*Disclaimer* I own no part of Naruto or its characters. But that doesn't mean they're not AWSOME. (lol)
Hinata was unsure the first few times, but it became clear as to what he was doing after the third occurance. Sasuke Uchia was staring at her. He took quick glances at her from time to time and it was beginning to drive her mad. Hinata was actually very smart, but the reason she got such average grades was because she could never bring herself to concentrate on any of the teachers lectures. There was always a distraction in the way. When all her attention was drawn to the apple of her eye, Naruto, Sasuke would shoot her looks from the corner of his eyes and that wasn't just something you could ignore.
If not for her abnormal eyesight, one wouldn't probably even have noticed. She wondered nervously just how long he'd been watching her, since today was really the first time she'd noticed. And just because she just so happed to lose her focus of Naruto when she dropped her eraser.
During study halls when the teacher popped the lid of a fresh water bottle, tired and exhausted from sending out detention notices and clean-up duty threats in between lectures (to mostly Naruto), all the girls would crowd around on Hinata's side of the classroom to try and get closer to Sasuke. She shuddered every time one of them absentmindedly grazed their shoulder with hers, smelling of ripe perfume and unfamiliar shampoo.
So many people so close…it made her…uneasy.
But thank god they were all too busy ogling the Uchia to notice her at all. Unfortunately, however, while the girls were ogling Sasuke, Naruto was ogling Sakura with drowning puppy eyes and soft heartbroken sighs. It ate at her heart. Naruto had always tried his best to get stronger, to better himself, to become somebody, and not just for anybody, but specifically for her. For Sakura. Not Hinata. Not the boring empty eyed Huuga that he never even gave so much as a second glance toward.
But it's not as if Sakura was the only one with a collar around her neck offering a shiny silver leash. The pink haired teen's persistent affection for Sasuke could only be rivaled by that of Ino Yamanaka, and Hinata preferred to stay away from both of them.
It confused Hinata when she saw Sasuke clenching his fists in annoyance or gritting his teeth in aggravation when all of them talked and pestered him nearly to tears, and he let them. He never told them to go away, only sometimes, and sometimes meaning when he was having a particularly bad day, like today.
Sasuke, with his folded hands supporting his chin, stared at the desk in front of him, trying his best to make it seem like the most interesting thing in the world. He wasn't making any progress at all. Not while there were loud persistent voices babbling and bantering on either side of his head, nearly eating his earlobes from the inside out.
"Sasuke, are you awake? HELLO!!" Sakura shouted, waving her hand in frot of his face, causing wind to gently stroke his perfect raven locks back and forth. He flinched. Don't kill anybody…He reminded himself frequently. Save all homicidal inflictions for Itachi…Sakura had pulled a chair up to his side of the desk and folded her elbows in front of him, leaning in trying to be as close as possible.
She was strangling his breathing room.
Sasuke's right eye flinched a little. Only Hinata noticed.
"Leave him alone, Billboard Brow, he doesn't like you," Ino scowled, tossing her straight and long corn flowered hair over her shoulder. She had worn it out today, something she never does. She probably felt a little more threatened lately by Sakura who always had her gorgeous pink candy colored hair flowing out like flower petals against her back. Ino also noticed, as did all the other boys (particularly Naruto), that Sakura's attire had become shorter and tighter and after Ino went on a scheduled shopping spree after school today, she would no longer have to worry about that either.
"Shut your trap, Ino, you ugly pig. Stop trying impress him by trying to voice his opinions for him. It's pathetic!" Ino, who had also pulled a chair next to the opposite side of Sasuke's desk, folded her legs and let out an unladylike 'hmph!'
"I do not look like a pig. You just call me that because you're too stupid to come up with anything better. But I'll t tell you one thing, pinky, you do have a HUGE forehead." And with that last statement she laughed to the side with a joyous look on her face like that of a child who had just said something incredibly smart for their age.
