Ch. 12: Joining of the Land and Sea
Ever had that feeling when you are so nervous you can't even move, let alone think? You're so nervous that your body shakes, and you feel all jittery. You jump at the slightest noise, and have to grip onto something just to calm your nerves? Plus, the worst part is…you KNOW you are nervous over nothing. You know there is nothing to be nervous about. Well, the lavender eyed mermaid princess was feeling all of this. Why? Today was the day she had been waiting for…today is her wedding day.
Hinata was all dressed in a strapless simple white gown that hugged her curves, but made her look so sweet and innocent, which fits her personality. There were not many intricate designs on the dress, it was simple yet elegant. Her hair is curled and looked like a cascade of indigo tresses. She wore very little make-up since she really did not like the stuff. Her veil had little pearls in it, and was held up by a pearl tiara. She looked beautiful, but she was still nervous.
She held on tightly to her lavender rose bouquet as she tried to calm herself down. Deep down, she knew there was nothing to be worried about. She was marrying the only person she could ever love, and she was beyond happy about that. Hinata closed her eyes so she could create a mental picture of her soon-to-be husband. His captivating sapphire eyes put the color of the sea to shame, his sun kissed hair all spiky no matter what was done to it. His whisker marks that he had on his tan face were so cute; she loved to trace them with her fingers while he held her tight. A blush came up on her face when she opened her eyes. She was calm now, and ready to get married.
"Well, it's about time!" an annoying shrill came through her window. She giggled as she turned to see the senile seagull flying in.
"Hello, Sarutobi, how are you?" Hinata asked sweetly as she straightened her tiara. Sarutobi flew in front of her and landed on her vanity.
"Doing fine; just wanted to check up on the bride, so this is going to be one unique wedding."
"I suppose so. Not too often does one get married out at sea." Hinata replied. Yes, she was happy that Naruto wanted to get married out at sea. She was thrilled because now her family and the rest of the kingdom could see her get married to the man of her dreams.
"That's not what I meant, Hinata." Sarutobi replied with a slightly exasperated tone. "I meant that this wedding is going to join the land and sea. You know humans and merpeople."
"Guess I never thought about it like that…you make a good point."
"What point?" Sarutobi asked, dead serious.
"About the joining of the land and sea."
"I said that?"
"Yes you did."
"Nah…I would have never thought about that."
"But you…oh never mind." Hinata smiled as she shook her head at the senile bird that still had a confused look on his face. Hinata chuckled as she turned away from the bird to face the mirror.
Knock, Knock, Knock.
"Come in." Hinata answered sweetly. Tsunade came in wearing a green dress that showed off her assets pretty well. Her brown eyes seemed to smile as she looked at Hinata.
"Well don't you look beautiful? Well, I just came in to say that everyone is waiting for you. Are you ready?" Tsunade asked. Hinata gave herself one more look over in the mirror. Alright, it's now or never. Hinata thought as she nodded to Naruto's advisor. "Good. Let's go." Tsunade stated as she got out of the way to allow Hinata to go out the door.
"I'll see ya later, Hinata; I wouldn't miss your wedding for anything." Sarutobi shrilled as he went out through the window he came through.
Out on the ship's deck, everything was decorated for the biggest wedding ever known. Kakashi and Iruka could be seen helping the guests get to their seats for the ceremony. Naruto stood at the end of the aisle near the priest's podium adjusting his collar. He was anxious. He wanted to get this wedding started because the sooner it's over, the sooner Hinata is officially his bride, and he has been waiting for that. Princess Hinata Uzumaki Namikaze….I like that. Naruto thought. Jiraiya walked up to the boy to give him some last minute advice.
"Alright, Prince Naruto, I am going to impart with you some of my wisdom." Jiraiya began with a tone of superiority in his voice. Naruto rolled his eyes.
"Wisdom?" Naruto asked incredulously. Jiraiya glared at him, but let the question slide.
"Always make sure she is happy; her needs go before yours, and it is your job to protect her. Love her even when you don't feel like you do because deep down…you know you do. You understand me boy?" Jiraiya advised with a very serious tone, which is completely unlike him.
"Wow, Jiraiya, that was actually good advice." Naruto commented with a shock expression on his face and a surprised tone. Jiraiya smirked.
"Well of course I give good advice! I am, after all, your advisor. Besides you follow this advice and you will totally get laid tonight! Do something tonight that will make me proud enough to put it into one of my books!" Jiraiya exclaimed with a perverted look on his face. Naruto could see the Jiraiya thinking up of different things Hinata and him could do on their wedding night. Jiraiya's nose began to bleed a little. I knew it was too good to be true. Naruto thought annoyed at his advisor.
