A/N: Yeah, I know I have not updated for so long already. I apologize... And here's another update for chapter 19. Sorry if it is not up to your expectation. Yup, my mind have become too rusty to begin with. Hahah... :P


Previous Chapter;

"Na-Naruto…kun…" His name came out in a breath that suddenly made Naruto's shoulders distinctly jumped. He looked at her and realized that their faces were very closer than from usual.

Much more closer than usual…

From this position, not only could he feel her warmth, he also could smell her scent even better. He did not know why but just by her scent alone, he was drawn to her and…

At that time, the only thing he knew was that his heart thumping noisily in his ears…

At that time, the only thing he felt was his adrenaline rushed through his brain, clouding his mind in the process at the sight of her flushed face and her, moaning his name…

And unconsciously, his head inched closer to hers…

And at that time, the only thing screaming in his mind was…

...possessiveness…


His head inched closer and closer…

Unconsciously his hand reached upwards towards her long hair and ran his fingers along the midnight locks that flowed down her shoulders.

It was…soft…

Without him knowing, his fingers tangled in her hair and tugged gently towards him…

To fulfil what he really wanted from her…

To fulfil what he really desired from her…

The said girl seemed to be surprised when she felt a gentle tug from her locks and glanced down to find the man before her was the one did that.

Why would he do that?

Why?

Her heartbeat increased in rate when she realised that the man was pulling her locks towards him, which made the distance between their lips shortened.

"Hina…ta" Her name came out with a hoarse whisper which made her flushed even more and her lavender eyes glanced down on his lips automatically. The second time he called out her name, his voice was filled with want, lust and desire…

Want for her…

Lust for her…

And desire for her…

She felt weak and dizzy as he kept on chanting her name as her. Slowly she could feel that her consciousness was slipping away and her body weakly fell forward into his embrace, much to his surprise.

"I-I-I'm s-s-sorry…Naruto-kun…" she managed to breathe out a sorry, before she was plunged in to the darkness.

Naruto was in a daze for a second at the unexpected turn of event and let out a laugh before running his fingers along his blonde hair. "Just what the heck did I just try to get myself into?"

He glanced down to the girl in his arms and let out a sigh. "Hinata-chan, you are so innocently dangerous for me…"


Hinata slowly opened her lavender eyes and moaned. She was currently laying down in Naruto's bed. Damn, it smells just like him. She inhaled deeply his pillow and exhales in satisfaction. Yes, she was drunk enough just by smelling his intoxicating scent from his pillow.

When she realized of her actions, she blushed deep red and abruptly sat up, trying her best to strain herself from kept on smelling his pillow like some crazy stalker. However she managed to get her mind out of his pillow as she felt something just plopped on her lap. Slowly she followed her eyes to that thing.

A wet towel. Is it-? Her eyes widened as she realized the fact that the possibility of Naruto really took care of her that she had lost consciousness again. She blushed at the thought of him, having carried her from the floor to his bed. By now, she could hear her heartbeat in her ears. Am I heavy or not? Having me fainting all the time would certainly be a burden for him. Isn't it?

Suddenly a shadow loomed over her. She raised her head and met a certain blonde's eyes. The blonde let out a grin and sat on the bed beside her while his hand reached towards her. She glanced at his reaching hand and as her heart accelerated in speed, she shut her eyes tightly, bracing for what was going to happen next. She could not match up with his pace at all. She still could not guess what was in his mind and what he was going to do to her next.

A warm hand rested on her forehead. It was not what she had expected anyway, coming from him. She opened a lavender eye to him and then opened another. What greeted her sight was his anxious expression and this melted her heart even further.

"Good God, you are not having a fever." He retracted his hand away from her and flashed a smile. "Well then. Let's get ready. It's already afternoon. We're going to go out now."

When he received a hesitant nod from her, he then stood and went out of the room, giving her as much space as she wanted, not before closing the door behind him.

He could not contain his excitement over her blushes and nervousness whenever he was within her proximity.

Not only excitement that he was feeling right now.

He felt like he wanted to tease her more…

If teasing her would make her blush even more…

Then…he would…

No!

He leaned his back agaisnt the door. His bedroom door. Their bedroom door. The only door that separated them. No! I should not think about Hinata that way! He let out a deep sigh.

He was afraid…

Afraid of losing control of himself…

Afraid of the sweet yet innocent charms of the girl behind that very door…

Afraid of crossing the line he had drawn from the start…

And lastly…

Afraid of…

…losing her…


Naruto inwardly sighed. There they were, at Ramen Ichiraku, ordering two sets of chicken flavoured-ramen with extra eggs and veggies.

He truly wanted to go out with Hinata that day but he could not think of any other places other than his favourite place which was Ramen Ichiraku. If only he had known this was going to happen, then he would better listen carefully of Shikamaru's advices.

And coincidentally, it was not as busy as what he had expected, as he knew that most of their friends were busy doing their missions outside the village. And no one would definitely disturb his and Hinata's moments together. He smirked at the thought.

He stole a glance towards the midnight-haired girl beside him. She fanned out the steam coming from the ramen before whispered an 'itadakimasu'. Unknown to her, the blonde kept on staring at her and a smile engraved on his face.

He did not know why but everything she did was kind of interesting to him. Even such tiny little gestures. He slightly shook his head. Such a charm she had.

The girl beside him finally noticed of his slight shake and tilted her head questioningly, which to him was an undeniably cute action and he let out a very deep sigh.

"W-why are you sighing, N-Naruto-kun?" Even her voice… Again he let out a deep sigh and fought to keep his cheeks from becoming noticeably red.

"Ahahaha, nothing, Hinata. Nothing…" He quickly ate his ramen, trying to act like his usual self, indulging himself more into the ramen before him. His favourite ramen.

He swore that these days he seemed to be nothing like himself. He became cheesier and unconsciously acted like a love-struck puppy whenever he was close with Hinata.

These feelings of his had become more confusing ever.

Where had his feelings for Sakura gone to?


A/N: I know it is kind of...messed-up? ^_^"