(A/N: Sorry about all the lyrics, but Misaki had to have an excuse to sing…)

Misaki opened her eyes groggily, still a little tired from the night before. She sat up and grabbed the knee brace on her nightstand, slowly wrapping it around her knee. Since Tsunade told Misaki that she only needed a knee brace, she's been able to get around more on her own. Though that was five months ago, during the warm weather of summer. Unfortunately, now it's December…not one of Misaki's favorite months.

Misaki stood up, her long black nightgown falling to her ankles, and walked over to the window. She turned on her CD player/radio that still sat below it, setting it to the song "I'm Just A Kid" by Simple Plan, and opened the curtain to her window.

Misaki glared at the white powder covering the ground outside of the "apartment". "Snow…" Misaki lit a match and threw it out of the window. "Die snow, die!!" (And that was my reaction when I first saw a lot of snow.)

The match went out as soon as it touched the cold snow, only adding to Misaki's bad mood. Misaki closed the window, sighing in frustration.

I'm just a kid, and life is a nightmare

I'm just a kid; I know that it's not fair

Nobody cares, and I'm alone, and the world is

Having more fun than me…


Misaki shut the curtain as tears fell down her face, recalling the night before…

Misaki pulled on a light red cocktail dress, pulled her hair back into a ponytail, and put on some red high heels. Team Gai was going to a restaurant with Team Kakashi, which meant having to put up with Kenji for an hour or two. But she didn't mind having to put up with him, and she really didn't have to get dressed up. Misaki had decided that tonight she would tell Lee how she felt, so she felt the need to dress up.

Misaki walked into the living room, her face brighter than usual. "Lee, you ready to go?"

Lee walked into the living room in his usual attire (a.k.a. the green spandex). "Um, you did know this was not a formal dinner, right…?" He said when saw Misaki.

Misaki smiled and nodded.

"Then, why…?"

"I just, um, haven't worn this in a while." Misaki didn't want to tell him just yet because Neji had been bugging her, so she wanted him to see her tell Lee.

Lee sighed inwardly and nodded. "Then we should go. Gai-Sensei told us to meet there at seven."

Misaki nodded and followed Lee out of the complex, to the restaurant. Okay, it wasn't really a restaurant, it was a café; Konoha Café. It only recently opened but everybody said that it was one of the best café's in the village. That wasn't really the reason they were going though. The reason was because when Gai and Kakashi combined their money…they had just enough to pass up Ichiraku.

Lee and Misaki walked into the café and looked for their team. The café had the feeling of a place of relaxation. Kunai knives and shuriken hung from the walls, on either sides of pictures of the Hokage's; former and the current. The walls were painted blood red with wood flooring. The tables were set low to the floor so people had to either sit on the floor or on pillows.

"Over there!" Lee said, pointing at their team. Lee and Misaki walked over to them, Neji smiled when he saw them. "What?"

"On a date?" Neji asked, still smiling.

Lee and Misaki both blushed and shouted, "Are not!"

As they walked passed Neji, Misaki smacked Neji upside the head. Misaki sat down in between Neji and Lee…and across from Kenji. But he wasn't paying attention to her, so Misaki was fine…though Neji was glaring at him.

Gai and Kakashi walked up not too much longer later and asked what everyone wanted to eat. By the time they came back, Kenji and Neji were having a staring contest while everyone else was debating something or another. Debate here having the meaning of yelling-at-each-other-while-trying-to-get-a-point-across.

It didn't too long for them to eat, then they were back to yelling at each other. At one point Sakura stood up to go to the bathroom, and Lee stood up and followed her. Misaki looked at everyone, who were either yelling at each other or having a staring contest, then followed Lee.

Misaki smiled a little, she was going to tell Lee how she felt. She walked up to the small, blocked off, area where the bathrooms were…but she stopped when she saw Lee talking to Sakura.

"Please, be my girlfriend." Lee said to Sakura, who had her arms crossed over her chest.

Misaki backed up a step, her smile faded from her face as hot tears replaced it. She turned from the scene and ran towards the door of the café, only to have Neji grab her arm.

She looked back at Neji, who looked both pissed and concerned at the same time. "What happened?!"

Misaki pulled away from Neji and ran out of the door, as she did, she could hear Neji yelling, "What the hell did you do to her?!"

Misaki sat down on her bed as "Skin (Sarah Beth)" started playing. The tears were still flowing down her eyes as she thought, Lee has never liked me…Damn it, I'm so stupid!

Misaki heard someone in the living room and knew that Lee was awake. She knew that she would eventually have to face him, but didn't want to just yet.

