A/N: Okay, first I want to apologize for being soooooo super late. Because of school all my other after-school activities start up in the fall too. I've been on my laptop a lot but I've barely edited this. I really wanna thank all those people who are still reading this and have waited (patiently or unpatiently, doesn't really matter cuz my guess is that you're still reading) so it's finally here!!! It just goes to show that without appreciation people don't go very far. Well, some people do but I'm not one of those people. So I would reeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaally appreciate it if someone will please comment about how I'm doing cause this is my first continuous fanfic and I wanna know how I'm doing!!!
Okay, this is the second to last chapter so enjoy!!! =D Hope you like it!!!!
Can't you see that I'm the one
Who understands you?
Been here all along
So why can't you see
You belong with me?
It's been about a month since the…incident. I've been doing a lot better since the day I went back to school. I still get a tad freaked when someone I don't know gets too close, but that doesn't happen often. Neji has been closer just the slightest, sometimes walking me home after practice. I still stay even though those preppy-no-brain-holders won't leave me alone, but I just ignore them. I almost blew my top off when Natsumi was bugging me too much, but I managed to cool off before I blurted anything out.
I'm guessing Neji hasn't told her about me sitting in his lap yet because she's just been acting the same. Same names, same jokes, same threats…
Yeah. Right now, it's just a threat. So I'm guessing Neji is still a…um…free man I guess? I don't know. Saying that Neji's still a virgin kinda bugs me… I don't want to think of him that way. If she gets too close, he'll tell her to back off…
"Hey freak!" Natsumi's voice brought me out of my thoughts. Ew. I turned my face towards her voice to see her hands on her hips, daggers in her eyes. We were both on the football bleachers. Neji and Natsumi both had practice.
That's the downside to staying after school with Neji. Natsumi has to constantly harass me. It's endless.
"What do you want, pompom-for-brains?" I asked her, enjoying the shocked face as her response.
"How dare you talk to me like that!" she retorted. "I'm Neji's girlfriend! You can't insult me like that."
"I frankly don't care, if your stupid brain hasn't already processed that by now." I replied, getting up. She stopped me by standing in front of me.
"You should care," she said, her frown turning into a smirk. "He'll be mine soon enough."
I glared at her.
Natsumi is stupid; she doesn't care who she hurts.
But that's the kind of person she is; a superficial, pompous cheerleader who'll do anything to get what she wants.
And right now, she wants Neji.
Natsumi had a tendency to get all the guys she wanted. Chastity has taken a very large toll in her life; she's had more boyfriends than I've had perfect aim shots.
And trust me, I've had a perfect shot every time I threw something at a target.
She's had so many boyfriends, each coming close to…you-know-what. She's not even a virgin; there was a rumor going around school that Natsumi was pregnant about a year ago. But it never happened; there was another rumor that she got an abortion.
That's another reason why I hate her.
She doesn't care who she hurts…even if they're alive or not.
"He's smart enough to know when it's enough Natsumi." I said, moving around her.
"Then why hasn't he gotten rid of you yet?" she said.
That was a slap in the face.
That's it. I can't take it anymore. She has gotten on every single one of my last nerves, and she's been testing my patience since the day we met.
I'm gonna blow, but right now, I DON'T CARE.
"You know what?" I said, turning around slowly. "Maybe Neji hasn't gotten rid of me since I've been his best friend since we were eight. MAYBE he hasn't gotten rid of me yet because he actually likes me. MAYBE he hasn't gotten rid of me yet because I'm a good person. MAYBE he hasn't gotten rid of me because HE LIKES ME BETTER THAN YOU!" I ended up screaming at her. And right now, I didn't care if it was going to get me in trouble with Neji later.
Screaming in her face felt good right now, and the expression on her face only made it better.
"EXCUSE ME?!" she asked, horrified.
"You heard me!" I yelled, walking away. Great. Now I was all riled up. If I punched her –which I reeeeeeeaaaaaaaally wanted to do right now- she would scream, most likely bleed from the force of my punch, and then all the cheerleaders would be on my tail trying to get revenge.
So I just decided to walk home. Right now, I didn't care that she could have Neji turn on me; I didn't care that the whole f-ing cheerleading squad could come after me in a fricking preppy-fit.
Right now, I was just walking away from all my problems, leaving everything behind me like the dirt beneath my shoes.
Life is getting difficult.
No scratch that–life was already difficult. Why did life hate me so much? I have no idea. When did all this happen? Well that I might know…
I think it all started with going out with Natsumi.
In fact, she was the person on the other end of the phone, blabbing on about something I couldn't quite put my finger on.
