This is a mini-story involving Team 8 and a few other favorites, mostly because Asu/Kure doesn't get enough love. Sadly I can't take all the credit for the basic premise; I actually got the idea in Naruto "what-if" conversation with my boyfriend. Those are fantastic. They always seem to start with something as random as "What if Sai is actually Orochimaru's son?" and go downhill from there. And they tend to occur over bowls of Ramen in the wee hours of the morning.
But I digress.
Please enjoy one of our more compelling "what-if" scenarios, this one answering the question "What if Hinata's byakugan allowed her to be the first one to figure out that Kurenai was pregnant?"
I don't own Naruto, but I am pleased to finally get a Naruto fanfiction on the board here . Please R/R! Thanks in advance! ;)
Though she hesitated longer than she would like to admit, by the end of the afternoon, it happened. Hinata finally worked up the courage to pull on the sleeve of Kurenai's dress. The older woman turned around abruptly, startled, but her eyes softened as she saw one of her favorite students standing beside her.
"What's going on, Hinata?" Kureni asked, giving her a pleasant smile.
Hinata, though she was ordinarily very comfortable around her sensei, turned a shade of pink she ordinarily saved for Naruto.
"I need to talk to you… after training," she stammered.
Kurenai was accustomed to Hinata's shyness after so many years of having her as a student, but something about the girl's demeanor did make her slightly nervous.
"Of course," she replied. "You don't need to talk to me now, do you?"
"No," Hinata replied quickly. "It can wait. I just need to tell you something."
"Okay," Kurenai replied. Looking up from Hinata, she noticed that during the time it had taken her to have that brief of a conversation, Shino had already managed to place a cockroach on Kiba's shoulder. He was standing back anticipate the scream of realization from his teammate.
At fifteen and sixteen years old, they were still just as infantile as they had been when they came to her out of the academy.
"Boys!" she exclaimed. "Cut it out! Two laps around Konoha, both of you. Hinata, not that I'm mad at you, but could you tag along to make sure those two don't get into any trouble?"
Hinata nodded quickly, getting back to her training and trying to act as though nothing had happened.
True to her word, Hinata waited alongside Kurenai as they boys departed. Once they were reduced to lengthening shadows on the horizon, she dared to speak up.
"You know how my byakugan helps me… see stuff?" she asked quietly.
Kurenai nodded, confused.
"Well… during practice today, I was looking out across the village, concentrating as hard as I could. Things were really clear – I could see really well. But then you jumped in front of me. And something strange happened: I saw through you. Well, into you, really."
"What's wrong, Hinata?" Kurenai asked, her eyes widening. "Did you see something bad?"
Hinata looked away from Kurenai, back down to the ground. A long moment of silence passed before she managed to look back up again and choke out the words she had been dreading saying ever since the moment she discovered they were true.
"Kurenai-sensei, you're pregnant."
The silence didn't end after they had been said.
Hinata's lower lip trembled as she watched Kurenai sigh deeply and place a hand over her own mouth in an expression of shock and awe.
"I'm sorry, Kurenai-sensei," Hinata said quickly. "I shouldn't have told you."
"No, no," Kurenai said, finally finding her voice. "You definitely should have. I'm glad you did. It's just a lot to take in. I can honestly say… I had no idea."
"You're not at all far along," Hinata said quietly. "I'm no medic-nin, but I don't think you would have had any way of knowing."
Kurenai nodded, somehow unable to speak again so soon. Hinata stood with her in the silence for several minutes, waiting for any clue to let her know whether she should leave her sensei alone with her thoughts or stay in case Kurenai needed to talk to someone.
Well, she wasn't talking. Maybe leaving would be the better choice.
Hinata began to collect her things, but she had no sooner grabbed her bag before she felt a hand land on her arm.
"Hinata-chan… can you stay a little longer?"
Kurenai's voice was oddly small and child-like as she fixed an imploring gaze on her student. Hinata nodded quickly, suppressing the color that rose to her cheeks yet again. She had no idea that sharing the information would make her so… involved in Kurenai's situation. It wasn't that she minded, but it was strange and new to be such a part of her mentor's personal life.
"Let me make you some food," Hinata heard herself offer. "I'm a good cook."
Kurenai nodded quickly, as though she was suddenly snapping out of some kind of genjustsu or daydream.
"Yes… yes, that would be very nice, Hinata. I think we could both use it. Do you want to come back to my apartment?"
"Yes, that would be fine."
The two women collected their things and walked off towards the darkening streets, Hinata keeping a careful eye on her sensei.
She was beginning to realize just how interesting role-reversal could be.