Authors note: This story takes place when everyone is in their "tween" years ( 11, 12, 13, etc.). This is a NejiHina story and in this time period ( I don't know what time period Naruto takes place in) cousins and cousins can marry each other.
Disclaimer: I'm sad to say this but I do not own Naruto! I wish I did but sadly I don't. T_T
Please enjoy! Worked very hard on it! R&R please!
I'm sitting at my favorite place to go when I need to think. The flower garden. No one knows about this place except me and Shikamaru. Shikamaru is one of my best friends and he showed this place to me when I was about 9 years old. I had been crying my eyes out for no apparent reason. Shikamaru came and told me to stop crying and that he wanted to show me something. That's when I came across the flower garden. There are so many flowers and there's this beautiful lake here too. I wish I could swim in it but it would be pretty weird. The first day I came out of the hospital after Neji nearly killing me, I came here so I could have some time to myself.
Maybe I should get going. It's almost time for dinner and I really don't want to tick Hiashi off.
I just got back to the Hyuuga house and Hiashi's already mad at me for being late. Shit. Maybe I shouldn't have gone so late. No, I would've gone anyway. I think I went today so that I could miss dinner. I hate having dinner nowadays. Neji is always so quiet and every time is say something important or about a mission, If I succeed in it or not, he never says a word. Not even a facial expression. He just sits there with a bored look on his face. The only time he ever talks at dinner is to tell Hiashi that he has a mission (not always though). God! I hate him!
Sometimes I wish that I could remove that seal. Maybe he would be kinder to me.
WTF!?! Why would I even care! He nearly killed me! And he never acknowledges my work! Damn it! I think I'm going crazy! I may need therapy! Wait a second; I don't need to see the shrink! I'm Hinata Hyuuga! Heiress to the Hyuuga throne! I don't need stupid therapy! Damn. I must really be on drugs or something!
Maybe I need some sleep.
Hot Damn! I really am turning into a psycho!
I really hate Lee right now. He always talks about that youth shit! The other day, He called me at like 2:00 in the morning, telling me to believe in the power of youth.
I had half a mind to go to his house and bury him alive.
That would've just made Hiashi get mad at me so I decided to swear at him instead of killing him.
It seems like Hinata hates me these days.
She never looks at me during breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I wonder what's wrong with her.
I should talk to her.
What if she tries to hurt me since I nearly killed her?
I kind of do regret hurting her so badly but come on. IT WAS THE THIRD EXAM (Technically) AND IT WAS A BATTLE TO THE DEATH! OR SURRENDER!
Maybe she isn't mad about that.
Perhaps I can make her feel better.
I just hope she won't try to kill me.
"Man, am I tired! I really need to go to bed earlier!"
"If it's you Hanabi, I don't have the damn remote. If it isn't, then come in!"
WHAT THE FUCK IS NEJI DOING HERE!
"Um hello? Do you need something, Neji?"
"Well actually, I wanted to talk to you."
Talk? To me? I wonder what happened.
"Um ok. About what?"
"Well, first of all, I wanted to apologize about almost killing you at the Chunnin Exam."
Now he apologizes!
"Neji, I don't know if I can forgive you. I went into Cardiac Arrest! And to make matters worse, you didn't even visit me in the hospital! For what Tenten told me, you didn't look the least bit shocked when she told you that I might die! Why Neji, Why! Ever since we were little, you've cared for me! Even If I got the smallest scratch on me, you'd start freaking out and trying to make me feel better, but ever since Hazashi died, you hated every bit of me, even though it wasn't even my fault! You hurt me Neji! I tried ignoring you the best I could but it was hard because…… because……"
"Because what, Hinata. Please. Tell me"
"BECAUSE I FUCKING LOVE YOU!"
I can't believe I admitted my feelings to Neji! Pinch me! I must be dreaming! Crap! Crap! Crap!
"I'm sorry! I just wasn't thinking straight! I panicked! Wow! I was right! I am on drugs or something or maybe I need therapy or ……"
Suddenly Neji leaned in and kissed me. I kissed him back. He kissed me so hard. Like he hadn't seen me in years. We wouldn't let go. I finally realized how much I look up to Neji…. How much I love him. It's may seem weird that we are cousins but maybe we were meant to be. Maybe that's my Destiny. To love Neji. But, I still have feelings for Naruto and maybe even some for Kiba. But I LOVE Neji. I love him more than Naruto and Kiba combined! I need to focus on Neji and Neji only. Finally, after many minutes of my thoughts and kissing Neji passionately, we finally pulled apart.
