Well well well... Guess what? I am back - and sadly, this is the last chapter. *cries so hard I cannot even*
I was saddened by the fact that this story has finally come into a close, I have had so many memories of having to write these down and read awesome reviews from you guys. I can't believe it's over. But hey, if you guys ever feel lonely, this story will always be here for you guys to re-read and relive the adventure and challenges that brought Neji and Ten-ten together.
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Her mind was set; she didn't have to think twice about it anymore. All she knew was, she had to leave behind everything in order to get over the phase of missing and thinking about him. But this would also mean, to lose everyone she loved as well, to lose all connection. She felt sad, as she packed up her things with Hinata watching her from behind; that she was leaving her without having to see her baby. She knew that the vanilla eyed female would do almost anything to keep her where she was. As she packed up her books and her lap top, Hinata moved forward.
"Do you really have to leave..?" she asked softly. She could hear the sadness strike her chord as she spoke to Ten-ten. She would have said, 'No, I don't have to leave… I could stay here and not get over things when I should.' but instead she spoke: "I have no choice."
"You do have a choice!" Hinata blurted out angrily, standing next to her with a frown.
"Please don't leave. Please, just stay until my child is born… I don't think I can do this without you."
"You have everyone else here, Hinata."
"Everyone else… But not you." was her reply. Ten-ten sighed and turned to look at her.
"I have to do something with my life… I can't just sulk everyday and not do anything about it. I have to leave and try something new. I've always wanted to be a writer and you know that…"
"You can.. You can always write where you are. You can write here.."
"I can't do anything here anymore. Your father made sure of that, remember?" she said, almost in an angry tone as she grabbed her purse from the desk right beside her.
"W-We can take care of that – I can talk to him, I can get you a job here-."
"No Hinata, please just. Just stop it." Ten-ten said, putting a hand on her temple, massaging the area slowly and closing her eyes tightly. She was having an extreme headache, she couldn't bare having Hinata find more reasons for her to stay. Seeing her beg and plead that she stayed made Ten-ten feel like a rotten person, forced to watch someone battle for a cup of water in the dessert. She looked up at the heartbroken looking Hyuuga leaning on the cabinet right in front of her.
"Please… Don't go." she asked in a sad, low tone. Ten-ten sighed and got up, she pulled Hinata towards her and gave her a gentle hug, afraid to crush her baby bump. Hinata sighed sadly and hugged back, knowing deep inside that there was nothing more that she could say to make Ten-Ten change her mind.
"I'm sorry… But if I don't go, I'll never get over what has happened to me. I need this, please – you have got to understand me…" Ten-ten whispered in her ear. She could feel Hinata nod on her shoulder and they pulled away from the embrace.
"…Send me a post card..?" was all she said.
Neji couldn't concentrate. His mind was always pulled away somewhere else whenever he tried to concentrate on something, and he was getting agitated at the thought of it. He tried one more time to complete the files he was supposed to finish a few hours ago. When he hovered his fingers on top of the keyboard, he would look at the monitor with a blank expression. He wasn't sure as to how he was going to continue doing whatever he was doing and a knock on the door made him look up from the computer.
"Neji-nii..?" came a tiny voice.
"Hanabi..?" was his response. Of course it was Hanabi, who else would have that familiar tiny voice.
"Can I come in?" she asked, her voice muffled from the door that stood in her way. Neji could have laughed to himself as he laid back on his seat.
"You may…" he said before the door opened with a soft 'click' and a tiny head popped in to look at him. She had a white bow on top of her head and a small smile was on her face. She walked inside the office with her hands behind her and Neji motioned her to come closer. She grinned and ran to his side for a hug.
"Might I ask what business you have in my office young lady?" he asked her as he gave her a hug.
"Nothing… I just missed you Neji-nii." She said. Neji pulled a smile on his face and looked at her, wiping a strand of her long black hair away from her face.
"Nii is sorry, you do know I'm busy-."
"But you're always busy. And so is Hinata-sama…" she said with a slight pout. Neji smirked at her and she pouted even more, knowing that smirk meant that she would have to spend a few more hours trying to find more reasons to make him hang around her often.
