"Hinata! You, uh, here. Right here. Where, you know, you always sit." He motioned the seat next to him, and she smiled, moving to sit down. He pushed her chair in for her, then stood at the head of the table, clearing his throat. "Ah, before I start, I thought I'd, you know, say a few things."
"Boo!" Naruto said from his other side, being seated across from Hinata. Sasuke covered his mouth to shut him up.
"Don't ruin it," he hissed at his lover.
"What? Kiba's so nervous, I'm trying to see if he'll wet himself."
"I won't, and I heard that," Kiba snapped, rubbing his hands together and looking around at them all. "Well, I guess first, thank you all for coming to my and Hinata's humble abode."
"Humble, the man says," Ino snickered. "This place is almost as big as Naruto's."
"It's not, we checked," Naruto interjected with a grin.
"Anyway!" Sasuke insisted, trying to cover Naruto's mouth again, and nodding for Kiba to continue while the blond ducked and leaned back to stop his lover's hands from reaching his face.
"Anyway," Kiba echoed, rubbing the back of his head, and continuing. "I know we see each other on a regular basis, but every now and then, it's nice to have us all in one place together. I think the last time this happened was actually at Neji's wedding."
"You're welcome," Tenten called.
Kiba smiled at her. "I just thought it would be nice to have us all together again. Reminisce and all that. We've done well these past four years, I think. We all managed to graduate. I didn't get shot again. Somehow we're all still with the same people. I didn't get shot again. We all found jobs we enjoy. Did I mention I didn't get shot again?"
"Knowing you, you could probably mention it a few more times," Sasuke shot in.
"Oh, so it's okay for you to interrupt, but not me?" Naruto demanded.
Sasuke smirked at him.
Kiba just snorted and rubbed his hands together again. "While I am happy to have you all here, ah, together. All of us. As friends. I do also have another reason for wanting you all present. You're my closest friends, and while most of you already know what's-what's coming, I just thought... I wanted to share it with all of you." His eyes shot nervously to Neji. "And I also needed to make sure there were enough people between me and Neji before I did it."
The Hyuuga frowned at that, and Sasuke wondered how he hadn't noticed he was seated at the opposite end of the table, right across from Kiba.
"So, I don't... I didn't really have anything... concrete to say so I guess just..." Kiba licked his lips and looked at Sasuke. "You got my back here, right? You'll save me when he attacks?"
"I got your back," Sasuke reassured him. "Go for it."
"Do it, do it, do it!" Naruto started chanting. Sasuke had to cover his mouth again.
"Okay. Um, okay." Kiba patted at his pockets, then fumbled for something. He dropped it and ducked under the table for it. There was a bang, the table shuddering, then a curse, and Kiba reappeared, rubbing at his head. He stayed on his knees though, turning to Hinata. She instantly went scarlet.
Sasuke's gaze shifted to Neji. It looked like the older Hyuuga was trying to convince himself he was seeing things. Truthfully, Neji had once told him that Kiba was the only man for his cousin, but he did like to be dramatic, so he also knew that Neji would never admit that to Kiba. Friends or not, Hyuugas liked drama.
"Hinata," Kiba said nervously, his words almost running into one another when he continued, "we've been together for a really, really long time, and no matter what, you always stuck by me. I know I might not be the man that you deserve, but I'm hoping that you'll give me more of a chance than you already have. I would be honoured..." He paused for effect, Sasuke resisting the urge to roll his eyes again. Kiba opened the box he was holding. "If you would make me the happiest man alive and be my wife."
Neji lunged across the table.
Luckily for Kiba, there were twelve people between him and the Hyuuga, and every single one of them leapt up to stop him.
Hinata, for once in her life, was actually loud enough to be heard above the din, and Neji would have no choice but to approve, because she had already squeaked out a yes.
Sasuke was looking forward to seeing Naruto in a tux again. He had such fond memories of the last wedding they had attended.
Sadly, he couldn't say the same for Kiba. The guy never caught a break.
Everything is always okay in the end,
If it's not okay, then it's not
A/N: I want to apologize again to everyone who stuck with me throughout the crazy rollercoaster that was this fic, with my constant dropping of it and the waiting for years (literally) to see its ending. I know I didn't deserve most of the support I got after doing that to you guys, but I wanted to thank you profusely all the same for sticking with me to the end of this.
Special thanks to KingCobra, who literally never gave up on me and was kind enough to continue to remind me that he would wait forever if he had to for this fic. Seriously dude, you rock. Thanks for everything!
Hope you guys enjoyed the ride. I promise never to make you guys suffer through a wait like this ever again! I'm gonna be posting up some stuff I've been writing over the past few years, all of which are complete, so if you feel like checking out what I've been up to, it'll be around soon, just needs some editing. If you're done with me after the fiasco of this fic, totally cool, thanks for sticking with me at least to the end of this :) You guys are all awesome. For reals.
With that, I bid you all good evening :)