A week had passed… And Chinatsu's heart had stopped once again in that time period. Kiba was there. He hadn't left since her heart had stopped when he had gone home. But it probably would have been better if he hadn't been there at all. Despite all their efforts they just couldn't seem to start her heart again. Kiba had become so hysterical that a whole other team of nurses had to restrain then sedate him. It went down to the very wire but they were able to start her heart again. Her chakra system had almost completely healed so the heart problems were gone now. However Chinatsu's three heart failures could have caused irreparable damage, as Sakura told Kiba.
"Every time her heart stopped, oxygen wasn't getting to all the parts of her body including her brain. I'm sorry Kiba but the most likely scenario is-"
"Get out Sakura," interrupted Kiba.
Sakura sighed and walked to the door. "You're going to have to accept it sooner or later," she said softly before leaving. Kiba just turned back to Chinatsu.
"I know she's wrong Natsu," he said with a soft smile placing his hand on her cheek.
"You're going to wake up just fine. Your chakra system is all healed. They'll see. They just aren't giving you enough credit."
Sakura sighed outside his door. She had listened to what he had said.
"How am I going to get him to realize she won't wake up?"
"You aren't," said a voice beside her. She turned to see Naruto with Hinata. The blonde spoke up again, a serious look on his face.
"You need to drop it Sakura." Her eyebrows furrowed.
"Why?" Naruto pressed a kiss to Hinata's forehead.
"Go visit Kiba and Chinatsu Hina. I think you know what I'm going to tell Sakura." Hinata nodded before entering the door. Naruto began walking a little farther away from the door.
"Naruto," growled Sakura, starting to get annoyed, "Why can't I tell him that?"
"Do you remember when Hinata was in a situation very similar to Chinatsu's?" he questioned her. "And how you and Baa-chan pushed me to leave her?"
"Yes. It's the same thing we're doing to Kiba what's the difference?"
"Because he is a lot closer to breaking then I ever was," replied Naruto looking past Sakura to Chinatsu's door. "I never had to watch the woman I love almost die in front of me while she was in the hospital. I never had to hear that flat line of a heart monitor." He paused before looking back to Sakura.
"You can't make him leave her. You can't even try and tell him she might not wake up. He's gone through enough." Sakura's eyes had widened as he had spoken.
"Because. I know what it's like to feel like I'm the only person who believes she's going to wake up." He walked past Sakura and into the room, leaving her there, letting what he had said sink in.
Days turned into weeks. Weeks… into months… And Kiba was constantly on the verge of tears, fearing he would never see her open her eyes again or hear her voice again. He hadn't left Chinatsu's side once. Tsunade always told him how lucky he was that they hadn't been over burdened with missions. The truth was, she was deliberately planning it so he wouldn't have to leave. Naruto had gotten to her too. They all had learned their lesson with Hinata, but everyone was starting to lose hope with Chinatsu…
Tsume sighed and walked into Chinatsu's room. Kiba looked up confused.
"Mom. Is something wrong?"
"Kiba honey. I want you to listen to me. No I'm not going to tell you she isn't going to wake up," she said cutting him off.
"We have new puppies. You knew they were expected." Kiba nodded. "Well, Hana's on a mission, and the Hokage just assigned me to one as well. You have to go home and watch them for part of the day until Hana gets home late tonight."
"Kiba you know I wouldn't ask you unless I had no other choice! The Hokage herself told me she had no choice but to put me on this mission despite what she knew it would mean for you."
Kiba quickly calculated in his head. She was right. No way around it, the puppies couldn't be alone that long. He hung his head.
"Whatever Mom," he muttered. Tsume nodded and left quietly. Kiba turned to Chinatsu.
"Well Natsu looks like, I'm going to have to leave you for a few hours. I'll be back as soon as I can. Hopefully Hana will get back early."
He caressed her hair. "I'll be back," he whispered before reluctantly leaving the room. His mom and Akamaru met him outside. Akamaru simply walked up to him and nuzzled him. He had missed his partner a lot but knew that Kiba needed more comfort than anything.
"The Hokage said she would send out a message to your sister who's on her way home to see if she can make it back any faster."
Kiba simply nodded and headed for the Inuzaka house.
Back in Chinatsu's room, the heart monitor sped up slightly. Her heart rate had been fairly slow, like someone who's asleep. Now it was as fast as a person who was simply sitting around. An alarm went off at the nurse's station. They had set it up so any change in Chinatsu's condition set it off. Sakura had been heading to her lunch break when she heard the alarm. Without a second thought she turned and ran back to the room.
"What's going on?" she questioned as she got there. "Her heart and chakra system should be stable."
"We don't know," replied one of the nurses. "But she's still stable. Her heart rate simply sped up, but it's still well below the danger zone."
"Odd," frowned Sakura. "I'll check her out. You can go."
"But it's your break time."
"I need to find out what caused this first."
Sakura methodically then began checking Chinatsu. She just couldn't find anything wrong or to explain why her heart rate had sped up. She sighed and walked to the bottom of the bed, picking up Chinatsu's sheet and began reading through it to try and find if this had ever happened before. She felt as if someone was watching her and looked up. Even with her ninja training she still jumped slightly. Chinatsu was staring at her.