"Ero-advisor, STOP IMAGINING THINGS YOU SICK PERVERT!" Naruto yelled loud enough that it caught Tsunade's attention who just came in from getting Hinata ready to walk down the aisle. Tsunade marched over and punched Jiraiya square in the head.
"You crazy old pervert! It is a wedding! BEHAVE YOURSELF!" Tsunade scolded the white haired man. Naruto sighed exasperated at the man. The blonde woman turned to face Naruto with a warm look in her brown eyes. "Congratulations, Prince Naruto, I know you two will be very happy together."
"Thank-you, Tsunade. That means a lot to me." Naruto answered with a voice filled with gratitude. Tsunade nodded as Jiraiya recovered from her punch.
"Well, we should start the wedding. No sense in keeping your bride waiting." Tsunade said. Naruto smiled and nodded. This is the moment he has been waiting for. Tsunade dragged Jiraiya to their seats as the band began playing the wedding march. Naruto took a nervous gulp as the music began.
When he looked down the aisle, he stopped breathing. There was his future bride looking so beautiful that all his brain could manage to do was take her in. He could not believe that by the end of the ceremony that beautiful woman would be legally his, and he hers. It was mind boggling. When Hinata arrived by his side, he let out the breath he had not realized he was holding. The lavender roses brought out her lavender eyes' beauty, and he felt himself getting lost in them. When he finally regained his composure, he smiled one of his infamous grins at her that caused her to blush. "You look amazing, Hinata-chan." Naruto complimented her. She blushed as per usual.
"Thank-you, Naruto-kun. You look very handsome." Hinata smiled as they both turned to the priest who cleared his throat to get the couple's attention.
"We are gathered here today to witness the union of two lives…" the old priest droned on about two people coming together, and other things along those lines. Naruto, however, was not listening to the priest. He was too busy stealing glances of the beautiful woman that stood next to him. He actually almost missed his cue to say 'I do.' "Do you, Naruto Uzumaki Namikaze Crown Prince of Konoha, take here Hinata Hyuga Princess of the Ocean to be your lawfully wedded wife to have and to hold, to love and to cherish, until death does you part?"
"I do." Naruto said with certainty. He looked at Hinata with his azure eyes full of love and devotion.
"And do you, Hinata Hyuga Princess of the Ocean, take Naruto Uzumaki Namikaze Crown Prince of Konoha as your lawfully wedded husband to have and to hold, to love and to cherish, until death does you part?"
"I do." Hinata answered without hesitation. The priest looked up from the scroll he was reading from to smile at the young couple.
"Well then, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride!" The priest declared. Naruto and Hinata turn to face each other. Naruto caressed Hinata's cheek before leaning into her soft plump lips to seal the deal. Hinata kissed back. Hinata was as red as a rose which made Naruto chuckle lightly.
"Talk about a blushing bride." Naruto teased lightly his new wife. As soon as he finished teasing her, Kyuubi jumped up and licked both their faces as if showing his approval for his master's choice of a wife. People stood up and started cheering for the newlyweds. Tsunade took out her handkerchief and began dabbing her eyes with it.
"What's a matter with you?" Kakashi asked.
"I just love weddings." Tsunade replied as more happy tears trailed down her face.
"Me too." Iruka added to the conversation.
THIS WEDDING SCREAMS THE BLLOM OF YOUTH!" Lee yelled from on top of the seven layered white and lavender frosted wedding cake. He sat between the Naruto and Hinata toppers on the cake. Unfortunately, Lee's shriek of youth grabbed the attention of Chef Choji, who was looking for his revenge.
"YOU!" Choji yelled as he pulled a butcher knife from the serving table. Lee gasped as he barely jumped out of the way when Choji's knife came down. The cake was sliced perfectly in half revealing the dark chocolate interior (yum… chocolate…). Lee ran as fast as his crab legs would allow him to go down the nicely decorated deck with Choji behind him brandishing his butcher's knife. Lee's eyes grew wide for fear of his life. He was not ready to go yet, there was so many more youthful experiences he wanted to have. "I AM GOING TO KILL YOU AND SERVE YOU UP TO FRY FOR DINNER! Or maybe I should boil you…I bet you could make a nice soup…then again maybe a seafood ramen, the prince loves ramen…." Choji began mumbling as he stood still in the center of the deck. This gave Lee enough time to take in his surroundings. He noticed a tied up rope near him. As he followed where the rope lead with his eyes, he realized that if he cut it the rope would let loose a…
A beam from the ships mast moved from its secured location to hit Choji square in the face. Lee smiled and jumped up and over the boat ecstatic that his plan worked. Hinata and Naruto made their way to the edge of the boat to see their other guests. The ocean surface was filled with merpeople who all came to watch their youngest princess marry a human prince. King Hiashi used his power over the sea to bring up Hinata's siblings one at a time. Udon was the first one to go up to congratulate his sister.
