Hey you guys, see03 here. I'm sorry its been forever since I've uploaded any stories. I haven't really been in a writing mood, and I've had huge piles of work what with having to work on my portfolio for college and such, but that's done now! So I'm hoping I'll be inspired enough to keep writing this story, and write it well, because I really like the plot line I have for it.
I haven't forgotten my promise to revamp A Knight's Desire, but so far, I haven't, again, had time, nor the inspiration to do so. I'll try to do it as I'm writing this, just so I'm not focused entirely on one story.
For now, enjoy this.
Chapter One – Unpleasant Memories
Her breathe came in quick pants as she ran through a low tunnel, her hand clasped in the sweaty palm of Neji Hyuuga. Varying reports said that Pain, the leader of the Akatsuki, was invading Konoha for Naruto, and something else, but she did not know what. Only that it was vital she get away as quickly as possible.
"Neji-niisan, I can't run so fast! Please slow down!" Her voice cracked as she tried to yell ahead to him, but her voice was nearly drowned out by the sound of screaming voices and battle overhead.
"We cannot, Hinata-sama. Hiashi-sama has given me strict orders to get you to safety, and then return immediately. There's no time to delay!" he bit back quickly, ducking as the tunnel narrowed further.
"But, Neji-niisan, f-father…he was – "
Neji paused at that, and his grip tightened on her hand minutely. "I know he was. You need not concern yourself with Hiashi-sama's intentions." He looked up at this point, and his eyes glowed with determination in the dark. "He will protect the Byakugan, and its inheritors."
Hinata blushed under his intent gaze, but was extremely relieved by his words. "Do you promise that, Neji-niisan?" she whispered back.
He lifted his free hand and gently cupped her chin, forcing her to look up at him. "I do, Hinata-sama." Quickly dropping his hand, Neji turned around and ran down the tunnel again, and this time Hinata ran without complaint.
They quickly reached the end of the passageway, and Hinata blinked rapidly as her eyes adjusted to the bright light of the moon. Turning to look over her shoulder as Neji helped her stand, she grew frightened of the number of fires spread through Konohagakure, and tried to tug her arm free.
"I have to go back, Neji! All the healers will be needed when this is through!" She was suddenly tugged roughly, and fell against her cousin's strong chest. Blinking away her tears, Hinata tilted her head back to look into Neji's eyes. "Please, Neji-niisan. Just tell me what's going on."
"Hinata-sama, I've already told you – "
"No!" she yelled, shaking her head, "I want the full truth this time! Not your comforting words to make me cease my worries!"
His head tilted down, and his eyes became hidden in shadow as a small smirk played across his lips. He leaned in close, stopping as his mouth came within a breath of hers; Hinata gasped, a blush stealing across her cheeks.
"Are you sure you want to know, my dearest Hinata-sama?" Something about his voice set her on edge, and a warning shiver made its way down her spine, but Hinata was unwavering in her resolve to have her question answered.
"Yes," she whispered brokenly, "please, tell me." She raised her eyes to where his were hidden in shadow, silently pleading with him to answer her request.
His hand suddenly tightened around her arm, and Hinata cried out as her knees weakened in response. "N-Neji-niisan, w-what are you d-doing?" she whimpered.
A dark laugh was her response. "Oh, Hinata-sama~, can't you tell your own cousin apart from me?" The figure of her cousin leaned in closer, and the moonlight flashed across his eyes.
"No…" Hinata whispered, recognizing the circular pattern of the Rin'negan eyes. Her struggles increased, but she froze when she felt her cousin's hand caress her cheek.
"C'mon, Hinata-sama, it's still me. It's still your dear, fate-resisting cousin." His breath fluttered across her neck and cheek, and Hinata whimpered pityingly.
"Please, stop," she choked out, tears coursing down her face.
"Why should I stop, Hinata, when I've only just begun?" She opened her mouth to protest further, but was halted as Neji's mouth covered her own and hungrily swallowed her cries.
"NO!" Hinata screamed, bolting upright in bed. Panting, she raised a hand to rest it between her heaving breasts and tried to calm down. She groaned and drew up her knees, wrapping her arms around them and leaning her head forward.
Why, she thought, why must I always have that dream on this night? She sobbed brokenly, trying by force of will alone to make the remnants of the nightmare go away.
"Neji-niisan," she said softly, her voice carrying away and floating into the night. "If only I hadn't run away, then…maybe I…could have helped you. And father, and Hanabi. Maybe…you would still be here with me…" She lifted her tear-drenched eyes to look out her lone window.
The moon is bright tonight as well. She fell back against her pillow slowly and drew the covers up around her shivering body, knowing even as she closed her eyes that she would not fall asleep again that night. Something is going to happen, and I don't know if I'll like its consequences.