"You never have time for me anymore…." she told him with a small glare.
"Gomene." he told her and she snarled, punching him on the shoulder.
"Gomene." she said, mocking him.
"You always say 'I'm sorry, I'm busy' or 'Maybe some other time.' NIISAN YOU'RE AN ASSHOLE." she blurted out angrily and with this Neji bursted out laughing for the first time in a few days. She looked at him with a shocked expression and gave him a weirded-out look.
"Am I that funny?" she ended up asking him.
"No… you just reminded me of… someone." was his sad reply, the smile on his face faded as soon as it came and Hanabi sighed.
"You've got it bad." she told him clicking her tongue at him and shaking her head with her arms folded in front of her. Neji looked at her with a slightly confused look.
"What do you mean by that?"
"Don't be such a dummy Niisan. It's that secretary of yours, isn't it?" she asked him, lifting her chin so she looked at him straight in the eye.
"Now listen here-." he started, pointing a finger at her ready to give her a lecture for prying into his personal life. In his shock Hanabi slapped his finger off her face and growled.
"NO. You listen here mister!" she began, stepping on a box right below his table so she could climb on his table. Neji blinked at how she was behaving and she stood on the table with her legs parted and her hands planted firmly on her hips. She glared down at him with a small pout and huffed at him.
"You are Neji Hyuuga! The greatest man I've known since my father. Unafraid of anything!" she begun, slapping her hand in the air as though swatting a fly off her face.
"A great leader of the company, a good man who knows what he wants – now look at you! You stay up late, never come home and I've never seen your eyes so strained and tired. I was watching you from outside your silly glass door and you've been looking stupidly at this damn computer for almost an hour with your fingers hovering over the keys! It's so obvious you're being bothered by something!" she growled.
"I don't think that is any of your concern Ha-."
"SILENCE!" she squawked, pointing a steady finger at Neji.
"I know what's wrong. Just because I'm young doesn't mean I'm stupid." she snapped at him.
"True, but you still are young and it is not your business." he reminded her, standing from his seat to grab her off his desk.
"Of course it is! We are Hyuuga's! We are family – and any business of one is business of the other!" she told him, slapping his hands away.
"I order you to leave my office if you have nothing else to say." he barked at her, getting irritated. She laughed at him and placed her hands on her hips again, looking at him straight in the eye with a smug look on her face.
"You have no power over me – I am the daughter of th-." she started, but Neji sighed and cut her off by picking her up from his desk and walking towards the door. She flailed and kicked around his arms, demanding release.
"Stop being such a dick!"
"OI! Since when did you start talking like an ill-mannered uneducated child!" Neji growled, looking at her from under his arm with a angry glare. She blew him a raspberry and pouted.
"Since you've been dating that horrible tramp Kiyumi-bitch." she stated. Neji put her down from outside his door and started walking away when she grabbed his suit and pulled angrily.
"Hanabi-san, that is quite enough-."
"She's leaving!" she intervined with a mixture of sadness and anger drawn on her face. Neji looked at her with a bewildered look and smirked.
"Who's leaving?" he asked cooly, knowing this must have been something she would make up to keep his company. Hanabi was always a tricky child.
"Your secretary… Ten-Ten-san." she told him. Neji gave a double take and frowned. How did he know about Ten-ten.
"Hinata-sama told me to tell you she's leaving today. And she also says you'd be a butt if you just let her go without begging her to stay!" Hanabi said, as though she has read his mind. He looked away and thought 'I don't need to go and make her stay, she's a grown woman who can make decisions by herself.' but the he could hear his heart go 'Run after her you fool!'. During these moments where the heart and the mind battle silently within him, his very soul was being torn apart for the right decision to make. No one really knew what kind of agony he was in at the moment, but the tiny Hyuuga kept tugging at his suit before he could even make a choice.
"Hyuuga Neji!" she called him angrily, pulling him back from his thoughts and into reality. He looked at her with a startled expression as she stepped aside and pointed out the exit of the office.
"Don't be a butt." she said.