6 chances in 10

It won't come back again with the therapy we're gonna try

It's just been just been approved

It's the strongest there is and I think we caught it in time

Sarah Beth closes her eyes

And she dreams she's dancin' around and around without any cares

And her very first love is holding her close

And the soft wind is blowin' her hair…

Misaki walked over to her closet and pulled out a light blue blouse and black capris. Since she got her knee brace, Misaki has been wearing capris a lot so that it doesn't feel as weird. She slowly brushed her hair then walked into the living room, Misaki looked around for Lee…but didn't see him. Misaki walked into the kitchen for some breakfast and found a note Lee had left.


Went out for a little while. Should be back before noon.


Misaki sighed and threw the note in the trash, thinking that she had ruined everything. Misaki sat on the sofa and stared blankly at the blank TV screen.

I ruined everything last night. I shouldn't have reacted that way…now Lee and I have absolutely no chance of getting together. Misaki thought, the tears threatening to come back. Misaki shook her head, forcing the tears to go away. I won't cry anymore! I have to let him go, he doesn't love me!

No matter what she told herself though, Misaki couldn't let go of that small hope that maybe Lee did really love her. And Lee just wouldn't get out of her mind, which forced the tears to fall down her cheeks.

Misaki managed to stop crying as soon as Lee walked back into the apartment.

"Misaki, you are awake…?" Lee seemed surprised; he had thought that she would be in bed still.

Misaki nodded and swatted away a couple of stray tears. "Yeah…"

Lee sat down next to her on the sofa. "Misaki, Neji seemed angry last night when you left. He asked me what I did, but I do not even know…Is there anything wrong?"

I love you! Misaki shook her head though. "No, I just had another breakdown… It's no one's fault…I'm sorry."

Lee shrugged. "Gai-Sensei wanted us to meet at the karaoke bar at around two o'clock today."

Misaki nodded. "Okay then."

Misaki tried to keep the tears down as last night ran through her head once again, she didn't want to believe it, but the continued path her life is going is leading to hell. Misaki sighed a few times to make the tears go away, and it worked.

Lee looked over at her as she sighed. "Is there anything wrong?"

Misaki looked over at Lee and smiled as much as she could. "No, nothing's wrong. Don't worry about it."

Lee nodded and turned on the TV, flipping it to a random channel. Misaki wasn't even watching it; she just didn't want Lee to ask her if she was okay again. Her life was spiraling downhill again, this time because of a love she couldn't have. It wasn't something she really wanted to think about, but it was hard not to think about it really.

Nearly three hours later, Lee and Misaki stood up and walked to the karaoke bar to meet up with their team. Neji looked at Misaki with a concerned look when she walked up with Lee, a sad look implanted on her face.

"Misaki…" Neji said.

Misaki shook her head. "Sorry about the breakdown last night."

Neji knew what happened, but understood why she was lying. "It's not a big deal."

Gai walked up just then. "Shall we go inside?"

Misaki nodded and ran inside, wanting to get out of the cold snow. Why can't snow be warm?! She thought, brushing snow off of her blouse.

Everyone else brushed the snow off of their clothes and grabbed a table before somebody stole it. The karaoke bar was full today, probably because of the contest going on. Right now, Shizune was finishing up singing "Sanctuary" by Utada Hikaru.

Everyone clapped as Shizune bowed and walked off the stage and back to her seat next to Tsunade…who was the next person up. While Tsunade chose her music, Lee, Neji, and Misaki signed up – in that order – to sing after Tsunade. Tsunade had chosen "Untitled (How Could This Happen To Me?)" by Simple Plan.

People clapped as Tsunade finished a few minutes later and Lee was called up to sing next.

While Lee chose his music, Neji asked Misaki, "Did you make up the breakdown story so as not to worry Lee?"

Misaki nodded. "I didn't want him to feel bad because of how I felt for him and because he felt nothing for me in return."

Gai was very confused, but mainly ignored the conversation.

Lee picked "Nothing I Won't Give" by Vic Mignogia.

Haunted by the past, and nightmares that seem so unreal
Wish that I could turn back time
And spare the pain that we both feel
And how we've changed
Things'll never be the same
(Things'll never be the same)
We were foolish then but our trials served to make us strong
The burdens are not yours alone
We've sought the answers for so long
But they're not free
They cost you more than they cost me
(My brother-er-er-er)
I promise you,
There is nothing I won't give
To see this through
Return the soul to where it lives
I promise you,
I'd go everywhere I've been
To find a way
To make atonement for my sin
And see, see your smiling face again
When we paid the price at last
And we are whole once more
Life will be the way it was
The way it was before that day she slipped away
Together we'll redeem that day!
And I promise you,
There is nothing I won't give
To see this through
Return the soul to where it lives
I promise you,
I'd go everywhere I've been
To find a way
To make atonement for my sin
And see, see your smiling faaaace!
(I promise)
(I promise)
(I promise)
I promise you,
There is nothing I won't give
To see this through
Return the soul to where it lives
I promise you,
I'd go everywhere I've been
To find a way
To make atonement for my sin
And see, see your smiling face

The people clapped as Lee returned to his seat and Neji chose his song. Which was "Alyssa Lies" by Jason Michael Carroll.

