Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto!!! Sadly…
A/N:WARNING: Before you even read this, be warned… this is another cliché story. Thank you.
So! Here I am again with another one…:D. Soo… Wholly, this story is for Shubhs who gave me the idea…:D. (Thank you again), and If you want to know how this one goes, read the summary…:D.
Oh, and so I don't have to be putting it in every chapter, this story will be based from Tenten's POV.:D. Though, If I have to change it, I will, of course, indicate…:D. And I'll be putting footnotes in this story. It makes it easier to explain…
Chapter I-A Month Ago
A month ago, there was only one thing I hated more than my alarm clock every weekend morning…
My mother's voice.
For others, her voice was like a tune played using a flute, a soft, graceful, tune that everybody always loved to hear. Except for me… I'm not saying her voice sucks or anything, I just hated the sound of it every morning cause it meant that I had to wake up and leave my warm… cozy… welcoming bed.
You'd think she'd cut some slack for a tired-from-play five year old girl… but NO, she treated me like some military-trained man who needed to get up at a punctual time every morning. Except that she didn't have a bugle.
A month ago, I hated hearing that voice. I hated the way it woke me up from my peaceful slumber. But now… now I would give anything to hear her voice again… to see her face… to see my mom. Now, nobody woke me up at 6 a.m.. Now… I lived with my aunt and uncle, the only remaining relatives I had.
"Good morning Tenten-chan." My Aunt and Uncle's voice greeted me as I stepped down to the kitchen
"Good morning, Ayano-basan, Natsuki-jisan. (1)" I answered, forcing myself to smile. My Aunt's voice sounded a lot like my mom's except that it was a bit deeper, while my uncle's sounded like the hollow ring of a church bell.
"You're up early." My uncle said, looking up from his newspaper.
"Hai," I answered, sitting on the dinner table. I always was.
Aunt Ayano smiled warmly and passed my breakfast to me. Rice and egg. Mmm…
"Arigato, Ayano-basan," I said, taking the food from her.
My Aunt just nodded as she sat beside me. I ate quietly, but I could feel her eyes were on me. She was concerned, as usual. It had been a month since my mom died, and I finally accepted it. But I don't think my aunt thought I did.
Quickly emptying my plate, I headed back up to my room and grabbed my skate board.
"Going out?" My uncle asked again.
"hai." I nodded, smiling broadly.
"Where to?" Asked my Aunt.
"The Central Park…" I said, tying my shoelace.
They both nodded, ending the matter, but I could still feel their eyes boring on me. Jumping up, I smiled at them one last time before swiftly heading out the door. But not before I heard them whispering to each other.
"I'm worried about Tenten…" My Aunt started. Apparently, she thought I was already out of the house.
I stopped in my tracks.
"Why?" My Uncle whispered.
"She… It's like she still hasn't gotten over her mom… There's something in her eyes…" My Aunt continued.
"Don't worry about her," My Uncle said. "She can take care of herself. She's as tough as a boy." He continued, chuckling.
"That's exactly what I'm worried about." My Aunt said, sighing. "She spends most of her time with boys, whenever I see her at the park, she's always busy playing with her skate board or with boys. AND she goes there everyday. I don't even see her with anybody her own gender."
I heard my uncle slurp coffee from his mug before answering. "It's how she is. One day, she'll be a lady, too. But for now, just let her be."
I slipped out of the house before my aunt could even answer. I never thought it was like that. I was a girl, I knew that, but I just didn't think that playing with Barbie dolls and small houses was gonna help me in any way. And besides, skate boarding was a lot more fun.
The Central Park was only 5 blocks away, so I arrived there in just a few minutes. Like every Saturday morning, it was filled with people, their dogs and a few scattered birds and other animals. And like every Saturday, I made my way to the center of the park, where a fountain was located.
I had always admired that fountain. There was something about it, which probably made every person pass through it want to drop a coin and wish. The first time I went there, I wanted, too. But I figured that I must save that wish for something I would really need.
As soon as I arrived by the fountain, a familiar sight greeted me. A group of girls tossing coins, muttering, and giggling with each other. Rolling my eyes in irritation, I quickly hopped on my skateboard and circled around and around the fountain. There was nothing better than the feeling of riding on it.