Ten-ten got off her taxi and looked at the airport terminal with a ticket in hand and her luggage behind her. The airport was jam packed with so many people, she couldn't find her way around the place without having to say 'Excuse me' or 'I'm so sorry' but as soon as she reached the counter to get her baggage's taken into the flight, she breathed a sigh of relief she didn't ram anyone's foot with her own.
"Neji where are you going?" Kiyumi called after him as he ran outside with the trotting Hanabi behind him, a smile on her face as she showed how pleased she was of her success to making Neji make up his mind – Neji holding the phone up to read Hinata's message as it gave information on which airport Ten-ten was going to and what time her flight might leave. She glared at kiyumi as she caught up with him by the elevator and stomped behind Neji with her arms folded in front of her chest.
"I need to do something important." he told her, fixing his suit as he waited for the elevator doors to open up for him. She stood in front of Neji and planted her hands on her hips. The fine lines of her forehead creased as she continued to bark at him.
"You're just going to leave me here alone?" she asked, the tone of her voice now rising into an unhappy pitch.
"When we get married Kiyumi, you will stay at home. You will wait for me till morning. You will be alone for 3 to 4 days with only phone calls and messages to keep you company. You will be alone, and I suggest you start getting use to that certain fact before you file a complaint against me – or even a divorce." he told her simply, before brushing her out of his way and stepping into the waiting elevator, Hanabi walking in with him. Kiyumi only gasped and was ready to follow him inside when Hanabi stood in her way and made an angry face, almost too cute to be thought of as a expression of anger.
"This is family business – Hyuuga business, and as a Hyuuga myself I order you to stop harassing my cousin you hag!" she said with a strong tone. Kiyumi laughed at her and folded her arms, gazing at the young girl with a smirk.
"Well, I am to be Hyuuga one day-."
"One day, and that is not today – and believe me when I say, that once you will be a Hyuuga I will make your life a living hell!"
"What are you going to do about it you mangy little brat?" she blurted out angrily, her cheeks now flushed in fury. Without warning, Hanabi stomped on her stiletto shoes and watched as Kiyumi howled in agony. She grinned at the blonde over dressed baby-doll as she hopped on one foot, the other being held by her hands in hopes that the pain might stop.
"Neji – do something!" Kiyumi barked, her eyes now flooded with tears. Neji looked at her, ready for the elevator doors to close when he nodded and pulled Hanabi close to him.
"Good job, Hanabi-chan." he told his cousin. She beamed at him with pride and grinned happily, Kiyumi watching them in disbelief as the doors begun to close in on them.
"Thank you, Neji-nii." was all Kiyumi heard before they disappeared behind the steel doors of the elevator.
"Good afternoon passengers. This is the pre-boarding announcement for flight 167 to Beijing. We are now inviting those passengers with small children, and any passengers requiring special assistance, to begin boarding at this time. Please have your boarding pass and identification ready. Regular boarding will begin in approximately fifteen minutes time. Thank you." the soft voice echoed around the terminal as Ten-ten waited patiently with her boarding pass in hand and a tiny bag beside her. She got up from her seat and wiped a strand of her brown hair away from her face as she walked towards gates.
Neji and Hanabi ran to the silver Jaguar, Hanabi with her skirt flying behind her as she struggled to keep up with her cousin. As soon as the two were now seated, Hanabi slammed her palms on the dashboard and groaned.
"HURRY THE FUCK UP!" she barked, making Neji look at her with a angry glare as he stumbled with the car keys.
"BE QUIET!" he ordered as he slipped the keys into the keyhole.
"I CAN'T BE QUIET! SHE'S LEAVING SOON JUST START THE CAR AND LETS GET GOING!" she screamed. Neji murmured a curse under his breath as the car's engine roared to life and he immediately stomped on the gas to exit the parking lot. Hanabi braced herself as she continued to scream orders at her cousin.
"If we miss her, I swear to Budda – I will make sure that father grounds you for life!" she roared as Neji speeded through the streets of Tokyo, heading towards the airport. It would take him 15 minutes to get there – but with his automobile, and maybe a few police cars following behind them, he might get there in only 5 minutes.
"I am not a child anymore, Hanabi!" he roared at her as he took a left turn, winning against the red light that blinked behind them.
