Through my clouded vision I stared up at the bare figure above me. It descended again only to tease the now overly sensitive parts of my exposed torso. I pulled the body closer to mine, massaging the heated flesh against my own. I breathed heavily as sweat trickled down my face. Suddenly the weight lifted and I knew what was going to happen next. I clamped my eyes shut and grasped the ground beneath me, waiting for it to come. Then my wish was granted. White hot pain shot through my body as the large object was thrust forcefully inside of me. My mouth shot open in silent creams as my insides were torn apart. The white hot pain surged through me with every thrust, pleasure coursing through my entire body. The motions stopped, though the pain didn't. It seemed to be getting even worse. Then I felt strong hands on my shoulders and they shook me softly.

"Lee?" It sounded so distant. They shook me again. "Lee?" It was a little louder this time. "Lee?" The calls seemed to be getting more urgent. "Lee!?" The voice sounded different now. "Lee wake up!" I grunted and shifted my head to the side, only to feel a stinging pain shoot up my spine. "Oh thank god. Neji!" The voice called. "He's alive!" I slowly opened my eyes.

"N-Neji?" I was surprised at how weak my voice sounded. I flinche dwhen I felt my body be lifted off the ground by two shaky, yet strong arms.

"Shh, don't talk. Tenten, we have to get him to a hospital quickly!"

"Right!" My eyes slowly closed and I could barely move. My head lolled slightly from side to side as we raced through the forest.

'I feel so... so...'

The darness returned. Heavily muscled arms held me down as the body rubbed against mine. I was numb, though I could still feel stabbing pain pulsing through me. Pressure was bulding up and I felt close. The heat was intense and I needed more. I grasped the figure tightly. Then the movement slowly stopped and the weight lifted again. "Lee." He whispered breathlessly and kissed me softly, tenderly.

He smiled slightly and the kiss was lifted. I felt a hot breath in my ear as he whispered quietly to me. My body stiffened and I sharply inhaled.

A soft breeze caressed my face and I could feel soft sheets beneath me. 'I-I'm in a bed... But why?' Distant voices became closer and clearer.

"He was stabbed multiple times by a poisonous puppet. We extracted as much of the poison as possible and healed all the wounds. However, since it was a paralyzing poison and it took so long to get him back, I'm afraid that paralysis has taken effect. I don't know how long he'll be in this coma but you can stay with him if you'd like.

"Thank you Lady Tsunade." My heart skipped a beat when I heard his voice. I tried to open my eyes to see him or open my mouth to talk to him but I couldn't. I heard the scraping sound of a chair being dragged and heard him sigh as he sat down.

"Oh Lee... I'm so sorry. I... never should have let you go." 'His voice is so shaky.' My heart sunk. 'He's crying...' Then I felt a firm yet gentle hand take hold of one of my own. The heat was welcoming against my deathly cold skin. "It's all my fault. I'm so sorry." He rubbed his cheek against my hand and I could feel a few teardrops drip down my wrist. I wanted to talk to him, to tell him it wasn't his fault, but I was helpless. I couldn't do anything to comfort him A frustrated tear slowly slipped down into my hair. It made me angry how it just seemed to drag along, so slowly, without a care. I wanted to cry, harder than I've ever done before, to scream and yell. I just wanted to hold him and let him know everything is all right. His arms slid around me and he held me. The screaming thoughts stopped and all I could do now was be hugged and not be able to hug him back. I held onto this feeling for as long as I could, not wanting it to end. Soon my mind fogged and I began to lose it. He was fading.

My eyes shot open and I looked around the room. I spotted him sitting next to me, asleep. I practically leaped out of the bed I was so happy. I jumped into his lap and gave him the biggest hug I could muster. He yelped in surprise and when he saw it was me he hugged back. "Lee! I can't believe you're awake!" I pulled back slowly and wiped the tears off his face.

"Please stop crying. It's not your fault. None of this was your fault." Then a crowd of people came in.

"Lee!" Tenten came over and bombarded me with hugs. I stood up and hugged her back. Neji was standing beside her smiling. He nodded.

"It's good to see you back."

"Thanks." I laughed and hugged him. Then I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around. "Tsunade-sama, thank you. Thank you so much!"

"Yes, well, you've fully recovered. Welcome back." She smiled and lightly ruffled my hair. "Yes, everything's in order and you may go home any time you wish." My face lit up.

"Oh thank you! Thank you so VERY much!"

"However," her face turned more serious. "There's something I need you to do for me."


"I need you to wake up."


"Wake up."

"What? But... but I am..."

"Wake up." Everything started spinning. Suddenly my body jolted and I was back in my bed. 'A dream... It was just... a dream...' My body was washed over with frustration. 'Oh my god! How much longer must I bear with this torture!?' It took me a few minutes to realize that there was someone talking to me.

"...I still can't believe this happened. It's been three weeks..."

'Three weeks!?'

"And Tsunade-sama says you could be like this for years..." My heart sank. "I really don't know how you can handle this... Of course you probably can't. You're probably in a lot of pain and it's all my fault. You must hate me..."

'No, never.'

"You won't ever want to talk to me again..."

'Stop talking like this...'

"So I guess this is probably my only chance to say this but I uh..." He sighed. "I love you Lee." All my thoughts stopped. "More than... you know... I really, truly love you... More than anything... more than I probably should." I couldn't think of a response, even if I was awake. "I know you probably can't hear me but... I just thought I'd say it now... before you..." He sighed and timidly placed a hand on my forehead.

'No, no don't be like that. I love you too! No! Stop blaming yourself for everything!' He ran his fingers through my hair gently. I heard him sniff and I knew he was crying. His hand started shaking.

'Stop crying... please.' A few tears escaped my closed eyes, unnoticed my him. I felt warm droplets on my face and I could tell he was right above me.

"Oh, I'm so sorry." He sniffed and wiped the tears away with his thumb. Then I felt the connection of soft, trembling lips to my own, motionless ones. They pressed a little deeper. I tried to kiss back, but to no prevail. Then the kiss was lifted. I felt like crying again. How could things have ended up this way? All I could do was lay there and listen to him. What felt like several hours passed and I could hear his steady breathing. 'He's asleep...'