Sakura glared at her like she wanted to take her by the neck and slowly rip off the hair on her head. She was about to take a shot back at her but Sasuke interrupted. "Sakura," he smiled in a way he intended to be affectionate but to Hinata just looked forced. "It's okay, your forehead makes your eyes look bigger. It really brings out the pretty green color." Sasuke tried to control the bile in his stomach after saying that.
Sakura half-fainted. She looked at Sasuke like shewanted to throw him down onto the table right there and then and have her way with him, and Ino looked as if she had done just that. All the girls in the class gave Sakura murderous disapproving looks as they stared from afar.
There he goes again thought Hinata. It was confusing. She really didn't understand what he was trying to accomplish by saying things like that when he clearly didn't like Sakura or Ino. Confusion, however, was replaced by heart ache when Naruto grabbed Sakura by the hand and declared, " I think you're ten times prettier than what that Sasuke bastard thinks! You smell really nice too!" He grinned happily at her as he always did.
Sakura mercilessly shoved his hand away as if it had a hideous bug on it. "I didn't give you permission to touch me, you idiot! And nobody was talking to you!" Hinata's heart shrank whenever she watched Sakura treat Naruto like an unwanted stray dog. He deserved better than that. If he would only make her his girlfriend she would do anything for him to make him happy…
"Sakuraaaaa!" he whined.
"No, go away! You're SO annoying!!"
"Go with your boyfriend, Billboard Brow," spat Ino with anger. "You shouldn't be so mean to him when you know he's the best you can do." Obviously she was still pissed by Sasuke's compliment to the pink haired one.
Naruto bent his head down and shamefully rubbed the back of his head. He looked hurt.
Hinata's heart shook with anger. That wasn't fair. Just because she was mad at Sakura didn't give her any right at all to belittle Naruto like that. She didn't care how much he liked Sakura. It really didn't matter…not now.
"Naruto is nice!" Hinata heard herself say without actually realizing it. "You shouldn't talk about him like that when he never did anything to you! Sakura is lucky to have someone as kind as Naruto that wants to be her friend."
Not a stutter at all.
Everyone was taken aback, Hinata especailly. Sasuke turned to her with the same incredulous look as everyone else. Sakura and Ino were surprised. Naruto was simply dumfounded.
No one ever stands up for him.
It was then that the bell rang telling the kids it was time to run to lunch, which is exactly what they did.
Hinata was especially quick to leave, sensing Sasuke boring his eyes into her back and Naruto doing the same. Sakura and Ino instantly forgot about her remark and clung to Sasuke as he walked, each threatening the other to let go or else.
Hinata went to the roof for lunch. She couldn't bear to be in the same room as Naruto after that little outburst. It was just like someone had shoved a microphone into her voice box and spoke all those words while Hinata's lips played along like some kind of puppet.
Hot blood rushed to her cheeks as she took the lid off her lunch box. Four small rice balls, dumplings, fried rice with chopped peppers and mushrooms, and seven chocolate cookies for a snack. Hinata never ate this much. It was impossible, and yet she always packed a great deal of food. Everyday at lunch as she sat by herself she would stare at Naruto anxiously who only ate a small sandwich or nothing at all. Hinata knew he didn't have any parents or cooking skills, so it was always expected that he's never packed a decent lunch.
She tried to summon up the courage to share her food with him everyday, but the end result was always the same. But…she was certain that she'd get around to it one day, and perhaps if she was on a roll she could even tell him that she packed extra just for him. It was the truth after all.
Just as Hinata had snapped a pair of chopsticks apart, the door to the school roof slammed open, causing her to drop them. She let out a small "eep!" when she saw Sasuke stalk his way along the roof, looking annoyed and…dangerous. He spun his head in her direction, half scared half startled, but relaxed when he saw who it was. Hinata could have sworn she saw all the tension on his shoulders ease as he breathed a small sigh of relief.