"I'm sorry; you really needed to shut up."
That's when the most ironic thing happened. Neji Smiled. A full smile. That's how I fell in love with him. His smile. His soft, sweet smile that always made me happy when we were little. He hadn't smiled like that in years.
"Neji…. You… You…" Neji cut me off
"Smiled? Yeah. It's amazing, isn't it?"
"It's just, you haven't smiled since we were kids and it caught me off guard!"
"I won't smile if you don't want me to."
"No! Please smile! I love it when you do!"
"Ok, I'll smile…. Just for you."
This had to be the best morning ever! I no longer hate Neji! I think the opposite now! I LOVE him!
"HINATA! NEJI! WHERE ARE YOU TWO! I NEED YOU TO COME OUTSIDE IMMEDIATELY!" said an annoyed Hiashi from the hallway.
"I wonder what that's all about."
"Let's go." Said Neji
I think Hiashi is turning into a tomato. Oh, I mean… Come on! I think he invented a new shade of red. He's walking in front of me and Neji at such a rapid speed and his face is filled with anger. I wonder what I did. I hope he won't give me that lecture he always gives me when I do something bad!
"Hey, Neji? Do you have any idea why Hiashi looks so pissed?" I whispered
"I don't know. I don't think I did anything wrong."
"Yeah, Me neither. I haven't been in this part of the house for ages. I don't know what I could've
done here. Do you think it was Hanabi?"
"Maybe, but I…….."Suddenly, Hiashi interrupted our "private" conversation
"You two are horrible at whispering. I can hear everything you're saying. And no, it definitely wasn't Hanabi." Said a now even more mad Hiashi
"Oh really and how would you know…"
"SHUT UP, HINATA! YOU DO NOT DOUBT WHAT I SAY AND YOU BETTER SHUT THE HELL UP BEFORE I POUND YOU TO A PULP! DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME HINATA HYUGA!?! I AM SO MUCH STRONGER AND OLDER THAN YOU AND IF YOU THINK YOU CAN BEAT ME AT FIGHTING, WELL YOU'RE WRONG! YOU UNGRATEFUL CHILD! YOU ARE SUCH A PATHETIC WEAKLING WHO THINKS THEY CAN CHANGE THAT! WELL YOU'RE WRONG! YOU A STUPID, UNWANTED, LITTLE BRAT! YOU'LL NEVER UNDERSTAND HOW IT FEELS TO BEAT SOMEONE BECAUSE YOU ARE THE WEAKEST PERSON KNOWN TO MAN! SO DON'T TALK BACK TO ME! EVER!"
That's when it hit me. He was right. I was a weakling.
I started to cry. So much that I had to fall to the floor.
"See what you did, Hiashi. You just lied to her face making her cry!" said Neji
"Who said they were lies, Neji?"
"Me what? Stop feeling bad for a weak little girl and grow up! Jeez! You really are like her, Neji... You know what, FUCK THIS! IM GOING TO GO MAKE LUNCH! Oh and tell Hinata that she can train all she wants but she'll never be any good."
Hiashi stormed off. While Neji had a worried look on his face.
"WHHAAAT? WUH…WUH… WUHHHT COULD YOOOUU WUUUUHH…..FR…FRO….FROM MM…MMEEE?!? HIIASSHHI WWASSS RRRIIGHHHT…… I AAAAMM….. WEA…..WEA….WEAK!" I said sobbing
"Hinata, What I said at the chunnin exam wasn't true…..You are a lot more than that. You're strong, nice…….Beautiful…." said Neji, his voice trailing off
"-sniff sniff- really? You think I'm beautiful?
"Yes… I do. I really do…." He said, kissing me.
Of course, I kissed him back. He really was the one. The one I was falling for. The one that I love. Neji Hyuuga. The most amazing guy a girl can ever know.
Later that day:
"HYAH! HYAH! HYAH! HYAH! HYAH! HYAH! HY-SHIT! OW! DAMMIT!"
I was practicing my punching until I cut my knuckle open. It was bleeding pretty badly. And it hurt a lot. But I have to deal with it. Yet I don't want anyone freaking out about how bloody my hand looks. Shit! What do I do…. What do I do……
"Maybe, I can wipe it off. I'll just go to the kitchen and look for a rag!"