"Yeah? Well, a little heads up here Mister – you're still under the care of father so shut your trap!"
Ten-ten heard her phone ringing and fished it out of her pocket. She wasn't surprised to see a familiar number flashing on the LCD screen of her phone and with a sad smile, she answered.
"Are you boarding now?"
"No… Not yet."
"You still have time to make up your mind…"
"Hinata we talked about this, plus; my mind is already made… I told you I can't stay."
"I'll call you when I get to Beijing alright? Take care of yourself." and with that, she ended the call.
A few more minutes and they would get into the airport. Hanabi was still screaming as he made a right turn and then a left, the terminal now in plain sight – which only lead to Hanabi's screaming of excitement. Neji has never seen his cousin so hyped up in his life before, he didn't even know she could curse so much in that young age – or have a strong right hook when he nearly hit a car on their way to the airport.
"Hanabi – control yourself, please!" Neji barked.
"NO! NO! You need to hurry up!"
"This isn't the grand prix so calm down!"
"THIS IS THE GRAND PRIX SO YOU BETTER START SHOUTING!"
"We will talk about your cursing later."
"This is the final boarding call for passenger's flight 167 to Beijing. Please proceed to gate 3 immediately. The final checks are being completed and the captain will order for the doors of the aircraft to close in approximately five minutes time. I repeat. This is the final boarding call for passenger's flight 167 to Beijing. Thank you." was all Ten-ten needed to hear before having to walk towards the gates with her boarding pass gripped tightly in one hand and the other on her tiny hand bag.
As the car screeched into a stop, Hanabi got off her seat and opened the door to jump out of it. Neji didn't even bother to park it correctly when he killed the engine to follow his deranged cousin into the airport.
"Sir – please park your ca-." one of the guards by the parking area yelled as he approached. Neji groaned inwardly and was about to talk to him when Hanabi rushed forwards and tugged on his suit.
"Don't you know who we are?" Hanabi asked angrily as she continued to tug on the suit of her cousin.
"No. I don't -." he blurted out before watching them run off.
"Thank god. RUN NEJI-NII!" Hanabi ordered as she pulled on her cousin to run.
Ten-ten could feel her heart sink as she got in the long line for her flight. The people were silent while a child played happily with her doll while her mother carried her in her arms. The baby girl looked at Ten-ten and smiled, handing her the doll as though inviting her to play and Ten-ten could only grin and take it shyly. The mother didn't seem to mind at all.
Hanabi and Neji ran inside the airport, the two panting softly as their eyes darted all over the area to find Ten-ten. His cousin tiptoed in hopes to over look the crowd.
"Curse these tall peasants and my tiny legs!" she growled as she stomped around to get a better look. Neji could have sworn he heard himself laugh but his eyes were pulled towards the flashing billboard. 'Damn it, her flight is ready for takeoff…' he thought before looking around for the brunette.
"Neji-nii! OVER THERE!" he heard his cousin say, pointing at a woman by the long line of passengers waiting to board. Neji didn't need to say anything, he only ran.
She stood, waiting for her turn to give her boarding pass when a hand grabbed her shoulder. She blinked and turned to look at a long haired man with shaky hands, bending over to catch his breath.
"Ten-ten. Don't go – don't you dare leave me…" she heard him say. She blinked rapidly and looked at him in shock, turning to look at the flight steward who was waiting for her to hand over the boarding pass. She looked back at the man and lightly patted his shoulder, making him look up.
"I'm sorry, but I think you've mistaken me for someone else…" the woman said, smiling sadly and turning away to give hand her boarding pass over. Neji watched in horror as she walked into the gates and away from his sight, the steward looking at him with a slightly sad expression on her face.
"M-My mistake… Again." Neji mumbled to himself. Hanabi was standing a few feet away from him, her excited face now turning into a miserable expression. She walked towards him and placed a hand on his, making him turn slowly to look at his cousin as she laid her head on his arm to comfort him. It was too late; he let her slip away again.
Neji moved towards one of the many chairs of the airports waiting area, he sat down next to Hanabi. A crowd of people sitting behind him, talking silently to each other. Hanabi sighed and pursed her lips and gazed at the huge window, watching the airplane fly away. Neji was silent as his hands held hers.
