Disclaimer: this is my original story for chapter 1. This is the story that I won third place in a contest for school for my Creative Writing class back when I was a sophomore. I've decided to make chapter 1 this one because I like this one better than what I had. I had this posted for the longest, but I had deleted because the story wasn't doing so good. Now I'm going back to this one and I just might edit the second chapter.
A/N: enjoy the story.
Naruto Uzumaki laid down on the grass by the training grounds. The spiky blonde-haired, blue-eyed number one hyper-active knuckle head ninja stared up at the blue sky watching the clouds passing him by very slowly. His headband was laying next to him by his head. His orange jumpsuit had a couple of grass stains from him, tossing and turning, trying to get comfortable laying on the ground. He was still sweating from his training since it was his dream after all to become Konoha's next strongest Hokage. The cool air blew onto Naruto cooling him down. Soon after, from being exhausted, he had fallen asleep. A few moments later, Naruto had not only begun to snore lightly since he fell into a deep sleep, but didn't hear the footsteps coming closer. Neji Hyuga watched Naruto sleep so peacefully for what felt like hours, but was actually just fifteen minutes.
Naruto awoke to find Neji staring out into the distance. The brunette ninja turned his head to discover that the blonde had woken up finally. There was a moment of silence between the two ninjas. The sun was starting to go down because the night was closer to take over the sky.
"Hey, Naruto," Neji started, striking up a conversation.
"Hi, Neji. How have you been?"
"I've been ok, but it's not the reason that I'm here. I wanted to talk to you about something."
Naruto remained quiet for a while to think about what Neji had just said. Neji seemed to be nervous about whatever he had wanted to talk about. Naruto figured that it couldn't be that bad. The sun had now begun to set and the sky got darker that meant that Neji should hurry up and talk so they both can get back home before it gets too dark.
"So what did you wanted to talk about?"
"Well, Naruto. To tell you the truth, I need some advice."
At this point, Neji had started to blush like he was embarrassed about the topic. He then laid back onto the grass with his hands behind his head and sighed. Naruto scooted over to where Neji was, and he laid next to him. Naruto could tell that Neji was thinking what to say and that he was smiling like he was happy about something. Naruto, with his thick-headedness, wondered what it was that Neji needed advice.
"So what do you need advice on?" Naruto demanded.
Neji had stayed quiet for a couple of more minutes. He then thought that he should get it over with so that way he would feel much better. His state of mind felt that the advice that he would now receive would help clear his mind and help him confess his love for his teammate Tenten. Before asking for the advice, Neji smirked a little then turned his gaze on Naruto.
"How do you know if you're in love?" Neji asked, first making sure that what his feelings are, every time he's around Tenten is love and not anything else.
"When you're around someone, you can feel your heart beating very rapidly. You feel like you have butterflies in your stomach that won't seem to go away. After awhile, you know that you really care for this someone, and you want to spend the rest of your life with that person. Why?" Naruto explained.
"The thing is, Naruto, I think that I'm in love with Tenten, but I don't know how to tell her how I feel."
Naruto could feel a smile coming on his face. He knows how Neji feels because he's been in that kind of situation. Being an idiot and all, Naruto can't help to wonder why Neji would come to him and ask for advice when he could have asked his teacher, Gai-sensei. Naruto was positive that Gai would know a thing or two on love, but he felt honored that Neji had decided to come to him.
"Do you love her?" the blonde asked.
"From what you said, I officially believe that I've loved her for a while now. I just don't know how I should tell her. I get very nervous when I'm around her. Especially during training. I also know that Gai-sensei and Lee know that I have a crush on Tenten. I tried to ask them for advice, but they told me to ask you for some reason."
"What about asking Hinata, your cousin? I mean, she would know," Naruto asked.
"She's too shy. I was hoping you would give me some pointers or actually help me confess my feelings."
Naruto thought about it for awhile, but he had to hurry up. By the position of the moon, Naruto thought it was close to nine in the evening. They both had to go home. He felt that they had been talking for a long time, and Neji was probably thinking the same thing. Naruto gave a sigh while still pondering. He looked over at Neji who was looking at the blonde with anticipation and hopefulness in his eyes. Finally, Naruto he should do the right thing and help Neji with his love problem.
"All right, I'll help you. Meet me tomorrow morning at the flower shop owned by Ino's family. We'll get this over with so by the end of tomorrow morning, you'll have confessed your feelings. I need to get on home. And so do you, just try and get a good night's sleep."
"Thanks Naruto. You're a life savior. What time do you want me to meet you?"
"Say about six in the morning because Kakashi-sensei is going to be late as usual."
Neji gave Naruto a hug and got up to leave. Naruto followed suit, knowing full well that his silver-haired sensei wouldn't mind. The boys went their separate ways to get home.
Next morning, Naruto woke up at his usual time at five in the morning. He got dressed into his orange jumpsuit. After leaving his apartment, he went to his favorite ramen shop, Ichiraku's, for breakfast. When he finished eating six bowls of ramen, the blonde ninja made his way to meet Neji. When he arrived at the flower shop, Naruto went inside to see what flowers were available. As usual, Ino was waiting behind the counter next to the cash register. She had her long blonde hair tied back in a pony tail; her blue eyes watching Naruto enter the shop.
"Hi, Naruto," Ino said. "What are you doing here?"
"I'm waiting for Neji to show up. He came to me yesterday at the training grounds and asked me to help him confess his love to Tenten. So I thought about flowers. He should be arriving in ten minutes."
"Aww, that's so sweet, Naruto. What you're doing for Neji. If you need any help, don't be afraid to ask me. Ok?" Ino said.
Naruto looked around at the flowers and started to pick some out. Neji walked into the shop to find Naruto already picking up flowers. He smiled slightly.
"Morning, Naruto, Ino." Neji said, spotting Ino walking up to Naruto.
"Morning, Neji. Naruto told me what you're here for." Ino said, noticing that Neji started to blush. He then went over to pick some flowers on his own. After he and Naruto were done with looking and buying, they both left the shop searching for Tenten.
After about twenty minutes, they found her. Tenten's hair was in buns as usual. Neji felt his heart race and started to get nervous when he stared at her beauty. Naruto also noticed Neji's reaction.
"Ok Neji, all you have to do is go up to her and ask her out. I'll be right here."
Neji gulped and started to walk to his crush with the flowers behind his back. He got closer when Tenten noticed him.
"Hey, Tenten. I need to tell you something."
"Ok. What is it, Neji?" Tenten asked.
"For a long time, I've had this crush on you. It wasn't until recently, with the help of Naruto, that I realized that I love you. I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I know it may sound weird, but I really care about you. Tenten, will you do the honor of going out with me?" Neji said, bringing out the flowers out from behind his back. He gave them to Tenten. He saw that Tenten had tears coming out of her eyes, and it made him want to cry, too.
"Yes, Neji. I would like to go out with you," Tenten said, taking the flowers. She then placed her hand into Neji's and smiled.
Neji looked back at Naruto, who saw the whole thing with a smile on his face. "Thanks again, Naruto."
Neji and Tenten left together leaving to go and meet with his teammates for training. He made Neji's day. And he was happy for Neji and Tenten's relationship that was starting to blossom.