I started to run into the house until I realized that Neji was walking down the hall. Dammit!
"Hinata, is that you?" said Neji from the hall
"Are you hiding from me or something?"
"Oh…..well…….Why are you behind that pillar?"
"-sigh- Because I didn't want to scare anyone."
"Why would you scare anyone?"
I showed Neji my hand that looked even more bloody than before.
"OH MY GOD! WHAT HAPPENED?"
"I was afraid of that." I murmured
"Why didn't you tell anyone?"
"Because….. I didn't want you to worry and it really isn't a big deal."
"Me? What about Hiashi and Hanabi? They would be worried!"
"No. Hiashi is just a hateful father while Hanabi is a horrible slut trying to get attention. I only cared about what you would think."
Neji handed me a new rag because the other one was full of blood.
"Oh, look. The bleeding stopped. Let's go find Sakura so she can heal it."
"You're hungry aren't you, Hinata?"
"After we heal your hand, we can go to that soup shop. I'll pay."
"Thank you. I'd like that." I said smiling
"C'mon lets go find Sakura." Said Neji
Neji seems really worried about my hand even though he doesn't say anything. We passed by Ino on the way here and she seemed pretty relieved that Neji and I were getting along rather than trying to kill each other. Neji asked Ino where to find Sakura and she just said Why the hell would I know where Billboard Brow is? And that was the end of that conversation because suddenly Neji pulled me away. I could tell that Ino was getting on his nerve. After all, He hates Ino. He thinks she's way to annoying and only cares about dating Sasuke .
"Hey, Neji! Its Naruto and Shikamaru! I bet they know where Sakura is."
Neji led me to where Naruto and Shikamaru seemed to be "chatting".
"Oh! Hey Neji! Guess what!" said Naruto
"Look, I can't talk now. I just want to know where Sakura is."
"Bitch" murmured Naruto
"Excuse me?" said Neji
"I know you called me a bitch. How stupid do you think I am?"
"Very" said Naruto
"THAT'S IT! YOU'RE DEAD MEAT, NARUTO UZUMAKI! BYAKUGAN!"
"This is so troublesome. Oh hey Hinata. What happened? I kind of zoned out after Naruto yelled Neji's name." said Shikamaru
"Oh well. Let's just say that Naruto called Neji a female dog and from there, things got really messy."
"Well, Naruto deserves getting whooped by Neji."
"Yeah. He does." I said giggling
"Oh my god! What happened to your hand?" Shikamaru seemed freaked out
"Oh, that? I was training and well I punched a bit too hard. We were looking for Sakura. Do you by any chance know where I can find her?"
"Yeah, before you guys came, she passed by us with Sasuke and Lee. I think they were gonna go to Ichiraku's but I'm not sure."
"Thanks. I'll try and tell Neji."
By now Naruto looked like he really was being beaten to a pulp and there wasn't a scratch on Neji. I actually smirked at that because it made me happy that Neji could defend himself in a fight.
"Um, Neji? Neji? DAMMIT! NEJI!"
"Huh? Oh, I'm sorry Hinata. I guess I got carried away with it a bit. Sorry." Said Neji
"Whoa, Hinata. You cursed! Wow! That's so ama-"
That's when Neji knocked Naruto out.
"THANK YOU NEJI! I'VE BEEN WANTING TO DO THAT ALL DAY!" Said a relieved Shikamaru
"Hey Shika, do you want to have dinner with me and Neji?"
Neji seemed pretty sad once I said that. He no longer had that sparkle in his white eyes. Just disappointment. Like someone kicked him in the gut.
Shikamaru realized the sadness it brought Neji that they couldn't eat alone so Shikamaru decided to let them go alone.
"I think you two should go without me, besides I have this thing with….. With….. Ino? So, Uh, Yeah. See you guys later."
"Ok! Bye Shika!" I said
Once Shikamaru could no longer be seen, Neji grabbed my arm and started to pull me towards him.
"I'm really sorry, Neji." I said
"Why would you be sorry?"
"I saw that disappointment in your eyes when I invited Shika to come along with us."
"Oh, that. It's ok. I wasn't really mad about that. I just really wanted to get to know you. I knew everything about you when we were younger but I can tell that you've changed quite a bit." Said Neji smiling my favorite smile
"Ok. What kind of questions do you want me to answer?"
"Well, the first is………..do you like Naruto?"