"You tried Neji-Nii…"
"I didn't try hard enough…" he murmured. Hanabi looked up at him sadly and squeezed his hand tightly.
"What would you have told her, if you caught up with her?"
"That I didn't want her to leave…" he started, looking blankly at the walls. Hanabi remained silent, listening to her cousin knowing this wasn't the moment to be shouting at him anymore because there was no need to. Neji tilted his head back and ran his fingers through his hair.
"I would have said that she was right… that I am an asshole."
"True…" he heard Hanabi say.
"I was always the man with the plan. The one who always made things right, for myself and not for anybody else… I was selfish. But I didn't know, that in all the schemes I made, that she would step in and change everything. She was the plan I didn't intend to make, but I didn't want to forget… I planned out everything – perfectly… But falling in love with her wasn't part of the plan." he said, looking at his open palm. The crowd from behind him walked off as a flight was about to take off and Hanabi watched them leave, she looked back at her cousin.
"If you are patient in one moment of anger you will escape a hundred days of sorrow." he heard someone behind him say. Hanabi looked and blinked. It was a woman sitting behind Neji with her back at him with a tiny doll in her hand. She held it firmly and pulled at the tiny object gently as the sunlight bounced off the porcelain tiles of the terminals floor, lighting her face.
"A few moments ago, I was about to leave for Beijing when a little girl handed me her doll.." she said, holding up the doll for them to see. Neji stood from his seat to look at her. Her head was bowed and her feet were firmly on the ground with a whole lot of baggage's.
".. and told me that very same Chinese proverb. 'If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.' then her mother smiled at me. I tried to give the doll back, but she said I should keep it… She saw how sad I was, she knew I needed someone who would understand." she said, chuckling and looking back at him. Her eyes were stained in tears and she wiped it away with the back of her hand. Ten-ten smiled painfully at him and waved the boarding pass for him to see.
"I wasn't thinking right I suppose…" she said, looking back at the doll.
"A moment of anger, I would have hopped into that plane and never come back again. But then, I would be stuck in a hundred years of sorrow…" she told him. She got up from her seat and looked at him, Hanabi standing where she sat and her eyes went from Ten-ten to Neji. The two were now locked into a gaze that only they understood.
"My father told me that once, before I left China… He always told me to go for what I wanted the most…"
"And going back to China… wasn't what you wanted?" he asked, in a soft and gently voice; his eyes watching her as she laughed bitterly.
"No…" she whispered, shaking her head to one side and look out the window.
"It's what I thought I wanted, but it's not what I needed. I understand that proverb now. I understand myself now… I can't go back just because I feel like a piece of me was missing. And at first at thought I left it behind when I escaped China. I found it with you, but when you left I lost it again. I just didn't know that all this time, that missing piece was you." she said, pointing the doll at him.
"We were both lost." Neji told her. She walked to him and punched him weakly with her tiny hand.
"I want that piece back, Neji." she told him in a soft but weak hiss.
"I'd give it to you… If you still want my heart, Ten-ten." he told her. Her eyes squinted as it flooded with tears and ran into his arms for a hug. Neji caught her and as soon as his arms wrapped itself around her tightly. He buried his face onto the mass of her brown hair that smelled like lavender and held her tightly, not wanting to let go of her ever again. Hanabi smiled to herself, stepping back to watch them under the stream of sunlight that poured from the wide windows of the terminal.
"Have you lost your mind?" Shikamaru yelled at him as they stood in the office. It was the very first time he has ever seen his old friend lose his cool exterior. Ten-ten gave him a look and raised an eyebrow.
"Neji – do you really want to do this? I mean – no offense Ten-ten-san, but come on. This is what he-."
"This isn't what I wanted." Neji told him as he continued to pack his belongings into a box. It was obvious that if he didn't marry Kiyumi, he would never have the company and now that he had Ten-ten back, he didn't need Kiyumi so he wouldn't have the company. All those years of anger and frustration for not having the company made him a different person and Hanabi helped him gather his things humming to herself.