He walked over to her, looking calm and breath-taking against the shadows cast by the sun in the background, a breezy spring air playing with his spiky raven hair.
"What are you doing here?" he asked coolly, coming to a stop in front of her. Hinata felt uneasy and a little afraid. They were all alone and she had never talked to this boy a day in her life.
The lady killer Sasuke Uchia.
"U-um…e-eating lunch," she stuttered.
Sasuke stared at her lunch box. "I see. Stupid question." He took a seat next to Hinata, which took her by great surprise. She thought that he would just leave. He was close too, almost touching her shoulder, but he seemed completely unaffected. In fact, he didn't even seem to notice. "You eat like a pig, huh?" remarked Sasuke, eyeing the bulky lunch box. Hinata was surprised at his comment.
"Wh-! Ah…n-no, I just….um…" Oh damn. She couldn't tell him that it was because she wanted to share her lunch with Naruto. No way. Especially after what happened in class. Sasuke plucked a rice ball from her lunch box and took a bite. "Mind if I take some? I skipped breakfast this morning and I didn't pack a lunch."
Hinata shook her head in response, relieved of the change in subject. Really she didn't mind, though. There was no way she was going to eat all of it by herself, and she hated letting things go to waste. Hinata took the extra pair of chopsticks in her box, the ones she was saving for Naruto, and handed them to Sasuke. "W-why don't you just eat the school's lunch?" she found herself asking. She hoped he wouldn't take it offensively.
"No way," he responded, snapping the pair of chopsticks in half, and grabbed a dumpling. "Those creatures are in there and I don't want them following me any more. I can't stand it. I can't go home and eat either because I know that's the first place they'd look." He stuffed the dumpling hungrily into his mouth, already reaching for another one. "Besides," he muffled through chewed words. "This is really good. Did you make it?"
Hinata looked down, pretending to be interested in what to eat next, and just let out a small "yes," as a response. Her cheeks were hot and red from blushing. Darn compliments. No matter who they were from, they always caused the same reaction. It just wasn't something she was used to.
"Impressive." He grabbed another rice ball after shoveling a clump of tasty fried rice into his mouth and bit down satisfyingly. Hinata suppressed a smile. Who eats like a pig?
Hinata took a dumpling and chewed it slowly.
Neither of them said a word to the other the rest of lunch. Hinata found that in the end she had really only eaten a dumpling and two chocolate cookies while Sasuke devoured the rest.
She didn't mind. She was so small…she didn't really eat much. She just really enjoyed cooking…it reminded her of her mother.
"Thanks," said Sasuke, and got to his feet.
"Y-you're w-welcome," stuttered Hinata, putting the lid back on her lunch box, and mimicked his actions. Sasuke walked to the entrance and opened the door. Hinata brushed any dust that might have been clinging her jacket off, and when she looked up was surprised to find Sasuke standing at the open door looking at her.
"Come," he commanded. "We'll be late for class."
Hinata obeyed and ran to his side. As she was following behind him, staring thoughtfully at his back, she found herself trying to break down his character into pieces to help ease her confusion.
Hinata figured that he was just a dark person, but that opinion had changed a little after eating lunch with him. A little. He sure was quiet…but so was she. He probably liked to play with girls' emotions when he was bored or annoyed, which would explain his behavior toward Sakura and Ino, and he was alone a lot. So was she. But why was he always staring at her?
Thought Hinata. Of course. It made perfect sense. They had no definition and were as blank as an unused canvas. Strange they were, possessed only by the Huuga clan. And how many Huugas went to her school? Two. Her Neji-niisan, who was a grade above her and located in an entirely different part of the school, and herself.
And he only ate lunch with me because he was hungry.
Everything made sense now. Maybe Sasuke Uchia wasn't so confusing. Hinata was a little relived with the conclusions she had come up with. It was so like him. After all, it's not like one of the reasons was because he actually liked her or anything laughably ridiculous like that.