"Chinatsu!" she cried.
"Sakura…" she mumbled back, though her eyes seemed slightly off. Then she blinked a few times.
"Sakura?" Every blink brought her eyes more clarity.
"What? What is it Chi-chan?" asked Sakura rushing to her side worried.
"Where's Kiba?" Chinatsu asked frantic.
Sakura sighed smiling. "He's fine Chi-chan. He had to go home a little while ago. He hasn't left you. There were some circumstances…"
Chinatsu had stopped listening and started removing all the machines.
"Chi-chan what are you doing?"
"I have to see him! Please!!"
Sakura looked at her. Her hair was sticking out in many different directions and she was on the verge of tears, giving her a frantic worried look. Sakura could see the desperation in her eyes. She sighed before walking over and moving the machines she had taken off out of the way. They weren't needed now.
"I'm sorry Chi-chan I just can't let you go. And Kiba needs to take care of a few things at home. I'll send someone to get him in an hour or two."
Chinatsu turned away from Sakura.
"I said GO AWAY!" Sakura sighed upset that she had hurt Chinatsu but she didn't have a choice. She lowered her head and left the room. A few minutes later Chinatsu looked up. She had a determined but wild look to her as she began to unhook the last of the machines. She opened the window in her room before jumping out. She ran through Konoha towards the Inuzaka clan house.
Akamaru's ears perked up and he turned around. He had been walking very close to Kiba, just providing support
Akamaru whined and ran to Kiba who had continued walking. He tried to stop him.
"Not now Akamaru."
Kiba heard it that time. He turned to see Chinatsu running straight towards him. He caught her and she crushed her lips to his. They fell over kissing passionately. Akamaru barked and jumped around waiting for his chance to greet her. Chinatsu greedily licked Kiba's bottom lip, asking for entrance. Surprised but happy Kiba allowed her in. She slipped her tongue into his mouth and their tongues began a fierce dance each trying to dominate each other. But even ninjas need to breath and they separated.
"Kiba I saw so many things. You lived, you died. I didn't know what to think and then you weren't there when I woke up."
Kiba sat up and pulled her into his lap. Akamaru sighed and sat down. He was going to have to wait.
"I'm just glad you're ok Natsu. You scared the hell out of me," said Kiba.
Chinatsu noticed the pained expression on his face.
"Your heart stopped twice when I was there and one other time when I wasn't. I thought I was going to lose you," he whispered. He hugged her close to him.
"Oh Kami Natsu," he cried, his voice cracking as he broke down. He held her incredibly close, almost afraid to let her go.
Chinatsu cradled his head close to her chest comforting him. She was crying as well. It hurt so bad to hear how much he had suffered.
"Kiba when I saw he had you so many things ran through my mind. I was so afraid he was going to kill you. I couldn't let that happen. Do you know why?"
He squeezed her still afraid to let go. "Why?" he asked still crying.
"Because I love you. I can finally say it. I love you Kiba."
His eyes widened as his breath caught in his throat, his tears forgotten for the moment. "You… really do?"
"Inuzaka Kiba… I really do."
Kiba felt his heart swell so much he thought it would burst out of his chest. He moved his head around and kissed her fiercely. She kissed him back with equal passion. When they broke apart he went back to hugging her.
"I love you," he whispered.
"I love you too," she said back, overjoyed she could say it.
Kiba and Chinatsu both looked to see Hinata and Naruto staring in disbelief.
"You woke up!" yelled Hinata running over to her. Naruto walked over as well. Kiba and Chinatsu stood up but Kiba held on tightly to her hand. Naruto patted him on the back, not saying anything. Kiba tried to wipe away his tears, but he was still crying.
"You don't have to do that because I'm here," said Naruto softly as they both watched Hinata and Chinatsu hug. "You and I both know it's not weak. Anyone would cry in this situation. Just let it out."
Kiba was shocked at Naruto's sensitive words before he pulled Chinatsu into another hug, as he broke down once more. Chinatsu kissed him gently over and over again to try and calm him down. Hinata walked over to Naruto tears in her eyes. She looked up at him to see a soft look in his eyes.
"What did you say to him?" she asked.
"I told him it wasn't weak to cry. Because when the person you love wakes up from a sleep everyone said they wouldn't wake up from… you're going to cry."
Hinata hugged him and kissed him gently. She didn't have to say anything. Naruto smiled at Kiba and Chinatsu.
"If anyone deserved a miracle, they did," he said softly. "I'm glad you woke up before he broke Chinatsu."
AN: Ok i admit it... I forgot about this story -.- Don't kill me I think this chapter makes up for it. :3 Naruto was a pleasant surprise in this chapter he kind of popped up as I was writing and just gave the whole chapter a lovely touch (i think XD) ps if you don't know what Naruto is talking about in this chapter see one of my other fan fics Hinata's Bravery So ends Wolf's Prey Though there may be an epilogue heehe Anyway thanks to all of you for watching reviewing following etc etc I'm glad you loved it so much ^^ See you next time!