A few minutes passed and I heard somebody call my name.
I looked to the direction of the voice and saw a bowl haired boy waving enthusiastically at me, beside him was another boy, with brown hair and a wolfish green. Everyone was looking at them, and I didn't need to wonder why, and who their attention was focused on. The first time I saw Lee, he struck me as the weirdest person I had ever met. He had thick black eyebrows, round, perfectly circle eyes… AND he wore a green spandex.
I never planned on friends with him, but I guess some things just happen, and you can't do anything about it. Besides, aside from his perfectly weird physical appearance, he was actually very kind, and a great friend, just like Kiba.
"Hey Lee, Kiba" I said, as they reached me. "You're a bit late today,"
"Gomen, Tenten-chan." He said, bowing his head as tears streamed down his eyes. "I have disappointed you."
Chuckling, I gently patted his shoulder. "Enough with the drama." I said, as I wheeled around him, on my skateboard.
Wiping his tears, he and Kiba followed suit and raced with me across the park. I was having a lot of fun as usual, but something bothered me. It felt like somebody was watching me. Like a pair of eyes were constricting my every move.
"I-I think I need to rest for a while,." I said, getting my feet on the floor.
"Are you okay Tenten-chan?." lee said, stopping beside me.
"I'm okay, don't worry." I said. "Just go,"
"Okay… Just be careful," Lee answered, wheeling away.
"Catch up," Kiba shouted.
Walking to the fountain, I sat by the side and still, the feeling of being watched didn't leave me. Looking around, I finally found who was causing my discomfort. A boy with lavender eyes was looking directly at me. I stared back at him, wishing that he would look away, but he didn't.
At the end, I was the one who averted my gaze. Agitated, I finally made up my mind to ask him what his problem was. Standing up and holding the skate board firmly by my side, I walked briskly to him.
He was standing under a tree, probably for shade. His arms were crossed above his chest, and the nearer I got to him, the clearer his appearance became. He was actually very good looking, and looked very mature, though I knew that he was probably just as young as me. And based on his long black hair, falling to his back, I could tell that he was from the Hyuga family, one of the richest in Japan. They owned almost half of the buildings in Tokyo.
Breathing in deeply, I stood in front of him and… talked.
"uhm… I'm sorry but could y--"
"You're different." He said, not even bothering to hear the rest of my words.
"Wh-what?" I asked, questioning what he just said.
"I said you're different." He repeated, as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.
"And why is that?" I asked back, deciding to play along.
"Hn." He just grunted, turning away.
"Hey, wait!" I shouted, blocking him. "Why am I different?" I asked again.
"Hn." He grunted again, looking down at me. "You're playing a skateboard." He said, motioning to the skateboard that I held tightly.
"Tsk., A lot of people say that, I don't need to hear it from a stranger like you." I said, glaring at him.
But he just looked as stoic as he was. "And…" He hesitated, "you didn't wish yet." He continued, finally deciding that there was no use in trying to hide what he wanted to say.
"I…didn't wish where?"I asked, confused.
He nodded his head towards the fountain. "Every girl I see that passes through that tosses a coin and wishes… Except you." He explained.
"Oh…" I said, I never knew somebody would notice that.
"I know it's not such a big deal… It's just… different." He continued.
I nodded. I kinda understood what he meant, having nothing else to say, I just stretched out my right hand. "I'm Tenten."
He raised his eyebrow and looked down at me. A whole minute probably passed before he reached out his hand, too. "Neji." He said.
"Nice to meet you," I said, smiling widely and shaking his hand.
He just nodded back.
After letting go, he muttered something and walked away. Smiling again, I hopped back on my skateboard. There was only one other person who said I was different, and she passed away a month ago. I quickly caught up with Lee and Kiba, and this time, I knew nobody was watching.
END OF CHAPTER
I'm not sure if that's the Japanese term for Aunt and Uncle… So if it's not, please correct me. Thank you! And about their names, my mind just came up with them randomly.
A/N: Blergh…. I'm not really good in writing these kind of stories… So please be kind and review!
(Oh, and I'm not yet sure what to do with the next chapter so,,, I'm open to suggestions!:D)