Okay so the last chapter was basically a filler and a way to put myself back into the story. But I'm glad to see that you guys all responded so well to it. I appreciate all of the comments left with all of the encouraging words. It's what keeps me going! So since you've all been such wonderful fans I've decided to give you guys a treat! Bon appetite!
"Hinata would you care to join me for dinner tomorrow night," asked Sasuke as he sat across from her at the dinner table. They were having another one of their late night dinners.
"Yes…," Hinata said with some uncertainty. She thought it was just a given by now that they would sit together and eat once he came home from work.
"I mean like a date," Sasuke restated seeing the confusion on her face.
"Oh," she blushed.
Sasuke stared at her as she stared at him still in a state of shock. "I know this kind of came out of nowhere. But if you don't want to just say so and we can just forget I ever started this conversation. I mean I don't want you to feel…"
"Sasuke please slow down," she interrupted as he began to rant. "I'd love to go to dinner with you."
"Yes, it's sounds like fun," she smiled at him. "So where are we going?"
"How's Italian sound?"
"Great, I love Italian!"
"Good, so let's meet up in the foyer around 7."
"Wait," Hinata said suddenly remembering, "what about Shinsuke?"
"My mother offered to watch him for the night."
"What did you two plan this out or something," Hinata joked.
"What if we did," Sasuke asked staring into her eyes.
She found herself pausing to stare back into his onyx orbs. She never knew the color black could have so many varying shades to it. She took a breathe before she answered, "Then I guess I'd say that's very sweet of you."
They continued to stare at one another, his eyes on her lips, hers studying his facial features. She never knew a man could be so beautiful yet rugged at the same time. Her heart sped up at the thought that someone like him was actually interested in someone like her.
Don't get her wrong she knew she wasn't some kind of hag, but she didn't think she would even be considered a candidate for someone like him. But if he was willing to try so was she. She finally looked at his eyes and noticed where he was staring and felt a column of fire shooting up her neck and spreading across her face.
"I should probably wash the dishes before it gets too late," Hinata said rising and grabbing their dishes.
"I'll help you," Sasuke said following her to the sink.
She ran the hot water and grabbed a spare rag and the soap. They worked silently as she rinsed their dishes first then lathered them up with soap. After thoroughly removing the soap from the plates she passed them to Sasuke who dried it off then placed it in the drying rack. They continued this routine with the other plate and their silverware until they were done with their quick cleaning regiment.
"So tell me Hinata, what did you want to be when you were growing up," Sasuke asked out of the blue as they walked over to the couch to relax a bit before they headed to bed.
Hinata started at the random question, "Oh,… um well, I suppose I wanted to be a nurse when I was younger."
"Really? You don't strike me as the nurse type."
"Yea, I wanted to be able to heal people. I thought it would be the greatest job in the world."
"So why didn't you follow through with it?"
Hinata looked down at that question, "Unfortunately my circumstances didn't afford me to go to college so I had to get little jobs here and there to support myself."
"So then you're a hard worker," Sasuke said trying to lighten her mood.
"Yes, I suppose you could say that," she smiled softly.
"So is that how you got involved in the daycare?"
"Yes, once I found the daycare though I was able to quite all of my other jobs because the money from there took care of all my needs. But then I lost my job and was left with no other means of income. Then your ad seemed to have come at just the right time "
"Mm," Sasuke nodded. "I see."
"So tell me Sasuke, what did you want to be? Did you always want to be an executive of one of the most well known companies in the world," Hinata asked leaning her head against the back of the couch.
"No actually when I was younger I wanted to be an artist," Sasuke answered laying his arm over the back of the couch. Hinata lifted her head a bit so he could get comfortable.
"Yup, hard to imagine huh," he chuckled.
"Uh, yea just a bit," she giggled. "Why an artist of all things?"
"I just enjoyed being able to create something that didn't have anything to do with numbers or hard facts. Growing up in my house the business was the main priority. Everyone in the family had a head for business, especially my older brother Itachi. But art was the one thing that I was able to do that had nothing to do with my family."
Hinata looked over at Sasuke and stared at him in wonder. "That's really nice. Do you still do any type of art?"
"From time to time, but nothing serious."
Somehow they had gradually grown closer to the point where Hinata's head was almost in the crook of Sasuke's shoulder. He looked down at her and raised his hand to her cheeks. He could feel the heat rise to her face and couldn't help the small feeling of masculine pride that hit him. He enjoyed the way her lids hung halfway over her eyes in a sleepy way. He moved his thumb to run over her bottom lip.
"Would it be too forward of me to kiss you right now," he asked gaining her attention.
She didn't know where here sudden bout of boldness came from but before she realized it she found herself answering, "Would it be to forward of me to want you to kiss me?"
He moved closer to her until their lips were a breath apart. "No," he whispered as he closed the distance.
He savored the feel of her lips, the way the upper one curled, the fullness of the bottom. She felt her breath leave her as their lips connected. His lips were simply perfect, not too full and not too thin. What about this man wasn't perfect? She felt his tongue come out and gently lick her bottom lip. She opened up for him, giving him whatever he wanted. He groaned as her lips gave way to him. Her taste was simply sweet perfection. There was no other way to describe it as his tongue met hers. How could one woman be so perfect? He had thought after Sakura he would never feel this way about another woman. Yet then came Hinata and she practically made him forget ever meeting Sakura.
Was this too soon? Where they moving too quickly? Was it even possible to feel this way for someone that he'd only known a matter months? He didn't have the answers to these questions but at the moment he didn't care. All that really mattered was this woman and the fact that he couldn't have hoped for a better moment.
Groaning he released her lips and she slightly trailed after him before catching herself. She took a deep breath in an attempt to calm her rushing heart. He could still taste her on his lips and the sight of her clouded gaze caused him to groan again. He stood up placing some distance between the two of them. She gazed up at him and wondered how a simple kiss from him could have her mind reeling.
He looked back at her and offered his hand, "I think the best course of action would be to head to bed."
Nodding she took his hand and rose from the couch. Once she was standing he kept a hold on her hand and led her up the stairs to the door of her room. They stared at one another for a moment unsure of how to proceed. Should they walk away? Should they shake hand? Kiss? Sasuke decided to take action and raised the hand that was still grasped in his to him lips.
Placing a gentle kiss on the back of her hand he bid her good night and made his way down the hall to his own room. Both leaned against the door and wondered why they had been so afraid to kiss the other then proceeded to bed with dreams of each other dancing through their minds. Unbeknown to them a smaller set of dark eyes that resembled Sasuke's had watched the two's goodnights and had a mischievous smirk on his face. He had a lot to tell his gram tomorrow.