My little girl met a new friend

Just the other day

On the playground at school

Between the tires and the swings

But she came home with tear-filled eyes

And she said to me, "Daddy, Alyssa lies"

Well I just brushed it off at first

'Cause I didn't know how much my little girl had been hurt

Or the things she had seen

I wasn't ready when I said, "You can tell me"

And she said...

"Alyssa lies to the classroom

Alyssa lies everyday at school

Alyssa lies to the teachers

As she tries to cover every bruise"

My little girl laid her head down that night to go to sleep

As I stepped out of the room, I heard her say a prayer so soft and sweet

"God bless my mom and my dad

And my new friend, Alyssa


I know she needs you bad

Because Alyssa lies to the classroom

Alyssa lies everyday at school

Alyssa lies to the teachers

As she tries to cover every bruise"

I had the worst night of sleep in years

As I tried to think of a way to calm her fears

I knew just what it was I had to do

But when we got to school on Monday I heard the news

My little girl asked me why everybody looked so sad

The lump in my throat grew bigger

With every question that she asked

Until I felt the tears run down my face

And I told her that Alyssa wouldn't be in school today

'Cause she doesn't lie in the classroom

She doesn't lie anymore at school

Alyssa lies with Jesus

Because there's nothin' anyone would do

Tears filled my eyes when my little girl asked me why

Alyssa lies

(Oh, daddy, oh)

"Daddy tell me why

Alyssa lies"

People clapped as Neji passed Misaki; she knew what she was going to sing the minute Lee had told her about coming to the karaoke bar. Misaki smiled at Neji, the smile told him not to worry because she had everything figured out. Because everything would go numb for her after this …

Misaki chose to sing "My Personal Moon" by Madison Park.

The moon will affect the tide

And you will affect my mind

The moon will affect the tide

More than the sun

And you will affect my mind

We will be one

Making me high

Your waves of energy

A current pulling me

You are my moon

My personal moon

The moon is my guiding light

Filled by the sun

I follow the moon at night

It leads me home

The moon is my guiding light

Filled by the sun

I follow the moon at night

It leads me home

Making me high

Your waves of energy

A current pulling me

You are my moon

My personal moon

Making me high

Pulling me closer

Pulling me closer

Making me high

Pulling me closer

Pulling me closer

Making me high

The people clapped when Misaki finished her song. But, instead of returning to her seat, she ran to a back room with tears streaming down her face.

Lee stopped clapping when he saw Misaki run to the back room. "She was not bad at all…why did she run?"

Neji sighed in frustration, not able to hold it in any longer. "You're so stupid!!"

Lee and Gai looked at Neji like he was crazy or something.

"What are you talking about?" Lee asked.

"I can't believe you haven't realized it by now!" Neji nearly yelled. "Misaki loves you! Last night she saw you talking to Sakura and thought that she would never have a chance to tell you how she felt! That is why she ran out crying last night!"

Lee thought about they way Misaki acted around him and then about the café last night, and realized how obvious it had been the entire time. Then Lee really felt like shit when he realized that all along…he loved her too.

Lee stood up and ran to the back room to find Misaki. He found her with a knife in her hand, just looking at it. She looked up when she sensed a different chakra in the room.

"Lee?" Misaki asked after a sob, tears flowing freely down her face.

Lee grabbed the knife from Misaki's hand and put it down on a nearby box, sitting down in front of her. "Misaki, you could have just told me."

"What?" She really didn't know what he was talking about.

Lee pulled Misaki into a loving hug. "I love you."

Misaki wrapped her arms around Lee and sobbed. "Th-Then why d-did you ask S-Sakura to b-be your g-girlfriend?"

Lee hugged her tighter. "Because I did not realize what was right in front of me."

Misaki sobbed into Lee's shoulder for a minute then looked him in the eyes, tears running down her face. "I love you too."

Lee smiled and wiped away Misaki's tears. The two then kissed, it was a short passionate kiss. And when they disconnected, Misaki finally realized what she had been missing from her life to make her happy. Real, true love and affection.

To be continued…

I Gave Him The Time:

Lee and Misaki are happy and don't think that anything could ever separate them…but they're wrong.