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I know Neji is a bit ooc but let's face it as much as we all would love it
Neji is not the most romantic person. lol

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We'll Start the Bidding At 1,000 Dollars

By; turtlechick

"The Park?"

"Well you did say some place that wasn't formal."

"I know but I really didn't think you would take me here. I actually come to the park all the time." We walked along the path running through the park side by side. Close, but not too close.

"Why would you think I wouldn't take you here?" He shoved his hands in his pockets as he spoke.

"Well I don't know you don't seem like the nature type."

"The nature type?"

"Well yeah I pegged you as the type that would take a girl to some fancy restaurant."

"Don't worry Tenten we can work our way up to that." He looked down at me and smiled. I could feel my face flush, I don't know if it was the cold weather or the fact that Neji was staring at me. I think it was a little bit of both.

We walked in silence for a little while just taking in the surroundings until I couldn't take the silence.



"I have to ask?" I looked up at him he looked back at me and I immediately turned away. I don't know why I was acting like this. Guys never had this effect on me. "What charity did you choose? For the fundraiser I mean."

"I picked the downtown orphanage." He was staring straight ahead now.

"Really that's where I-!" I covered my mouth before I let go too much.

"Where you what?" He had stopped walking and was staring at me now.

"Ok. Do you promise not to tell any one?"

He nodded.

"That's the orphanage where I grew up."

"I thought that you had always-."

"Yeah that's what most people think. My mother adopted me when I was younger and I have been raised in the upper class ever since.

"Well your not alone you know that?" I looked at him puzzled. "Naruto Uzumaki from the auction. He doesn't have any parents. He was adopted by the principal from our school and now… he's dating my cousin." He sighed.

"Oh yeah I could tell." I giggled and he let out a small chuckle.

"Me." He said all of a sudden.

"What about you?"

"I'm one too. My father died when I was very young and my mother died during my birth. I live with my uncle and two cousins." His tone was serious.

"I never knew. You seemed like one of those people who had it all I mean. Money, a good family, girls, you go to a good school, you make good grades, and your athletic."

He chuckled. "No one has it all Tenten. By the way what was that 'girls' comment?"

"Oh come on Neji. Those girls in there practically were falling all over you."

"Really I never noticed them."

I elbowed him playfully. "Look who's all cocky?"

He laughed. "I actually hate the attention."

"You do?" I asked incredulously.

"Come on Tenten I think you would know me a little bit better by now." He started looking around until his eyes stopped on one place, an ice cream stand.

He looked at me expectantly. "Neji it's freezing outside!"

"You've never had ice cream when it's cold outside?"

"No that's just stupid."

"Come on it's like the two colds cancel each other out." He grabbed my hand and started walking to the stand. It startled me a bit to have him touching my hand but it was unexpectedly warm and felt good to my exposed, freezing fingers.

"What can I get you two?"

"Tenten what would you like?"

I sighed. "Chocolate I guess."

"Fine a chocolate and… a vanilla."

"Coming right up." The short chubby Ice cream man gave us our ice cream and we started walking again. It was silent except for the couple times I slurped my ice cream and of course, I blushed. Neji never laughed or looked at me once, which made me a little more comfortable.

"So how was that?" He asked as we threw away the remainders of our ice cream.

"I have to say I'm colder than I was before." I rubbed my arms for warmth.

He laughed. "Then why did you continue to eat it?"

"It was really good." I confessed.

"I told you."

"Yeah but I'm still cold." He suddenly put an arm around my shoulders and pulled me close. At first I couldn't breath but after a few steps I was able to catch my breath.

"I'm sorry I made you cold." He said seriously.

I wanted to say something like, "it's ok as long as you keep me warm," but I decided to stay silent.

"Tenten It's getting kind of late. Let me walk you home."

I nodded my head against his chest.

"So Tenten?"


"Why did you come tonight? I would have never thought you would be the kind of girl to go to one of those things."

"Well it wasn't my idea that's for sure."


"Yep. I was just going with her for 'moral support' she called it."

His laugh shook me against his chest. "Well it's a little strange for you to come and then do what you did. When it wasn't your idea in the first place."

"Yeah that wasn't my doing either."

"What do you mean?"

"Sakura tricked me." I wasn't sure how he would take that but it was the truth and I wasn't going to lie to him after he had been so truthful with me earlier.

"Now how did she do that?"

"Sakura has her ways." I laughed one because it was the truth about Sakura and two because he wasn't mad.

"I suppose." We were about a block away from my building where I lived with my mom and it was silent all the way there. I wonder if he really was mad?

When we reached the steps of my building he grabbed my hand before I went in. I stopped and looked back at him. He stepped closer to me with my hand still in his. I couldn't move. He stroked the side of my face with the tips of his fingers and then cupped my face with his hand. He pulled me close and his lips met mine. It didn't last long but it couldn't have been any better.

When we broke apart he stared into my brown eyes. "So Tenten. Tell me." I couldn't say anything. "Do you regret it? Going to the auction."

It took me a moment to process what was happening until it all came rushing to me. I finally threw my arms around his neck and kissed him again. When we separated I kept my arms around his neck. "I hope that answers your question."

He smiled and tucked a few stray hairs behind my ear. "I'll call you tomorrow. Ok?" I nodded and I opened one of the glass doors to my building. Before I went in however I took one more look behind me. He was still there, with a big grin on his face. I turned around and went straight to the elevator. I hit the third button and rushed in when the elevator arrived.

I leaned against the wall of the elevator for support until I eventually slid to the floor. I couldn't have been happier, that was until, I thought about my mom and how I still had to explain how I had spent thirty thousand dollars in one night. Maybe it was like Sakura said, maybe she would just be happy I was taking an active role in my love life and besides it was all for charity.

I lied there were only three chapters.
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