"Congratulations, Hinata, *sniff* I am really happy for you *sniff* Going to miss you at the palace *sniff*" Udon said as he wiped his constantly running nose. Hinata smiled softly at her brother.
"I'll miss you too, Udon-niisan." Hinata said as she waved goodbye to him. After Udon was back in the water, Kurenai was the next one up.
"Well, take care of yourself and I know you will make an excellent wife…and someday mother. I'll miss you dearly." Kurenai cried as she hugged her sister in a motherly embrace. Hinata blushed at her sister's comment.
"I'll miss you too, Kurenai-neesan. Take good care of Asuma-san…and your baby. I know you will make a wonderful mother." Hinata smiled as she rubbed her sister's swollen stomach. Kurenai blushed as she waved goodbye. The next one up was Anko. She had a smirk on her face that clearly said she was up to no good.
"So, Squirt, gonna miss you. I'm not gonna have anyone to target practice with." Anko said. Hinata shuddered as she remembers what Anko's definition of 'target practice' is. She still had some scars from those times.
"I'll miss you too, Anko-neesan." Hinata smiled warily. After Anko left Konohamaru came up.
"Yo, Naruto, you better take good care of my sister." Konohamaru began. Naruto wrapped his arm around Hinata's waist protectively.
"Of course I will, dattebayo!" Naruto exclaimed as he held Hinata tighter. Konohamaru smiled wide then turned to his sister.
"Take care of yourself, okay?"
"I will, and same to you. I am going to miss you." Hinata said as she kissed Konohamaru's forehead. He smiled as he went down. Hanabi was the next one to say something to her newly married sister.
"Oh, imouto-chan! I am going to miss you so much! It is going to be so lonely without you." Hanabi cried as she held her sister in a tight embrace which Hinata returned.
"Oh I will miss you so much too, Hanabi-neechan! Take care of everyone, alright?" Hinata said. Hanabi nodded. Now it was Shikamaru's turn.
"She can be troublesome…" He lazily began. "but I can guarantee you, she is worth it." Shikamaru told Naruto. "So you better take good care of her."
"Of course I will, and I know she is worth it." Naruto said as he bonded with his brother-in-law.
"Imouto-chan, stay happy."
"I will, Shikamaru-niisan. " Hinata kissed Shikamaru on the cheek and gave him a sisterly hug which he returned with a slight smile on his face. Sakura was the next one to come up.
"Oh I am going to miss you, Hinata-chan! It's going to be so lonely without you! I can't believe you are leaving me alone with Neji and Lee!" Sakura gushed out as she allowed some tears to fall down her cheeks. Hinata allowed some to fall as well as she hugged her life-long best friend.
"I'll miss you too, Sakura-chan. Try to visit often and I'll do the same!"
"Yeah, good thing you live near the ocean." Sakura finished but quickly turned to Naruto. "If you make her cry or unhappy, I will personally hunt you down and beat the crap out of you!" Sakura threatened. Naruto nervously rubbed the back of his head as Sakura retreated back into the water. Neji then came up and gave her a gruff goodbye. He was not really sure what to say to her, he had never been good at this kind of thing, but he didn't need to say anything. Hinata hugged him and whispered into his ear her eternal thanks to him. Neji nodded and then returned to the ocean, but not before giving Naruto a warning glare. Hiashi was the final one to come up to say goodbye. Hiashi as well was not sure what to say, but luckily for him, Hinata knew what she needed to say.
"Thank-you, Daddy. I love you." She said as she hugged him tightly and kiss his cheek. Hiashi smiled.
"I love you too, Hinata." He then turned to Naruto. "You better keep your wedding vows to her." Hiashi threatened as he let his triton glow with power to further back up his threat. Naruto looked at him with complete seriousness.
"I will, Hiashi-dono, I love your daughter more than anything, and I will never break my vows. I never go back on my words, dattebayo." Naruto replied with conviction. Hiashi nodded convinced that the boy will take care of his daughter. He then turned towards the sky as he pointed is triton towards it. His triton began glowing, and Hiashi waved it in an arch to create a beautiful rainbow in celebration of this momentous day. Hiashi went back into the water and Hinata and Naruto waved goodbye to all the merpeople that were at the surface.
"So, Princess Namikaze, you happy?" Naruto asked as he pulled Hinata as close as he possibly could. Hinata smiled as she looked up into his ocean blue eyes.
"Extremely so. I am finally part of your world." Hinata replied with a sweet smile that made Naruto go crazy for her. He crashed his lips onto hers and used the kiss to convey how much he loved her, as she did the same.
"And I glad you are." Naruto smirked when they parted for air. Hinata blushed, and when back for another kiss.
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