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Hinata's POV

Why did he choose Sakura over me?

Well, was it not obvious?

He did love her since she was his first love.

But how about me?

The one who kept on watching him in the shadow…

The one who kept following him wherever he went…

The one who admired him for his burning spirit in becoming a hokage…

The one who kept on supporting him from the shadow…

The one who kept on waiting and waiting for him until now…

And the one who fell in love with him first without his knowledge…

But, why was I the one who suffered the most???

I had already confessed to him yet had not received an answer until just recently.

I had already known the answer to my confession.

When Sakura confessed to him, he had this shock expression and then changed into undeniable happiness.

Because I knew that he had longed for this to happen.

And before I could even interfere, he had already agreed to be hers.

So I could only watch him from afar.

And ever since then, I had already decided to avoid him…

In order not to fall in love more deeply in him…

And hurt myself in the end…

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It had been a week since Hinata's confession however Naruto had not given her the answer. Whenever she came across with him, he would walk away in the opposite direction from the way where she came from. It was as if he was avoiding her though she did not know the reason. Perhaps it was because of her confession? It could not be? Right?

Currently Hinata was resting under a tree not far from the village. She was pretty exhausted from her intense training. Yes, intense training. Her father, Hiashi, had assigned Neiji to help her in improving her skills. Everyday had been the same. Training, training and training. However, she could only do it because she wanted to catch up to Naruto, who was much stronger after his return from training with Jiraiya.

It had been so quiet except for the rustling of the trees, being blown by the wind. She slowly closed her eyes and was about to have a dream when suddenly she heard the name of the person she missed a lot lately.

She then snapped open her eyes and peeked behind the tree she was resting. Her eyes widened a bit when she saw both Sakura and Naruto on a clearing, with only just the two of them. She did not like a bit and had a very bad feeling about this. However she was well aware that she was just about to listen to their private conversation and felt bad for it, so she decided to walk away from there.

But when she was about to leave from the place, she unexpectedly heard a sentence that made her halted. She slowly turned to them and was shocked of the sight before her. Tears welled up her eyes, before she turned and ran away from the place as fast as her legs could carry.

She could not believe it. How could he? Didn't she was the one who deserved him? So what was this all about? Then it all seemed to click in her mind. So that was the reason of him, avoiding her. When she fitted the entire puzzle in her mind, it all made sense. The answer she had been waiting…

He did not love her back…

And he still loved Sakura…

His first love...

Really, learning the truth was much more painful!

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He had been hungry since that morning because there was nothing left on his refrigerator. So he decided to have a bowl of ramen at Ichiraku's stall.

Just thinking about Ichiraku's ramen, made him drool. Sure, he thought that among the ramen stall around the village, Ichiraku's was the number one in his heart and he could not deny it.

And suddenly a certain person crossed his mind. Haruno Sakura. His first love. He had loved her since they were still a kid however he was ignored with the presence of Sasuke Uchiha, who was the most popular rookie among them with many girls flocked around him every day, including Sakura.

The thought of Sasuke really got on his nerves. He still could not believe that Sasuke betrayed them just to get stronger from them. So he kept on searching for him however luck was not on his side since there was no more news on Sasuke since his betrayal.

So all the ninja around the village kept on having training just to be ready for Sasuke's sudden rebellion against them. He had already seen some of his friends were undergoing intense training everyday and it was pretty rare for them all to gather together.

While he kept on reminding them, a face came across his mind. Hyuuga Hinata. The girl who had recently confessed to him. It was too sudden for him and he could not even think straight about the answer. He was torn apart between his love for Sakura and Hinata's dedication for him.

It was true that she was the one who kept on supporting him…

It was true that she was the one who kept on watching him in the shadow…

It was true that she was the one who kept following him wherever he went…

It was true that she was the one who admired him for his burning spirit in becoming a hokage…

And it was true that she was the one who kept on supporting him from the shadow…

But, he could not pay her back for everything…

He could not express his gratitude for her except by thanking her…

And he could not love her back like she had to him…

Since his heart only belonged to Sakura…

Sakura Haruno…

He felt very sorry for Hinata. And when he knew the answer to her confession, he tried to run away from her because he could not face her to tell the truth.

He only hoped that Hinata understood all of this and that she should stop loving him.

The thought of her stopped loving him, stabbed his heart though he did not know why. Wasn't he loved Sakura? So why did he felt the pain when he already loved another? He kept on rambling these thoughts, hoping to search for a satisfied answer, until a pat on his shoulder brought him back to the reality.

"Yo, Naruto." The pink-haired kunoichi grinned to him. Naruto could not believe his eyes that Sakura would greet him on that first morning.

"Yes, Sakura-chan? Do you have anything to do with me?" he faced her and stared into her emerald eyes, which amazed him to no end.

Under his intense stare, Sakura blushed and fidgeted with her skirt while stuttering a sentence he could not catch.

"What did you say? I cannot even catch that…" Naruto said while scratching his head.

A nerve popped on her head as she repeated what she had said earlier, "Mou…I said, I have something to talk to you. In private." She pressed the end of those words while took a glance around her.

Yes, they were in the middle of the village and there were so many crowds that it was difficult for her to say what she wanted to say, and she did not want to repeat again since it was a very touchy discussion.

"Um, okay… well, you lead the way then…" Naruto could hear his heart beat. It was rare for Sakura to ask him to discuss something in private while blushing cutely like earlier.

"Well then, follow me," Sakura commanded before jumping on a roof nearby then jumped to another roof, with Naruto in tail.

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Naruto kept on following Sakura until they arrived on a clearing with many trees surrounding them. He did not think that the matter she was about to discuss was very important as they were really far away from the buzzing crowds and that they were sure that no one would hear them in such a long distance.

"So what do you want to talk about, Sakura-chan?" He asked, keeping his grin intact.

"Um, actually…" She started to blush and this made Naruto braced himself.

Sakura stuttered for a while, before Naruto voiced out his opinion spontaneously, "Ne, Sakura-chan, if you did not have anything to say, and then I will go back to Ichi-Ouch!" A stinging pain appeared on his head and he stroked it, to make the pain go away.

"Just hear me, you idiot! I love you!!!!" she yelled to him, while closing her eyes. Silence erupted between them and Sakura slowly opened her eyes and was amazed when she saw the man before her…smiled genuinely.

He walked closer to her then wrapped his arms around her. "I'm really happy about this…" he whispered near her eyes and Sakura kept on blushing, before she also returned the hug. It was now silent except for the sound of rustling trees.

Naruto felt that all of his hardwork had been paid off and he already deserved this happiness.

However, unknown to him, this happiness would remain only several days before he learnt the shocking news that surely would change his life forever…

To be continued…

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A/N: for those who does not know when all of this occur, I'll tell you right now. Hinata's confession occurred during the battle between Pein and Naruto, so the story set after the Akatsuki Arc (?) and fast-forward to preparing for Sasuke's Rebellion… sorry, if I was wrong, since I'm not into Naruto and only knew a little about Naruto, so correct me, ok!!!!