"…and then Tenten just screamed in my face! Like seriously! You'd think she have more respect for her best friend's girlfriend and-"
"Wait, what?" I questioned. Hearing Tenten's name in a sentence nowadays always brought my attention back to the surface whenever I was kinda out-of-it. But this time, hearing Natusmi say her name, along with 'screamed in my face' didn't bring up any particularly good thoughts in my already screwed-up head. "What happened?"
"Well," Natsumi drug out the 'l', making it really long. "We started talking, about you, know, girl things, and I said 'Neji-kun is so sweet and nice, what stopped you from asking him out,' and she just kind of," she paused, then put on what sounded like a child's voice and said "blew-up."
I knew better than to ask what she meant by 'girl things,' and I wasn't going to ask. But I did know exactly what to ask. "Why would you ask her that?"
"Well, it's kinda obvious she had a thing for you," Natsumi stated. "Or at least that's what I thought. I mean really. You hang around someone of the opposite sex for a while and things just start to happen."
"Tenten and I were never like that," I stated. "She always hated when someone would assume that we were together." I remembered that once when someone asked if we were going out, she kinda spazzed out. It was quite amusing to watch.
"But Neji, there are some rumors going around that you and her are hanging out."
I was taken back a bit. Rumors? About me and Tenten? What the hell? It was most likely a well-known fact that Tenten and I still hung out.
"Of course we hang out." I stated bluntly. "She's my best friend."
"But Neji," she said my name with a bit more force, and I caught it. "We're going out. And you're still hanging out with her."
"Neji. Do you not, like, see the problem here?"
"You don't." she stated more than questioned.
"No I don't."
"Well there is."
"Please enlighten me," I said, leaning back in my chair. I had no idea where this conversation was going, but something tells me it's going to be entertaining.
"You hanging out with Tenten."
Again, I was taken aback. "Why is that such a problem?"
"I don't like her hanging out with you." I could tell that it was more than just her hanging out with me that Natsumi didn't like.
"I still don't see the problem."
"Neji, I'm going to say this very simply. You, are popular. I, am popular. She, is not. She doesn't belong with us. Understand?"
Wow. Life was just full of surprises recently, wasn't it?
"I don't care. It's never been a problem for her, and it's never been a problem to me."
"Well it's a problem to me."
"Why?" I just don't get it. Why is this such a problem?
"Neji," she started, clearly angry but trying oh-so hard not to show it. "When you have a girlfriend, you can't hang around with other girls."
"But she's not another girl. It's Tenten."
"But it bothers me that you hang out with her a lot."
"She's my best friend."
"Well find a new one. Hang out with Naruto more or something."
I was shocked. Again. Still I did not see what the problem was. Tenten never cared about being popular or not. She just talked to whoever she wanted. When was 'being popular' part of the equation? Certainly not when we hung out.
"What?" I asked, still really baffled.
She sighed. "Get a new best friend. You can't hang out with her anymore."
I was shocked again. "What?"
"You heard me," she said like she was the boss of me. "Get a new best friend. I'm forbidding you to hang out with her."
I didn't say anything for a little bit. I thought for a second. Then it finally hit me. Natsumi hated Tenten. Why, I didn't understand. How could anyone really hate Tenten? She was one of the nicest people I knew. And right now, Natsumi was being…the opposite.
I finally figured it out.
I figured out where I screwed up. I figured out why Tenten leaves early when Natsumi calls. I figured out so many things that I thought my head was going to explode from how much information I inquired by one thought alone.
I knew what I had to do.
"…Neji!" Natsumi screamed in my ear. Apparently I had been thinking and picking up my brain scraps longer than she liked. "Did you hear me?"
"Sorry, run that by me again?" I asked, now a bit unsure if she only reiterated what she said before.
She sighed again. "I'll give you a choice. Me, or her," she spit the word like it was poison boiling in her mouth.
"Easy choice," I said, already knowing my answer.
"Good," she said and I could practically hear the smile in her voice. "Bye."
"Bye," I replied, hanging up. After I did though, I grabbed my keys and went out the door. Driving down the street, I left everything behind me as I headed towards Natsumi's house.
For the first time in a while, my head was clear and I could think clearly.
I knew what I had to do.
A/N: Okay so how was it?!?? I'm really excited to tell you that the next chapter will be up soon and thanks so much for staying with me! And while your waiting, check out my profile for some links to other really great NejiTen stories. Like turtlechick, my good friend!!! She's so talented and got some good stories up on NejiTen. If your in the mood for some SasuHina, check out Lanse. They've also got some really good stories like 'The Chill of Winter'. It's one of my personal favorites! Please keep checking back and thank you so so so so SO much for not losing faith! Before I forget, please excuse any grammar or spelling mistakes!
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