"So now you know what you want. After all these years…" Shikamaru said, flailing his hands in the air before massaging his forehead.
"And what did that make me?" Neji asked, smirking at him. Shikamaru fell silent in thought and chuckled.
"A complete idiot." he told Neji.
"Exactly my point…" Neji said.
"Is Kiyumi alright?" Shikamaru asked, watching them as they cleared out his desk.
"Yeah, she's fine – she left the note on her desk saying she quit and she doesn't want to be married to a…um…" Neji said, trying to remember her exact words.
"I quote: 'A completely ignorant, self-righteous asshole.' is what she said." Hanabi said, pointing a finger in the air. Ten-ten laughed and looked at Neji to Shikamaru.
"Big words for someone like her, I'm proud." Ten-ten said.
"I'm thankful all the same. She made it easy for me to get rid of that marriage agreement easily." Said Neji as he closed the boxes and looked around the room.
"And then what? What about your uncle..?" Shikamaru finally said, putting a hand on his hip and the other rubbing his temple.
"I'm sure he under-." Neji begun but was cut off by the sound of the door opening and Ten-ten stood still, watching her rival step in with a firm look on his face and eyes glaring at Neji who stood beside her.
"Understand…Of course I understand." Hiashi said, walking towards them with a rolled up newspaper in hand. Neji stood straight and looked at him straight in the eye.
"Hiashi-sama…" he said. He nodded at him and looked at his daughter who instantly ran to him for a hug.
"Otou-san." she said, hugging him tightly. He looked down at her and patted her back softly before looking up at Neji and throwing the newspaper on the table. Neji watched as it rolled open and what they saw made Ten-ten screech in anger. She took the newspaper and held it up to her face.
"WHY IS THIS ALWAYS HAPPENING TO ME?" she screamed, making Hiashi laugh softly as Neji peeked into the newspaper to read with Ten-ten.
"I guess the reporters know a front page story when they see one." Neji said, looking at her with a small smile on his face. She turned her head to look at him and growled.
"You are so full of shi-." she blurted out, but was cut off as Neji kissed her lips to keep her quiet after saying a soft: "I know…"
She released the newspaper and it fell on the floor. It was another story of Neji and Ten-ten embracing in the sunlight of the airport terminal, another headliner saying "Under The Heat of the Sun: Waitress Strikes again!"– another beggining for them both and another journey to the unknown events that would be brought on by another article.
No, Ten-ten isn't Pregnant.
Yes, they do get married - but not after this event.
Sai became one of the greatest interior as well as exterious designers. He moved to America to design and yes, he is still single - so go get him girls. ;D
Sakura made up with Ten-ten a few days after she ditched her flight. Afterwards, she told Ten-ten she was engaged to Sasuke.
Hinata and Naruto got married happily, Ten-ten as Hinata's brides maid. She gave birth to a baby boy, born with Hyuuga eyes and hair like sunshine~
Kiba is in jail and he will rot there for the rest of his fucking life. (I love the character seriously please don't hate me I want his babies.)
Lee is still Lee because he is awesome that way.
Hiashi has a new favorite, Ten-ten - she constantly growls at Neji during dinner and stops Hanabi from cursing with her hand.
Kiyumi fell out of the modeling business. She gained weight from being too depressed and ended up being married to some no-body.
Temari and Shikamaru live together and still try to kill on another, but fall back in the bed room to path things up.
Ino ran to America to find Sai - girls who are after him, you better hurry - she might outrun you.
and the writer for this story, has a smile on her face a few tears in her eyes and extends her arms to hug you, dear reader.
Well, this will be the very last of me having to hear from the usual reviewers of this fanfiction. Thank you so much for the continuous support from each and everyone of you. So much love and so much inspiration has come from each review and I am so thankful. :D Thank you again so much for the love and support. Thank you thank you THANK YOU. NEJIxTEN FOREVER~! 3
PS: Had to load this again due to some errors I found. I want my last chapter to be the best for you guys and since a reviewer/reader asked for an epilogue - I will give an Epilogue. Once again, thank you for the full support. My love goes out to you all.
Hugs and Kisses,
Your companion for 2 years, Moe